Happy Friday

I had planned todays post to be another bronze experiment – however, my week got away from me and I haven’t had a chance to fire my bronze. Hopefully, I’ll be able to give you an update next week. I do have a pretty beady weekend planned for myself. I’ve been meaning to get a bunch of new stuff posted on etsy, and I’ve got a bunch of half finished projects that need some attention. I don’t know about you, but February is always hard for me to get anything done. It’s cold, dull and grey. I always have great, …

We have some December Winners!

Finally! So sorry for the delay! For Muskoka Sunset we had 5 entries, and the winner is Sue L. – Sue, we’ll be contacting you tomorrow regarding your prize. And for Fashionista, we had one entry – so that one was easy. Congratulations Francesca!  Our winners have each won a $25.00 gift certificate for the store. If you want to enter for the next draw, check out the new kits we just listed yesterday: http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/creativefx.php We still have the end of year voting coming up – stay tuned!


Stay tuned for a post later this evening. I’m waiting to identify one last kit – then I’ll do the draw for the December winner. Our end of year vote will happen sometime within the next couple of weeks. We haven’t forgotten – just some technical difficulties!

Get your green on

Lá Fhéile Pádraig, St. Patricks Day – or just St. Paddy’s day – whichever you prefer to call it, it’s coming up on March 17th. Which means you have a wee bit of time to make up something green to wear. Go ahead and get yer green on.   (The Chicago River dyed green) I went on a little green hunt this morning for you to give you a bit of inspiration.   http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/bcgreen.php#27898000-976     http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/swarovski5000-8b.php#27750002175214   http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/stonebeads-green.php#s22235   http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/artistboro.php#u21317-b   http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/seedstoho8c.php#tb8r44f

A Sneak Peek at What’s Coming up in March!

Before we get to March let’s just recap what is left for the month of February. Tonight we have Dwyn’s fourth technique night Off Mandrel Implosion Pendants. There are still a couple of spots in this class if any last minute students are interested. This class runs from 7 to 9:30pm. Thursday February 25th is Cindy Vroom’s Spiral Rope Lariat from 6 to 9pm. This is a beginner class. February 26th to the 28th Heather Bell-Denison is offering the Art Clay Level One Certification Course. This is a specialized course for people interested in learning and demonstrating proficiency in the …

Turquoise: Stabilized and Natural

OK, so let’s run over those turquoise pics again, this time with some identifiers. This is from Nacosarri, Mexico, and this is Natural. This is an area of Mexico due south from Arizona. This is also from the Nacosarri area in Mexico – this one is stabilized. This is stabilized – from the Royston mine, in the south west corner of Nevada – where the highest concentration of turquoise mines appears to be. This is a green turquoise, in it’s natural state, from Sonora, Mexico And this is it stabilized brother, also from Sonora, Mexico. Interestingly – these were the …