October is Full!

Stephanie just posted some pics on facebook from her last open beading night. Joyce, a new beader just made her first piece of jewelry at the last open beading night. Way to go Joyce! Gorgeous! Have you looked at the October class schedule lately? Wow, there is rarely a day posted where we don’t have some sort of class on! With the exception of Thanksgiving, and one lonely Wednesday – there is a class every single day! We have 2 guest instructors this month – Kellie De Fries is here to teach her Flatback Master Application course, and then we …

Leah Fairbanks Bead

I bought a couple of beads from Leah Fairbanks when she was teaching. (Hint: Lampwork Guest Instructors always bring beads to sell. Even if you can’t take the class – it’s a great opportunity to drop by and have a chance to add to your collection without the hassles of shipping, Ebay, bidding wars, etc.) Here’s what I did with one of them. The bead itself shows Maple leaves in their autumn finery, floating over a deep blue background. Because the blue has a hint of green, I chose some Azurite which I have had kicking around, according to records, …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Tumbler Problems?

My tumbler which I have had for four years began to act up the other week. And my back up tumbler died at the same time. My first response was helplessness. Then I thought hey, maybe I can fix this. What happened was a problem with the band inside the tumbler. Here is a picture of a replacement band below. The first thing I did was to open my tumbler. My main tumbler is a Loritone 3A tumbler which is pretty common. (My backup tumbler is a Chicago Electric Power Tools tumbler) For simplicity I am going to show how …

The Business Chat – Packaging

People like pretty packaging, especially at Christmas time. Men especially like it, the relief on some faces when you give them their purchase already gift-wrapped is hilarious! This year I’ll be posting a sign in my booth and on my website “All items are gift-wrapped!” (Note to self: on my task list add make a sign about packaging and update the website.) Packaging to me is anything that goes into getting the work into a customers hands. It’s the pretty box, the sticker on the box, the business card or contact card in the bag, the thank you card in …