New This Week!

Trumpet the News – or at least Bugle It Bugle it with Bugles! Be the boogie-woogie bugle babe with all the new beads! New this week – two sizes of Japanese bugles – We have Honorable #1 and #2 bugles. #2 are 6 mm long, and #1 are fun-sized at only 3 mm long! Think beaded broad collars with long ladders of bugles! Mmmm baby! Bewitching beads that will put a spell on you! Hex beads! These are 11/0 hexagonal beads – short, six-sided beads. The flat sides reflect light with more dazzle, like facets – making these blingy little …

Colour me happy

Are you a true blue friend? Green with envy? Or maybe you’re seeing red?  We came across a nifty site Sensational Color that has a list of sayings that include colour, along with their meanings. Exploring the site further – there are a ton of fun little tidbits including the reasoning behind a barber poles red and white stripes. It turns out in medieval times, your barber would also perform surgery including bloodletting….now you know 🙂  

Dragon Repair – Colour Makeover

Last week – I showed you what a crafty and artistic person does when a favourite dragon statue gets smashed up. This week, we’ll carry on with the colour makeover. Formerly – he was a brick-red colour – antiqued with black to emphasis the shadows and texture. As the repairs where still visible due to lines and colour differences – I decided that I would repaint, and that maybe going for a antique bronze look would be cool. Also – the epoxy glue and epoxy clay have issues with prolonged exposure to UV – they will degrade – and a …

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 …

Facebook!

I’m pretty sure I’ve blogged about our presence on Facebook before – but just in case you didn’t know… We’ve got a pretty active community on Facebook. Need to ask a technical question – or even just wonder what others (staff and other customers) think of a new design? We sometimes post funny little tidbits or jokes that wouldn’t otherwise fit elsewhere.  We hope to see you there! http://www.facebook.com/groups/12390450374

New This Week!

Hybrid Seedbeads Hybrid seedbeads? So – do they like – run on electricity and gas, eh? Or are they hybrid like a Tea Rose? Well – actually – neither. Hybrid seedbeads do have a significant amount of miles on them though! We’ve got some new Japanese seedbeads for you this week, and some are labelled “Hybrid.” What the “Hybrid” means in this case is a marriage of the technical tour-de-force that is Japanese seedbead making, and the old-world expertise of the Czech glass bead makers. These beads are manufactured in Japan at the Toho factory, and then packed up and …

Summer!

I hope you all had a fabulous long weekend! We spent the last week and a bit preparing to put up a new pool for the kids to enjoy over the summer. Of course – not one part of the process was in the slightest bit smooth 😉 It was however an adventure that I’m glad is over (knock on wood). The pool is up, and now we just have to wait for the sun to warm it up, and the chemicals to settle. It’s currently a frigid 54F. 🙂 I could not keep the kids out of the pool …

Dragon Repair and Apoxie (Epoxy) Clay

All these things you learn about making jewelry – ever find that you end up using them in “real life?” Which is not to say that making jewelry isn’t “real” – but I mean out there in the practical, everyday, mundane, workaday world. I have a couple of garden statues of dragons – they weren’t expensive – but I’m very fond of them. And sadly, this spring, I idiotically placed one in a position where it was vulnerable to being knocked down – and so, of course – it was. The puppy jumped over it, clipped, and sent it spinning …