The ultimate in bead porn…

Flickr! Need inspiration? – check out the awesome work and colour usage of some fabulous artists. For the uninitiated, Flickr is a free photo posting site. You can join groups, and add your photo’s to other groups. Free up to a certain amount posted per month – after that you can get a pro account for a small amount of money per year. http://www.flickr.com/groups/bead_porn/pool/ – http://www.flickr.com/groups/13771114@N00/ – I Love Beads Pool Everything Beaded beadaholics

2010 Classes Continued….

Today seems an appropriate day to talk about what is coming up next year. As I mentioned last week we have a number of guest instructors coming to beadFX in 2010. We also have some exciting new stuff coming from our in house instructors. Heather Bell-Denison one of our metal clay instructors is offering a number of new classes this winter. Due to popular demand and Heather’s creative urges we will be adding an Introduction to Copper Clay. It is not posted yet, but the first one will be on Saturday February 13th from 10am to 5pm. Heather will be …

Lampworking eye candy

We’re still somewhat in vacation mode this week. I’ve got my mother in law visiting from Halifax this week – We’re having a wonderful time catching up, and just generally hanging out. I thought I’d do some eye candy posts this week for you – beadmakers today. Some wonderful beads from all over the world – grab a cup of joe, and enjoy! Astrid Riedel Kimberly Affleck Naos Glass Gabrielle Servayge Trolllover And of course our wonderful instructors Dwyn and Amy Are you a lampwork beadmaker? Post your link in the comments! I’ll be moderating off and on throughout the …

Inspirations

In case you’ve missed it, we’ve been posting new inspirations every day over the holidays! Check them all out here on our inspiration pages. Triple Treatby: Dwyn TomlinsonWinter Elmby: Erin Singleton Victorian Christmasby: Erin Singleton

GIMP – Photo Manipulation Software

So, having installed GIMP (Gnu Image Manipulation Program) last week – as you may remember, my s.o. recommended this as a free alternate to Photoshop. Well – I had it installed and running, and he comes along, looks over my shoulder and says, “Oh, you want GIMPshop – that’s the one that looks like Photoshop – menus are the same and everything.” OK – so – armed with that piece of information – I go in search of GIMPshop. And I find it readily enough – at gimpshop.com. I go to the downloads page, and select a windows download. They …

Podcasts: A Way With Words

I’ve just discovered Podcasts. Yes – I know – I’m waaaay behind the curve on this one. For those of you even further behind the curve – they are like amateur, mini-radio shows that you can listen to on your computer or down load to your music play. Some are not so mini, nor amateur for that matter. Like blogs – they vary a great deal. However – my current fave is “A Way with Words” – which is about the English language – folks phone in with questions about obscure words or regional terms that they grew up with, …

Sneak Peek at Next Year

Well – can’t give you a sneak peak at next week – as we’re taking the week off and next week’s new stuff is the same as this week’s new stuff. So, instead – I’d give you a bit of a sneak peek at the coming year. One thing we definitely have planned is to expand our range of Miyuki beads. Check out the Miyuki website for the inside scoop on the sort of seedbeads that entails. Another major project that we hope to make progress on is to update the shopping cart on our website. Our requirements are pretty …

Dwyn Rocks…

But you all knew that right? She’s outdone herself with this poem, and I think it needs to be immortalized on the blog for all time 🙂 Without further ado… Merry Beading to all and to all a Good night! T’was two nights before Christmas, and the malls were all hopping Not a beader was beading, they were all madly shopping Oh, the beads and the tools were all lined up with care In the hopes that spare moments soon would be there The kids were distracted, farmed out with their Gran It was now the last minute – and …

More copper

Last week, I promised some pictures of the fired copper – sans pickle, sans patina – so you could see it in all it’s fine shiny loveliness. However, I just can’t leave well enough alone. I really can’t help but patina things. I use a lot of texture in my pieces, and texture lends itself well to patina. These are the art clay copper blossoms that I made the other day. I decided that I would try giving them an ammonia treatment to try to get the verdigris to develop. It started to, but after 2 days, and not a …