Jen’s Running Late

Jen’s stuck at a Dr. appt – now there’s a fun way to spend New Year’s Eve! – she just asked me to let you know that as soon as they get it in gear and let her out of there, she’ll be posting, but in the meantime – here’s MY ring entry! Where’s yours? Jen’s running late – so you could still send it to her.

Cocktail Ring Challenge

It’s the quick ring challenge…and yup, I mean quick! We all need ideas for some fabulous jewels to wear out for New Years Eve celebrations – or even dinner at home with the kidlets like me. Even If I’m not partying it up, I’ll still wear my jewels 😉 For reference: http://www.beadfx.com/wordpress/index.php/2010/04/21/birdsnest-repos/ http://www.beadfx.com/wordpress/index.php/2010/11/08/inspired-instyle/ For those of you still on vacation, and have a bit of time make up a ring today at some point, and send me a pic before 8am EST tomorrow morning. Who’s game?

Changing the World – One loop at a time!

Hot d4mn! The feedback that we’re getting on our rapid loops is that you love it! Jen used it last night in her inspiration, I was talking to Stephanie Dixon last night, and she’s all excited about it – it really is a fast way to make surprisingly great loops! If you find that the headpin is starting to wind around the end of the pliers as you wrap – just a little change in the angle that you grab the headpin at with the pliers can make all the difference. Just experiment a little with each one you do, …

Cool Tools to Make Designing with Hot Fix Rhinestones Fast and Easy and Fun, Fun, Fun.

I know, I know – rhinestones aren’t exactly beads – but by now, you’ve probably figured out that the bling is the thing, and so long as it sparkles – it’s fair game. First – let’s clarify some terminology. Rhinestones can fall into two categories – those with a pointed back, and those with a flat back. Pointed back stones need to go into some sort of setting or mount, whereas flat backs can be glued to any reasonably flattish surface that you can get a glue to stick to. Swarovski makes a plain, flat back rhinestone, but, because a …

The Joy of Metal Clay: A Stacking Ring

As I sit here relaxing on Boxing Day. I have decided to share my fun and fabulous stacking ring over the past few months that I managed to fire and polish for the Holidays. It was project that I had on the go for a while. I made a very wide band ring, let it dry partially and then cut it in half to make the two rings. Then I let it dry complete and added the adornments. This ring’s adornments interlock which makes for an interesting ring (in my opinion). The outer portion is a domed circle with a …

The Business Chat – Balance

Balance is very important in life, especially when you’re working on a small crafty business that you just LOVE so much! Or when it’s full-time. Your crafty business will begin to take over your life. Sometimes you just have to stop. And today is one of those days. It’s Christmas Day people, why are you reading a business blog? Put down the mouse. Pour yourself a glass of holiday cheer, serve up a wedge of cake or a plate of cookies and relax. Have a fabulous holiday. You deserve it.

Merry beading to all, and to all a good night

Do you remember this from last year? It’s worth republishing once a year 🙂 by Dwyn Tomlinson Merry Beading to all and to all a Good night! T’was two nights before Christmas, and the malls were all hopping Not a beader was beading, they were all madly shopping Oh, the beads and the tools were all lined up with care In the hopes that spare moments soon would be there The kids were distracted, farmed out with their Gran It was now the last minute – and a do-or-die plan Just a few left to go, it’s a workable list …

Baking and Beading

I’m scrambling like a mad woman today. As usual, no matter how well I plan – I fall behind. This time, something came up which prevented me from getting much done over the last few weeks….But knowing the procrastinator that I am – Even if the little time snag never happened, I would still be behind. 🙂 Today is baking and beading day – 4 beading/jewelry gifts left to make, and all of my holiday baking.  The beading I won’t get to until late tonight after I get the kids to bed, and all of the other presents wrapped.  I …

Beading Daily – Free Projects Galore!

I recently revisited Beading Daily and I’m glad I did! The site is run by Interweave Press, the publishers behind Beadwork, Stringing, and Step by Step Wire among others. I was perusing their free projects looking for some ideas to work on over the holidays. There are a ton of interesting projects – including some that may be new to you. You will have to join in order to view the free projects (give your email addy). Be sure to check out the sister site Jewelry Making Daily for more projects. Like this one: The Starburst Pendant Or this Chinese …

What’s happening in 2011?

I have a few announcements about the new year. Stephanie Dixon is back. So, for everyone out there who has been itching to take her wire crochet and wire lace classes, now you can! Stephanie also has a few new classes. I won’t spoil it, but they’re pretty little dainty things (duh). Lampworking artist, Lezlie Winemaker, is also returning to teach a few lampwork beadmaking classes in January and February. There is a lot to look forward to in the new year. Bead shows (in and around Toronto), 5 Guest Instructors (details coming soon), and more Awesome Classes. Here are …