Sneak Peek at next Week

Swarovski Makes Fish! Who knew? As a wise man said – Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day.Teach a man to fish, and you get rid of him all weekend. Want one of these? You can make it yourself. It’s eee-zzzzeee. It will be reveal on Wed at midnight!

The Business Chat – Working ON your business

One week later and guess what? It’s still August, the cicadas are still buzzing and it’s still slow season. Let’s continue working ON our business rather than IN it. Last week we discussed 5 things to do during a slow season. Here’s 6 more: Blog makeover! Hey, the kids are getting new supplies and clothes for the new year, doesn’t your blog deserve some spiffying up too? How’s your blog looking these days? Could it use some new graphics, maybe a different layout? Do you have a mission statement for it (meaning do you have a purpose behind your blog?) …

Inpiration Friday post

Nathalie pointed out this week that I have forgotten to post the info on how to participate in our Inspiration Friday Posts. Doh!  Sorry about that. Here’s the info right at the top from now on.  We’d love to see what you have made from an Inspiration Friday Post. It doesn’t matter what week it’s from – I can’t even manage to get one done every week 😉 If you have some pics – send it to info@beadfx.com with the subject line Inspiration Friday. Let me know which picture inspired your creation. Feel free to send us more info – …

Think outside the box

In this case – think about your business card. How many of you keep business cards? Unless it is particularly useful, or impressively interesting – it probably gets tossed. While blog hopping this morning, I came across an interesting post by Jen Wallace on the Buzz Blog. Go check it out, and get your promo’s ready for the holiday shopping season!

My Inspiration (ahem) Friday bracelet

I absolutely love this bracelet – and now I’m inspired to make some more little metal clay components – and get my rear end back on the torch to make beads to go with. See –  these inspiration Friday posts are working (at least for me). I may be perpetually late in getting things done, but I’m getting there nonetheless! I found these beads in my stash – I believe they were sample beads from the lovely Unicorn bead ladies.  They seemed to be perfect for the last theme: The components are all made from metal clay copper – and …

Glass and Metal Clay

Jennifer Tough, who is always coming up with new and creative ways to make jewelery, has been at it again. The Introduction to Fusing and Metal Clay for Lampworkers is a class for lampworkers (who may or may be into metal clay) who are looking for ways to incorporate metal clay pieces to their work. We all know how beautiful your lampworked beads already look, imagine adding unique metal clay pieces to it. Maybe you are not at that stage yet? Maybe you want to learn how to make glass beads? Well, consider taking the Learning to Make Glass Beads …

Back to the Future

Ack – halfway through August – summer’s nearly over! Where did this year go? How can it be 2010 for that matter? Isn’t that some distant time in the future? And if I’ve somehow managed to travel into the distant future, where’s my flying car? And my household robot? Where are the underwater cities? And the vacations on the moon? Harumph. Well – moving on from this future-inspired angst, I’m going to fire up the Wayback Machine – and show you the three Swarovski Colour Charts that we have that span the last few years. These are interesting because you …

Froggy went a beadin’ …

Last week, when I wrote the weekly update for the store, I borrowed an old song and mangled it to suit my purposes. And I was floored, absolutely floored I tell you, to discover that quite a few folks did NOT recognize the song reference! Omigawd – I had no idea you had such deprived childhoods! So – to set the record straight – “Froggy went a beadin’” is a corruption of “Froggy went a courtin’.” I think of it as a classic children’s song/folk song – you know the type, with a million verses, very repetitive. Google and youtube …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Oil Paste – What is it good for?

Last week I talked about Art Clay Overlay Paste. This week I will talk about Oil Pastes. Oil Paste can be bought (Art Clay has a brand) or it can be made using regular paste and lavender oil. Oil Paste is meant to bond already fired metal clay pieces together. Of note: regular paste can work as well but I have found that at sometimes the Oil Pastes will give you better bond). Oil Paste differs from Overlay Paste (which I discussed last week) in that the minimum firing temperature is 1475F. I use oil paste for several purposes: to …