Playing with a different type of clay

A number of weeks ago, I pulled out some earthenware clay that I had bought quite some time ago. Fortunately, the clay was still moist.  I made up a small batch of pendants, and I’ve now got them in the kiln for a bisque fire. It’ll be interesting to see how these turn out. Earthenware, I believe needs to be fired to cone 04 for it’s bisque firing. One little problem I have is that my glass kiln only goes to 1900F – this isn’t quite hot enough. It should fire to around 1950 to be cone 04.  I’m hoping …

Yay – A sale!

I think you’ve all seen the announcement by now – It’s our double dipping March Madness crazy sale! It comes just once a year – If you haven’t checked it out yet: http://www.beadfx.com for all the details

It feels like Spring!

How wonderful it is around here with this gorgeous weather! Are you finally getting out of the winter doldrums and getting inspired to create? Well, we’ve got some interesting stuff coming up in tonight’s update that will be sure to help you out with your projects – trust me! Be sure to check your mail email later tonight or tomorrow – seriously, you WILL be inspired! Not on our mailing list? You can join here: http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/subscribe.jsp

It’s March..Let’s Celebrate!

The weather outside is gorgeous! It is hard to imagine a reason to be in doors, except that you would be missing out on our great classes. Kate McKinnon’s classes have gone up on the site finally! She is offering 3 one day classes this year, two metal clay and one seed beading class. Sunday May 16th is Metal Clay for Lampworkers.In this excellent one-day class, Kate will show you not only how to make a variety of components to showcase your handmade glass, but will give you some exciting tips, tricks, and thoughts about using fine silver with your …

Lampworking 101 Part A –begins tomorrow!

I did include a reminder about Dwyn’s 4 week Introduction to Lampworking class last week as we were re-working the dates a bit. This 4-week lampworking course is for beginners. Fascinated with the idea of making your own glass beads? You’ve seen these beads in jewelry, in collections. You seen them online and on ebay. You’re intrigued with these handmade works of art and the process of making them yourself draws you like … a moth to the flame? In this 4-week class, you will learn how to make your very own glass beads, starting with nothing but the glass …

Malachite!

Marg brought this back from Tucson – handed it to me, in a small plastic baggy.“Wow,” I enthused, “Nice malachite!” I slid the small strand out into my hand. “Oh,” I said, confusion colouring my enthusiasm. “This is … not Malachite, right?”“Right,” she said. “One of the vendors gave me that. Apparently, there is virtually no new Malachite out there. Nothing affordable. Mostly, it’s been mined out.”“D4mn,” I replied, turning it over and over and hefting it in my hand. “D4mn. It’s good. It feels wrong, but it looks amazing.” This imitation Malachite looks like the real thing, but in …

Cream Cheese Penguins

The topic of how to make cream cheese penguins was started by an old guy behind the counter at one of our tool wholesalers, of all places. Here’s the recipe. Kids would probably love to make these – although very few of the kids I know actually want to eat olives. Bet they’d be a big hit at a Unix conference too!

Sneak Peek at Upcoming Weeks

A few days ago, I mentioned that the stuff I had sent back from Tucson had arrived. I thought you might l ike to see some pictures of what you’ll be seeing on the website over the next few weeks. First off, for you cabochon lovers, there’s some gorgeous dyed Impression Jasper. There will be matching beads as well. Then, there’s a lot more of the large hole beads that proved so popular. The holes in these are in two different sizes. One is large enough to fit the Pandora/Troll bracelets. We will also be carrying sterling grommets that fit …

beadFX is getting bigger!

For those of you who frequent the store, you may have noticed a flurry of activity in the unit next to us. That’s because we’ve taken over! Over the coming months, the classroom will be moved to a new bigger space, our offices will be moved to a new bigger space (with sunlight!), and the store will probably get a wee bit bigger too.  Hey, with all of the new seedbeads, and tools coming in – we need somewhere to put them! We’ll try to get you some pics once there’s something exciting to show you! We now have over …