Boggled – BJD

Every once in a while, I stumble across a new world. Some wholly undiscovered arena of “things people do.” This one came about as a result of a friend on facebook commenting on one of their friends pictures – and the accompanying comment on “bjd” and dolls. What the heck? So, I googled “bjd dolls” and got sucked into a entire world that I didn’t even suspect the existence of. BJD or ABJD stands for Ball-Jointed Doll or Asian Ball-Jointed Doll – as Wikipedia informed me. From Wikipedia: … any doll that is articulated with ball and socket joints. In …

Tucson Day 1

Today was the opening day of the Gem Mall, one of the larger wholesale shows in Tucson. There are two tents here – one about the size of a football field and the other about 2/3 that size. There are vendors here from all over the world – China, India, Africa, Australia. Probably the only major continent without representation is Antarctica. Although semi-precious gems are the main draw at this show, you can find anything from strands of diamond beads to chips-on-stretchy-elastic bracelets for a $1. It’s very much Caveat Emptor at a show like this though. There’s lots of …

Tucson Bound

Whohoo- It’s that time again. Tucson, Arizona is home to the biggest most fabulous bead, gem, rock, and jewelry shows. Some people may think of it as one show, but in fact it’s made up of many, many shows. There are wholesale only shows, retail shows, shows with both retail and wholesale, and some where you need specific jeweler credentials to get in (the ones with the tables full of fine precious gems) Marg is off as of now. Her flight was leaving this morning, and she’ll be there for close to a week I think (I forgot to ask …

New postings up

We did manage to get the new Inspiration up, and my Intro to Fine silver fusing class has also been posted – whew, what a day 🙂 Dwyn has outdone herself as usual – Check out Queen of Da Nile 🙂 And finally – the intro to fusing class. Yes, I will absolutely be offering this again. Short notice, I know.

It’s Almost February…Who Can Believe It!

January is almost over and that is exciting for many reasons. First of all we are one month closer to spring!!! Secondly, we have some awesome classes coming up this February!!! To end off the month, Jennifer will be putting up the details for her Fusing class tonight! She will be doing a fused bracelet using only fine silver wire. You will even learn to make your own clasp! Class runs on Saturday January 31st. Check the site for all of the details tomorrow. We begin the month of February with a Technique Night with Dwyn Tomlinson–Long and Shaped Beads! …

Knotting Stretchy Cord for Bracelets: Surgeon’s Knot

I got an email from a friend – she says she can’t make head nor tail of the surgeon’s knot instructions. She’s fixin’ to make a stretchy cord bracelet – and needs to know. When using stretchy cord to make bracelets – securing the knot so that it doesn’t come undone is really the only challenge. You have 3 options. 1 is to use a crimp to help secure the knot, and I personally found that more awkward. A crimp by itself doesn’t seem to do the job, and I usually wound up tying the knot around the crimp. Maybe …

Sneek Peek at Next Week

I’ve been playing with all the lovely new stone beads. Blue Apatite – like looking at thunderstorms in a scrying glass. Or Petersite, chocolate on the snow with gold shimmer eyeshadow. Or big, scrumptious rondelles – pregnant with possibilities. Stone beads – and you thought regular beads were addicting!