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 …

Making an Art Journal for Inspiration

We all get into a creative rut every now and again, and I think this happens more to those of us that create for profit. We try to create things that we know will sell, and that is pretty much a surefire way to smother out any creative sparks that may have been on the verge of igniting. At least that’s the case for me! I’m always trying to come up with ways to reignite that creative spark within me. Personally, I have so many other things that are more pressing – that trying to come up with new designs, …

Inspirations

We’ve had some very positive feedback on our question of the month which is “What do you think of our inspirations – our weekly projects? Hate ’em? Love ’em? Ignore ’em? Never heard of ’em? If you haven’t – check them out here: InspirationsFX“ Most of you ‘love em’, a few ignore them, and no one has actually come right out and said they hate them – whew 🙂  The one criticism we have received is that there usually isn’t enough information for folks who are newer to beading to figure out the process on their own. More instruction is …

Classes at beadFX January 23 – 30

I’m happy to announce that Stephanie Dixon is back – with a few new classes too. On March 5, Stephanie will teaching (one-time only) the Embellished Business Card Holder. Also new, is the Crystal Adventure Necklace on March 5th. But you don’t have to wait till March to make all that blingy stuff. This weekend, Jan. 23rd, try the Crystallized Bling Ring with Stephanie. Another instructor returning this month is Lezlie Winemaker. Lezlie will be teaching with us till March 2011, so look out for her classes on our monthly calenders. Next weekend, Jan. 29 & 30, she’ll be doing …

How to make jewelry = What kind of jewelry do you want to make?

Always, we get emails and people coming into the store, who come and tell us: “I want to make jewelry, where do I start?” And we always respond with, “What kind of jewelry do you want to make?” because, “making jewelry” is a really big topic. A macramed, hemp friendship-bracelet and the crown jewels of England are both “jewelry” – but the techniques to make either one are decidedly different! So, we’re going to start a new series of blog posts that tackle “How to make Jewelry for the Complete Newbie” – but we’d like some input from you, dear …

Joy of Metal Clay: A new product!

Photo taken from from Whole Lotta Whimsy I recently read about a new product (at least new to me) called clay bond. Hmmm…interesting but what does it do? Apparently, it can be used to bond metal clay or sheet metal together. It is described as a powder made of silver and a binding agent that becomes a solder that attaches your pieces ?!!!! It says it can be used for copper, bronze and brass. (not sure if it can be used with other metals) The powder is mixed with water to make a paste, that it is brushed (with a …

The Business Chat – show applications and deadlines

As I sat down to write this I had planned on beginning a series on the joys of bookkeeping. The series will be talking about the fun of tracking expenses, the joys of bank reconciliations and the sheer wonderment of profit and loss statements. Bet you can’t wait! Just as I was about to begin my eyes fell on my calendar, and I realized, hey – it’s January 15! I have a craft show application due today (the show is next November)! ARGH! Good thing I looked at the calendar and an even better thing that I had written that …

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 …

Eye Candy

I’ve got an insanely busy day ahead of me – so just a quick eye candy post today. Quick for me to post at least. You’ll want to brew up a pot of tea before checking this one out! Rachel Nelson-Smith is a highly talented seed bead artist. Be sure to check out her gallery of designs. She’s also got a DIY section if you want to download any of her projects!