The Joy of Metal Clay – Carbon, Part 2

I was off camping this weekend. What lovely weather. Campfires at night got me thinking about firing metal clay and coal carbon. When it comes to metal clay and carbon, I still don’t feel like I know as much as I want. There are several types on the market and they are not all the same and you need to choose carefully for the type of metal clay you are using. Here are the types on the market: Coal “Rainbow” carbon media – claimed to create “rainbow” like patinas on the metals. fired in this media. It is said that …

The Business Chat – Registering Your Business Part 1

Good for you, you’ve decided to really turn your hobby/passion/obsession into a business. Yay! You want to do things right so you want to register your business, assuming you have to. That is the first question, do you have to register your business? For those just dabbling let me be clear, if you are selling anything at all you are a business. Registering your business is important because it gives you a Master Business License. This license is an critical tool for your success. First, with that Master Business License you can now buy wholesale supplies. Second, you have a …

Inspiration Friday

Happy Friday all! A recent question posed on our facebook page (thanks Elly!) about how to find the beads necessary to make a necklace inspired by one worn by Ponyo’s mother Granmamere in the movie Ponyo. I think there are a number of ways to remake this necklace: Personally, I’m thinking pale goldish tone crystals with deep siam drops. I’m curious how others would remake this.  Or changing it a bit – multiple tiny strands of gold chain with the same deep red drops. Have you ever wanted to make jewelery inspired by a piece you saw in a movie …