Creative Genius

Every now and again one comes across a website or blog that just truly knocks your socks off. Scott Bedford’s, What I Made site is certainly one of them. From his doodles, to the ingenious projects. There is something here that is sure to get just about anyone inspired to get out their tools and craft supplies, and get busy crafting away. Like this: It’s a secret safe!  Or something like this: It’s a dimmer switch faceplate – I wonder if this would help my kids to remember to shut the lights off during the day?  And there is tons …

A Creative Mind

I’ve been super busy getting the inspirations ready for this evening’s update. We’re all super excited about the epoxy clay.  I’ll be honest – my initial reaction to the clay was ho-hum at best, that is until I started actually playing with it. I was provided a goodie bag of stuff to play with as long as I brought it all right back in case Stephanie needed it for demo’s. Thank goodness she hasn’t required it back yet! I just can’t stop … You can sculpt with this stuff! I’ll again be honest and admit that my sculpting skills are …

Corsage Project Deadline is Thursday!

First off, thanks to everyone who has come to our Corsage Project Open Beading Nights. And, thanks to all you lovely folks who have dutifully worked on jewellery pieces for the project. Tomorrow, Wed March 30, 6 – 8pm, is the last Corsage Project Open Beading Night, and Vanessa Seneriches from The Corsage Project, will be here to make jewellery and answer your questions about the project. Please note, if you’re working on jewellery at home, or sending pieces in by mail, the deadline for submission is Thursday, March 31st. I know we’ll make some young ladies happy! OTHER EVENTS… …

Epoxy Clay Tutorial

Ooooo – we are excited about this! You are familiar, I think, with 2-part epoxy glue. It is an glue that comes in two separate containers, a resin and a hardener. You mix equal quantities together, apply to what ever you need to glue, and wait for it to cure – to harden. Well – now we’d like to introduce you to 2-part epoxy clay. It comes in two parts – a resin and a hardener – only, instead of a liquid – it is a soft putty or clay. You take equal parts of the clay and the hardener, …

The Joy of Metal Clay – Waiting for Spring Flowers

It is officially spring but for many of us we are still experiencing snow on the ground. In Toronto we had a little taste of spring (last week) and I was able to enjoy the crocuses on the terrace at the Hospital where I work during the week. Then Wham, lots of snow. I hate to complain about weather and will refrain from whining but I am itching to see those spring flowers popping up from the ground. Every Spring I find great joy welcoming the little bulbs popping up in my garden. My children play the spot the signs …

The Business Chat – bank accounts and you

Does this sound familiar? You went to a craft show and sold some work, did your happy dance and deposited the money in the bank. Because you’ve sold some work, you ran straight to the supply store to pick up those lovely shiny objects you’ve been coveting. Then you ordered some more supplies online, then paid for some business cards and sent a cheque with a craft show application. No problem, you’ve been selling work lately. Meanwhile, your husband/wife looked at the bank account, saw money and paid some bills. And now you’re looking at the bank account and what …

Inspiration Friday

Happy Friday! This past week I’ve been spending pretty much every available free minute on the torch making beads. It’s been quite a while since I focused on beadmaking, and I needed to immerse myself back into it. I’m tempted to head back down there later tonight. So many ideas to try out! Here’s a few pics of what I’ve been making – nothing super fancy, just getting my feet wet again. I’ve got some of these up on my etsy site, and some up on ebay. With luck, I’ll have a bunch to bring into the shop on Sunday …

Last call for Inspiration Friday

Let’s see what you’ve got this week! Are my beads going to be all by their lonesome? If you’ve got something to show – send it on over to us info@beadfx.com with the subject line ‘Inspiration Friday’ Please send it on over before 8pm this evening. Cheers all!

Create Your Style Iphone App

I’m downloading the (new?) Create your style Iphone application as I type. This way, you can view all of the sparkly design inspirations wherever you are! Bring it in to the store to make sure you get everything you need for a project. This would probably be quite cool on an Ipad 😉  Heh…still trying really hard to justify one….somehow I doubt hubby would agree.

Kuler

I have a feeling we’ve blogged about this before. Even if we have, it’s worth repeating. This site is so cool – and most helpful to jewelry designers. Adobe’s Kuler Or Pictaculous What does it do? Well, it helps you generate a custom palette that can be used for just about anything. I’ve picked a few of my bead sets and made colour palettes with them. Now, if I want to make jewelry with these, it’s easy to come up with a set of colours to work with.   You can upload just about any image you have, or with …