Note to Self: Do Not Do …

Recently, i was playing with some new stuff – Artist’s Concrete, and I wanted to put it into a mold I had. But the mold did not have a flat bottom, and I knew that it would be tippy, and that I needed to find a way to stabilize it. Easy peasy – I’ll make a snake of polymer clay, make a ring of it, and push the mold onto it and that will hold it flat and steady while the concrete sets. No problem. And because I had another thing I was making with the concrete – a ring, …

Lessons learned!

I had to learn a very hard lesson yesterday. When your intuition tells you to go shopping for a new computer, you should listen very carefully!!! Rats! Earlier this week, I browsed around at Best Buy, made a tentative decision to buy a Notebook, and then toddled off home, to think about it a little more. What I should have done, was to immediately back up my, older than dirt, desktop!!! Insert a lot of bad words here!!!! I had absolutely no problems, until I tried to fire it up today, to hear strange noises, and see the dreaded hard …

Join us at our annual Fall Back to Class event

The best teachers teach from the heart, not from the book.  ~Author Unknown Getting back to school and learning new things isn’t just for school-age children. It’s for the rest of us too!  Our imaginative and resourceful instructors have pulled out all the stops to share beautiful and new projects this Fall. Our classes feature techniques in all jewellery-making mediums including beadwork, metalwork, mixed media, knotting and fibre, and lampworking. Saturday, September 1011:00am – 3:00pm Come on out see the beautiful projects and meet the instructors who are teaching them! For each class that you register for at the Back …

Millefiori

By Cindy Goldrick Millefiori translated from Italian to English as “thousand flowers” and it’s a glass technique that dates back to Roman times. Examples have been found in the Sutton Hoo burial site so we know that “mosaic beads” as they were called were a hot and highly valued trade item. The island of Murano was home to the technique for hundreds of years but the secret to making the murrini canes died out and was revived in the 1800s. Here is a picture of the millefiori I work with in my enamelling. Very tiny and very pretty flower shapes. …

InspirationFX: Iridescent Wrap

Iridescent Wrap by: Dwyn Tomlinson Oh myyyy! This iridescent teal and magenta ‘leather’ is so awesome – it is leather on the back and the front has a texture that I think is makes the shifting colours – anyway – there was no way to resist it. And after cutting myself a couple of feet – I didn’t want to cut it again – so I just made a long wrap out of it. It looks great on. I put the first slider bead in the centre, more or less, and folded down the tabs on the back to keep …

Hot Dog – it’s a Hot Flash! 20% off Hotfix and Flat backs.

20% off!  Swarovski Flatbacks (Not Hot Fix)Swarovski Hot FixHot Dog, it’s a   hot flash!   Hotfix & flashbacks er- flatbacks and other rhinestones! Swarovski Rivolis  Swarovski Fancy Rhinestones Rare Finds Swarovski Chaton Mix Swarovski Chaton Rhinestones Swarovski Chessboard Flatbacks      Also – we’ve slashed the prices on these cool, out-of-production Swarovski Crystal letters! I wonder who they were originally made for? Crystal Letters also – Czech 11/0 Seedbeads20% off Czech size 11/0 seedbeads! ends Aug 31 Manager Specials! Copper Brass Gold Antique Silver Vintage Bakelite TWINS 50% off and so much more!

Diamond Duos!!

When you think Duos – you think Batman and Robin, Laurel and Hardy, Fred and Ginger, Holmes and Watson, or Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Or possibly Pinky and the Brain. Anyhoo – there is a new dynamic, dynamite duo on the block – Diamond Duos! Or DiamonDuos – both spellings seem to be in use! These new beads on the board are a diamond shape , flat on one side and faceted on the other, with two holes, running from side to side. With their flat sides, I can already picture them fitting together in pinwheel shapes, stars, flowers and …

A concrete idea!

Well, I couldn’t let Dwyn have all the fun, could I? I was the second person in the store, to nab a container of Create Recklessly, Artist’s Concrete, and I need to confess, that I’ve already used up half of my supply. This stuff is seriously fun to work with, and I’m just getting started! Many of you know that I love to experiment, so instead of showing you my first efforts, I’ll show you a few of my final ones (okay, I’ll show you all of them, but I like these the best). The idea is not my own, …

Learning Really is for Life!

September! Back to school, back to work and back to a routine. It’s also a chance to start a new venture and learn a new skill (why should the kids have all the fun!)  Once again, we are holding our special Back to Class event so you can see for yourself the wonderful class projects that our instructors have developed and are ready to teach. Mark  Saturday, September 10 in your calendar now to attend! Also coming up in September are our classes with Jean Power. An acclaimed designer, artist and author, Jean hails from England and is well-known for …

Inspiration from the past

By Cindy Goldrick I love the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. I could spend hours looking at the minutiae of life and daydream about the lives people lived in the past. The last time I was there I was lace crazy and took tons of pictures of the drawers of lace they have there.  But if you can’t get to England and want the inspiration of an amazing collection of jewellery, you can search the V&A archives online! Talk about going down a rabbit hole… Go to collections.vam.ac.uk http://m.vam.ac.uk/collections/?q= and get started asap. I browse, sketch and then riff …