Metal Clay Classes

If you are interested in learning to work with metal clays– this is the month to do it! We have a number of introductory courses as well as an advanced course, making it the perfect time to do it. Friday February 12th is Charmed I’m Sure with Heather Bell-Denison from 10:30-5:30pm. This is an introductory Art Clay Silver class. Saturday February 13th, from 10 to 5pm, is An Introduction to Art Clay Copper. This class is very different from the Art Clay Silver class and it is recommended that if you are interested in working with Art Clay Silver and …

Answers: Spot the Turquoise

Last week, I posted some pics from Marg’s private collection of Turquoise samples, and asked you to spot the fakes. Well- I was being tricksy – because only the last item was actually not turquoise. These beads are synthetic. Everything else was actually genuine turquoise – what was really different is that some of them are stabilized, and some are natural – completely untreated. Turquoise, in it’s natural state, is mostly pretty soft and crumbly, from a cutting and polishing point of view. Not soft from a being-hit-over-the-head point of view, but in terms of cutting out a cabochon, putting …

Costume Jewelry Magazine Launches

I mourned the passing of “Vintage Fashion and Costume Jewelry” – a magazine that I enjoyed for many years. Completely member-supported, it featured some wonderful insider-interviews with some great designers, and kept me in touch with the world of collectible costume jewelry – which, after all – is what got me into beading and making beads in the first place! I’m pleased to see a new magazine spring up and give it a go. Publishing anything in this market is tough, and magazines are tougher, and while I don’t know the founders personally – I’m prepared to gamble $25 and …

Friday

Sorry about not posting yesterday. I spent the day reading Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell at the hospital. My mom had gone in for a day surgery procedure, and I had fully intended to post when I got back. So much for that! I got caught up in my book, fell asleep early – and now it’s Saturday already 🙂 Hopefully, we’ll get an update from Marg on how things are going in Tucson. I believe she’ll be back at some point tomorrow, although possibly quite late. I know all of us are quite excited to see what she comes …

Linky Love Thursday

Just one for you today. Sue sent this link to the Ontario Art Clay group I belong to. She was specifically talking about these metal clay rings. However Daily Art Muse is now on my blogroll. There’s some gorgeous stuff here!

Tucson – If its Tuesday, it must be ???

I’ve only been here 4 days, and already the shows are are starting to blur and run together. Yesterday, I went down the series of shows on the I-10 strip. There are 6-8 hotels/motels along a service road that parallels Interstate 10. Each motel has a different show in it, plus every room on the ground floor is booked with small vendors selling all manner of odds and ends, some of which have only the most tenuous relationship with gems or minerals. Most of these shows are oriented towards gems, fossils and raw chunks of rough semi-precious stones, so I …

Happy Groundhogs Day!!!!

Happy Groundhogs Day to all. As you may know, all of the groundhogs saw their shadows today, so that means 6 more weeks of winter. Which also means six more weeks of good excuses for staying inside and taking classes at beadFX! Our February classes look great. Tonight, Tuesday February 2nd Dwyn is running a lampworking technique night–Long and Shaped Beads, from 7 to 9:30pm. There are still a few spaces available. Thursday February 4th is Basic Bead Stinging with Nadine Foskin from 6 to 8:30pm. There are only 2 spaces left for this beginners class. Saturday February 6th is …

Let’s Play: Spot the Turquoise!

Marg is off in Tucson, perusing the stone beads and other exciting finds. I’m stuck here at home, but at least I have her private stash of turquoise samples to rifle through. So, let’s play “Spot the Turquoise” – I’m going to show you some pics and you can guess which is which. Answers next week. Yeah – I’m so mean.