InspirationFX: Double Headed Serpent Belt

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Double Headed Serpent Belt   by: Rochelle Kilmer While scrolling through Facebook one day, there was a postabout this beautiful Aztec sculpture from the 15th/16thcentury. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-headed_serpent This Double Headed Serpent became the inspiration behind mybelt. I used the gorgeous, turquoise scaled Regaliz leather forthe body of my serpent and Swarovski rivoli end caps for my heads. Before gluingon the end caps, I strung two charm holders onto the leather and attached a jumpringto the loop on each; this is where I connect the spring ring clasp for myclosure. The leather is a little bit hard …

Clean up in the Disco …

Clean up Time in the “Disco” Section! (that’s Discounted & Discontinued!) Ok – we’ve got some awesome dealios in here: Cubic Zirconia – 4 x 6 mm Emerald Cut Octagon – AAAAA White (1) – Discontinued – 70% off!  Use with Metal Clay – these are fireable, or make a hole and mount after. Nice enough to use in metal smithing projects too. Swarovski Crystal Yarn – Cotton Yarn with Crystals – Cream /Crystal Golden Shadow (Metre) – Discontinued – 60% off! Now only $2.98 / metre. If the price of this frightened you off before, try it now. Cotton …

Quadra Tiles!

Look out – its the low profile quad-copter beads! Well – no – it’s Quadra Tiles – another multi-hole shaped bead for your beading delight! This is a low profile (that part is true), fairly thin square bead that you can use to link and stabilize your multi-shape-bead-creations. 19 new colours, and, I’m sure, more on the way. More colours in Pips too – Pastel Pips and Matte Pips. More of the soft, pretty colours that we are seeing in the rest of the shaped beads, so you can work in the same colour palette all the way.   I’m …

Gems and Stones

A friend of mine always has a visceral reaction to every stone she picks up: it feels hot, cold, etc. I don’t have a reaction to stones through touch, so I don’t understand it, but I do believe it works for many people. Humans have adored and adorned themselves with stones through the ages and have assigned them various meanings, whether as healing stones or birthstones. I react to stones through my eyes, deciding on what they mean to me intellectually, so I am more interested in what they make me feel when included in a design – their shape, …

September classes kick off a new season!

By all these lovely tokens September days are here With summer’s best of weather And autumn’s best of cheer. – Helen Hunt Jackson Author, 1831 to 1885 September! Back to school, back to work and back to a routine. It’s also a chance to start something new and learn a new skill (why should the kids have all the fun!) For the second year in a row, we are holding our special Back to Class event where you can come in and see for yourself the wonderful class projects that our instructors have developed and are ready to teach. As …

The Business Chat – 21 things to bring to a craft show that you didn’t know you needed

What is the most important thing in your craft show booth?  YOU!  And as your best sales tool for success it’s necessary to look after yourself. Sometimes we get so caught up in making sure we have all our display and product that we forget about us.  sunblock lots and lots of water (I bring 3L per day) snacks don’t get hangry! Sometimes food isn’t readily available or you’re just too busy to go and get some. (or there is only crap food available).  lip balm.  comfortable shoes this is not the time for those super cute but not super …

InspirationFX: Of Sand and Surf

Of Sand and Surf   by: Lee Metsalo If you could capture a walk along a tropical beach in a necklace, would this be it?  Sparkling waters in various shades of blue.  A few sand dollars. A few marine plants or glimpses of marine critters. And silver sand glinting in the sun.   This is a simple necklace where each beaded component is closed with wrapped loops, and then linked together with the jump rings.  The join of the two strands is linked with two jump rings for a bit of added durability.  Make this as many strands, or as …

Clean up Time!

Time to clear away some stuff and make room for more great stuff. Like spring cleaning. Only in August. You have to check out our “Disco” section – that’s Discounted and Discontinued – not a tribute to that 70’s dance movement. Ick. We have stuff deeply discounted – too juicy to list in detail: Cubic Zirconia – now 70% off; Felting Tools – now 60% off; Lost Wax Carving Supplies – 70% off; Villas, Gumdrops, Pyramids, Spikes; Neon Pearls; Lycra Ribbon; Lucite Chain, and more! So come and check it out and see what calls your name! At these prices …

Ripples, 6/0 Tohos, and a few custom mixes

Sorry folks – I’ve been as sick as the proverbial dog for the last two weeks – and can barely conjure up the wherewithall to sit at my computer, much less write something witty and enchanting. Thank your lucky stars for online shopping and not having to be exposed to this! (I haven’t even been into the store – don’t want to risk making the gals in the store sick.) So let’s keep it short and sweet and I’ll try not to make too many cough-syrup-induced mistakes. First up – more Ripple Beads. Though you might think there is a …

Cold Connections Are Hot!

Well, on one of the hottest days of the year, I think it’s appropriate to talk about cold connections! Cold connections join metal without the use of flame/heat. This includes such techniques as: tabs and hinges; grommets, eyelets and tube rivets; brads and nails; various glues and epoxies; and wire, including wirewrapping. Cold connections are used by jewellers for a variety of reasons. Sometimes the materials you are using won’t withstand heat because they are too fragile. For instance, you need to use cold connections when you re-purpose old tins into jewellery, or if you are using flammable materials like …