An Introduction to Art Clay Copper

We have had many requests for it, so here it is…the details are posted for the Introduction to Art Clay Copper class with Heather Bell-Denison on Saturday February 13th from 10 to 5pm. This is a beginner level class, therefore open to all. Heather also has a busy weekend coming up. Saturday January 16th is Charmed I’m Sure from 10 to 5pm. This is an introduction to Art Clay Silver. Sunday January 17th is the Textured Rings Copper Bracelet from 10 to 5pm. The skill level for this is Beginner Plus. Students should have some metal clay experience. Students wishing …

A Photographic Journey of Discovery: Depth of Field

One of the things I’m really struggling to get a handle on with this new camera is some sort of decent depth-of-field. In case you have forgotten, depth-of-field is the part of the picture that is still in focus in-front-of and behind the actual point that is in focus. I have been comparing the original lens that came with the camera, which is a 18 – 55 mm lens – a telephoto lens from wide angle (18 mm) to normal (55 mm) vs the 60 mm Macro lens that I got in addition. This photo, where you can see the …

Inventor of Crimping Pliers Dies

A friend emailed me that the inventor of the crimp pliers just passed away. A little googling revealed that, yes, Scott Bartky was the inventor of the crimp pliers and he did pass on, Jan 1st, 2010. But apparently, he was much more than just the inventor of the crimping pliers. He was a pioneer in computing and electronics and had over 40 patents in his name. He was a champion for critical thinking, he was a decent and thoughtful man and that the world is a poorer place for his loss. I’m sorry that I never met him, and …

Sneak Peek at Next Week

More size 11/0 Japanese seedbeads – Toho’s this time – the roundy ones, not the tubey ones. I’m rather fascinated with these inside colour ones where the inside colour and the transparent encasing are so different, like the aqua/topaz and the pink/dark aqua. Also – a whack of the 3 mm Swa Crystalized bicones, in the double AB finish. We’re pretty sure that we have the largest selection of these completely dazzling little beauties.

Blog tutorials on Metal Clay

I came across an interesting blog tutorial from French artist – Sabine Alienor. Check out her steampunk cuff bracelet tutorial using Bronz Clay. Tutorials, and lots of Bronz clay info can be found at Metal Clay Academy Margaret Schindel wrote a tutorial on how to weave with Metal Clays. Margaret also publishes a very comprehensive Squidoo Lens on all things Metal Clay. Tons of good stuff there! And some very exciting news to share! Art Clay Worlds version of torch fire-able copper clay is on it’s way to us. Watch the website, or the blog for more info soon!

Crafty Podcasts

Dwyn authored a post a while back on podcasts. I also love my podcasts. I’ve started making lampwork beads again, and I’m enjoying listening to both audio books, and a regular selection of podcasts on a variety of subjects while melting glass. I’ve compiled a list of interesting craft related blogs for you. Check out Itunes for many, many more on your favourite subjects. Craft Magazine Podcast CraftSanity Podcast archives Craftypod Craftcast

Late post – sad day

My wonderful faithful laptop has finally passed on – and with it, years of photo’s and software, and everything I hold dear…Yes, I have backups (Thank goodness!) but it’s still a royal pain. Living with a computer geek has it’s privileges. I’m not without a computer – far from it. I’m not even going to tell you how many computers we have in our house (not all completely usable) . It’s not the same though. My laptop was the only Windows based computer we have in the house. We also have a Mac, which I’ll now have to get used …

Hello 2010!!

Happy New Year to all! Hope that the New Year holidays found everyone well and ready to get back into action. By action of course, I mean classes! I think we have some great stuff coming up this month that is both fun and an excellent way to keep you indoors and cozy warm. This Saturday we have two classes with Stephanie Dixon. Wire Bead Crochet Cuff Bracelet from 10 to 1pm. Then the Wire Lace Crochet Multistrand Necklace from 2 to 5pm. Amy Waldman-Smith is here this weekend as well, with her Learn to Make Glass Beads weekend. This …

Photo Wars: A New Beginning

Well – after much whinging – I finally did it. I broke down and bought a new camera. And – I went and bought exactly the kind of camera that I said you don’t need. The fancy-schmancy D-SLR with all the bells and whistles and doodads and geegaws and foufaralle that I said you really don’t need. Sorry ’bout that. Now – I am NOT a “research everything to death” kind of gal – I have friends who are, and generally – I just cop their opinions on stuff. However, at this point in time, none of them are in …

Oooops!

I know what I mean when I say oops – what do you mean? Here we are – a brand new year. Here’s a wish for 2010 to be a better year than 2009. Even if 09 was a good year for you – let’s all hope for 10 to be much better. And in case you are having an attack of the blues – check out this “oops” collection – many of them are aviation-related, but most of them will reassure you that you’re not having that bad a day. And if you are having that bad a day …