Feelin’ Drusy …

Slow down – life goes too fast Ya gotta make the beading LAST Just kicking down the cobble stones, looking for fun and feelin’ DRUSY Summer is starting to wind up – in fits and starts – warm day, wet day, cold day. Are you starting to think about winter projects? Are you making gifts this year? The time to start is now!  If you’re thinking about a nice beadwork project, and would like to bead around something special, how about this new selection of drusy cabochons!  Druzy is crystals formed on stone – often deep inside round geodes or …

Jill Wiseman’s Beautiful Beaded Ropes

  Speechless. So beautiful!! From cover to cover, it’s as if Jill is sitting beside me teaching me privately. Her unique voice and design sense is palpable throughout this book. The projects are amazing and as you read them, you will be amazed at how Jill takes the humble rope to the next level with embellishments and personal touches that are surprising and make you wonder why you didn’t think of it yourself. This book is for everyone! For the beginner, Jill is very thorough in her basic information and does not throw you into the deep end. The simplicity …

Classes

A fairly quick post today  – we’re back to school, and the first germs of the season have come to visit. 😉 In addition to the class lineup, be sure to check the schedule for our various playdays!  Happy Hour Torching, Open Beading Nights, and a once a month Metal Clay Playday Kumihimo Basics with Angela Peace – Thursday, September 20th 6pm-9pm This is an introductory kumihimo course and will teach how to make some basic cord styles and how to finish the ends. These cords can add texture and pattern to your jewelry designs and are especially impressive when …

My Shiney Little Secret

I get a lot of questions about my photography techniques. One of the things that is really important in photographing beads and jewelry is to  have an uncluttered background that does not detract from the item being photographed. I often use a “stage” – a plexiglass sheet with a silvery backing to create a soft reflection of the bead in question. But glass scratches plexiglass – and over time – it develops a haze of fine scratches that seriously detract from the professionalism of the finished picture. If you were photo’ing anything of normal size – no one would notice …

The Joy of Metal Clay: The Silver Lime

I made a silver lime pendant yesterday in between making a birthday cake and party planning for my now 9 year-old. To make a lime impression. I used a two part silicone compound.  This compound comes with two different coloured compounds: To use it you mix equal portions together..  I just eyeball two equal sized balls.  (Only mix what you will use as the compound cannot be saved for later) You have to make sure it is all one colour (the picture above is not mixed enough)     The above has been well blended.     Once the compound is mixed …

The Business Chat – Managing yourself

Yes it is Friday night, and yes it is past 10 o’clock and here I sit in my studio. I’m taking a brief break from making jewelry to craft this article then I’ll be back at it for another couple of hours. What, you thought self-employment meant lounging around playing when you felt like it? Here’s one of my reality checks from life in the full-time crafty trenches. Sometimes there are seriously long late hours even though they are colour drenched and fun filled. The biggest difference between where I am right now and a regular “job”, is that I …

SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Introduces Advanced Crystal

 “Evolution never ceases. Reforms in one area lead to further reforms in other area. One must, however, always be alert to the opportunities.”Daniel Swarovski   Advanced CRYSTAL – A new CRYSTAL standard The commitment to innovation, creativity, sustainable development and social responsibility, as well as the courage to think and do the unprecedented are central to Swarovski’s success. Extensive research into developing technologies and the use of materials and their composition gives rise to a level of innovation of the highest degree that breaks new ground and inspires the industry. ADVANCED CRYSTAL is a further example of Swarovski’s boundless capacity …

Are you the Girl with the Pearl Earring?

Or Necklace? Or Bracelet? Or are you – “oh, Pearls, like my grandma wore.”  We have a new shipment of freshwater pearls this week – but I guarantee – there are pearls here like yo gamma never saw. Yep – we’ve got your traditional pearls, round, rice, cream, white. Because – you know, they are CLASSIC. They go everywhere, do everything. From Brides to Bar Mitzvahs, from Work to Weekends, pearls are always appropriate. In fact, if an uber-elegant pair of earrings made with half-drilled pearls is just the ticket – we have some half-drilled pearls – sold in matched …

Classes

I think it’s safe to say that everyone who came out for Anne Mitchell’s metalwork classes had an absolute blast! It’s always a treat to learn a new technique – and have a great time doing it! Our classes are always a lot of fun, and we hope you’ll join us for some of our upcoming classes. Pamela Kearns is teaching her lovely Infinity Beaded Necklace on Thursday (Sept 13) from 6pm to 9pm Using 6mm fire-polish glass beads and delica beads to create beaded components that can be used in multitude of ways. Students will create 6 components and …

Bead Quilt – Part 3

Part three! We continue to feature this wonderful bead quilt that Marg got at the charity auction at Bead and Button. The squares are made and donated by beaders from all over the world. I’m showing this to you one row at a time – up close and personal – so you can enjoy the handiwork in each square. (You might have to stand back into order to “see” the image.) The quilt is entitled “Glorious Green” and the theme: Birds. The artist’s name precedes their work.