Wrist Candy

I am sooo in love with the epoxy clay – it’s hard not to just go berserk and cover everything with it, and a thick layer of rhinestones! This week – this delightful little piece of wrist candy is a bezel bracelet (link to supplies at the end of the post), some Apoxie Clay, some Rivolies, and some metalFX metallic powder. When I first got into collecting jewelry – collectors used to comment on “upsidedown” stones – stones that had apparently been mounted upsidedown in their mountings – but they still looked awesome. The speculation was that someone was really …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Holiday ideas

The Santa Claus Parade is today in Toronto and Friday evening, I has a work party for my other employment…Holidays are fast approaching!!!! It is time to start thinking about the holidays. I will be sharing a simple tutorial on making a holiday themed item in the next couple of weeks but I decided to see what might be out there to inspire us. When I started out in metal clay, one of the first books I read was The Art of Metal Clay by Sheri Habb. In this book is a great silver clay Christmas tree, I can’t find …

The Business Chat – Building loyalty

Yay! I’m just back from a successful day at my booth in a busy show. Actually the show wasn’t that busy overall but my booth was! One of the reasons I was busy was that I had a lot of loyal customers coming back even though I’ve only done this show twice before and do no other shows in this city. Repeat customers are how you grow your business. Repeat customers spend more than first timers. This is because when they do come back, they feel they know you and they’ve become your fans. They trust your work, they understand …

Beading videos

Sigh – I did not in fact disappear off the face of the planet 😉 Lol, better late than never though. I’ve found some awesome video’s to help you with your holiday beading projects. It’s not too late to get started, and these projects make wonderful gifts. The next couple of projects would be extra special with lots of glittery Swarovski flatbacks glued on, or hotfix stones! This one I think would look best spray painted so that they don’t actually look like toilet paper rolls. 😉 Add lots of glitter and flatbacks too! Happy weekend crafting!

New This Week!

Now THIS is a Graphic Example! Now this is what I’m talking about! Serious bling! This is a graphic example of … well – Swarovski’s new Graphic Pendant! New in the line up of new shapes and styles is the new (can I get the word new in here a few more times?) Graphic pendant. Taking the style of the existing Graphic bead – a handsome, flattish, faceted ovalish oblong with the corners whacked off – this new shape is a little curvier, and, with a front to back hole, designed to hang. I find them particularly evocative of faceted …

Create for the Cure

Happy update day! Stay tuned at midnight tonight for our weekly update. While I don’t normally post our latest inspirations on the blog, since they’re already on the site anyway – but this one is quite lovely, and the cause is worth an additional mention.  Find out more about all of the various “create for the cure” events. by: Rae Huggins Cancer touches most of us in some way or another. Through it all, we cannot give up the hope that one day, we will understand and conquer this condition. With this in mind I designed a “Create for the …

November Classes

Coming up this week! Open Beading night with the Dixon Chick – Thursday November 17th from 6 to 8pm Do you have questions about a beading project? Are you looking for inspiration or creative input? Why not drop by an Open Beading Night at beadFX?! Stephanie (and her sparkling personality!) will be in the classroom from about 6pm to 8pm most Thursdays to answer questions and give advice. Calling in advance to reserve a seat is highly recommended. Fees: Free!!! Happy Hour Torching – Thursday November 17th from 5pm to 9pm If you have recently taken a lampworking class or …

Ring a ding bling

With last week’s update, we rolled out two awesome, awesome new ring findings! and I am totally in love with these – they are so easy to use. To make your own: Glove up, and mix up a small amount of either the Apoxie clay or the Crystal clay (see end of post for links) – about the size of a lima bean,  and press it into the channel and smooth with your fingers. I used black clay. Then press in your rhinestones – I used stones from our Vintage Rhinestones.  If the surface of the clay is not smooth …

The Joy of Metal Clay – Square Head Firing Vessel

As a relatively new alternative to the steel containers for firing base metal clay there are ceramic containers that are supposed to be resistant to heat resistance. One brand available is the Square Head Container available at Art Clay World USA. One of the advantages it that it puts the end to the black dust from the steel firing containers and is much more stable than the folded make it yourself containers made with flake free foil. I have one to test out. I loaded it with a few test pieces and proceeded with test firing. I had concerns that …

The Business Chat – Just the FAQs please

Mark this down on your calendars people, Friday November 25, 2011. This is Black Friday, the official kick-off to the holiday buying season and combined with Cyber Monday, November 28 this is the busiest weekend for online sales in the year. Are you ready to take advantage of this? When shopping online all a customer has to go on are the photos of an item and the copy. This is a tough thing when you make work that is tactile and personal. Shopping for a book is very different than shopping for a wearable item, customers will have some questions …