Toronto outdoor art exhibit

Wearther surprisingly nice 4 show – was worried it would b 2 hot but it was very nice. surprisingly less jewelry at show than previous years – in particular, less glass and bead jewelry. the vendors we spoke to allb reported that they were having a good show w good sales. encouraging – in light of current events. one thing I did notice, however – a surprising lack of whimsy – in the artworks.

Bronze and Copper Clays

A while back, I mentioned it was one of my goals over the summer to immerse myself in learning everything I can about the new clays. Of course, I haven’t even picked up a package yet. Heather and I do have plans to change this very, very soon. In the meantime, I’ve been surfing around for a bunch of online tutorials. Metal Clay Academy has a ton of resources for Bronze and Copper clays. http://www.metalclayacademy.com/resources/downloads/bronz.html Hadar Jacobsen’s blog @ Art in Silver features a lot of info on all types of metal clay. Lot’s of metal clay eye candy can …

Our etsy sites

Sorry for the late post. I picked up a wee bug while I was camping a few weeks ago, and I’m feeling just a little off. My day’s and nights are getting a little mixed up, as I’m sleeping whenever I can – Now that we’re heading towards midnight, I’m of course wide awake 🙂 You may have noticed that we have a bunch of etsy sites. Dwyn and I in particular seem to be especially hit by the etsy bug. I think the appeal with etsy is the community, and of course the inspiration that comes from being exposed …

More Classes up This Week

Robert Burton is our instructor of the week. He has been teaching at Beadfx for about a year now and going strong. Robert, a wire sculptor, has a natural flare for creating beautiful pieces of wearable art. His 30 years of experience in the bending and shaping of metals has made the transition to wire sculpting a natural one. He has taught private lessons in the art of wire sculpture to custom jewellery makers. Robert’s work has been featured in the Port Hope Evening Guide and has been available through boutiques in the area. Robert’s classes are really popular and …

Clasping at Straws – Different Styles of Clasps

Let’s talk clasps. There are 4 main styles of clasps, and a few oddities that are hard to categorize. The basic styles are: spring closure hook and eye toggle box clasp Oh, and the orphan and unloved barrel clasp. Ptui. oo – and magnetic clasps too! The spring closure is usually some sort of ring or loop, with a movable opening, that allows you to hook it onto something, and then closes up – so that it doesn’t come undone. The most basic of these is the spring ring. Inexpensive and it gets the job done. However, it can be …