Next Week in Classes…

At beadFX, we always have a ton of classes because we know you’re always looking to learn something new. Next week is no different. For metalworking enthusiasts, try our Basics of Soldering class on Nov 17. In this class, you’ll learn, well, the basics of soldering. Topics covered include: soldering a butt joint, soldering a long seam, soldering a small item to a large item and how to solder a jump ring. Coil and coil away on Nov. 16 with Rae Huggins. Isn’t that pretty?Finally, are you a lampworker looking for a new challenge? Try the Sculptural Angel Workshop on …

Inspired InStyle

InStyle magazine is one of the few fashion publications that I buy with any frequency – and that is only because they usually have a minimum of 3 pages devoted to jewelry. This particular issue was a hum-dinger however, with a whole whack of inspiring ideas. I was uber pleased to see big rings, big bracelets and lots of jewelry in general. Not because I actually care about fashion – “Really?” – those of you who have met me would say, “I would never have guessed!” Careful putting your tongue that far into your cheek – it might come right …

The Joy of Metal Clay: The final pictures of the Bronze Patina

Last week, I talked about using ammonia to patina bronze. Here is the final photo after 7 days over the ammonia fumes. I am not very happy with it to be honest. Still, I didn’t achieve the rich turquoise I had hoped for. Perhaps another few days might have worked but I am not sure. In my reading some people suggest using salts to help enhance the colour (perhaps that is a solution, although I have been able to get the blue without the salt on previous attempts, I wonder if the ammonia’s strength decreases over time, the bottle I …

The Business Chat – Shipping

Yay! Someone clicked the Add to Cart button on your website/online store and purchased your fabulous earrings!!! Congrats!!! Now, before you run off to celebrate you still have work to do. You have to get those earrings to their new owner. You have to ship your product. Of course it won’t be that much work because before you listed those earrings you thoroughly researched how to ship, what packaging to ship in and how much to charge for shipping. And of course you posted all of this online or in your booth (where you took an order for the earrings). …

Delay in posting

Sorry for my lack of posts – unfortunately, I got caught up with some deadlines. I do have posts coming up hopefully later today, or at worst over the weekend!  We have a submission for our Inspiration Friday post as well. At the shop, everyone is extremely busy preparing, and packing up for the Toronto Bead Society show. Are you going? What sort of stuff will you be looking for?  Personally, I’m looking forward to a few hours – sans kids, and the chance to catch up with old friends.

Wednesday Distractions

It’s a perfect day to get distracted isn’t it?  As I was preparing to write today’s blog – the only thing that kept popping in my head was a missing book, and my need to replace it. Somewhere in my house is a book by Hadar Jacobsen – her 2nd book. You might be wondering how one can lose a book, or misplace it – and still believe you haven’t loaned it out to someone…Well, I own a lot of books. Maybe I did loan it out to some one, but more likely it’s here somewhere. I also have a …

New Classes with Bling!

We have two new classes featuring next week, and 3 other regulars. Check out the Viking Knit and Swarovski class with Laurie-Anne and Beth Clinton. Are you like me, and you’ve been eyeing the Swarovski cones? This class adds bling to viking knit. Rae’s A Little Bit of Everything class, really has a bit of everything – wire wrapping, loops, coiling, spirals, and more. Plus, the necklace itself is made with a mix of semi-precious stones, chain, tubes and an assortment of glass beads. And finally, 3 of our regular favourites: Introduction to Art Clay Silver, Introduction to Lampworking, and …

Bail Out, or Easiest Earrings Ever

I’m pretty sure that I’ve pointed out these pinch bails, or similar, in some of the inspirations that I’ve done, but they are soooo easy to use, it’s worth making the point again. These are bails – and before we go any further – let’s clarify what we mean by “bail.” Or “bale.” There are two spellings of the word: bail and bale. Bail is a sum of money to release someone from prison, to leave, to abandon, to empty water from a boat. Bale is to bundle into a ball. Hay comes in bales. Whether the jewelry term should …