Evolution – or – I have no idea when to leave well-enough alone

I don’t know when to quit. My motto is “More IS more.” And “Go big or go home.” So I started out making a nice little bracelet in copper the other day. I was totally digging the effect of the dark green with the copper. I was really liking the glow of the green – and thinking about those honkin’ green emerald earrings that Angelina Jolie wore to the Oscars – beautiful – but you could buy a small country with them. Then, I thought – it could use a bit more copper to fill in. And I had some …

Mural Mosaic

A friend of mine sent me this – her daughter lives in the town of Cochrane, Alberta. This mural was recently unveiled. Look closely at squares. Start with the eye of the horse. Or the tip of the gal’s thumb. Waaay cool, eh?

Sneak Peek at Next Week

Last week I said “new colours” of Swarovski. I should have said “one of the new colours.” This last week has not been one of my better weeks. Anyhoo – This week – a colour to make you smile – Red Magma. This is as hot and vibrant as last week’s colour (Air Blue Opal) was cool and etherial. Like a deeper, richer and somewhat redder version of Crystal Copper. Very scrumptious. And – for the seedbead fans – a bunch of new Miyuki 15/0s.

Introducing–Happy Hour Torching!!!

Announcing – Happy Hour Torching!!! Starting next Thursday – April 23rd – Happy Hour Torching come to beadFX.Torch one hour – get the second hour free. 5 til 9 p.m. Torch for one hour, either on a studio card or at the hourly rate – andget the second hour free. (No credits, must use free hour immediately –i.e. no saving it up for later.) Dwyn will be in the studio also torching from 7 – 9 at least, possiblyearlier, so if you have questions or need help with a technique she’ll be there to help. Come out and bead social! …

Do you Tweet?

I’m curious, so let’s have a little poll here. Do you twitter? I have to admit, I’m intrigued. However, I worry it’s yet another time suck. I’d love to hear how you all balance all of the various social networking sites. They can be invaluable for keeping your friends and customers updated on what you’re doing. But are you spending more time updating all of the various sites than you are working on your creations? And if you’re using these sites to sell your jewelry…Is it working? Which of the social networking sites are you using most often? Ok, so …

Spanish Empire Beads found off Georgia

Posted on news.aol.com for the full text and pictures check out: http://news.aol.com/article/spanish-empire-beads/425122 A big shout out to Julee who sent us this link. (April 13) – A cache of some 70,000 glass beads from all over the world has been unearthed at an island off Georgia, comprising the largest repository ever from what was one of the Spanish empire’s most remote and wealthy outposts, and revealing more about 17th-century trade routes. Made of French and Chinese blue glass, Dutch layered glass and Baltic amber, the beads were found as part of an ongoing research project at the former Mission Santa …

What’s New this Week

Ok, I know that I said there would be new stuff from Angela Peace and Marilyn Gardiner this week–it is not the I have lied, but have not gotten there YET. Those classes should be up by the end of the week and should make it into my blog next week. New this week, however, are a couple more Robert Burton classes. Since so many people want to take these classes, he has come out with a few new classes. These are not as intensive as the 101 and 201, but do get you started with wire working techniques. Last …

How to beat…

I’m not sure how on earth I can top Dwyn’s Oyster snot post from yesterday. I swear, I almost covered my computer in coffee. Too fuuny 😉 Call for Artists. Some of our American friends might be interested in this one. It just came through my email box, but unfortunately Canadians are not eligible ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Calling All Jewelry Artists! Please share this with other jewelers and jewelry designers. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ August 20-September 30, 2009presented by the Durango Arts Center in Durango, Colorado The National Jewelry Design Exhibition is established to showcase national artists working in the craft. The objective of this …

Pearls vs Mother of Pearl

What is the difference between Pearl (pictured to the left) and and Mother of Pearl? (pictured on the right. ) Simply this – Mother of Pearl is the inside lining of the shell – virtually all shells have it. A pearl is the same lining material – deposited by the living creature over an irritant that has gotten inside the shell. Right away – you can see that there is a LOT more Mother of Pearl available to be made into things than Pearls – even with the extensive pearl culturing that is done now. Mother of Pearl tends to …

Eye Candy – Marie-Helene de Tailac

A life long love of jewelry and background in fashion – gives us the understated jewelry of de Taliac. Oceans of colour and simple, clean lines and above all – the gems that get to speak for themselves. This article shows some of the pieces and gives a nice history. Her actual website is somewhat harder to navigate. Hint – click on the floating colour dots at the bottom!