June offers more opportunities before summer kicks-in

Where is the time going? It seems that we were just discussing summer as a ‘concept’ – and now it is almost here! July and August here we come! But, let’s not rush the season – we have lots more classes and opportunities in June. June wraps up with a new metal clay class with Liz Reynolds. We also have classes for seed beaders with Pamela Kearns and wire enthusiasts with Jen Rosen. If learning pearl knotting has been on your radar, then you’ll want to connect with Angela Peace‘s class! Fine silver metal lovers will be able to explore …

Floating Display Frames

I just want to rave on about these floating display frames. I didn’t get a lot of space to talk about them the other day when we rolled them out – so I just want to show you them in more detail – because I think these things are the bees knees. The first time I saw them was in a Swarovski promotional package – there was one of their big, honking crystal pendants, floating in space. Ok, I thought – that’s cool, but a vacuum formed package is kind of a luxury for the regular person like me. Then …

All that Glitters is not gold

But it sure looks like it anyway! We have a smallish stash of gold-plated over copper beads – made in India, and perfect for that boho-chic look. Pair with dark coloured wood or stone for a very rich look. We have beads, caps & cones, separators, and headpins. This is all limited quantity stuff – so don’t bookmark the page and promise yourself you will come back for it later – because you know it will be gone by then     Also glittering away are these gold-plated-glass seedbeads – size 8/0 True Cuts, and Size 6/0s! Perfect as spacers, …

Colouring your creativity! Exploring a world full of possibilties.

Before I talk to you about colouring your creativity, perhaps we should discuss what creativity means to you? Is it only one colour, or perhaps all of the colours of the rainbow? Only you can answer that question! Let’s start by defining creativity! I know that I’ve probably talked about this before, but just for fun, let’s discuss it again! According to Wikipedia: “Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible (such as an idea, a scientific theory, a musical composition or a joke, or a physical object (such as …

Step into Summer

It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside. Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib Before we get our summer in gear, lets have some fun now and take a class or two! Our mid-June classes include two very popular classes that repeatedly fill quickly: Painting with Fire and Lapidary: Cutting Cabochons. Marilyn Gardiner has two chainmaille classes including a new bracelet design. One of Cindy Goldrick’s classes was recently published in the May/June 2017 issue of Jewelry Artist and she now brings it to you. There are more classes …

InspirationFX: Chained in Copper

Get your creative juices flowing~~~ Chained in Copper Designed by: Rochelle Kilmer Plain and simple. Dress it up or dress it down. Little black dress? No problem!? Jeans, blouse, dress, or even your pj’s! ?I love the look of this chain and just had to do a necklace with all of it. 🙂 Well not all of it – I left some if you want to make one too! I found some corrugated copper circles that paired nicely and off I went to designing the necklace. Instruction: 1) I attached the 2 sizes of corrugated circles together with a 4x5mm …

Stamp, Pour, and Die

If your creative musings are taking you off in other directions than straight beading – and why not? – then you’ll BEE happy to know – we have more of those options for you! In fact, we have a set of options to take you to the edge and right over the border, and if you are drawing a blank, we’re happy to provide a guide. That’s a set of border stamps, a shaped aluminum blank and a guidebook of stickers – that is! I love stamping on the aluminum – possibly because I tried the brass and copper and …