So you want to make Jewelry? What about clasps?

Clasps. So many different kinds of clasps – does it make a difference what kind you use? Yes, you betcha! Although there are many possibilities, each style has it’s own strengths and weaknesses that make one a better choice than another, depending on how you are using it. Clasps fall into the general category of “Findings.” Finding is that big category of general “stuff” that you need to make jewelry that is not the actual jewelry part itself – so ear wires and clasps and headpins and earring backs and … stuff. So I’ve heard – they are called “findings” …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Metal Clay Play Days

Today is Metal Clay Play day at BeadFX. I am fortunate enough to fill in for Jennifer Tough today, the usual host, and my first Metal Clay Instructor. (Metal Clay Play days are held monthly, check the BeadFX Class Calendar for dates.) Metal Clay Play day is a fun day filled with people with a love of metal clay. It is a chance to use all the fabulous metal clay tools that find their home at BeadFx and to socialize (if you wish) with other like minded folk. It is often a chance to get inspiration or learn a trick …

Inspiration Friday

With a new year, how about we make a few little changes to our Inspiration Friday posts? This year, you pick your inspiration reference! There are lots of places to find inspiration. Photo’s, magazines, fabric, nature, patterns, textures…Have a really good look at the little things around you, and make something – anything at all. The whole point is to get you out of your comfort zone, and experiment with new beads, materials, found objects, ephemera – anything you can find! We’d love to see what you come up with. Send us a picture of your new creation, along with …

The Business Chat – running your office

Last week we talked about the importance of keeping all receipts AND entering them into some sort of spreadsheet or system. If you do this on a regular basis it’s really not a big deal and can save you HUGE amounts of both time and money. So why do so few businesses do this? Why is the blogosphere full of crafters moaning about how far behind they are? Why? Because they don’t run their office properly. This is especially true for part-time businesses. So many part time people don’t really think of themselves as a business and so they fail …

Gratuitous pet pic

Happy Thursday all! My creative planning fell by the wayside last night as I had to come up with a costume for my daughter to wear to school today (dress as your favourite movie character). Turns out it was Tiana from Princess and the frog. That took up most of the evening, and I’m looking forward to getting back into the studio tonight. (who am i kidding) 😉 We have a new kitty! Thanks to the persistence of the above mentioned Tiana, hubby finally gave in. Now we have Sam, who lives solely to torment the dog. Luna ignores Sam …

Tucson Bound!

Well, not me – how I wish! One of these years I’ll make it down there though.  Marg is busy, busy, busy planning her yearly shopping expedition to the Tucson Gem and Mineral Shows. Pearls, stones, and all sorts of other fabulous beads and treasures will be boxed up, and shipped back here. We’ll get daily emails outlining her adventures of the day, and admonishments to keep our paws out of the boxes until she gets back 🙂 As I’m sure many of you know. The Tucson Gem and Mineral Show is not just ‘one show’. The show itself lasts …

Diane Fitzgerald

It’s not even February yet, and some of the classes are already filling up. So sign up now while you still can. Diane Fitzgerald, jewellery designer and author, is teaching 4 workshops at beadFX in March. I’m super excited and I know a lot of you are too. Her designs are amazing and she’s an awesome teacher. If you’re like “what the heck? I didn’t know about this” or “who’s Diane Fitzgerald?”, see details below. March 9Moorish Tile Beads March 10Gingko Leaf Necklace March 11African Circle Stitch Necklace and Butterfly Necklace March 12Crystal Helix Necklace and Flowerette Bracelet P.S. Don’t …

So you want to make Jewelry? Stringing a Basic Bracelet

So – you want to make jewelry? Welcome to our world, little frog – it’s a big, wonderful place, full of colour and passion and choices. Many, many choices. First, we are going to talk about “stringing.” It is probably easy for you to guess that by this, we mean threading beads through their holes onto some sort of long, thing stringy stuff and tying a knot. Yes indeedy. That’s it. You now know how to make jewelry. Go away now, and let the master rest. What – you don’t think that is the all and the whole of it? …

The Joy of Metal Clay- Cork Clay

Cork Clay is a mouldable form of cork that can be used to create forms to cover with metal clay. I use cork clay to help make hollow forms when making syringe forms or if I am making a sculptural piece. I have spoken about using cork clay with syringe in a previous post about syringe metal clay. Cork Clay is relatively easy to use. There are a few basic principles to keep in mind: Mould your shape out of cork. Make sure you cork is completely dry before you add the metal clay. Cork clay is dried best using …

The Business Chat – the power of receipts

It’s January and the blogosphere is buzzing these days with posts of taxes owed, forms to be filled out and lots and lots of moaning and groaning about piles of receipts to be entered. It appears that very few people keep up to date with their bookkeeping, I admit, I too was behind by about 4 months. (as of today I’m caught up, wooohoooo!) Around September things in my wee business just got really busy and entering those little pieces of paper into a spreadsheet became very low on my priority list. When faced with the choice of making beads …