Sneak Peak on 2010 Classes

This week and next week I will be looking at some of the upcoming classes for 2010. We have a lot of great stuff coming up as always, but a lot of it is new! One big advantage to attending a big show like Bead and Button is to take classes. We know that not everyone can hop on down to shows like these, so we are trying to offer some of those same type of classes at beadFX. In 2010 we will be bringing a number of guest instructors. Kate McKinnon will be back in May. Michael David Sturlin …

Alternates to Photoshop

When it comes to photo editing – PhotoShop is the first name you think of. The be-all, the end-all – the alpha and the omega. The gold standard. After all – it’s name has become the verb that means “to alter an image digitally.” Mirriam-Webster says so. However – there is no denying that, at $699 US – for the non-educational, non-entry-level version – it can be tough to justify it. Or if you can justify it – you might still not actually have it. My s.o. swears by another program – however. My s.o. is a Unix geek and …

Eye Candy: Triz Designs

Some really lovely beaded creations here at Triz Designs – and beautifully presented too! Not only is her jewellery gorgeous – but the site design and presentation completely flatter her work – and her blog also ties into the same look. Whether you are inspired by her jewellery or her website – this gal is doing it right!

Sneak Peek at Next Week

Some silver (aren’t these bead caps great?), some stone, some Swarovski, some Lucite Flowers. You know, the same old boring selection of utterly dazzling beads that we come up with which is designed to make you crazy until you get your hands on them – and then make you happy while you quietly bead up a storm. 😉 BTW – the store will be closed from 3 pm Christmas Eve (Dec 24) straight through until Jan 2. We’re sending everyone home for a good rest.The online shopping cart WILL, of course, continue to take orders over the holiday – and …

Torch Firing Copper Clay!

Yes, torch firing – it works, and it works fabulously! Today was our metal clay play day, I got a chance to meet two of our customers that I had only ‘met’ online before. Carol, and Jan – It was so nice to meet you today. We tried out a couple of test packages of the new Art Clay World version of the copper clay. I made a bunch of simple little components to be used in jewellery, as I specifically wanted to torch fire – but I wasn’t sure how large they could be. I only had one failure …

Question day

I got a little delayed this morning writing the blog post, as Isla was sitting in my lap when I brought up our blog page to write today’s post. Isla wanted to watch the kitten video 🙂 We watched it again, and again, and again…. As we’re working on our inspirations, of course we tend to work on items that we like, or have expertise in (obviously) – I’d like to know what you would like to see more of. I know we’re lacking in seedbead projects, as those tend to be difficult to explain how to do – does …

Time correction for playday

Our Friday metal clay play day is running from 11am to 8pm (not 11 – 6) Sorry for any confusion there! I have a couple packs of the new copper clay that I’ll be working with that day. This is the new copper clay from Art Clay World, that can be torch fired. If you are at all interested in this new clay – this is the perfect time to come on by. Unfortunately, we do not have any for sale at this time. I just have 3 packages that I was able to get before they went on sale …

December is Upon Us!

Sorry for the mix up last week on the blog post. I had intended to do it from the hotel–that did not work out very well! They claimed to have free internet access, which I think was dial up and we all know how well that works–it does not! Anyways, I am home and unpacking from my fantastic trip and ready to blog about the rest of the month’s classes. Tonight is Dwyn’s Lampworking Techniques Class–Wave Beads! This class runs from 7 to 9:30pm. Students should have some lampworking experience. A previous course at beadFX and/or at least 10 hours …

Taking Great Photos: Recap

Well – I think I’ve covered about all I can for photography. My own camera is dying and I need to replace it – but I’m so used to it – I’m loathe to replace it. I’ll recap and relink so that you have one handy place to find all the pages. And I leave you with this piece of advice – which is what made a big difference to me – but I hardly know if it will resonate with anyone else at all. When it comes to taking great pictures – don’t photograph the object – photograph the …