Copper Pipe Pendants

A while back I picked up a book by Stephanie Lee called Semi-precious salvage. I just love her designs, as I’m quite enamored with the vintage-y, rough, dug out of the dirt look. Mixed media jewellery is quite intriguing to me – and I plan to explore it more over the next little while. I’m really just scratching the surface. In Stephanie Lee’s book, she used copper pipes and copper sheet to create bezels, she further roughens up the look by covering the whole thing in solder. I was excited to see if I could take the little resin/glass pendants …

MICHAEL DAVID STURLIN AT BEADFX

If you’ve been considering taking one or both of Michael David’s Sturlin‘s classes, and have not signed up yet, this might be the time. Classes are almost full!!! Both classes promise to be of full of hammering and sawing goodness – and of course beautiful hand-made jewellery. And if metalsmithing is not for you, check out our other classes – fancy some bead crocheting? Adios Amigas!

One-off Free-form Cabochons

Got another batch of one-of-a-kind, free-form cabochons in the store. These won’t be going up on the website – you’re just going to have to come into the store to get them. Such a hardship, I know. Spending time in a light, airy store surrounded by all the beads and tools and findings. Getting all sorts of ideas for all kinds of other things you can make. Maybe even striking up a conversation with someone who actually appreciates a good bead the way you do. Tragic. Make a day of it. 😉 Here’s some selected cabs as eye candy. Obviously …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Pearl Grey Steel – Trial # 1

As I mentioned several Sunday’s ago, I tired creating with pearl gray steel clay. Sadly the pieces I made broke in transit….I finally decided to fire them to see whether I managed to at least sinter the clay properly. Here is what I did:I started with Pearl Grey Steel (Pearl Grey Steel Reference) mixed with Quick Fire Copper.I placed it in a steel pan with carbon and fired it with a full ramp to 1000F then held it for one hour then ramped it 750/hour to 1800F and held it for one hour. Sadly, I had failure (or partial failure, …

The Business Chat – Time to talk about the Holidays!

It’s bright and sunny outside, the first few trees are starting to turn colour, and today I saw the season’s first pumpkin display! Time to panic people, CHRISTMAS is coming!!! Only 3 more months until the day!!! As most people don’t leave gift buying until the day before the shopping season will begin in earnest in about 2 months. That means that if you intend to sell this season (and I assume you do as you’re reading a business chat) then you need to start getting ready now. Today I’m posting a checklist for you to help kick your holiday …

Inspiration Friday

Happy Friday everyone! We have a new Inspiration Friday post for you this week. We would love for you to participate! Here’s how it works: Every week, I post a new picture. If the picture inspires you to make something (anything at all really), send a pic of the item you made to contest@beadfx.com with the subject line “Inspiration Friday”.  You don’t have to complete it in one week – take as long as you like. The idea is to get you creating, and possibly working with colours or materials that you wouldn’t normally work with. Here is a bracelet …

What’s she playing with now?

  You may be asking yourself – what on earth is she going to do with copper pipe, and a pipe cutter? Those of you who have read Stephanie Lee’s Semiprecious Salvage know exactly what I’m going to do. For those who haven’t – stay tuned next week!  I’m very excited 🙂 Last week, I posted the very sad story of the flooding in my basement, and the complete ruin of a metal clay project I was working on. Once I finished crying of course – I started fresh. Fortunately, on one of my walks with the girls – we …

How pumpkin pies are made

One of our lovely customers sent us this Thursday funny. I’m still working on my first coffee, and it took me a minute to ‘get it’.  Putting my glasses or contacts on would have helped too 😉 Thanks Sharon!