Rapid Loops

We’ve taught you simple loops, and wrapped loops. And now, we’re going to show you … Rapid Loops. Or, you too can make 14 wrapped loops in 6 mins. Or 50 in half an hour! There are some applications where lots of beads hanging together just look fabulous – but making those dangles and loops can be tedious. First – let me back up a little. 😉 Last week, we had our pre-Christmas staff dinner. All the crazy bead ladies in one room! With Chocolate, and Lychee Martinis. We just want to say to you – anything can be an …

The Joy of Metal Clay – Free Resources

Oprah has her favorite things for Christmas which she shares with her audience. Unfortunately I am not so affluent so I willl share with you my favorite Free resources instead. The internet has a plethora of resources on any topic and there are many many resources out there for the metal clay artist. www.CoolTools.us Cool Tools is a US supplier of a fun variety of tools for metal clay but also have a variety of articles about metal clay. Two of my favorite resources that they have are: Ultimate Metal Clay Firing Guide Gemstone Firing Guide www.WholeLottaWhimsy.com – Whole Lotta …

The Business Chat – Time to Review

The last of my online orders are out the door, the phone is quiet, the sales season is winding down. Of course at the same time I’m realizing that hey, Christmas is next week and I need to shop! With business slowing down I can focus on personal for now. Or can I? The answer is yes and no. Yes I can take some personal time however I cannot just drop all business matters just because I have no sales. It’s very tempting when business is slow to let it drift, after all there’s no sales happening and there’s cookies …

Inspiration Friday – Special Edition

Heh – My special edition really means I have nothing this week for you. 🙂 I have been busy, and working on gifts – including an all nighter last night to get my kids treasure boxes made. Unfortunately, no picture as my card reader as gone awol. But basically, I’ve got a total of 6 stacking paper mache boxes. 3 for each girl.  I downloaded some digital scrapbooking kits, and printed out paper, and other elements which are then modpodged onto the boxes. I’ll embellish further with some hot fix swarovski’s. I still need to pick up some hotfix stones, …

Zentangle and Jewellery

As you can surmise from the title, I’m still thinking about Zentangle’s, and more specifically how to incorporate Zentangles into jewellery. I’ve made a little rule for myself – mainly to keep me in check. I will only invest time into a new craft if I can possibly incorporate it into my jewellery somehow. Yes, lots of ideas we’re floating around my head last night preventing me from getting a decent nights sleep! First we have the obvious (at least to me, and anyone who works with polymer, or metal clay). Zentangles are line drawings. They would translate very well …

Zentangle and Maya

I have my oldest daughter home sick today. While I was writing the blog post from earlier today, she watched Milliande’s video that I posted earlier. She sat next to me completely, and utterly fascinated by the process. Then she disappeared.  After writing the blog post, I ran up to get in the shower (we had  quite a late morning). When I came back down to the living room, she showed me this: Maya is 7 years old! Could just be proud Mama syndrome, but I think there is definitely some talent there 🙂 I wonder if she’ll share my …

Zentangle

I’ve gone ahead and ordered myself a Christmas present! Unfortunately, I think I ordered it a bit late, and it’s arrival prior to next Friday is unlikely.  Quite a while back, I first heard of Zentangle I think through Sue Henry at one of our Metal Clay playdays. In any case, I thought it was kinda neat, but I certainly didn’t have time to start playing with something else. Since then, I’ve seen a ton of references to the kit  online through artists blogs. It was time! So what is a Zentagle exactly?  Basically, in it’s most simplistic – it’s …

Last Weekend of Classes

This weekend ends our class calendar for the year. The Parent/Child Metal Clay Class is on Sat December 18th. In this class, you and your child can learn to work with metal clay and make beautiful pieces of jewellery in a relaxed and fun environment. Also on Saturday and Sunday, December 18 and 19th, Learn to Make Glass Beads with Amy Waldman-Smith. This is an 8-hour introduction to lampworking. You’ll learn the basics of working with glass and how to make gorgeous beads out of them. That wraps it up for the year. It’s been fun! Check out the classes …

Thinking at 90 Degrees

I bet you have seen earring findings like this a million times. Or some variation there of. Oh yeah, you think – I could do a bunch of dangles, maybe different lengths, maybe the longest in the middle or at the back. But has it occurred to use them like the sample below? Not dangling beads from them but wiring between them? (The one shown to the left has a lot more loops, closer together. Looks like the 5 loop version is out of stock. But you know, with a pair of flush cutters, you can cut out every other …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Adding a Touch of Colour – Pebeo Paints

There are many ways to add colour to metal clay such as coloured resin, enamel, liver of sulphur…. The latest one that I have finally decided to play with is the use of paints. Pebeo makes a variety of paints for ceramics and glass that people have found them to be useful for metal clay. I had dabbled a bit with them but had longed to purchase a collection of colours and really use them. Yesterday, I finally bought a big collection (my local Art Store was having a sale – always a good excuse to spend some money!). First, …