InspirationFX: A Spray Bouquet

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing A Spray Bouquet by: Dwyn Tomlinson Sometimes, I just like to noodle around with beads without worrying too much about what I am making. Just playing with the beads. This technique is good for using left over odds and ends of beads too. You can add a pin-back to these to make them into a brooch, decorate a summer hat with them, or maybe use them as decorative elements on a table for a dinner party, or even on a side board or in a guest powder room? To make the leaf portions, take a …

InspirationFX: A Coiling We will Go

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing A Coiling We will Goby: Rae Huggins A Little Coiling and Stringing – Here we go A little coiling and stringing, yes here we go I coiled the focal just so you know. String on the two types of pearls and firepolish  on the wire and use the Coiling Gizmo. Once that’s done string on the pearls (both Swarovski and Stick), cubes, firepolish on the beading wire, crimp and  your findings. Oh yes now away we go.   Components Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need! Need …

Wherein we examine: Being Ye Olde English, Being Strung out On a Wire, and Being Twisted

To bead, or not to bead, that is the question? Whether ’tis nobler in the mind to take up the needles and thread and make an outrageous design or to take up wire and pliers against a sea of mediocrity, and by opposing, end it. To design, to make, to craft, a unique creation, apart from the placid, safe and stagnant seas of mass-produced conformity. Perchance to weave a net of right-angle weave – cast about with Antique English Cut, beads that verily look to be pulled from the treasure chests of yore, with their lovely and distinctive flaws well …

Just one more day to Add some Fibre to your Jewelry Diet!

Mixed media is hot, and adding fibre techniques like knotting, kumihimo and materials like silk and felting to your jewelry expands your design options! We just re-organized to put our fibre arts items together, so you can find what you are looking for more easily. 20% off, ends Wed at midnight – don’t miss out! Crochet Tools Fairy Ribbon Felting Supplies Felting Tools Knitting Tools Miyuki Crochet Thread Silk Strings Soutache Swarovski Crystal Yarn Sale starts on Wed Midnight. and ends on Wed midnight. Items held in shopping cart will change price automatically at midnight.

It’s Summer! A Great Time to Relax and take a July Class!

Finally, we’ve hit summer! School is out, vacations have begun and it’s time to relax. No need to stop learning – come on out and take a class with us. Comfort alert – our classroom tends to be a little cold at times, so it’s always a good idea to bring a sweater or a light pashmina to put around your shoulders. We have some new classes during the first half of July – Tracey Neidhardt is sharing how to make a beaded ring using brick stitch; Malliga Nathan is bringing us a necklace using hammered wire and Boro Swoop …

InspirationFX: Made in Heaven

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Made in Heavenby: Rosemary Beasley When I saw these pyrite slabs, I knew I had to use them! It didn’t take long to decide to put them with carnelian – a match made in heaven! Although this necklace is 27 inches long, you can easily adjust the length to suit yourself.   Components Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need! Need some help with some of the techniques? Check our tips page.

InspirationFX: Summer Stones

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Summer Stones by: Pam Kearns I’m really taken with how the Yellow Jade and New Burma Jade go so well together. I’ve added Cherry Quartz and Antique Copper for a punch of colour to create this nice long necklace. The colours would take you through Summer and into Fall. The necklace is done as simple stringing with the usual crimps/wire guardians and crimp covers. The hex rondelles are added between the beads. A feature is the use of the Double Nosy Posy and Mirror Nosy Posy components. They are just threaded onto the wire. …

The Business Chat – The secret to success is…

They looked at me as if I had the knowledge of the universe within my grasp. With bated breath they asked,  “So what’s the secret to Etsy success? What’s the trick?”  You really want to know? The magic trick is….    (drum roll…) Doing the work.  Lots and lots of hard work.  Watching their faces fall I suspected that was not the answer they wanted.  Lately I’ve been asked versions of this question a lot. As I stand in my tent at craft shows it takes the form of, “gee, I want to do this too, it looks so easy”. …

Mixed Media just got hotter! 20% off Fibre Arts Supplies!

Mixed media is hot, and adding fibre techniques like knotting, kumihimo and materials like silk and felting to your jewelry expands your design options! We just re-organized to put our fibre arts items together, so you can find what you are looking for more easily. 20% off rewards you for looking! Crochet Tools Fairy Ribbon Felting Supplies Felting Tools Knitting Tools Miyuki Crochet Thread Silk Strings Soutache Swarovski Crystal Yarn Sale starts on Wed Midnight. and ends on Wed midnight. Items held in shopping cart will change price automatically at midnight.