Take a Mini-Class Break in March

Why is March Break only for the school kids? Not fair; we all need a break! Take a break this March with a mini-classes. Class Coordinator Pamela Kearns will be teaching five mini-classes that will span several jewellery-making techniques. Everyone is welcome to take these classes – adults and youth (12 years of age and older; must be accompanied by an adult). All classes are 1.5 hours in length although you may not need the full length of time to complete the project. The fee for each class is $15 + HST and will include the materials needed to complete …

InspirationFX: Pagoda Earrings

Get your creative juices flowing~~~ Pagoda Earrings Designed by: Pam Kearns One of my favourite classes to teach is Jewellery Making 101 where students create earrings using simple techniques. These projects employ the simplest of techniques to create three uses of the new Open Waterlily flower beads. Check out Snowdrops, my previous Inspiration for another technique. In this project you are using simple loops and wrapped loops to create the earrings. 1. Start by working on the bottom flower first by stacking a 3mm bead onto the headpin and then adding the waterlily bead so that the flower opening facing …

Style: Have you developed your own personal one yet?

Style is a funny thing! Some people have it in spades, while others continue to develop it slowly. In reality, it’s a constant, evolving process, often requiring changes to your mindset (not to mention wardrobe!). Should your jewellery, continue to match your clothing style? Syncing them is probably a wise move, but often not entirely necessary! Has your style changed over the years? Does it still vex, and puzzle you? If not, why not? Here are a few questions to ponder on the subject: 1. Are you a casual, or perhaps a formal clothing person? 2. Is it your preference …

That Depends …

Do you like to hang out? Dangle around? Swing and drop? Hook up? Link in? As simple as a pair of drops on a short chain as swingy splash-of-color earrings, or as an accent to a twisted chain and fibre rope necklace. Or use the two loop version to make a quick and easy wire-wrap ring! Are you the in-de-pendant type? Well – we have a delicious selection of stone (and stone-like) pendants that you can just drop onto a chain and you are good to go, or use as the inspiration for a more sophisticated design. Maybe make a …

Celebrate National Craft Month with a Class – Its Good for You!

Yes, there really is a National Craft Month! But does crafting (including knitting, beading, or any ‘handmade’ activity) actually make a difference! YES! It has been shown that crafting: Improves your Mood Boosts your Brainpower Increases Social Activity & Communal Support Helps with Hand-Eye Coordination Can Help Fight Aging We have several new classes in early March that will fire up your imagination. Pamela Kearns has three classes including creating loomed bracelet on the new Endless Loom; a new way of using epoxy clay and a new peyote project using two-hole beads. If you already know how to loom, you’ll …

InspirationFX: Greener Pastures

Snow is melting, and a warm breeze blows through the fields. Spring begins approaching as the grass reaches towards the warm sun rays. The horses nibble on the visible greenery, strengthening them for the run. As they trot off into the horizon in search of greener pastures, the sweet smell of adventure lingers behind tempting you to follow. A free-formed shaped pendant hangs from antique copper ball chain. Green beads dangle, calling to you to follow. The simply strung bracelet is a sweet treat if you choose.   Pendant: On a headpin, stack – Bead Cap, Green Asteroid Bead,Bead Cap …

How beads are made

check out this video – just over 12 minutes – sound not required – of bead production in India. (presumably). Ignore the subtitles, in most cases they seem to suffer from translation issues. (i.e. they are NOT making Swarovski beads!) Of particular interest is the cutting of hollow rods into seedbeads and small beads, the faceting of beads, and the machine for coating (not dyeing – again – translation issues.) Definitely worth the watch. The employees don’t look too happy though. But you might never drop a bead and fail to pick it up again.

Once upon a time …

Once upon a time – there were three friends. There was Chrys – Chrys O’ Colla if you wanted to be formal; Rose, from the famous Quartz family; and Amy Thyst.   And they lived in Labrador-ite. But they all had a dream. A dream to go on a Green Aventurine vacation – flying up the river Amazon-ite. To get a Birdseye Rhyolite view. But there was a Big Hole in their plans. They all had a short-coming – a flaw, if you will. One had a bad case of Tiger Eye, one was just Crazy Lace, and one was …