Boxes and Boxes

I’m at the store today to host the lampworkers happy hour – and I’m oogling the boxes of new metalsmithing tools. Keep your eyes open over the coming little while for lots of new tools headed your way! Short and sweet today, as my carpal tunnel is acting up 🙁

Bronze firing experiment

So….I knew this would happen. A couple of weeks ago, I posted that I was having trouble firing bronze clay. The last few batches did not fire/sinter correctly. What came out of the firing pan was basically a pile of bronze dust.  At the time, I couldn’t think of anything that I had done differently. I hadn’t. This time, I made up a batch of worry beads, let them air dry for a few days (actually about a week before I got around to firing them), and then fired them using the exact same batch of carbon, in the same …

It’s Beginning to Look Alot Like Springtime!

I know that the weather people are warning us not to get too excited, it is still winter after all. But who can help themselves? It is sunny and sort of mild out and it conjures up images of springtime! Springtime means a new wardrobe and a new wardrobe of course, means new accessories. What better way to get inspired then by taking a class or two. We have a lot coming up in March. This Thursday March 4th and 11th is Metal Clay Rings with Heather Bell-Denison. This is a two week class that runs from 6 to 9pm …

Dazzling Bracelet!!!!!

Back in September of last year, we got in a book with some fabulous seedbead work in it. You may remember – I pointed out that there was a truly stunning design on page 89, and, as I would clearly never have the time nor the skill to execute it – if anyone wanted to make it for me, I would happily trade lampwork beads for the labour! Well – Rona Lawson took me up on the challenge. I sent her the beads, and she worked away at it – and here it is – is it not tres magnifique? …