Classes at beadFX January 16 – 22

I’ve Learned Peyote Stitch…Now What, Jan. 16 11am – 2pmSo you’ve learned how to do the peyote stitch, what’s next? Here’s a class where you can learn how to create your own peyote patterns and adjust patterns. Coils, Soup and a Stone, Jan. 18 6pm-9pmThis is a cool mixed pattern necklace: semi-precious stones, seed beads, chain, coiled beads – all in one necklace. And hey, who says you can’t add your own? Beaded Bow Bracelet, Jan. 20 6pm-9pm This wireworked bracelet calls for precision and detail for a beautiful finished look. Try it in Copper, Argentium Silver or 14k Gold …

And a wandering we will go…..

I am so easily distracted lately. In attempting to write the blog post this morning, I was surfing around in need of some inspiration. I don’t think I really made it far enough to be inspired by anything…. hehehe Here’s what I’ve done so far…Spent 20 minutes clicking ‘surprise me’ on the smitten kitchen blog, because of course caramelized shallots have ‘everything’ to do with beading and jewelry. 🙂  I then got distracted by a link on facebook which took me to the amazing artwork of Wesley Flemming. Be sure to have a look through his gallery. Incredible glass insects!! …

Headed to Tucson? Check out the Swarovski show.

Tucson is Mecca, Mecca for bead and gem enthusiasts that is! For about 4 weeks at the end of January, beginning of February, Tucson becomes THE place to go to shop for beads, gems, stone beads, exciting new findings, tools (old and new), hot new products, – in short – just about everything you could desire. New product lines are launched. Never before seen gemstones are introduced. Old ones are re-visited. You should go at least once in your life! You’ll be overwhelmed with the beady goodness! It is now so large, it is not even a single show, now …

Joy of Metal Clay: Snake Charming

Rolling metal clay into a snake might seem like a relatively basic concept but there are a few handy tricks that can make this skill much easier. The first thing I learned when attempting to roll clay into a snake is not to do it directly by hand as I had learned early in those developmental years in life as a child playing with my Playdoh and plasticine. Using a hard surface such as a piece of Plexiglas with a handle will allow you to make smoother more uniform snakes. You can purchase snake rollers, yes that is what they …

The Business Chat – online sales

When you have a job, you have to file your income tax return, and your employer also has to file a return with the government (Revenue Canada or the IRS) telling them that they paid you. The government can then match up what your employer reported as your income compared to what you reported as your income. The difference when you are self -employed is that you are reporting your own income and the government doesn’t have anything to match it up with. With self-employment there are a lot of opportunities to “fudge” your income, declaring less than you actually …

Inspiration Friday

Happy New Year all! 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 …

The great reveal – Zentangle on polymer

I decided to try two different types of image transfers. Both were printed on a laser printer, as toner works far better than ink jet. I have heard of options for ink jet users – but never paid it much mind as I have a toner based printer anyway. If you have any links to share for ink jet users, please feel free to comment below. In both instances I used Kato White Clay. I’ve got to admire you Kato Clay users out there….It is not easy to condition, but once you’ve got it conditioned – it really has a …

Zentangle on polymer

As you may remember from my posts just before Christmas. I ordered myself an official Zentangle kit for myself as a Christmas present. It arrived just after Christmas, and I’ve had a bit of a chance to do some tangles – both on paper, and on polymer clay! Here are some of my very first ‘Zentangles’ that  I posted on Flickr I tried tangling directly on a polymer clay pendant, rather than use an image transfer. For the first one, I let the ink dry for about 30 minutes, then tried doing some shading with pencil. This didn’t work. As …

We’re Back! School is now in Session.

If you’ve already signed up for a class this year, that means you’ve checked our website and seen the classes for January 2011. Coming up next week – Jan. 11 4-8pm, is a 4-hour Introduction to Lampworking class with Dwyn Tomlinson. Have you ever wanted to learn how to make glass beads? This class will give you a little taste, and wet your appetite. Do you have a coiling gizmo that’s just sitting there? Are you looking for new, fanciful ways to work with wire? Try the Coiling Gizmo Techniques class, Jan. 13 6-9pm. There’s one more. This is a …

Attaching Swarovski Hot Fix

Last week – I said I would talk more about actually getting the Swarovski Hot Fix Rhinestones onto the fabric. First, a word about what you are attaching to. The hot fix glue needs some sort of surface that it can penetrate into. If you have a new garment, you need to wash it first to remove the sizing and make it so that the fibers will absorb the glue. You can do a water droplet test. If you flick water droplets onto the fabric and they stand up on the surface, you will need to wash it. If they …