The Business Chat – Sell a story

Listing A: First light is around 5 a.m. as we camp overnight in the desert. The sky turns from midnight black to a pale grey. Streaks of purple and pinks appear. There are some touches of blues and greens. Everything is still and quiet as the world waits for the giant ball of orange to appear and a new day to begin. I make my beads to tell stories of my travels and of the world I see. From my beads I spin tales into not jewelry, but wearable art. These earrings are memories of my Australian outback camping trip …

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. Our first submission is from Deborah Muss  I call this …

New Stuff

Don’t put a crimp in your style … Put style in your crimps instead!  Well – now aren’t these nifty? Decorative Crimp ends, that you can use with cable, wire, chain, leather, etc. You can glue or crimp these, or even invent your own way to use them! Four styles – two sizes each. I’m thinking you could use them in earrings to make a cute dangle with maybe some headpins hanging down, or maybe some feathers and some crystals on coloured wire. What do you think?  Do you remember our coffee bean beads? Have you been waiting for them …

Twin Seed Bead Projects

When we first introduced the twin seedbead collection, a link to the Preciosa site was posted. In case you missed it – I thought I’d highlight some of the awesome projects you can do with the twin seedbead line.  Twin seedbeads are these glorious little two-hole beauties: One of my favourite projects is their instructions for ‘Simple Bracelets’, and the vast design possibilities utilizing this bead shape. Click the above link to download a PDF of the instructions. And for even more design possibilities, be sure to check out their facebook page. A while back, they offered free seedbeads to …

Hadar Jacobson almost in town

We have quite a few very excited customers this week. Hadar’s completely sold out classes start on Friday. Rosemary and Heather are both taking her class. Hopefully, we can convince them to blog the happenings! For those of you not signed up, but want to get in your class fix for the week – Rae is teaching her ‘Nuff Wrapped Loops’ Class. The class runs on Thursday March 29th from 6 to 9pm. Nuff Wrapped Loops is a bracelet that was designed to give participants the opportunity to learn how to make wrapped loops (one of the fundamental skills of …

The Man-gagement Ring

So this is apparently the new thing – It seems I’ve been living under a rock, as this is the first I’ve heard of it. Check out the full article on The Telegraph I’m trying to picture my hubby wearing one of these…Ummm, not so much. Now, before you completely write off the fad – have a look at this line of man-gagement  rings from H Samuel. I’m still not sure my hubby would wear one, but they are quite handsome.

The Joy of Metal Clay: Certification class this April

Time is flying by Hadar Jacobson will be teaching at BeadFx next week, I can’t believe it. Additionally, I will be teaching a certification class the third weekend in April (April 20-22, 2012). This date is fast approaching and if you are interested here is some information: -The class is three days long -Techniques include: making a brooch with a fine silver finding; painting a leaf; syringe work (three projects); making a band ring; making a rolled ring; fireable and non fireable gemstones; overlay paste on porcelain; torch firing and more -Of course I will share my experience and thoughts …

The Business Chat – Perceived Value

In January 2007 world famous violinist Joshua Bell, posing as a street musician, gave an incognito performance to morning commuters at a metro station in Washington DC. The world famous violinist performed beautiful and complex music on an instrument worth $3.5 million, but nevertheless received only cursory attention, or none at all, from the majority of commuters who passed him by. Only days earlier Bell had played at a Boston theater where tickets sold out at an average price $100 each. In his subway performance he only made a paltry $32. This was an experiment arranged by the Washington Post. …

New Stuff

Mo’ Spikes, Mo’ Twins, Mo’ Chatons I love saying “Chaton” – what a wonderful word. Chaton, Chaton, Chaton. Excuse me, Chaton, please bring me another glass of Chatonagne.  A very sparklying Chatonagne that would be. Chatons are pointed-back rhinestones – and you can embed them in epoxy clay (Apoxie Sculpt or Crystal Clay). Or in polymer clay. You can use them in metal clay too – but you can’t fire them – they would melt before you got up to temperature – so you have to leave a little divot for them, and add them afterwards. Or you could go …