Corsage Project Jewellery Submission Deadline is March 31st

Believe it or not the month of March is coming to a close, which means the deadline to drop off jewellery for the Corsage Project is (March 31) right around the corner. For those who don’t know what the Corsage Project is, The Corsage Project is a charitable organization that works to ensure that young women who are to graduate, but cannot afford to attend their prom — can have the lovely dresses, shoes, and, jewellery they need. If you’ve been putting off making jewellery, now’s the time to finish up your masterpiece. Are you stuck? Do you need ideas …

Beginner Jewelry Making: Earring Talk

Earrings are an easy place to start making jewelry – they are a small project that tends to be quick – and so have a lot of instant gratification. The main criteria is to keep them light – or, at least, light enough for you to wear! And being small – it’s easier to keep the budget under control. (Two minutes of perusing MY designs will reveal just how far out of hand you can get!) So – let’s talk about the bits and pieces you use to make up earrings. (BTW – all these pictures are also links to …

The Joy of Metal Clay – Information Resources and a note about donations.

There is a plethora of information online, the following is a series of great online references for information related to metal clay. I have shared in the past the Squidoo Lens on Bronze Clay by Margaret Schindel. Here are more of her compilations of metal clay information worth mentioning: A comprehensive one on PMC and Art Clay Silver and Gold. One about Textures. One about setting Gemstones in metal clay. One reviewing metal clay products, books and magazines. A note about Japan’s Earthquake:On a more important note the recent disaster in Japan has rocked us all and has left many …

The Business Chat – shop policies

No matter how big or small your business is, online or at a craft show, it is a shop. And shops need shop policies. One of the best things you can do for yourself is to prethink any problems a customer can present you with so that you always have a ready answer. What if your customer is buying your work as a gift and the recipient doesn’t like the colour? Can she exchange it? How does she do that? Humming and squirming and not having a ready answer doesn’t put you in a good light; look professional and state …

Inspiration Friday

Happy Friday! And here in the Toronto area we had a fabulously wonderful mild day. Spring is finally coming.  I spent most of my very quiet week (sans kids) on the torch, making beads. I’m starting to amass quite the little pile that still needs to be cleaned.  I did manage to make up a little bracelet using some of my heat patinated copper bits.  I’m not entirely sure if I’m happy with it yet. I may rework it a bit more – it still needs something. We would love to have you show off your stuff! We’re you inspired …

Luck o’ the Irish to you

Happy St. Paddy’s day! It’s almost Spring, and any excuse to get out there, wear a silly green outfit, possibly get a wee bit – well tipsy, and sing Irish folk songs, sounds good to me. The Wearin’ O’ the Green Today is the day fer the wearin’ o’ the green. Today is the day when the little people are seen. Today is St. Patrick’s Day, so if ye’r Irish me lad, Join the celebratin’ fer the grandest time ta’ be had. Ya’ put yer hand up in the air, the other hand on your hip. Ya’ tap yer toe, …

The Madness may be over…but the fun continues

Thanks to everyone who showed up for the Diane Fitzgerald courses and the Tierra Cast Make and Takes. And our March Madness Sale was nothing but Madness! The fun still continues. The Corsage Project Open Beading Nights will be taking place till the end of March. The Corsage Project is a charitable organisation that aims to provide prom dresses and accessories to graduating high school girls who would otherwise not be able to afford to go. Since 2005, Beadfx has been a proud sponsor of this project and we would love your support. Thanks to everyone who has already dropped …

Heat patina on copper

Love the colours! Last week I promised a little video on how I add heat patina’s to copper. I think the video demonstrates it quite well. The main trick is to practice a few times, and keep in mind that the patina will continue to grow even after you remove the heat source. I also find that I get much better colour if I do not quench the metal after heating. Just let the metal cool down naturally. You’ll notice that you’ll see the colours appear in the following order: Gold Orange/Red Pink Purple Dark Blue Light Blue – pale …

All Sorts of Ideas

All sorts of ideas – sleeting through through my brain! Attended the Swarovski new product presentation on Friday with Marg – she’s already seen all the new stuff – well – heck – so have I – I’ve photographed a whack of it and you will see some of it in this week’s update. That’s not the point – the point is to get ideas about kewel new ways to use the new stuff, and the old, and generally be inspired! One of the things that Swarovski does is present their new items on “flags” – beautifully crafted fabric wall-hangings …

The Joy of Metal Clay – Nickel Pin Backs???

I found myself out of fine silver pin backs and didn’t’ want to wait for (or pay for shipping) of new ones, so I decided to try out using nickel pin backs with my silver clay. Let’s just say it is not the best option but much less expensive (at 27 cents a piece or less depending on the size you buy). Before embedding anything that you are unsure of how it will handle the temperatures of firing metal clay it is best to test fire the item (so that you don’t waste your clay). First, I researched the melting …