Creativity Abounds!

As an instructor, I’m always amazed how many students claim they’re not inventive and can’t make creative decisions about their projects. Trust me, you don’t need to re-invent the wheel, but inspiration is all around you. Use what you already have, look around you for inspiration and make your jewellery your own. Here are three places you can look for inspiration: 1. Hardware Store A lot of people are stymied by colour. Trust me, if you can pick colour for your clothes, you can pick beads! It doesn’t matter if the colour is on you, the walls of your home, …

InspirationFX: Pip The Magic Dragon: Bracelet!

Pip The Magic Dragon: Bracelet!  by: Anne Marie Desaulniers Have you ever closed your eyes, and wished to be in another place? A place where faeries and dragons still exist, and all is right with the world? Dragons breathe fire in this magical place, their scales are painted teal and lime, and when their breath touches the earth, beads and flowers grow. Faeries are free to flit about, chores are non-existent, and dragons spend most of their time relaxing. This bracelet is a continuation of my “Pip, Pip, Hooray” Pendent and Earrings set that was posted in April. Even Count …

In praise of praise

By: Cindy Goldrick Most days I work alone at home on various aspects of my business, from correspondence and other office stuff to making stock for sale and, what satisfies me most, designing. The only real-time feedback I get is from the dog and maybe one of the cats strolling by. Of course, there are the days I post to Facebook and get instant feedback on my work in progress, and then my favourite days when I teach, but I usually feel like I’m working in a void.  So when I receive feedback and words of praise, it makes me …

Seedbead Sizes – Debunking the myth

“Hi – I’d like some seedbeads that are larger that these 11s? How much bigger are the 13s?” If that sentence made you giggle – then congratulations! You have the seedbead sizing thing figured out. No doubt about it – seedbead sizes are confusing because  – like wire gauges – they run backwards to your intuition. Bigger numbers mean smaller beads! So not too long ago, I overheard someone authoritatively telling their friend that “Size 6s are called that because there are 6 in an inch.” Whoa – really? Wouldn’t that be nice? Damn – that would be so nice …

Pearls – get your Fresh, Juicy Pearls!

Pearls – gotta love ’em. Whether you’ve always wanted that classic, “I’ve arrived” pearl necklace – hand knotted (you can do it yourself – it’s EASY) or you want to make something edgy and avant-garde, pearls are the classic of the classics – a something-old that can readily adapt to a new twist! So while we have a boatload of new, freshwater pearls, that probably needs absolutely zero in the way of explanation – allow me to point out some highlights anyway! Our particular emphasis for this season’s selection (we usually only get to purchase pearls once or twice a …

Let’s go walkabout!

Does anyone but me, think that it’s a tad strange to see (and feel) the temperature soar to almost 30C (or did it surpass that) yesterday? We were already geared up for warmer temps, but that high and this early in the year? Toronto is quite unpredictable! Winter, spring and summer, in the space of a couple of weeks…and I’m not exaggerating!!! Is everyone prepared for the change? No of course not, but as true Canadians we’ll adapt, and soon be complaining about how freaking hot it is!! I still need to clean my air conditioner filter, and I haven’t …

Step into Summer Classes

Ahhh…the month of June. The end of a school year. Graduations. Finalizing summer vacations. Before we get our summer in gear, let’s have some fun now and take a class or two! You’ll notice that we have lots of new classes including a new wire brooch project with Jen Rosen. Jenn Jevons and Liz Reynolds will be teaching separate classes to metal clay enthusiasts how to use this amazing medium for more constructed shapes and designs. Genevieve Habib is sharing her love of hubble stitch with a new design that combines hubble with ndebelle (aka herringbone). Pauline Peskoff brings four …

Terrarium jewellery

Terrariums are hot right now. They can sit on a desk, ledge or windowsill and bring a little green into a small space. They are also hot as a personal accessory.  When I was in France at La Cascade in Durfort this past Fall, I gathered some local stone and moss from the cascade (waterfall) outside my bedroom window and from the copper workers’ gutter that runs down the middle of the street in front of the house.  Yes I waded out to the boulders there to pluck some moss.  I found a tiny chunk of driftwood in the stream, …

InspirationFX: Dawn in the Misty Garden

Dawn in the Misty Garden   by: Lee Metsalo  Walking through the garden early one morning, I watched the swirling mist that had not yet burned off with the rising sun.  Rays of gold shone through.  Here and there, the flowers and leaves of early spring were showing themselves, then hiding again in the mist.  And this bracelet was born. This is a basic stringing project using crimps, wire guardians and crimp covers.  I used medium gauge Softflex because that is what was handy, but some of the 2mm rounds were arguing a little about being strung, maybe fine gauge …

Closed Victoria Day

Just a reminder – our bricks and mortar store is closed Monday for Victoria Day. The website, however, remains open, in case we have nasty weather and you need to get your spring flower fix online instead. Or if you hate bugs.   😉