The gift of beads or Jewelry

Are you like me, and have only vaguely planned who is getting what this year? I’m actually somewhat ahead of myself, as the shopping for the kids is done. However, this year – everyone else is getting something handmade. Well, with the exception of the men – I don’t make men’s jewelry, mainly a lack of inspiration on my part. However, my husband doesn’t wear any form of jewelry at all – including our wedding ring which he lost within a few months of our getting married. He wouldn’t stop fiddling with the d*%m thing, and now it’s lost down …

New Copper Clay

Art Clay World has just recently introduced a new copper clay that does not require the use of carbon, or a firing chamber. In fact, Heather our metal clay instructor has successfully torch fired this new clay! This is really exciting news, as the clay then becomes far more accessible to beaders and jewelry designers. As we know, kilns are a major investment. A good torch will only run you about $45.00 – cheaper ones can be had as well. You do need to pickle this new clay to remove the ‘firescale’. A can of pickle, a small crockpot, a …