Fall. Classes.

I love September. And let me say this, this Fall is packed with loads of classes (new classes, and guest instructors) for you all to enjoy. I hope you do, because I’m really excited. Here are some highlights: Michael David Sturlin will be visiting Beadfx from the U.S this October, teaching two classes: FORGED RINGS SAWING AND PIERCING Michael’s work is nothing but phenomenal, and it would be great to learn from him. Even yours truly might be sitting next to you in class. For those of you who have been looking to get certified as an Art Clay Instructor, …

Why Isn’t Marg Driving One of These?

Why isn’t Marg driving one of these, I want to know. “Why?” you ask. “What makes this minivan particularly appropo for our fearless bead buyer?” Folks, I give you the Mitsubishi Delica. I’m not making this up folks. And why would that be particularly on topic at this moment in time? Well – maybe because the next update looks a little like this!!!! Go ahead, click on it – revel in them. Print them on the color printer at the office. Cut them out and rearrange them by colour. Tape them into a paper collage/quilt/wall hanging. Photocopy the results. Repeat. …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Base Metal Clays

This past week I was fortunate enough to play around with some of Hadar’s base metal clays. The last time I had used Hadar’s clay she only had Copper and Bronze clay, now when I look at her site I feel like a kind in a candy store. This week I experiemented with combining some pearl grey steel with copper clay (THANKS Liz). Sadly, I have not fired them as they got damaged in transit and I haven’t had time to repair them. (I may just fire them as is as I can’t wait to see what they look like!). …

The Business Chat – The price is firm

“How much is this bracelet?” asks the customer.“Well, ummm…. it’s…. um…. $95?” replies the maker. Her shoulders are hunched, she’s squirming and her voice lifts at the end of her reply as if she’s asking a question.At this point our eagle-eyed customer has spotted an opportunity.“I’ll give you $50”.“Um… OK.”The maker now turns to her neighbour and bitterly complains that on one appreciates her work, it’s so hard to sell and everyone is always trying to bargain.Sound familiar?I see this all the time, especially among those new to selling. With an attitude like this our maker will be out of …

Inspiration Friday

I made pumpkinesque beads last night. They’re so, so cute – I’m even convinced hubby to stop by the glass store and pick me up 2 more pounds of this particular glass! They’ve been posted in my etsy shop – and I’ll get some in the store too. Now, if you remember the post from last week – the challenge was to make something haloween-ish without it being too tacky. I dunno, what do you think? Personally, I like them – but that could be because I made them. 🙂 If you would like to participate in our Inspiration Friday …

Metal Clay Academy

I may or may not have blogged about this site in the past (see yesterday’s post on my addled brain) 😉 That said – It’s an awesome resource for metal clay, and the best part is that the information is not brand specific. There is also a link there to the Masters Registry – This is a course I’m seriously considering signing up for. In this course, you create pieces to a certain specification – but instead of being judged by an individual, you are judged by a panel of your peers. Interesting indeed. Have a look through the links …

Free is good

Ok, so on occasion I can be seriously behind the times. This morning, while blog hopping – I came across an online Metal Clay Today magazine – completely free!  I say I’m slow here – as I had somehow managed to already ‘like’ it via facebook – but I couldn’t recall ever hearing anything about it. My brain is becoming seriously addled 😉 Anyway, for those of you metal clay fans (or potential fans) who haven’t come across this yet, go check it out now. http://www.metalclaytoday.com/

Back to the Basics

Taking a Basic Bead Stringing class is always a good place to start. Ease your way into the world of jewelery making by learning to string necklaces and bracelets, and learning to close them – closing jewelery pieces will not be so daunting to you anymore. It’s on Sat. July 28.Instructor: Nadine Foskin Now you’ve learned the basics, and you’re thirsty for more? Check out the Make and Take Earrings and Wire Wrapped Pendant, Sat. August 28 . In this class, you’ll learn wire wrapping and wire looping – both necessary skills needed for hanging pendants, and making earrings. To …

Favourite Childhood Books

Last week, I babbled about childhood songs. These week – it’s books. Those treasured books that I re-read endlessly. They must say something significant about who we grow up to be, but I can’t say that I really can make the connection, based on the ones I read. They were, in no particular order All That Katy Did, An Omnibus of What Katy Did, What Katy Did at School, and What Katy Did Next, by Susan Coolidge The Five Little Peppers and How They Grew, by Margaret Sydney Black Beauty, by Anna Sewell Ok, the 3rd one makes sense, I …

The Joy of Metal Clay: METAL CLAY RINGS

I love creating metal clay rings! Today, I am teaching a metal clay rings class at BeadFX. Rings can be frustrating and problematic at time. Two main problems that one can run into is with SIZING and STRENGTH. Since most of you won’t be in class today, I am going to give you a few thoughts, tips and a project. Sizing: Sizing metal clay rings can be frustrating for the beginner. First, metal clay shrinks, so you need to account for this. Second, everyone handles their clay a little differently so one method that works for one person may not …