Taming the Wild Rat (Tail)

Rat Tail (Rattail, Rat-tail) – is a fat, satiny cord that is perfect for knotting, and comes in a huge selection of glossy, vibrant colors. It is strong, colorfast, UV resistant, and works well for many crafts besides jewelry making. (I can attest to it’s durability – I use a piece of it to hang the thermometer in the pool. Between the sunlight and the occasional chlorine schock – that is pretty harsh testing.) It is woven from nylon, and when you cut the end, it will fray very rapidly. The fastest way to stop this is to gently fuse …

April Forecast: Expect Showers of Creativity!

Forget worrying about showers of rain (although we all love May flowers), this April you can count on showers of creative classes! Marilyn Gardiner and Bonni Poch brings us three NEW classes in mid-April. Pamela Kearns is also teaching a bracelet design featuring honeycomb and pip beads. If you’re interested in lampworking, but not sure if it is right for you, why not join Deb Muss for a quick 2-hour ‘Taste’ class at the torch? Also scheduled are two open metal studios that are perfect times to start or complete a metalwork project with assistance and tips from the facilitators. …