Handcrafted Jewelry Magazine

Those who know me, are aware that I take immense delight in all things ‘crafty’ I’m not a snob when it comes to jewelry. Yes, I know silversmithing, I can fuse, solder, set a gem, make glass beads on a torch, rivet, and all sorts of other more traditional jewelry techniques. However, I equally love playing with paper, and resin, stamping, and glue! This magazine is just totally up my ally. It’s a special issue from beadwork magazine, and it features a really great article on using resins, and resin like materials including diamond glaze. Lots of neat mixed media …

Mad Hatters Tea Pot

I know, nothing beady about this at all – but Ohhh, If only I could afford this. I’d be drinking tea 24 hours a day. Be sure to check out all of her other fabulous ceramics. And hey, if you were afraid of colour, her work should give you some fabulous inspiration for your next beady project!

Swarovski Ambassador Program

We are so, so excited and proud of Stephanie Dixon! Stephanie, whom some of you know as our crochet instructor, and others know as one of our celebrity inspiration designers has just been accepted as a Create your Style Ambassador! This is a very elite group, with only 34 ambassadors world wide. See below and check out the link for more details. Congratulations Stephanie! The CREATE YOUR STYLE with CRYSTALLIZED™ – Swarovski Elements Ambassador Program refers to a very exclusive network of well-known experts in the field of DIY, who have a strong passion for CREATE YOUR STYLE with CRYSTALLIZED™ …

A Look at the Fall

This fall we have a lot of different types of classes scheduled. Everything from lampworking, to bead stringing and stitching and even metal smithing! Many of these classes are single day classes, but we are also offering a lot of multi-part classes. We have four multi-part classes beginning in September. Robert Burton’s Wire Working and Wrapping 101 begins on Monday September 14th from 6-9pm. This class is a beginner class and runs for 3 weeks. Cindy Vroom is offering a 4 week bead stitching course, Basic Bead Stitching 101 Continued. This class picks up where the 101 left off. It …

Wiring a Briolette

Running a bit late today – the drains stopped draining and getting that sorted out shot my morning all to heck and back. Heather asked me about wiring up briolettes – so I thought I would show you that. In a nutshell – think of it as doing two wrapped loops, like making a link! If you are hanging any bead with a vertical hole – you run your headpin or wire through the hole and make a wrapped loop at the top, but if you are hanging a bead with a horizontal hole – either side to side or …

Sunday Eye Candy

You must go check out the work of the uber talented Sherri Serafini. Sherri’s sense of colour is astounding. She combines Native American, and Victorian Beadweaving techniques to create these stunning works of art. Be sure to check out the cuffs, and the skull handbag is my favourite!

Vendor Call – Peterborough Sunday Market

Welcome to the Peterborough Downtown Craft Market, an exciting new venture in the heart of the historical downtown! The Square attracts many people year round and is the ideal place to sell or buy handmade gifts on a Sunday! It is situated in the lively centre of the Electric City, and bordered by the quaint Book District, the Galaxy Cinema, the eclectic Restaurant District and the hip and trendy Fashion District! Both levels are available for the PDCM and we are also able to make use of both the gorgeous indoor Atrium as well as the spacious and lovely outdoor …

Bronze pics

I haven’t yet had a chance to pull my goodies out of the kiln, but I couldn’t not give you some wonderful eye candy. Today’s post comes to you from Heather. She was kind enough to send through some pics, along with her comments of the process. For those of you who don’t know – Heather is our wonderful Art Clay instructor! – She also has tons of new classes coming up that you may have seen posted here on our blog 🙂 A couple of photos. Bronze bunch I included the obvious key that I rushed and it wasn’t …

Bronz and Copper Clay – Firing Woes

I’ve got good news, and some bad news. I’ll give you the good news first 🙂 We are now carrying Bronz Clay, and hopefully we’ll have the copper clay soon as well. What I love about the new clays is that they’re affordable, and you know me and copper. I can’t get quite enough of it 🙂 The clay retails for $25.00 a pack for 100 grams. If you’re accustomed to working with silver- that’s 5 times the amount you get in a pack of silver! This is our Bronz Clay Kit – Sells for $50 – In store only, …