The Joy of Metal Clay – Base Metal Clays

Unfortunately, I didn’t get as much metal clay work done this weekend as I had hoped. I had to go over to my parents and help clear out their house as they have decided suddenly to move out of their house. On the bright side I have discovered many interesting craft supplies as I sorted and packed boxes. Found some solid craft knifes, a burnisher and much more…. Anyway, I had hoped to have had more time to play with Hadar Jacobson’s base metal clays and her new book, “Patterns of Color in Metal Clay” . It is a great …

The Business Chat – Selling on consignment

Consignment is the most common method of selling to stores and the topic of today’s post.  Selling your work on consignment means that you place work in a shop and when they sell something they pay you a percentage. Unlike wholesale where the store buys it outright, with consignment you retain ownership of the work until the customer buys it. It’s like you are renting shelf space. Consignment is often the easiest way to get your products into a store and is a good first step if you’re just starting out. Consignment is beneficial for shop owners and designers alike: …

Bead Soup Blog Party

This year, I was lucky to be one of the 200 chosen for Lori Anderson’s Bead Soup Blog Hop.  Tomorrow is reveal day. Here is your chance to view over 200 designs and blogs from artists across the globe. Each participant was matched with another – beads were exchanged, and you were given the task of creating jewelry to reveal on March 3rd. In many cases, the items sent are well outside of the comfort zone of the artist receiving them. I can’t wait to see what everyone came up with.  The links will be available on the blog hop …

New This Week!

Snakes aren’t Plain … Last week, we led with a Burmese Python – but this week – well – the snakes don’t have to be plain – because you can embellish them! We’ve added to our line-up of this nifty nylon mesh tubing – which looks like a big box of snakes in the packaging room! – adding new colours and two new sizes – 4 mm and 16 mm. You can use them as an interesting stringing material, or stuff beads or something into them (fabric? yarn?), or stitch onto the surface of it. It squooshes down very small, …