The Joy of Metal Clay: Oymaru Molding Material

Oymaru Molding Material, is a funky type of molding material that you can soften using hot water impress with texture or a item you want to mold, cool and then use as a mold or texture. I bought this stuff, about three years ago and it has sat in my studio waiting to be used for about three years (please tell me I am not the only one to do this, buy something to find that that it gets squirrelled away to be forgotten). Anyway, I had a student a couple of weeks ago bring some to one of my …

The Business Chat – Wearing your Salesperson hat

Being a tiny company of one means I wear many hats during a workweek. This weekend I’m off to the first craft show of the summer season and it’s time for me to put on my Salesperson hat. Being a salesperson doesn’t come naturally for me, I would much rather just chat and hang out with people than give them a hard sell. As a customer I hate when a clerk is “salespersony”, pushy and with one of those scary all-teeth fake smiles. As an artist (artisan, crafter, maker, whatever you are comfortable calling yourself) it is important that we …

Inpiration Friday

Hi all, I’m still without a working camera – with the exception of my cell phone (which takes lousy pictures). I won’t be able to take any pictures of what I’ve been working on – but I do have a post planned for later. My kids are off school for  PA day today – So i’ll be back once I’m relieved by the other parental unit 😉 If you have something to share for Inspiration Friday – please send it to info@beadfx.com

Medieval Jewellery

Earlier this morning I came across a few pictures of some medieval style jewellery. I was intrigued and decided to go hunting for pictures of the real thing. It’s now been 2 hours, and I must stop. I do have other things to do today 🙂 The Victoria and Albert Museum (link at the bottom) has a ton of articles on the history of jewellery. These are a few that particularly caught my eye: Metropolitan Museum of Art Title: Jeweled Bracelet Date: 6th–7th century Geography: Made in probably Constantinople Culture: Byzantine Medium: Gold, silver, pearl, amethyst, sapphire, glass, quartz, emerald …

New This Week!

Ar, mateys — Welcome to Treasure Island! Arrrr – ahoy there ya lily-livered landlubbers! Yo ho ho and a bottle of rum! Did you know that virtually ALL of those swashbuckling pirate stereotypes – the treasure map with the big X, the peg-leg, the parrot, the tropical island – all come from Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, “Treasure Island.” This week’s treasure – ‘cuz – let’s face it – every week we go treasure hunting around here – this week’s treasure features gold, silver, and copper! These fun and fabulous beads add an instant hit of metal. Or – you can …

Happy Wednesday all.  I’ve been busy this morning trying to book my daughter’s birthday party *somewhere*, because as usual I’ve left it far too long… Really where does the time go? It’s June already. Yikes.  And for those of you long time followers, or those of you who remember me waddling around the store pregnant…And we all know that seemed like yesterday.  Guess what? Maya will be 8. Yes, 8. I’ve also been trying to plan our summer vacation. That also was pushed aside while we waited to find out when hubby could get holidays. Yesterday, in a mad dash …