Trunk Show! -Getting ready

We’re busy getting ready for tomorrow’s Heavy Metal Trunk Show – I’ll be doing demonstrations of fine silver fusing, copper, bronze, and silver clay, and birdsnest rings (those are always popular) The birdsnest rings make a fabulous gift for someone, and only take a few minutes to make. They’re pretty addictive too! Heather and I will be doing demonstrations throughout the day. Feel free to come by to pick our collective brains if you have any questions about working with metal clay! Our resident goldsmith Suzanne Cruden will also be there. Want to know more about fine jewelry making? – …

A quickie

Yes, another one this week – it’s one of those weeks, and I’ll fall down exhausted by the times I’m done. – Anyhoo…. Last night with the update you may have noticed that we just got in Cynthia Thornton’s book – Enchanted Adornments. I bought mine a while ago before we carried it. Run, don’t walk to get your copy. Follow along with her mythical women who get uniquely designed jewelry just for them – If you’re a mixed media artist especially – you’ll love this!

Heavy Metal Trunk Show

A first for us – you may be familiar with our lampwork bead trunk shows. They’re a huge amount of fun for us, and our lampworkers. We get to hand out – show off our new beads, eat, sell, demo – fun for all! We’ve decided to try out another spin on this with a ‘heavy metal’ trunk show. We have wire workers, metal clay artists, chainmailers, and a few other types of metal heads I might be missing. Heather and I will be there all day demonstrating metal clay, including working with bronze and copper! I may be convinced …

Happy Hour Torching – Not Quite Canceled this Thursday

Happy Hour Torching is sort of canceled tonight – I won’t be available to host the Happy Hour Torching tonight – as I’m off to the Lampworker’s dinner. If you were planning on coming in to make beads tonight – why not join us instead at the Mandarin Restaurant at Yonge and Eglinton starting at 6:30. You are more than welcome to come! The two for one deal is still on – but without the extra staff to go late – torching will end with the regular store closing time of 8 pm, instead of going late. Cheers!

What’s Coming Up…

Well we are already half way through November, I cannot believe it! We still have some really great stuff coming up this month and into December as well. This week Cindy Vroom’s 4 week Basic Bead Stitching 101 begins. In this 4 week class students may choose to enroll in one week or in all four. Students enrolling in all four weeks receive the discounted price of $100.00. Week one, on Thursday November 19th from 6:30-8:30pm, will be focusing on peyote. This is just the basics, aiming to teach students how to do the stitch. Saturday November 21st is Stephanie …

Taking Great Photos. Part 12: Ahead of the Curve(s)

And – for our third, amazing image editing trick, we proudly present “Curves.” I forget who showed me this one – but I didn’t figure this one out on my own. Adjusting the contrast using curves is particularly great for monochromatic images – such as sterling silver on a grey background! – and allows you to punch up the image and make it more dramatic, without sacrificing the integrity of the image. Access the curves dialogue box by selecting Image, Adjustments, Curves, or by pressing Control+M. You will then see a diagonal line on a graph like this. To make …

Colour Search

An idea so cool – it’s hot! Click on a colour in the little colour palette to select a colour – click on the trash can in the colour bar to get rid of it. It goes and finds images that match your colour choices! How awesome is that? Multicolour Search Lab. Way cool!

Happy Friday

What do you mean it’s almost over? 🙂 I had one of those days where it just wasn’t working out for me. I was about to write the blog post earlier today, and then my husband started rewiring the office. No Internet – by the time it came back on – I was involved in something else. I came by the store this morning to pick up my icicles from Keith’s class. They turned out really well! I showed my daughter Maya the icicles, and then she proceeded to give them away to all of her friends at school. She …