New This Week!

Em-bezelling! I’ve invented a new word! Embellish plus bezel equals Embezelling! No? You don’t think it will catch on? “So, what did you do this weekend?” “I was embezelling in my basement.” Hmmm. Well, anyway, we have lots of new bezel findings for you to, er, embellish. Multi-link bracelets – you can collage, decoupage, resin-ate, epoxy-clay, polymer clay, or all of the above! These handsome bracelets are ready to rock and roll – just fill and enjoy! Oh, and some hair clips too!   Mini-swoops – those pretty little droplet beads in boro glass, now in a cuter size! Lots …

Do they value your work? Do you?

Marg came across a blog post last night by Elizabeth Halford a photographer. Her post on the perceived value of creative work is sobering. It’s a must read. Which brings us to:  How do we get people to value our work? Some won’t ever, and you need to stop trying to market to the bargain hunters. That said, there are many out there that do, or at least have the potential too. Catherine Winter has covered a lot of this in her business posts. The most important step is educating your customers, potential and current. Many artists are very tight …

Ohhhh, the excitement!

The next two weeks are going to be a little on the crazy side with two fabulous internationally recognized instructors…in the house! Kellie Defries flew in this evening for the Canadian Swarovski Launch week at one of our distributors. While she’s here, she’s of course teaching her Master flatback application class.  Classes run Thursday and Friday – at this point, please call the store @ 416.701.1373 to inquire about availability. It’s very possible that the class is in fact full. After we wind down from a whirlwind of blinging everything that can’t walk away – Michael David Sturlin arrives. Michael …

Fairy Lites

I whipped up this bracelet the other day because I just HAD to do something with the new Double AB top-drill Swarovski’s. Omigawd – they are just soooo gorgeous. All I did was string them, in random order, on some clear, stretchy thread. There is no trick or technique – the shape of the beads just makes them settle in next to each other in this wonderful texture! I used the .7 mm stretch cord – I was going to double it, but it was too fat for the holes when doubled, so I just went with it as is, …

TheJoy of Metal Clay: A Great Free Resource and Another Challenge

Here are a two quick things: First, Metal Clay Today, I have mentioned this before and I am sure Jen has mentioned it as well. Metal Clay Today is a free online metal clay magazine. It is full of great articles and did I mention it is FREE. Also there is an archive of all editions since the magazines inception Winter 2009. In addition to it acting as a resource they offer metal clay challenges, which brings me to the next topic. I mentioned a couple of weeks ago a challenge or contest is a great way to get inspired. …

The Business Chat – Holiday bootcamp, get the word out!

In our holiday preparations so far we have worked out our inventory list, spiffied up our booth display, gone over our online shop and ordered our holiday packaging. Now it’s time to let the world know that the holiday shopping season is here and that you are ready! It’s time to market and advertise your work. Here at the Business Chat, we’re fond of wearing hats. Today we’ll put on 3 hats. First there’s our Marketing Hat, second our Advertising Hat, third our Sales Hat. Marketing is what you do to get a customer to knock on your door. It …

A long weekend!

And what a perfect long weekend it’s turning out to be – Turkey, lots of it – along with fabulous weather. I never did get around to going out for our annual apple picking. Hopefully, it’s not too late, as I’m craving some homemade apple butter, and of course a bunch of apple pies in the freezer would be a good thing as well. I mentioned on Facebook yesterday that I’m now completely smitten with Fast Fire Bronze clay. Many of you will remember the many posts I have made expressing my frustration at the inconsistent firing results of the …

Ice Resin and flowers

I know, not necessarily the most timely post – but if you’re like me, and still have a decent selection of blooms in your garden, here are some tips on how to preserve them for use in jewelry. It turns out that rose petals can be used as is. Just place them in your bezel, and fill with resin. If the rose petals come out a bit too transparent for you, you can seal them first either with a coating of Mod Podge on both sides, or make a packing tape ‘sandwhich’. Seal both sides with clear packing tape, then …

New This Week!

Go Vintage! More vintage and antique fun! Which is not to say we are playing croquet and sipping mint juleps here – although, that’s not an altogether unattractive idea. (Not entirely clear that I think bourbon and mint is a good combo – sort of like scotch and toothpaste. Never been a big fan of mint, actually.) Nope – it has to do with that vintage chic look, the "go old or go home" design school, the look of the brand-new yesteryear. We have some new vintage-y looking stuff, including this rather interesting bezel that I guess you have to …

Happy Update Day!

I wonder what new treasures the beady powers that be have in store for us this evening? I’m still working on some fall inspired jewelry pieces. Last night, I managed to finish up a fabulous bracelet made with these: Ancient Castle Mix I fell in love with those beads, and the last time I visited the store I also purchased ‘The Secret Attic Mix’. I think I may just need to get another strand or two. To those, I added a handmade metal clay/wire clasp, some large metal clay flowers, and a few crystals, and flowers in oranges/cranberry. A little …