Vintaj Design Inspiration

Vintaj @ beadFX Susan on facebook reminded me about the awesome resources the Vintaj website provides for design inspiration, tips, and techniques to working with their fabulous findings. Enjoy 12 different video demonstrations on a variety of techniques – including embossing on metal. For a full list of all the various videos, project sheets, and design ideas – Visit the tips and techniques section.

New This Week!

Just Ducky Metal Ducky, you’re the one You make my jewelry so much fun Metal Ducky, I’m awfully fond of yooooou. Teddy Charm, I love you too You make me happy when I am Blue Teddy Charm, I’m awfully fond of yooooou! Aren’t these “unbearably” cute? These new “big-hole” beads have a super-sized 4 mm hole – which means that you can add them to the Euro-style charm-bracelets. Course – you can go way beyond too – adding them to leather, rattail cord, Silversilk knitted wire cable, and all sorts of other things where the stringing stuff is part of …

Vacation!

I’m heading out this weekend – way up north. This is my idea of a holiday…Out in the middle of nowhere with nothing to do but swim, hike, eat, read – and maybe if I’m lucky play with my beads. I always pack my beads to take on vacation, but somehow I almost never open up my box of goodies.  There are a few things I’ve been meaning to play with that don’t involve a lot of tools and equipment. The seedbeads are coming, and hopefully I’ll come home with a little box of finished beaded beads! Maybe I’ll pack …

Gilder’s Paste to Add Contrast

The Gilders Paste is great for adding highlights, but what about low-lights – shadows? What if you want to use it to add contrast by revealing the texture? Gilders Paste is quite thick – hence the word “paste” – and on the scale of some jewelry items – it does not necessarily go into the texture and stay there. If you’ve applied it, and it has wiped right off, this, or lack of “tooth” in your piece is probably the culprit. (Lack of tooth means it’s too smooth.) You can dilute the Gilders Paste with paint thinner or turpentine. Take …

The Joy of Metal Clay – Don’t leave oil in your stamps

If you, like me, choose to use Olive oil to prevent your clay from sticking in to your stamps be cautious. If you leave oil sitting in the crevices in your stamps over time the rubber stamps will disintegrate. I have a few stamps where this has happened: They get sticky and mushy in the space wherethe oil was left. Also be cautious about transporting your oil and stamps together. I had a small lidded container in a small box and I happened to leave a small stamp in the box with it. The oil leaked and weeks later when …

The Business Chat – Business Registration Part 2

To sum up part one of Register Your Business, first you decide on your legal structure, then pick a business name, possibly do a name search and then finally register your business. If you are forming a partnership for your business then you must register your business. If you are a sole proprietor then you may not have to register. Those of you living in Newfoundland and Labrador can operate under any name as a sole proprietor without registering. The rest of Canada can operate as a sole proprietor without registering if they operate under their own name only. Mary …

Inspiration Friday – Just playing around

As I’m sure many of you know by now – I’m easily amused, and once I get going with something I need to play it out til the end. Or until I collapse from exhaustion – which is what sent me to bed at 6am, only to wake up at 10 am to keep going. Last night around midnight I was browsing through last years copy of Handcrafted Jewelry. On page 11, Jess from Vintaj shows how to apply alcohol ink on metal to colour it. Usually, I would file something like that away with the million and one other …

Customer Gallery

Yesterday I shared with our facebook friends a new customer gallery submission by the ever talented Helen Fountain. Helen’s work has always impressed me with her gorgeous colour and design sense. I apologize to those on facebook for the double post! Here are two of the images Helen sent in – you can find more here. We would love to showcase your work as well. We do have a couple little rules for you to follow though. 🙂 1) A goodly portion of the beads and or materials should be from beadFX.  In the example above, the focal is obviously …