Taking Great Photos. Part 1: Setting Goals

We frequently get emails asking about our photographs. “How you do you get such great pictures.” Or, more to the point, “How can I take great pictures?” Is it a special camera? Is it special equipment? What is the key? Well, you too can take great photos. It’s not a special camera, although it does require learning a couple of things about your own camera. And yes – there are some specialized pieces of equipment, that if you understand what they do – you can make your own if you are on a tight budget. First – let’s talk about …

Super Sneak Peek

Not to be confused of course with Dwyn’s Saturday sneak peaks. I’m not sure when these will show up on the site, or the floor – but we have some very exciting new tools coming soon. Think fabulous new tools from Lindstrom, and lortone tumblers, and… I got a peek into the boxes Marg just brought in, and I’m very, very excited. Also, I got an email from a friend of mine this morning. If you are in the Toronto area, and you LOVE hostas – you’ll want to check this out. Hi Everyone, I am letting you know about …

Class topic question

I have a question for you all today. We are working on designing a basic silversmithing class for beaders. We’ll be covering using both sterling, and fine silver. It will incorporate basic soldering, and fusing – Using ‘low tech’ equipment. (equipment that can be picked up for less than $100 – rather than $1000) Making various types of headpins, and soldering jump rings are an obvious addition. As a beader, Is there any particular technique you would love to see added into this class? What would help you set your work apart? We want to design this class so that …

Bronze Firing Success!

Finally! Whew, that was getting really frustrating. Turns out, the problem was my kiln. This was the same kiln that I use to fire my art clay silver with no problems. However, the bronze is more finicky. This time, I tested it out using a firefly kiln, and I ramped up 300 f per hour to 1500 f – then held for 2 hours. After which, I just shut the kiln off. The firefly I’m testing right now does not have a digital controller, just a pyrometer – Which means, you can’t program it – and all changes in temperature …

Multi Week Classes Continued…

October brings us more multi-week and multi-part classes. We start off with Heather’s Art Clay Level One Certification Course beginning Friday Oct 2nd through to Monday October 5th. This class will include the completion of 9 specific projects that will cover a variety of techniques and types of Art Clay. Projects include making flat and round shank rings, use of syringe clay, creating a mirror finish, a brooch, pendants and much more. Upon successful completion of the certification students will be entitled to a 35% discount on Art Clay Silver. This is a specialized course for people interested in learning …

Further Thoughts on Wiring a Briolette

Last week, I showed you how to wire up a briolette or pear drop for hanging. Then someone asked about wrapping the wire down around the bead for a sort of bead cap look. Ok – we can do that. One approach is to use a thinner wire, 22 gauge or less, and just go crazy – use a long piece of wire and wrap down and over the bead, and then even back up to the loop again and finish there. It gives you a funky and highly textured look – which may work well in the context of …