The Joy of Metal Clay: Extruders

I have finally got myself an extruder, this morning. This tool is something I have been wanting to purchase for a while; now I need one for Hadar Jacobson’s metal clay class at the end of March. There are three popular extruders on the market: Makin’s Professional Ultimate Clay Extruder (made of steel) Makin’s Professional (green one made of aluminum) Walnut Hollow Off I went this morning to Michea’ls to see what I could find. Personally, I kind of wanted a Makin’s Extruder as you can purchase a variety of tips included tube making tips, but I also didn’t want …

The Business Chat – Wholesale

Wholesaling is when a store buys your work outright. They order from your catalogue, you produce the work and they give you money. There are a lot of advantages to selling your work wholesale. The biggest advantage from a business point is that since you don’t produce the work until you receive an order, you don’t have to invest as much in inventory. Many makers also like wholesale because they spend more time in the studio and less time selling. Of course, you still have to sell to the stores. Note: a store that buys wholesale is also known as …

Maritime Bead Festival!

Finally! A bead show out east!  You can find more info regarding the show on their facebook page. The show runs Friday, May 18, 2012 at 5:00pm until Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 4:00pm in Truro, Nova Scotia at the Holiday Inn & Conference Centre Truro, 437 Prince St, Truro, NS B2N1E6  May 18, 19 & 20, 2012, the very first Maritime Bead Festival is coming to Truro for a week end full of those sparkling little baubles that have adorned us through out history! Take in an instructional class, shop for original jewellery designs, peruse the authentic Mi’k maq …

New This Week

On fire for you, baby Oh – we’re on fire for you, baby! Fabulous new firepolished beads! I tell you – it’s getting harder and harder to even FIND new firepolish beads because, well – we have them all! All the regular production stuff, and most of the limited edition stuff too! Well – there’s some really UGLY stuff out there that we DON’T carry – hope you don’t mind about that! Anyway – some new firepolish beads – some faceted window beads. These have a flat “window” cut on each side – giving the transparent ones an almost cathedral …

A Dior Ring Start to Finish

The Dior youtube channel was shared on Facebook yesterday, and while browsing around I came across this video of how a Dior ring is created from start to finish. From the design sketch, to the cold enamel. Fascinating!

Metal Clay Playday this Saturday

We’ve got some great classes coming up over the next week, including our first of the year Metal Clay Playday on Saturday the 18th. For those of you feeling a little depressed by the price of silver, come play with Art Clay Copper! I’m more than happy to help you with the transition if you haven’t had a chance to play with it yet, and I’m looking forward to spending the day in the new classroom. Hope to see you there! I have not so good news for those of you who were hoping to get in on the Hadar …

Getting organized?

Thinking about getting organized? Maybe a little spring cleaning? Or looking for ways to sort out your stash? We’ve been searching for the perfect display/storage bins for some time – and we think we’ve found them! (Just added to the site last week!) For us, the perfect bin had to not detract from the beauty of the beads, be big enough for a sizable handful, available in large quantities, and fit together neatly. And have lids so we can pack them up and take them to shows. Your criteria might not be quite the same – but there is a …

Joy of Metal Clay: Charmed I’m Sure Metal Clay Class

Yesterday, I held the first Charmed I’m Sure Class at the new location. Wow, what a beautiful space and what fun.We had a fun class. This year we are trying out combined introductory classes teaching about both Art Clay Silver and Art Clay Copper. Student’s get to choose one type of clay to use and are taught techniques for both. It gives students a chance to see the pros and cons of each type of clay. This is not a mixing metals class and Art Clay Copper requires a much higher temperature but a chance to learn a bit about …

The Business Chat – 3 ways of selling

No matter how beautiful your work is, if you don’t sell it, your business will fail. In a crafty business money is sometimes not the main reason we’re in business. We do this because we love it, because we want a creative outlet, because we want to share our talents. Regardless of why you are in business, if you lose money it’s a failure. The bottom line is you need to sell your work. There are 3 ways you can sell your work. retail your products directly to the public wholesale to stores/galleries in stores on consignment There are advantages …

Done with winter.

If we can’t hurry up spring, at least we can work on some gorgeous new spring inspired jewelry. Download the Pantone Spring Colour Report.  Tangerine Tango is such a happy bright orange – love it!  What’s your favourite? Source: theperfectpalette.com via Shanda on Pinterest