New Stuff

If Leather I should leave you … It wouldn’t be in summer, Leather in the summer – it’s so light and versatile Not only is leather light and versatile, but it is durable enough to wear while falling off an examining table in the hospital and smashing into a wall and damaging the ligaments in your arm. The lengths we go to to test our products for you – knows no boundaries. So, for obvious and painful reasons – I’m keeping this description rather on the short side.  We have a simply scrumptious line-up of new leather cords, ranging from …

Down Memory Lane

Did you know that we’ve been making at least one new inspiration a week – every week, for at least the last few years? I’m not sure exactly when we started, but I’m thinking that we’ve been posting new designs regularly for at least the last 5 years. Dwyn can chime in here – maybe she remembers! I thought I’d highlight some of our favourites from the past. Some you may need to get a little creative with the components, as they may be out of stock – clasps, and beads can be easily switched out for something similar!  Be …

Classes

We’re starting June off with one of our most popular classes! On Saturday, June 2nd join Lyndsey as she shows you how to make this fabulous wrap bracelet. Course Outline In this class you will learn how to make a single wrap leather ladder bracelet with a button closure. You will be using 6mm stone beads or Czech firepolish. You may also choose to use 4mm Miyuki cubes. By learning this technique, you will be able to make multiple wrap bracelets of any length using several types and sizes of beads. Skill Level: Beginner Focus Technique: Ladder stitch June is …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Crochet Coral Reef

I can’t help but digress from metal clay today and share with you aTED talk that I watched Friday night that really got me thinking. It is from 2009 and is called the Beautiful Math of Coral  with Margaret Wertheim. Margaret Wertheim: The Beautiful Math of Coral (17 minutes) It is quite a technological discussion but also  about how craft can help explain or understand concepts in science, physics, biology or math.  Ms. Wertheim discusses how hyperbolic geometry was something scientist could not model until Dr. Daina Taimina crocheted a model in 1997.  Bottom line I can’t condense or even try to explain the …

The Business Chat – Monthly goals

Before I begin anything in my business I make sure that I have a goal and that I know what I want to achieve from my efforts. I need to define my idea of success so that I know when I’ve achieved it. Everyone has different goals and different metrics for success, you need to set your own. In running my little crafty venture, I try to keep it as professional and business-like as possible. This means I set daily, weekly and monthly goals. Having a set list of what I need to get done keeps me on track as …

Bead shows!

It’s bead show season, and what could possibly be a better way to get inspired than attending a bead show? Tons of vendors, demos, and of course checking out the awesome creations being worn by the attendees! We’ll take a bit of a break from our monthly Inspiration Friday post – as it seems everyone has been far too busy to take shots of their creations 😉 I just got the Toronto Bead Society newsletter this morning, and there looks to be an amazing lineup of demonstrations throughout the weekend. SATURDAY 10:30 AM – 11:30 AMMaureen Warland – BEAD EMBROIDERY …

New Stuff

Zapper on Steroids and Moose Tail It’s a thread zapper on steroids! This bad baby is destined for bigger things! Or, at the very least – melting bigger cords. Our regular Thread Zapper II is designed to cut and fuse regular synthetic threads, leaving no ends frayed – but the Zapper Plus heats to a sizzling 2400 degrees and melts the ends of the cords so that they stay nice and tidy. Excellent for Kumihimo!  A string walks into a bar … the bartender tells him that they don’t serve his kind there, and throws him out. The next night, …

A Bounty of Textures – Courtesy of Mother Nature – Part 1

I may be beating a dead horse for the more seasoned polymer clay/metal clay/ceramic clay artists, but for the newbies who are tired of using the same old textures that everyone else has – look no further than your front yard! This is the first in a multi-part series of using found objects in your jewelry designs. Next week, I’ll show examples of how you can incorporate these awesome textures into your work. Your homework for this week is to really look at your surroundings. Look for texture in everything!                                                           Weeds from my back garden

Wrapping up May

I’m slowing getting back into work mode – It was a fabulous weekend playing with metal clay, and two glorious days in the garden! A couple more days next weekend of planting and cleaning up, and then I can finally truly enjoy the garden. The ladies at the shop are busily preparing to pack up for the Toronto Bead Society Show this weekend. We’ll be down there Saturday and Sunday – Hope to see you there! Join us on Wednesday evening (May 23rd) for Rae’s A Little Bit of Everything Too class.  Wednesday evening 6pm to 9pm. Rae’s Beady Arts …