Using a Cabochon

I’ve been making these dragon’s eyes lately – and someone around here, who is as fond of dragons as I am, just had a birthday – so I figured a dragon’s eye necklace was in order. The thing about these dragon’s eyes is that they are made “off-mandrel.” Which, for those of you who aren’t into lampworking, means that instead of being made on a nice, sturdy rod of stainless steel, like a bead, they are precariously balanced on the end of a rod of glass while being made – which makes them about an order of magnitude harder to …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Copper Clay – Part 2: Metal Adventures and other brands

Last week, I talked about the Art Clay brand of Copper Clay. This week I am going to cover the other types of copper clay, primarily the Metal Adventures CopprClay which is a type that requires kiln firing in a box of carbon. You can check back on last weeks post for Art Clay Copper. Tools:The tools required to work with CopprClay are similar to what you would use with any metal clay. Either have separate tools for each type of metal clay you use or wash them well between uses (Exception to this is paint brushes, I have separate …

The Business Chat – Selling on Consignment

We’ve spent the last few weeks talking about all the things you need to do behind the scenes to get yourself ready to sell. Now let’s talk about selling your fabulous creations. There are 3 ways of selling: Retail – directly to the public Wholesale – a store orders X number of pieces and pays on delivery Consignment – a store displaying your work and paying you when it sells Consignment is the most common method of selling to stores and the topic of today’s post.Selling your goods on consignment means that you get paid by the shop only upon …

A one week break from Inspiration Friday

Sorry folks – With my kids getting settled in school this week,  I just haven’t had time to do anything even remotely creative. Finally, as of today – both kids are now in school. Woot! 🙂 And now that I have time,  I’ve got to get a move on with some paperwork, and other boring but necessary stuff.  🙂  I can hear Marg tapping her fingers from here! And so, next week – we’ll get back to making fun stuff! Have a great weekend – and if you happen to be in fusing class tomorrow,  I’ll see you there for …

Lampworking

I was thinking this morning that we rarely talk about anything lampwork related on our blog. Strange that, as we are a lampwork studio after-all. It was certainly our main thing when beadFX first started many, many years ago. Over 10 in fact! Dwyn, our webmistress – and most excellent writer is also a very talented lampwork artist. While I would love to take credit for that, I didn’t in fact actually teach her how to make beads. I tried however: Dwyn was our very first employee back in the early days. One day, it was a little slow (or …

Planning for Fall

I don’t know about you, but this Summer has gone far too quickly. I’ve got one back in school, and the second starts on Friday.  I’m looking forward to next week as things get back into a better routine. I normally try to use the summer to plan for the fall – new classes, new designs, new things to learn. This summer passed by in a whizzing blur, and I have nothing yet planned for the fall!  I do plan to spend more time with metal clay, resins, and I’m hoping to to spend some time learning about enameling. That …

Knitters Fair, Wire Working and Bead Stitching

First off, Beadfx is going to be at the Knitters Fair in Kitchener this weekend. If you plan on being there, drop by and say hi! If you’re going to be in the city during the weekend, and you’re looking for something bead/fun related, we have 2 classes you’ll be sure to enjoy. Introduction to Fusing with Jennifer Tough WireWrapped Earrings and Pendants with Rae Huggins And next week? You can learn Basic bead stitches with Cindy Vroom. You’ll learn the Peyote Stitch, Russian Coralling Technique, Dutch Spiral and St. Petersburg Chain. A new stitch every week for 4 weeks. …

Epic Fail

Not every piece of jewelry you make is going to be a winner – although – usually you can figure out that it’s not going to cut it before you finish it. Before you crimp the final crimp. And, it’s always good to remember that you learn more from your mistakes than you do from your successes. Although, really – I prefer to learn from OTHER people’s mistakes. 😉 Anyway – I should have known better, and as soon as I finished this bracelet – I knew I had goofed. Let’s have a look at it, shall we? Looks pretty, …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Copper Clay Part 1: Art Clay Copper

Last week, I talked about many of the current base (non precious) metal clays available. For the next few weeks I hope to cover some of these types of clays more in depth. Today, I am going to start with Art Clay Copper. Art Clay Copper like other metal clays is made up of microscopic particles of metal (in this case copper) mixed with water and a binder. Once fired pieces made with Art Clay Copper end up being pure 100% copper. First let me start by saying that Art ClayCopper is somewhat unique compared to most of the other …