We Like Variety and So Do You

If you’ve ever come into our store and said something like, “I want to learn how to make jewellery!”, don’t be surprised if you get a weird look followed by an assortment of questions. There are more than a thousand ways to make smashing looking jewellery. So, what type of jewellery would you like to make? Next week you can learn to make glass beads, pearl knotted/chainmaille bracelets, and more… Learn to Make Glass Beads 101, June 7 5 – 9pm Pearl Knotted Bracelet, June 8 6 – 8pm Spiral of Delight, June 9 6 – 9pm Flash Mesh Bracelet, …

Creativity

Last night – I dreamed beadFX had the first cloned Woolly Mammoth. It was a little smaller than I anticipated, about the size of a buffalo – but still – pretty darn impressive. I know we try to carry EVERYTHING that you might conceivably want, but really … . I’ve been contemplating my bottles of Ice Resin – trying to figure out what to make. looking for inspiration – I turned to one of our new books – “Explore, Create, Resinate.” Sitting down to read it, and reading the very detailed instructions at the beginning of the book, which also …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Silver Leaves – Part 2

Here are the finished leaves I made for last weeks post. The leaf I used was a violet and I loved it so much I made another one and created earings. After firing and polishing the leaves I drilled holes into the top center and patinaed the leaves. with them. Here they are: Here are some other leaves I have coated in the past: “Plume Poppy Leaf “ “Nasturtium”With these I tried coating some with CopprClay, unfortunately they didn’t sinter well and I am now waiting for this years crop of Nasturtiums to try it with Art Clay Copper and …

The Business Chat – market research

Fingers crossed everyone, and cross those toes too. Dance on one leg, light a candle, do whatever you do to make a wish and wish for nice weekend weather for the next 3 months. Yes, it’s time to pray to the weather gods for nice weekend weather not just because it’s summer and because you want to go out and play after a long workweek. It’s craft show season and weekends are the time for crafters to make money at craft shows. You are, I assume, a crafter. (I assume that because you are reading this blog and because I …

Inspiration Friday

Will be delayed due to technical difficulties. I’ll be back tomorrow once I purchase yet another new memory card/and or card reader. One or both is not working.  So, this gives you one more day to send me all of your fabulous new creations you’ve been working on 😉 Have a great weekend everyone!

New This Week!

Must be a Dragon – working to Scale! It was a dark and stormy night, and outside, the wind whipped through the trees like a dominatrix turned gardener. Inside, was Ms Liberty Bell, Belle of the Ball. We called her Belle – because she was shaped like a bell. Also, she never rang. She had arrived in an old fashioned coach – well – more like a Filigree Pumpkin, shooting flames. She wore a long flowing gown of Alhambra Lace, and a leafy cap, and she had a monster hook, where her right hand used to be. Before the adventure. …

The Joy of Metal Clay – Silver Leaves

This week I want to discuss creating metal clay leaves. Sorry for the delay in this post. Selecting a leaf:Before you start this technique you need to select an appropriate leaf. Not all leaves will be appropriate for this technique. Leaves that may not be appropriate include leaves with very feint lines (such as some sedums) leaves with lots of jagged edges (such as a Japanese Maple) may either be impossible or very difficult to get the result you are looking for.Art Clay World has a listing on how to find the appropriate leaf. Which side to paint? Remember that …

Spring Sprang – Late, but still welcome!

Spring finally sprang this weekend – and what a welcome relief it was. Couldn’t actually do much in the way of gardening. I dug a hole to transplant something, and the hole filled up with water from the bottom, so I though maybe I would leave that for a bit! Last year – I blogged that my Peony had bloomed on May 17th – and the year before, on the 25th. It currently has a multitude of huge, fat and very promising buds on it this year – but it definitely seems behind from where it was on previous years! …