Test Results – Firing the new Lab Created Gems

At the beginning of August – we added some Lab Created Gems for use in Metal Clay. A couple of the gals here who work with metal clay extensively wanted to double check that the stones would handle the heat without significant colour change. To test them, they were placed into a kiln and fired, without being embedded in metal clay. For the first firing, the gems were placed into a cold kiln. Ramp rate (speed of temperature increase) was set to full (as fast as the kiln will go), the temperature was set to 1650 degrees Fahrenheit (the hottest …

Tangled Techniques – and other stories!

If the truth be known, I’m all about tangled techniques! The tanglier (of course, that isn’t a real word), the better!! There’s not really much that I haven’t tried. I doodle, but do not tangle (as in Zentangle). I paint, but mostly Gelli print. My stitching life is not current, and I neither knit nor crochet. Collage and Eco-printing are favourites of mine, but I do not scrapbook, or make cards. I do know how to draw and sketch, but do I do it now? Not often! Resin is a definite yes, but I’m sadly behind on my artist concrete, …

You’re not going to believe what they called this turtle

This week – we have a new selection of stamps for you – the ImpressArt stamps are top quality and one of our most popular products. You tell us you love these stamps – and we agree! They are made from hardened carbon tool steel, precision cut for crisp impressions, and designed to last! You can stamp them on metals from aluminum to copper to brass to sterling, or if you work in softer materials, there is no reason why you can’t use them on polymer clay, or metal clay before firing. Or after firing. Both works! Speaking of metal …

Hand-made gifts and other creative pursuits!

The presents have all been ripped open, relaxation and leftovers are on the menu, and I’m slowly getting back into the flow of things! My hand-made gifts, all arrived safely at their destinations, so all is good for another year! BeadFX is closed until January 2nd, so most of the elves are taking a much-needed rest! Or are they? I don’t know about you, but for me, it’s a good excuse to catch up on reading, attempt to clean and organize the house (boy, does it ever need it!), explore some new creative pursuits, and even think about hand-made gifts …

A reflection or two!

Do you believe that reflections on the future, can often be found in the past? It’s something that I believe in, and it’s certainly the only way to proceed into an uncertain future.   Art is funny that way! You can go merrily along on your way, and then stop suddenly, when you come to an unexpected roadblock. It could be health, financial, time, lack of inspiration, and even work or family related. These roadblocks tend to ‘smack you in the face’ when you’re least expecting it, but are easy to overcome, if you reflect back on how you reacted …

New! New! New!

What’s new this week? Well, some , some pinch beads, a new colour of metal clay, some new beading thread, and, oh yeah – the entire website!!!!!   Yes – a new look, that is fresher, cleaner, faster, more streamlined, and easier on the eyes. Easier to use on mobile too! New features like shopping by colour! Of course – as with anything this complicated – there are a few things that seem to be not quite what we expected. So please, if you find something weird, like pictures overlapping or showing up gigantic, or if you can’t find something …

Discovering More About: Metal Clays

You may have seen the classes listed or the packages in the store. You may have also seen jewellery components or finished pieces listed as ‘made from metal clay’. But what exactly is ‘metal clay’? When metal clay was first developed in Japan in 1990, it was only available in silver. The clay-like pliability of this substance allows users to fashion pieces that, when fired using a torch or kiln, create metal components that can be used in a variety of jewellery applications. In essence, atomized particles of metals such as silver, gold, bronze, copper or steel are mixed with …

Metal Clay Lovers Unite!

If you are a metal clay lover, then I have great news for you: Open Metal Studio: Metal Clay is back! This is your opportunity to come in and use BeadFX’s Metal Studio to work on projects under the helpful eyes of our new facilitator Liz Reynolds. As many of you already know, Liz teaches our Hadar Clay classes, and she is very knowledgeable about all of the metal clays that we carry and will help you with tips and techniques to make your projects the best they can be. Open Metal Studio: Metal Clay is not a class; you …

Getting to know…Liz Reynolds

Liz Reynolds is a devotee of Hadar’s Clay and she has been busy introducing this powdered metal clay to lots of students. A creative person by nature, Liz began early adding personal touches to many things. “I’ve tended to largely focus on one medium at a time,” says Liz. “When I was much younger I really liked sewing and sewed a lot of my own clothes. I then moved into pottery and for the better part of a decade, I made my living (such as it was) from pottery. Later I learned how to knit, but it was pretty basic. …

Your input is needed … Metal Clay Play Days

BeadFX runs a monthly Metal Clay Play Day for the lovers of Art Clay Silver and the many other metal clays available. However, we’re finding that we are seldom getting sign-ups for the sessions — and we don’t really know why! We are asking for your help! If you’re a lover of metal clay, what would you like to see for an open session? We’ve had lots of new classes in metal clays led by Heather Bell Denison, Liz Reynolds and Jenn Jevons and many people have been introduced to this fascinating medium. As it stands now, the Metal Clay …