Triple Treat Donuts

I’ve had this little project kicking around for a bit – it’s really more of a technique than a specific project – so I decided to blog it here instead of listing it with the InspirationFXs. This works best, so far that I have found, with Firepolish donuts, the 8 mm size – but there’s naught to say that it won’t work with some other sizes and shapes too. It would look cool with some other shapes too, I think, like some of the drop beads. It’s a super easy project, fairly quick and fun – good cottage project with …

An ounce of prevention: Tips to preventing dry

OK, OK, I know I spoke about clay drying last week but. Dry clay is something I feel strongly about helping people prevent and deal with so…here I go again. I am going to give you a long list of tips that I find handy in handling your clay. Preventing dry clay: Plan out your design before you open your clay. If you are like me and like to work out your design with you hands. Try out a different type of clay to test out textures and designs. When I teach I have students use playdoh or polymer clay. …

Beads, Baubles, and Jewels

I just noticed that the TV show Beads, Baubles, and Jewels is now (or almost – preorder) available on DVD.  For those of you who have missed the episodes, or would like to keep a copy of them – You can preorder your dvd here through Interweave Press. We may be able to get them in as well if there is enough demand. Here is a preview of the season

Ultra low tech patinas

Just in case you missed the inspiration I posted last night – you can see it here. I mentioned that my plan was to paint the filigree with acrylic paint to give it a washed shabby chic kind of look. Of course, I couldn’t leave it until later. I had to start working on it right away. Many hours, and 3 buffy reruns later – here’s what we have. I actually worked on a few other things, as I got distracted when I saw all of the unfinished projects on my work bench 🙂 First things first, I use the …

Wednesday thoughts and ramblings

I finally had a chance to visit the store in person for the first time in two weeks (long story), I knew of course that the reno’s were happing, and saw the pics on the blog. However, you really need to see the new space in person. First off, the store. Technically, it only gained about 300-400 square feet or so. However, the 300 square feet is no longer broken up by a half wall, which makes all the difference! The store looks huge!  The electrician was hopefully in last night to fix the lighting at the back of the …

What is new and what is coming up!

June is just around the corner and we have some great classes booked for the month. If this weekend is any indication of the weather we are in for this summer it looks like a hot one, what better to cool down for a bit but to swing by for a class or two! Nadine Foskin is a fabulous designer. Her unique approach to jewelry making has been influenced by her background in Fine Arts and her love of fashion. She received a BA in Fine Arts with an Honours in Studio from Bishops University in QC, followed by a …

Competitive Jewelry Wearing – or – Ohmigawd u look fahhhhbulous dahlink

When you go to big shows and conventions, like Tucson or Bead and Button, you are going to the one event where you can wear your most fabulous jewellery and have it be really appreciated. There is no such thing as wearing too much jewelry at these events! Oh, sure, you might trot out that piece that you spent 1200 hours making and wear it to the office – and maybe someone will say – “Nice Jewellery” but the odds are – that bunch of philistines are never going to really truly understand what a labour of love it was. …

My metal clay is cracking, HELP!!!!!

One of the biggest problems that plagues newcomers to metal clay is drying clay. Silver metal clay and some of the other metal clays can dry extremely quickly resulting in cracks in your designs. Sometimes the cracks can be a welcomed organic look at other times it can be quite frustrating. Good news though with preparations and tricks these problems can be overcome. Here are some examples of what I mean and a solution. First, here is an idea of how the clay dries. I rolled two pieces of fresh low fire silver clay then wrapped them over a small …

Mug Shot Voyeur

A large heaping scoop of schadenfreude – that’s what this site is about. (Schadenfreude – pleasure in someone else’s misfortune – in case you missed the meaning of this oh-so-useful word). This site – the Smoking Gun – features mug shots of celebrities – actual mug shots – taken when they were arrested for their excesses of behaviour and/or lack of judgement. How ghastly do they look with out their make-up, careful lighting and sympathetic photographer? Is the mug shot the ultimate leveler? You decide. You can gloat over Bill Gates being arrested for a traffic violation in ’77 (although, …