Get some class!

Get some class will ya already! We got class – classes coming out the wazoo – doncha know? If it ain’t one thing – it’s another – I’ve been tied up for the last 3 weeks with a family emergency – and no sooner do I get back – than Jen has one – so here’s me filling in with the weekly class blog listing. So all you folks who can’t make it here to take a class – well – you’ll just have keep hoping that we offer video classes sometime! You can, of course, check out all the …

A little eye candy

I haven’t done this in a while – so lets put aside the chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chickies and sugar eggs and feast a while on some eye candy! First up – Christies is having another auction of exceptional jewelry items – but this time they belong to someone who was the very opposite of famous – a wealthy recluse who guarded her privacy with the determination of a Rottweiler. These are the most fabulous of Ms. Huguette M. Clark’s jewels – stored in a bank vault and unseen since the 1940’s. Amongst the offerings are a 44.09 carat “perfect” diamond …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Happy Easter

Photo from Delphi Glass – Free Fine Silver Egg-creations (link below) Well, it is Easter Sunday. Which lead me to search out Easter themed metal clay items… The first item I found was a free downloadable tutorial from Delphi Glass pictured above. The instructions can be found at http://www.delphiglass.com/free-patterns-guides/metal-clay-guides/free-fine-silver-egg-cessories-project-guide Second, I found that Metal Clay Supply has a cute Easter chick and egg template from QuickArt(http://www.metalclaysupply.com/QuikArt-Templa te-Easter-Chick-Bunny-Eggs-p/54585.htm). Here are some samples from that: Egg pendant from Metal Clay Supply site (artist unknown) Metal Clay Supply’s QuickArt Chick, Bunny and Egg template Silver Chick taken from Metal Clay Supply site (artist …

The Business Chat – 20 ways to screw up

1.       Not having a business plan. Fail to plan and you plan to fail. a.       Without a roadmap how do you think you’ll get to where you want to go? 2.       Not understanding your break even point a.       What does it cost you to make your product? What is your profit margin? 3.       Underestimating costs a.       You need to know your costs. Not just to make your product but to run your business. Craft show booths aren’t free. Neither is packaging nor postcards. 4.       Overestimating revenue 5.       Using crappy out-of-focus product photos 6.       Not developing standard greetings and signature lines …

Happy Eatster er… Easter

 As you read this, I’ll hopefully be up before the kids so that I can get at least one cup of coffee in before they get up and start the “Is it Easter Yet?” This will continue non stop until I either banish them to their rooms (as if), or I lose my mind. Scenario #2 is far more likely. The store is closed today, open on Saturday regular hours, and closed again on Sunday. We’re back to normal as of Monday. Even if you don’t celebrate Easter – you can still eat Easter cookies, and of course they really …

New This Week

It’s April Already … It’s April already – fully one third of 2012 has whizzed by already – and where did it go? Don’t ask me – I’m still trying to catch up to February. We’ve had some lovely spring weather in some parts of the country – although as I write this – it is raining pitchforks and hammer handles and I swear I just saw a polar bear fly by in the wind.  So – new month – time for a new stone of the month. This soft-denim-blue stone is Dumortierite – back by popular demand! If you …

One Color Crayon Challenge

This should be a fun challenge to watch. Sadly, I really don’t have time to participate, but I’ll be following along to see what everyone comes up with. If you’re interested – check the link below to either participate, or just enjoy the eye candy as I will. The idea is to choose a single colour to create a monochromatic work of art. It can be jewelry, mixed media, collage etc.  One Color Crayon Challenge from Studio Sublime

Classes – It’s April already

Can you believe it? Thank goodness – I’m itching to get out in the garden to start my spring clean up – and of course start harvesting some interesting foliage to use as textures in metal clay! We have some wonderful classes lined up for this month – except for this weekend. Please note that we are closed on Good Friday, and Easter Sunday. The store will be open as usual on Saturday. This weeks open beading night is on Wednesday as we have Rae Huggins teaching her Fun with Wire class Thursday evening  (April 5th) from 6 to 9pm. …

Wouldn’t these make awesome beads?

I’m not addicted to Pinterest – really. Snort. 😉  As I was perusing pinterest this morning, I came across a vintage printable in the public domain that I thought would be wonderful translated into lampwork beads (or polyclay, or your addiction of choice). This of course started a huge slippery slope, as I started looking for other sources of inspiration that could also be translated into beadmaking.  I got completely lost at the VintagePrintable.com site. The entire site features vintage images that are in the public domain – please see the creative commons licence on their site for use restrictions. …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Hadar is here this Weekend!!!!

Hadar demonstrating some ways to use our rotary tools. Hadar is here, she is finally here. We are so happy!!!! What a great weekend it has been a classroom full of 20 metal clay enthusiasts and Ms. Hadar Jacobson. A room full of creative minds, lots of clay and tools, the possibilities are endless. Lets look at what we have been up to: It all started with extruding layers of copper, bronze and steel metal clay: Tracy showing off one of her pieces, made from copper, bronze and steel clay diagonal cut through extruded clay. Close up of Tracy’s piece …