The Business Chat – HST

Hello people! My name is Catherine Winter and my company is Sailorgirl Jewelry. For 7 years I’ve made my living as a lampwork artist and jewelry designer. No I didn’t win the lottery, inherit money or marry money (and I’ve been asked all those questions). I actually pay my bills with my jewelry and beads. When I first learnt lampworking (at Beadfx) I said “I’m going to make a living making beads”. There was silence. Several years later Dwyn suggested I lead a workshop and share how I’d managed it. For the past 3 years I’ve taught Start Your Own …

Making your own texture sheets

If you work with polymer clay, or metal clay – you’ve probably gone through all of your purchased texture sheets more times than you can count. At some point, you want something ‘different’, and something that is yours alone. There are numerous ways to make them – some more expensive than others. 1) Creating your own silicone mold. Craft and hobby stores carry a 2 part silicone molding compound. You mix them together in equal amounts. Roll it out, and impress with a design of some sort – fabric, botanical’s, cutlery, pretty much anything that has a texture can be …

Time – Making time for beading!

I’m sure most of you know that every month we ask our customers a question. To thank you for taking the time, we offer up a chance to win a $25.00 gift certificate. Just in case you didn’t know – check it out here. In April, we asked:  “Time! It seems like we never have enough! Do you feel like you don’t have enough time to make all the projects that you want? How do you make time? Do you have any secrets for finding enough? Or do you have to sacrifice sleep to bead!” I thought I’d post some …

Quite enamoured

Quite  – It started with this.  I then of course had a peek at her website, as anyone who could make a bead ‘that’ cool, must have some other fascinating things. I was right. A most ingenious way to incorporate beads, and glass in fine art. Go check it out http://www.pipyr.com She also has tutorials, and demented bunnies in her etsy shop  😉

Malliga Nathan

Many of our in store customer know Malliga as a wonderful and sweet and very helpful person. Many of you will know her from the many inspirations she has put up on the site. Now you have the chance to see what a wonderful teacher she is! Malliga will be teaching her first class here on Wednesday June 30th from 6 to 9pm, Leafy Waterfall Necklace! In this class, participants will learn how to make loops, and wrap loops with wire, bending, shaping and hammering wire and joining wire worked pieces together and with chain then finishing the piece with …

Wonderful Montreal

Just got back from a week in Montreal. Went there to take a glass working class – and I have to say – I was utterly charmed by the city. I haven’t actually been to Montreal before, sad to say – as I am very intimidated by the language barrier. Despite having taken years of French in school, I remain utterly mono-lingual. Actually – I have taken French, Japanese, and spent a year in a Spanish-speaking country with a private tutor, and still remain stubbornly unable to string together a sentence in any language other than English. Seriously – a …

Thick Juicy Metal Clay Chains…..

Recently, I decided to make something decadent just for me. All too often I make custom orders or things that will not end up costing too much money so that I can price and sell them easily. Last week I decided to sit down and make myself something that I have wanted to do for a while. Well here it is a big, thick, juicy fine silver metal clay chain. It is not necessarily a complicated metal clay project but it can end up taking a lot of clay. I manged to make this one with just over 100 grams …

Sneek Peek at Next Week

What’s coming up next week? No idea. I just got back from week-long glass-working workshop, and I am still trying to figure out which end is up. Might be pearls – I seem to have a few boxes of them around here. In the meantime – you can check out the work of the instructor of the workshop I just took: Lucio Bubacco. His work is nothing short of jaw-dropping.

Look out, Bead and Button, here I come!

Now that the renovations on our newly expanded store are almost complete, I’m off for a little R&R at the B&B. My idea of a relaxing time is to spend the day playing with teeny-tiny seed beads, so I’m taking some classes at the Bead & Button show before the market opens. First one will be on 3-D shapes with peyote with Diane Fitzgerald, based on her book Shaped Beadwork: The second one will be a loomwork course, and finally I’m hoping to take a course on doing Pave type jewelry using Crystallized Swarovski chatons and a new resin material. …