InspirationFX: Copper Spiral Bracelet

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Copper Spiral Braceletby: Kelly Garland Simply stack the beads on an eye pin and create a loop to finish off each section. Connect with a single copper jump ring.    Add the toggle clasp with jumprings. For extra durability and security – ensure your jump rings are worked to hardness so they do not open with pressure. Copper is a soft metal, and you don’t want to lose your creation!  Working metal to hardness happens naturally with any manipulation of the metal but of course, you don’t want to leave marks or distort your jump …

InspirationFX: Rose Gold Sparkle Collar

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Rose Gold Sparkle Collar by: Pam Kearns l love the combination of the gold/pink/bronze and pulled together these beads to create a collar that is meant to sit at the base of the neck. Rich without being gaudy! It is a simple stringing project using beading wire. To get the triangles, take the beading wire around and again through the first bead in the triangle. The bicones help to hide some of the wire being used, as do the drops at the outside point of the triangle. I suggest working from the spool so …

The Business Chat – ARGH, rejection

It arrives.  The envelope. From the show you applied to.  You hold it, wondering, am I in or am I out? Do they want me? With bated breath you open it…. “Dear applicant, We regret to inform you…” Damn. Crap. Argh. You’ve been rejected. Don’t feel bad, we’ve all been there and still are there sometimes. You might assume that as a professional crafter with 11 years’ experience and hundreds of craft shows on my resume that I’m in a show automatically. But no, there is no guarantee. I’m sitting here waiting to hear from two new shows that I’ve …

On Sale This Week!

On Sale this Week 25% off Stone Beads 30% off Metal Spacers (Daisy and otherwise) Copper Gold & Brass Silver Gunmetal   30% off Nosy Posy Links & Earring Components Sale starts on Wed Midnight. and ends on Wed midnight. Items held in shopping cart will change price automatically at midnight.

No Stamping on the Dragon Toes

For thou art crunchy and taste good with ketchup. We just can’t emphasize enough, what a bad idea stamping on dragon toes would be. Mostly because our dragon toes are made of glass – and it would get crunchy indeed, pretty fast. Aren’t these just the coolest? The dragon Claws are a little pointier, and the dragon Toes are a little more rounded at the end. Glass – Dragons Claws – Matte Hot Chili Pepper (25) Glass – Dragon Toes – Poison Green (30) Glass – Dragon Toes – Mandarin Orange (30) Glass – Dragon Toes – Turquoise Green (30) …

April Classes are Just Around the Corner!

“April Showers bring May Flowers.” Hey, I’ll take the rain as long as the snow stays away! We can’t control the weather but we can get together and enjoy some classes. Ushering in the month are some new projects that are perfect for Spring as well as repeats of some popular classes. Congratulations to BeadFX instructor Liz Reynolds who has just received her Hadar Clay Instructor Accreditation! The following classes are scheduled from April 1 to April 15: Thursday, April 3 NEW Spring Flowers Flat Spiral Bracelet Instructor: Pamela Kearns 6:00 – 9:00pm Friday, April 4  Zig Zag Diamond Bracelet …

InspirationFX: Thinking of the Beach

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Thinking of the Beach by: Rae Huggins It feels like the winter is not going to end, and being the Trinisunshine that I am, I was thinking happy thoughts and I was thinking of the beach. No, I was not daydreaming! I was restocking the semiprecious stones in the store! A few links, some jumprings,chain, firepolish, Amazonite, headpins and wire – linking and wrapped loops and this is history in the making. If spring won’t come to you – then you had better make some spring of your own! Components Go to our components …

InspirationFX: Shooting Stars

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Shooting Starsby: Rochelle Kilmer Catch a shooting star and hang it from your ear,never, never let it go!  These are statement earrings – real “shoulder dusters!” Additional supplies required – elastic band.  Take all 3 pieces of leather and cut in half. Take the halves and cut them in half – but keep them in two separate piles. Take one of the piles of halves and put the leather through a 9 mm Jumpring – move the jumpring to the centre of the leather pieces. Do the same with the other pile of the leather …

The Business Chat – Psst, here’s a dirty little secret

“Oh no, I can’t afford to do that show! The booth fee is SO expensive!” “No way do I have a website, I’m not technical at all, I’d have to pay someone to create it!” “I can’t sell in that store, they take a 50% cut!” Today I’m sharing one of those dirty little secrets that isn’t discussed much in other business columns.  It costs money to sell your work.  it’s hard when you first start out. You spend so much money just making your work. Then you decide to sell it and you have to invest in stuff you …