Happy Friday

A linky love Friday for you. Some of my favorite flameworkers today for you. This is only a few links – I have hundreds of favourites of course. Any lampworkers reading today – please feel free to post your link in the comments. I know I’m leaving out a ton of really talented Canadian Beadmakers – so post away! http://www.anastasiabeads.com/enter.htm Shari Slonski Dwyn of course! Amy Waldman-Smith Lezlie Winemaker Lucie Weir Amy Johnson Stephanie Sersich

Call for Entry

Got a 30 minute ring you’d like to share with the world? Lark Books has issued a call out for submissions for a new book – Jewelry Design Challenge: 30-Minute Rings Editor: Marthe Le Van Entry Deadline: March 19, 2010 Are you a skilled and imaginative jewelry designer who is up for a challenge? Great! Your mission is to design a ring that can be made…start to finish…in 30 minutes flat. Sound fun? We think so. 30-Minute Rings will showcase more than 50 incredibly stylish step-by-step projects that can be created without investing too much of a valuable commodity—time! The …

Tucson Stuff has arrived!

The UPS guy moaned and groaned, but we all helped heave 13 big cartons of stuff that I shipped from Tucson. They’re all sitting there on the classroom table waiting for me to open them up. It’s gonna be like Christmas here tonight! Boxes of freshwater pearls, semi-precious stone, Czech glass, vintage Swarovski, cloisonne, and too many other goodies to mention. And that’s not all. While I was there, I ordered other goodies from several manufacturers. These will take a month or two before they arrive. Stay tuned! There’ll be lots of new stuff on our website in the coming …

What’s Coming Up

I know that most of the country is in full blown Olympic mode but thanks to the invention of time shifting and cable boxes that record for you, you won’t have to miss the games to come and take classes! This weekend we have a rare 5 Hour Introduction to Lampworking class with Amy Waldman-Smith on Saturday February 20th from 11 to 4pm. Stephanie Dixon is here with her Wire Crochet Earrings for Beginners from 11 to 1pm. Sunday February 21st is Robert Burton’s Silver Braided Bracelet class from 1 to 4pm. Students should have taken a beginner class or …

Location, Location, Location

It’s not particularly uncommon for a stone or gem to be specific to one area on the globe, or even to one tiny little plot of land, like a single mine. When gems and stone deposits form, they form from the heat and pressure deep underground of a particular chemical soup that has come together, right there, and right then. Anyone who has ever made a particularly good chili, and then spent the rest of their life trying to duplicate it, can appreciate the subtlety of the chemistry involved. A pinch of magnesium, a dollop of zinc – can be …

Happy Valentines Day! & Gong Xi Fa Cai!

And for Valentine’s Day – I got you … heart medicine. I’m betting you remember Calvin and Hobbes – the comic strip about the boy and his stuffed tiger. If not – hie thee-self to a bookstore and buy one of the compilations of strips – they are still in print – and they are well worth it. Bill Watterson – the creator and artist – decided to quit while he was ahead. It’s been 15 years since he folded the strip. He was fiercely loyal to his vision and staunchly resisted commercialization. Bill Watterson is still alive and well …

Sigh…

I swear, everytime I try to get something done, something else goes wrong. I had some computer trouble last night. I hope to get the remaining creativefx kits posted today. As soon as I can get them up, I’ll post!

CreativeFX winner posting soon!

So, we’ve had all sorts of little technical glitches. I have only three entries left to post, which Ill get up at some point today. Once I’ve got those posted, we’ll FINALLY do the draw from December. Stay tuned later tonight for the winner to be announced, and we should have the new creatiefx kits posted by next week. The end of year draw is coming soon as well – stay tuned for more details!

Bronze Clay – part (who knows)!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve had more firing frustrations with the bronze clay. What I’m finding the most frustrating is that when using a firing method that has worked flawlessly, all of a sudden does not work. My last couple batches of bronze clay have not sintered properly. I first thought that it may be time for a carbon change (your carbon needs to be replaced every 12 or so firings). I changed the carbon, prefired it, and the second batch also did not sinter. hmmmm…. So batch 3, thinking it would also not sinter – of course, this …