Powders, powders everywhere

…and a serious case of collectemallitis. I’ve been working on new colours for our metalFX collection. It’s fun, messy, but very, very difficult to try and narrow down the possibilities. Dwyn came over late last night to help narrow down the next selection to 14 or so odd new colours. Of course, the most requested colour was black. That’s coming, along with more metallics. There are so many things you can do with our metalFX – They work well on resin clays, polymer clay, and mixed into resin. As you can see from the state of my kitchen table – …

March Metal Classes

This winter seems to have passed in a blur – which is just fine by me! We’ve settled nicely into our new classroom space, the lampwork studio is ready, and Rosemary is now putting the finishing touches on our metals studio. We’ve even got some brand spanking new equipment …A rolling mill! Cindy Goldrick will be the first instructor to use our new metals studio. This weekend, she’s teaching two back to back brand new classes for us. Saturday March 3rd Riveted, Stamped and Dapped Cuff Bracelet with Cindy Goldrick 9:30am to 12:30pm    This project is a lot of …

More about the Spike Beads

Have you noticed the new “Spike” beads? Interesting spikey cones with a hole near the wide end. When Marg showed these to me, my reaction was definitely – “Ok, that’s cool,” but all I was picturing was Gothy sorts of creations with spikes hanging down. Laura McCabe – Spikey Beaded Sculpture It didn’t occur to me that the uses would be so … architectural – like the way Laura McCabe uses them. And, in fact, these are inspired by Laura McCabe’s work using stone beads in a similar shape. Check out the very cool stuff she is making. I like …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Extruders – Part 2

Well I played with my Walnut Hollow extruder this past week. Not too bad. One thing I noticed was the extruder seemed to a little “scruffy”. I don’t want to say cheap as it feels solid enough when I work with it. The best way to describe it is the it looked kind of scratched and rough when I took it out of the box (not sure if I got a dud). I found that I got fine shavings of metal in my clay in the first batch that I extruded. It seemed like the extruder and been finished properly …

The Business Chat – How to create a line sheet

“Help! A store asked me for my line sheet! I’d love to have my work in this store, but I don’t have a line sheet because I don’t know what it is.“ The good news about this is that if they are asking for your line sheet then they are looking to buy wholesale and not on consignment. Yay! Moving on, now you have to create your line sheets. Easy. A collection is all of your work organized into “lines” or “series”. A line or a series, is a body of work with a common defining element. A line sheet …

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. It seems that February is a tough month to get …

New Stuff

Care for a Donut? We were out on the West Coast, attending a Tropical Party.There was Snow on the Bluebells, and I was drinking a Matte Iced Cafe. I ordered some Herbed Avocado and some Roasted Nuts as a Valentine Treat. Suddenly – a Burmese Python slid out of the Mystery Moss. I could tell he was Arizona Bound. I watched him slide across the Hidden Road and into the Luminous Waves – bound for the City in the Sea – beyond the Misty Hebrides. I guess the Night Angel was keeping me safe. I was going to write a …

Vintage Toronto

A little something different today. I wanted to share with you one of my absolute favourite facebook pages. Vintage Toronto posts incredible photos (daily!) of Toronto from the 1800’s on. Lots of then and now pics of various Toronto communities. Thank you Lyndsey for introducing me. Building the street car tracks on Bay St. (around 1918-20)

Classes!

Open Beading Night with Stephanie Dixon For those of you accustomed to us having our Open Beading Nights on Thursdays, this weeks session will be held on Wednesday the 22nd. We hope to see you there – always a ton a fun! In case you missed our really big news – Our lampworking studio is open, and Happy Hour torching sessions are now back on. Happy Hour Torching If you have recently taken a lampworking class or are a regular studio user, Happy Hour Torching is the perfect time for you to come by. On Monday and Thursday evenings from …

Lampwork Studio is ready to roll!

The lampworking studio is ready to rock and roll!  Ventilation installed – check torches installed and hooked up to gas and oxygen and tested – check 8 workstations – 2 more than before – check individual task lighting for each workstation – check noisy equipment installed in other room for more pleasant torching environment – check new, sturdier glass shelves installed – check We are ready to go! Tuesday – Tomorrow night – Carol will be hosting a Happy Hour Torching from 5 – 9 pm, and then the studio will officially re-open Wednesday, February 22.  Please call ahead to …