Back to the Past!

Last week – we invited you to explore your inner Ninja. This week – we’re going waaaay back in time – so that you can explore your inner cave person, with Stones and Leather! We’ve come a long way from the days when impressing the ladies-who-lunch-on-roast-wildebeest at the local festival-of-the-returning-sun meant chasing a buffalo through the forest and trying to pull it’s tail hairs out, or salvaging a scrap of leather for tanning before the wild dogs scavenged it, or just looking for shiny pebbles on the beach – which was, at least, less risky. Until the tide came in. …

SuperDuos versus Twins

  As Dwyn wrote for the website section on Twins: “A new two-hole seedbead. It looks a little like those domino masks for a maskerade party – but with two holes, there are many, many new possibilities for new designs. Actually I should explain here that there are two very similar beads that are small, oval beads with two holes in them. We have both the Twins and the Superduos. The difference is the Superduos are more exactingly made, and a little more substantial – they are a little heavier. And, as such, a little more expensive than their plainer …

Up-coming NEW classes

Can you believe that we’re almost through January? I can’t! Looking ahead to late-January and February classes, there are several ‘first-time offered’ courses that instructors have developed: Basic Metalsmithing: Introduction to Sawing and Piercing Wednesday, January 30; 6:00 – 8:00pm Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed Learning how to use a jeweller’s saw will open up endless possibilities in jewellery design and construction. In this class you will first learn about the tools (saw frame, blades and bench pin) followed by instruction in their proper use. Finally, you will start to develop your skills by sawing lines, shapes and cutouts.  Soutache Lesson …

Be My Valentine

I’ve spent this uber awful icy/rainy morning with a few cups of coffee, and pinterest. It’s Monday – I refuse to go outside, and I needed some inspiration on what to make the girls for Valentines day presents. I’ve created a board – Be My Valentine. I hope it inspires you! This week, I thought I’d share a project that Dwyn made a while back. (last year or the year before that) You may remember Brave Heart – this was one of the projects that she created for Swarovski in Tucson. For this year, at Tucson, we were very pleased …

The Joy of Metal Clay: 3D Printer that Uses Paste

My obsession lately has been becoming mesmerized by the potential of 3D printers.  Again, I am a fan of creating with my hands but the science fiction aspect of inputting a design into a computer and a machine actually printing it out fascinates me. I found this video of a 3-D printer being used in the food industry.  They are designing a printer that will print anything in a paste form.  Can you imagine what you could make with metal clay paste and this machine.  I have taught many students to use syringe and I would say that the majority …

The Business Chat – Lose weight instantly!

Lose weight instantly! No dieting! No exercising!  Just take our magic pill once a day and the pounds will slip away while you eat on the couch!  Lose 20 pounds a week for just $29.99 Now really, who would believe something like that? Everyone knows that if you want to lose weight you have to change your eating habits, eat less, exercise more and be patient. It takes time and effort to lose weight.  There are no magic pills. We’re too smart to believe in that.   Yet for some reason, our smarts seem to disappear when it comes to …

Getting Organized – a continuing saga

I dream of being organized. I subscribe to www.flylady.net newsletters. I like organizing focused pages on Facebook. http://organizingmadefun.blogspot.ca/ I pin all sorts of organizing tips on Pinterest. http://pinterest.com/thedixonchick/get-organized/ I have all sorts of containers. This is not my picture… I wish!!! I also have one big mess of beads. I touched on my desire to be more organized in my blogpost A Beader’s New Year’s Resolutions. I figure I am not the only one who suffers from organizational procrastination and a gazillion half finished (or is half started) projects. Today I started entering my bead inventory into an excel spreadsheet…how …

Release your Inner Ninja!

Hiiiii-Ya. Release the Ninja smoke and prepare to bling up a storm. We have it – the Kellie Defries – (Crystal Ninja’s) – patent (pending) Crystal Katana. I could tell you how this is her secret weapon for Crystallizing the heck out of everything that isn’t moving – ooooor – I could show you the video! Wouldn’t you know it – these got lost on their way here! But they are here now – so get ’em while they’re fresh! And what’s a Ninja without Ninja Smoke? Well – a Ninja without a cough, I suppose – but we do …

Heart Jewellery Videos from Swarovski

In keeping with my last blog about all the Swarovski crystal hearts that are available in the store, I thought I would bring you some videos made by Swarovski Create-Your-Style. Each of these videos show projects that incorporate hearts in the design. Packed with detailed step-by-step instructions, valuable trend information and useful tips on the best methods of application, an expert CREATE YOUR STYLE trainer demonstrates how to make beautiful designs using romantic Heart Pendants from the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS assortment. Key to My Heart Necklace Swinging Hearts Earrings

New Opportunities for Metal Aficionados!

Do you like working with metal? Have you taken a soldering class and are looking to be able to do more? Do you dream about rolling mills and dapping blocks? If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, we have news for you! In addition to several new metal courses, we now have two open metal studios! Metalsmithing Basics: Introductions to Sawing and Piercing Wednesday, January 30 6pm to 9pm Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed Learning how to use a jeweller’s saw will open up endless possibilities in jewellery design and construction. In this class you will first learn …