The Business Chat – August slow season

There’s a slow and lazy feeling about the last half of August. Humidity is high, cicadas are buzzing and kids are dragging their feet knowing this is the end of their freedom. No matter how long we’ve been out of school we all feel the laziness now. Add to this the traditionally slow sales of August and we’re all tempted to let the business slide for the moment.Wrong.Now is the time to really put some muscle into your business. Yes sales are slow at this time of year. No we don’t feel like working. Suck it up and do the …

More playing with resin

I’ve been (very slowly) working on some projects that will allow us to teach a resin class this fall. As I think I’ve mentioned a few times already – with the kids home for the summer, I’m really not getting too much done.  🙂 The other day I was experimenting with painting the resin on paper. It could be the humidity, but it just isn’t hardening up like I thought it would. I want to make some teeny/tiny little book necklaces out of actual paper, and bound with  a hinged metal clay cover. I can see these in both silver, …

Online Tutorials

Now that my first tutorial is out – and I really had quite a bit of fun working on it! Is this something you’d like to see more of at beadfx?  A number of classes I offered in the past could be made into tutorials – some more complex than others. I’d love to hear any comments you have about tutorials in general. Do you purchase online tutorials? What price range are you willing to pay? 1) up to $5.00 2) 6 – 10 3) 11-15 4) 16 and up If you have purchased online tutorials before – are you …

Lazee-Daizee

Next week is jam-packed with classes at Beadfx. The topics range from metal clay to lampworking to basic bead stringing earrings. So take your pick, and have fun! 1. The Clintons (Laurie-Anne and Beth) are back teaching the Viking Knit class. This is an introductory class for all of you out there who have been dying to learn how to do the viking knit. Plus, you get to use the All-In-One “Lazee-Daizee” Viking Knit tool, which we also carry at the store. It makes a huge diffference with the tool. 2. Check out these beautiful earrings – made with pearls! …

I can see! I can SEE!

Ohmigawd! I can see! I have been going multiple rounds with my – well – I was going to say “ophthalmologist and optician” – but I think I will call them “my vision care specialists” because really – I make them work for their living! They deserve a fancy title. Because some people have glasses, but I have a vision system. My purse is half-full with glasses cases. The other half is electronics, btw. I go nowhere without my GPS and MP3 player. Mostly because I would never get there without the GPS, and I would be too bored without …

Metal Clay Pastes: Overlay Paste

There are numerous versions of paste which you can use when working with silver metal clay; this can make things confusing. The types of pastes are: Paste (watered down clay used for attachments, repairs and to coat organic materials) Syringe paste (a thickened paste that comes in a syringe – I discussed this one several weeks ago). Overlay Paste (I will explain this one today) Oil Paste (I will discuss this one next week) The most common and essential paste is the regular paste that is used to fill cracks, attach pieces and to cover organic shapes (such as leaves) …

The Business Chat – Do the work.

Lately I’ve been feeling a bit like a war-wounded veteran. I’ve been in business for 8 years now and I’ve done 150 craft shows. Over these 8 years I’ve seen dozens of people come and go, some last a couple of years, some don’t even make a whole season. I mentioned this at my last business workshop and someone asked me why do so many people not make it? This is a hard business and most people who fail do so because they fail to realize they are running a business. You. The person who is trying to sell just …

Yay! The tutorial is done

I have to say, what started with Marg ordering a few glass tiles – turned into quite the full little process for Dwyn and I. You may have noticed on our front page this morning – Dwyn mentions creating the collage sheets – These are so much fun to make – Dwyn being the incredible artist that she is – I cannot wait to see the dragons, and fairies, and other things she comes up with! The tutorial, and collage sheets are free this week only with purchase. Starting with next wee’s update the Tutorial will be $15.00 – which …