Fabulous Bead Storage DIY

Wow!  Dwyn sent me an email this morning pointing me over to this post: http://artbeadscene.blogspot.com/2011/02/create-wall-of-beads-storage-system.html Elisabeth (Beads for busy Gals) wrote the full tutorial here: http://beadsforbusygals.blogspot.com/2010/10/answer-to-perpetual-beaders-question.html I must make one of these for myself – One of these days! 

A Mix of Things

There’s lots coming up next week by way of classes. Are you interested in learning how to make glass beads, but you’re not quite sure if it’s for you? You can take a 4-hour class Sunday Feb 13 11am to 4pm with Amy Waldman-Smith. Of course, this class will barely scratch the surface of the wonderful world of lampworking, but you’ll be introduced to basic concepts. Angela Peace is an expert on Chinese Knotting, and on Feb 13 11am to 2pm, she will be teaching the Pan Chang Knot. The Pan Chang Knot is a classic Chinese knot that can …

So you want to make Jewelry? What about clasps? Part 2

Last week, we discussed clasps – which are a subset of findings – findings being all those little odds and ends that are required to make the jewelry work. We covered two (Hook & eye, and box) of the five main categories, not including the odd little items that are hard to categorize. This week – we fearlessly carry on! Toggle Clasps – toggle clasps really are sort of a variant of the hook and eye, in that they are a purely mechanical clasp with a ring you hook a bar through. In general – they consist of a ring, …

The Joy of Metal Clay – More Bronze

Last week during metal clay play day I worked some more with the Fast Fire Bronze. Is showed you the pictures of the pieces waiting to be fired. Here are the results. Overall, I would say there was more success!!! If you look closely at this pendant the cubic zirconia in the piece have discoloured. The reason for this is that I hadn’t cooled the piece naturally and quenched it before it had cooled enough. Oops….something I know not to do but hurried it. Learn from my mistakes. This piece is not yet finished. My Dad has my dremel as …

The last night

This final day for me in Tucson was spent running around to three different shows to pick up stuff that I had ordered earlier. All the shows were busier today, and people are still arriving to start their shopping. This has been overall the coldest week I’ve ever spent at the Gem shows. Would you believe this was a hotel fountain in an enclosed courtyard yesterday afternoon?! Yikes! Today was much more reasonable weather for Tucson. I spent over 2 hours filling out @#$%$ customs forms this afternoon. Everything has been carefully packed up by the great guys at the …

The Business Chat – Calendars

Continuing on with my current mania for organization this week I ripped the first month off my 2011 calendar. This isn’t just any old calendar, this is my spiffy new Business Calendar (it deserves capital letters). I keep to-do lists, but until now I didn’t have a business calendar. I’m talking about a different kind of calendar– I mean a seasonal schedule, something to remind me in July to get busy on designing my Christmas line. A reminder in October to order mailing supplies for the holiday rush would be helpful. I also included my schedule for sending email newsletters. …

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 …

What I did on my Winter vacation – Tucson

I took a couple of courses at Swarovski as the vacation part of my Tucson trip. The first course involved rivetting large Swarovski fancy stones onto a bracelet blank. This involved the use of a new rivetting tool (which beadFX will be carrying in the near future, of course). It involves some careful measurement, but was very easy to use, especially with a table-top vise that you can get at any large hardware store. The next course was really fun. I got to embellish the top of a plain compact case with Swarovski flatbacks. I started with an argyle pattern, …

Cleaning the studio

As usual, my studio has fallen into complete, and utter disarray.  I’ve spent the last couple of months not feeling my best – and only going into the studio to complete a project. As such – I can barely walk down there now…Having your studio in the same place as the family ‘storage’ zone isn’t necessarily the greatest spot.  I think part of the reason for my lack of inspiration lately is quite simply an inability to find ‘anything’ – So today, I’m clearing it up a wee bit in between working on a few new resin projects. In the …

In this Corner – The Undisputed Queen of Colour

Many of you know the name – Margie Deeb is a highly talented bead artist, and some will recognize her name from her books on colour palettes.  I’ve recently discovered that she has been writing a column since 2005 called Margie’s Muse. They’re all archived on her site as PDF’s that you can download, and view at leasure. If you’re in need of colour inspiration – look no further!