Comparing the New Swarovski Colours

A phrase from a book I read as a kid stuck with me over the years – the main character “dreamed of doing something grand one day, like discovering a new colour, a colour that no one had ever seen before … “ It struck me as such an unlikely thing to want to do – and as I got older – such an impossible thing. We’d be talking re-engineering human physiology here – it just continued to stay with me. No idea now who wrote it or anything else about the story. So – notwithstanding that – I’d like …

The joy of metal clay: Sculpture

I embrace the ease in which you can create sculptural elements with metal clay. Well OK it may not be EASY but it is much easier than if you wanted to create with traditional metal working techniques. Here is some of the fun I have had over the years working with metal clay: Building BUILDINGS: I love building miniature buildings, homes, apartment buildings, birdhouses and more. I especially like making rounded buildings for some reason. The birdhouse below was inspired by a birdhouse my mother-in-law had in her yard. “Barb’s Birdhouse” The windmill below was one of my early building …

The Business Chat – Newsletters

“Wow, these are fabulous! I love them!”Don’t you love hearing this? Except when it’s followed by, “If only I had some money.” “I’ll buy these for my sister’s birthday – in 6 months.” “They’d make great Christmas gifts, where can I find you at Christmas?” or some other similar comments. So what do you do when you hear this? The most common response is “gee thanks, here’s my business card.” In 6 months time when the customer is looking for Christmas gifts your business card is at the bottom of her purse and there is another artist in her face …

The Wonderful Colour Wheel

Sorry I’m late with my posts this week. Yesterday was just one of those days … 🙂 I actually have a few things for you which i’ll post in separate posts throughout the day. The Wonderful Color Wheel is another fascinating read – be sure to check out part 2 as well.

Wednesday Linky Love

I had a chance to peruse a couple blogs this morning. I haven’t really had a chance to look at any blogs (other than this one of course) since the kids school started back up. It was my morning ritual to enjoy a coffee or two while the kids watched early morning cartoons, and peruse my blog lists. Now I pretty much get straight to work – as the mornings around here are on the crazy side 🙂 I came across some great tutorials for metalsmiths (or metalsmith wannabes!) on the etsy metal blog. Also, be sure to follow along …

Marilyn Gardiner Weekend

Next weekend, Marilyn Gardiner is teaching two classes at beadFX. For those looking for an introductory to beading class/beading 101, this is the class for you: Basic Bead Stringing with Marilyn Gardiner. You’ll learn how to string a simple necklace, and how to finish it. Marilyn is also well known for her beautiful chainmail jewellery. In this class, students will be adding Swarovski crystals to sterling chainmail bracelet. Basic knowledge of chainmail is required for this class. Also available in copper…

Fixing Epoxy Mistakes: Post Curing

As I have mentioned in several blog entries over the past few weeks – I’ve been experimenting quite a bit with the DevCon 2 Ton Epoxy that we carry. I’m particularly impressed with it’s clarity, superiour hold, and clear, glassy finish. Ease of use is pretty good too – as it comes in a dual action push tube, you just uncap, squeeze out two matching puddles of resin and hardener, and mix. But I was gluing some bails onto dragons’ eyes a couple of weeks ago, and for one reason or another, the twin streams of hardener and resin did …

The Joy of Metal Clay -Certification: Level One Art Clay Certification

I am teaching a Level One Art Clay Certification at BeadFX at the end of this month (October 29, 30, 31 ). I have been getting quite a few emails inquiring about the course. I welcome the emails but for those of you who are curious or just too shy to email me here is a little bit about what the certification class involves. First and foremost I must state that the course has a mandatory curriculum (sadly you can’t go off willy nilly making your own thing). There are seven projects that have a very specific set of requirements. …

The Business Chat – Solve a problem, sell a product

Recently when I was reading a marketing book I came across an idea that stopped me dead. One little sentence so mind blowing and yet so obvious that I forgot to finish my cookie. (And if something comes between me and cookies you know it’s a big something). Here it is. People don’t buy products, they buy solutions. DOH!!! They have a problem, they buy something that solves the problem. This means that our job as salespeople is to listen to the customer, work out what their problem is and present our work as the solution. I hear you muttering …

Inspiration Friday

Happy Friday all! If you would like to participate in our Inspiration Friday posts and get some free publicity…Come on people – free publicity is good!  It really can be anything at all, and not necessarily related to jewelry. Once you’ve got it made, send us a picture and we’ll post it here. Submissions should be sent to info@beadfx.com with the subject line “Inspiration Friday”  There is no timeline, so please don’t worry about trying to complete it within a week.  If you have a blog, or an etsy (or similar) site – we’ll post a link to your site …