Lots to do this week

We have a great week coming up. Robert Burton has 2 classes this Saturday August 15th, the Silver Braided Bracelet from 10 to 1pm And the Wire Wrapped Gem Stone Ring and Pendant from 2 to 5pm. These are beginner/intermediate level classes, students should have some experience with wire working. These classes are not as thorough as the 3 week courses but are a nice introduction to wire working and are ideal for those who are not able to commit to the 3 week class right now. Catherine Winter has a workshop on Thursday August 13th from 6 to 9:15pm, …

Kate McKinnon – Soul Clearing Sale

Our good friend Kate McKinnon is having a soul clearing sale. What’s a soul clearing sale you ask? Scooped from Kates wonderful blog “I’m cleaning house in every way here, getting ready to spread out on three huge tables; movie, book-movie, book-movie, two months. In preparation for this BINGE I am cleaning my house top to bottom; digitally, emotionally, personally, stuff-wise. I am doing everything I committed to doing; I will not be saying yes to anything else for a really long time. I’m identifying every single thing I do need, which are few, and every single thing I don’t …

Further thoughts of Wiring a Pendant

Once you get going on wiring up beads into pendants, it’s hard to stop! You can soon have one for every day of the month! (See the previous two Monday posts.) Sterling silver spacers are great, but sometimes, you might want to add a touch of sparkle! For that, a small crystal bicone is fabulous. Generally, 4 mm, 5 mm or 6 mm are about the sizes you will need for this. Try different sizes and colours until you find the one you like the most. This 6 mm aqua bicone is striking, but perhaps a little large. This 4 …

Ratty Old Puppet

What a great name, eh? Ratty Old Puppet is actually our own Nurielle Stern – and we have many of the same sort of items from her etsy store in beadFX! She works with ceramics in her spare time (where the heck is she getting spare time?) and is learning lampworking, and sometimes, even blends the two worlds together! Check it out!

Some Fusing projects

As promised – finally. 🙂 Here are just a few little ideas to get your rolling with fine silver fusing – remember, the possibilities are endless with a little creativity. One note about the projects below. My tubmler is at the shop, and I made these at home – so they’re not all bright and shiny. This is how your silver will look straight out of the flame. Also, I’m having one of those days – i’ve got my camera, my charger, and the memory card – but I forgot the tripod connector. I’m heading back home to gte it, …

Fine Silver Bead Cores and Loops – for Lampwork or Metal Clay

We have an opportunity here for some of you who are interested in the Troll bead style bead cores. We have some excess from a special order – fine silver bead cores and a few other findings – also in fine silver – available for purchase under the “special order” rules – which is no further discount, no free shipping, and no frequent beader points (awarded or redeemed.) These findings are made from fine silver, and the bead cores, embeddable jumprings and embeddable earwires can be used for fine silver/metal clay, or, for that matter, for an elegant touch on …

Craftypod

A new love…really. I just discovered crafty pod. Can’t get enough of crafty talk? your co-workers and friends are bored to tears with endless talk of your various crafty passions. I hear ya, and I’m fortunate to work with 12 other similarly afflicted friends…sometimes it’s still not quite enough. Craftypod has been around for a few years now…why didn’t I know about this? I’m now looking forward to catching up on over 100 episodes! Craftypod is the brainchild of Sister Diane, aka Diane Gilleland. She blogs, writes zines, and creates podcasts on her favourite subjects – crafts. You’ll find interviews, …

August Looks Great!

Argh…I just realized that it was Tuesday. I was out at the Zoo and realized I should have blogged this morning. Sorry for the delay but here we go… We have so many classes coming up over the next couple of weeks it’s CRAAAZY! Tomorrow, Wednesday August 5th, we have a 4 Hour Introduction to Lampworking, Glass Bead Making, with Dwyn Tomlinson from 4 to 8pm. Thursday we have Wire Bead Crochet Basics with Stephanie Dixon from 6 to 9pm. There are only 2 spaces available in this class. Saturday August 8th, Marilyn Gardiner has two classes:Basic Bead Stringing from …

Wiring a pendant – Beadcaps

Last week – I talked about wring up a bead for a pendant, and I discussed using spacer beads to complement the bead and the decorative headpin. However, a nice beadcap is another handsome design element to combine with a large focal bead and a headpin. You really do have to ensure that the headpin is quite long, as beadcaps take even more room than a spacer or two! Just to show you, here is a basic, decorative headpin. And this is with a daisy spacer and a star spacer, And this is with the bead cap. At the top, …