Open Beading Nights

Our popular Open Beading Nights are now posted on the class schedule! Many of you have been asking about our upcoming classes. The classroom is still under construction, but coming along – stay tuned for more updates!  Thursday February 9th Thursday February 16th Wednesday February 22nd Wednesday February 29th Open Beading Night Do you have questions about a beading project? Are you looking for inspiration or creative input? Why not drop by an Open Beading Night at beadFX? Stephanie (and her sparkling personality!) will be in the classroom from about 6pm to 8pm most Thursdays to answer questions and give …

How much would you pay for success?

Got into an interesting conversation yesterday with someone who has retired from a career of being in the marketing and promotion and logo-design business. We got to yakking about how hard it is, in general, to convince people that “art” is valuable. So as we were talking – he told me of a life-time of pitching advertising campaigns to business owners who, in his words, “acted like I was costing them money.” He went on to explain that he had spearheaded re-branding projects for companies that literally had turned them from money losers to big, successful corporations (you would recognize …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Saul Bell Award Finalist

The Saul Bell Award Finalists have been announced and posted on their site. This week I want to share a finalist’s work that I think is fabulous. Christi Anderson of Marana, Arizona received recognition for two pieces she entered. Christi Anderson, Finalist entry for the Saul Bell Award – Metal Clay Christi Anderson, Finalist Entry for the Saul Bell Award – Metal Clay Unfortunately the title or additional information about this pieces are unavailable but the detail and complexity of her designs are inspiring. Christi’s Website showcases her work and provides links to her Etsy sales. Lovely work.

The Business Chat – Know what you sell

So you have made a pile of work and now you need to sell it. How hard can it be? It’s really easy to sell a few things here and there, but oh, you made a BIG pile. Oh, you want to actually make some money, you might even want to make things for a living. Well that’s still not hard but it takes a bit of smarts. Step one of how to sell your work is: Know what you sell. Most new sellers will blink, and then wonder if this is a trick question. That’s easy, you think, I …

Inspiration Friday

Welcome to our newest version of Inspiration Friday. We thought we’d made a few changes, namely allowing folks to choose their own inspiration, and the biggie – we give you a lot more time! If you would like to participate in the next one, see the end of this post for complete details. I love the idea of using an inspiration palette to base your design on. We all tend to stick with our own comfortable colour palettes, and this is just such an easy way to expand your range.  First up, we have this one from Lyndsey – A …

New This Week

Back to Business We are BACK – back to business as (more or less) usual. The new store is open – the showroom is … dazzling – and it’s not even finished yet! And so – we are back to bringing you our weekly selection of new yummies! Check this out! Check out this fabulous new fancy chain that we found when we were in New York last month! Actually – a whole whack of cool chains! We have Leafy, in Copper and Gunmetal, or if the stars aren’t out tonight – you can wear your own with this Celestian …

Do you do Hearts?

Yup, it’s that time of year again. Valentines day is coming up. You either love it, hate it – or simply don’t really care one way or another. 😉  To be honest, I don’t usually even remember that it’s Valentines Day until it’s too late to bother planning anything. Hubby and I are usually far to involved in other projects to remember. This year though, the girls want to decorate the whole house in a variety of gaudy Valentines Day decorations. Sigh… With all of these thoughts of Valentine decorations, I started thinking that maybe I should get busy making …

Calling all Canadian Lampworkers!

…and polymer clay artists as well! I recently downloaded my copy of this months Soda Lime Times, and was very excited to learn that Beads of Courage is now in Canada!  Diane from Soda Lime Times has given us permission to share this with you. If you’re interested in donating some beads, please see the information below. The children really appreciate the donations of handmade beads!  Oh, and be sure to share this with any of your lampworking friends – They’d love to get the word out to whole community. Soda Lime Times is a wonderful monthly newsletter/magazine for beadmakers …

We’re open for business!

Well – as of 11 am we are! Can’t say that everything is completely in place – but we’re good to go! Oh, there’s some doors missing (don’t wander into the janitor’s room by mistake – we are NOT selling mops!) – and only about half of the cabinets are in place – and the phones aren’t working (which means no debit transactions) – but we’re here and we are moved! Check out this awesome panorama of the showroom. (This is what the store looked like, Saturday eveing – by now – the ladder is put away and it looking …

The Business Chat – How to Sell Your Work

Boy is my inbox full lately! Too bad they aren’t the “You’ve received a new order” emails, but hey, it is January so no one is really expecting those. No, most of the emails are “gee, it’s a new year and this year I really want to sell my sweaters/earrings/soap/pottery. I saw you at a show and thought you might be able to help me.” The answer is yes, I can try to help. I can tell you about how I got to where I am, and I can outline some steps that you must take. What I can’t do …