OOAK – Pyritized Ammonite Negative

Wow. Just wow. This is not a fossil – rather it is an ancient imprint of the place where an ammonite shell once rested. A fossil footprint, so to speak. The imprints became impregnated with pyrite (hence the term pyritized), giving us a gleaming metallic impression of where a shell once sat in the mud. Wouldn’t you like to have one of these one-of-a-kind items? Now THAT is something different. Also, stunningly different. This amazing Specular Hematite cabochon. You might have to see this in person to see the wow factor. This one takes my breath away, not in a …

InspirationFX: Falling Leaves

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Falling Leaves by: Rosemary Beasley When I saw the two strands of the “freeform” tiger iron, I was inspired by their “leafy” shape to make a necklace inspired by the fall season. The tiger iron is streaked with slate, rust and little hits of mustard yellow making me think of November skies and falling leaves. The glass leaves and 2mm pearls add a lightness contrasting with the darkness of the tiger iron. Components Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need! Need some help with some of the techniques? …

Change is Good: But how will you deal with it?

Change is good, but it’s also a way to show that we’re evolving. Yet, what does that have to do with anything? The changing of the seasons is sign of renewal, and regeneration. Don’t we need to do this as well? I know that many of us resist the “change is good” scenario. Yet without it, we probably won’t grow into our potential. But don’t you want to grow into your potential? I know that I harp on you about classes, but that’s one way to grow as a beader, or knitter, metal worker, fibre artist, weaver, etc. I love …

BeadFX classes – all treats, no tricks!

Well, maybe some tricks – like how to make designs ‘pop’, tips about seed beading, working with cement, making loops with headpins, etc. Definitely lots of treats such as learning new skills and meeting like-minded people! Late-October classes showcase a wide range of techniques and projects. Anne Marie Desaulniers has two new brand new classes sure to get your creativity pumping! We also welcome Alberta bead artist Carolyn Cave who is presenting two classes featuring lots of texture with some two-hole beads. Of course, you can give yourself dedicated time to work on your beading and chainmaille projects in the …

You don’t want to miss – 25% off Crystals and Pearls

Thank heaven, for little pearls They bead up in the most delightful way. And crystal beads, So sparkling and appealing When they are flashing They look so smashing And send you squealing, Thank Heaven … 25% off Crystal Beads and Pendants and Pearls, Fashion and Freshwater. We have much to be thankful for – from little things like getting to the bus stop just as the bus pulls in, to big things like the test result that comes back “Clear.” This coming Monday is Thanksgiving (here in Canada – because we like to give thanks early and often). The store …

What makes an artist an artist?

Is “what makes an artist an artist” a fair question? How is an artist defined, and who exactly is an artist? An artist is someone who makes art! But then, how do you define art? Do you need a particular set of skills, or formal training to make art, or is it just something you can just call yourself? What if someone else calls you an one? Does that make it so? Is a designer an artist? At times, but who knows where to draw the line? I do know that there are artists, in many different disciplines. Jewelery is …

Not all Autumn colours are inspired by leaves

Published for the fashion industry by the Pantone Color Institute, this season’s report features the top 12 stand-out colors, as well as current takes on the four classic neutrals we can expect to see from fashion designers on the runway as they introduce their new autumn/winter collections. Colors for autumn/winter 2019/20 reflect an emergence of confidence; bold and strong, a visceral palette of colors that are relatable yet display some clever tweaks for the winter season. Expressing our wide-ranging acceptance of color, combinations for Autumn/Winter 2019/2020 suggest a thirst for liberation and a desire to realize our own individualized unique …

You say Pa-tina

And I’ll say Pat-inaYou say Gildersand I’ll say VintajPa-tina, Pat-ina, Gilders, VintajEither way we add some colour! So if you like Pa-tina and I like Pat-inaI’ll call it Pa-tina and give up Pat-inaFor, we know, either is a colour glow Better call the calling-off off At the behest of Anne Marie – who is all things multi-media – we have added the Vintaj patinas – starting with a hand-picked selection of colourways, plus the Gloss and Matte sealer – which you can use as a sealer, a glaze, or to dilute the patinas for different effects. These patinas are opaque …

Leaf Drama: The story continues!

A little leaf drama, is good for the soul! It’s now officially Autumn, despite the fact that yesterday was disgustingly hot, and humid! But now we’re in for cooler temperatures, and the colours have started changing. Back in 2013, I had a vision of what I’d like to do for my 2013/2014 Bead Journal Project (BJP), but I needed more visual input, before I could make definite plans. Enter, leaf drama exploration! My vision involved making a series of twelve intuitive, bead embroidered leaves. But how would I do that, you ask? Why collect some actual leaves, of course! So, …

October classes are a mosaic of techniques

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.” – Stanley Horowitz There are so many opportunities coming up on October – how can one person decide what to do? Perhaps you would like to work with twisted wire with Deborah Beesley? Catherine Sequalino Poiter will expand your tambour skills! How about a metal clay class with Liz Reynolds? Liz Kennedy has a brand new metalwork class featuring copper and stones. Christine Woollacott will introduce you to the technique of filigree! Or, perhaps you just need to come in and join …