Friday, January 15, 2010

What's NEW?

Antique Section
We're always getting in great new antique beads, but they're usually behind the counter out of reach! We've moved them so you can take a look at and feel all of these incredible beads. We offer a selection of ocean Amber, Czech glass, four hundred old coral, bloodstone, Amsterdam Donuts and many more items! Be sure to check them out. Once you read a little about them you can never look at them the same! We have a few books on hand to educate you on the history of these awesome beads.

Classes For those of you familiar with torches we've added a Bezel Soldering Class and a Lampwork Pendant Class as well.

In the Bezel Soldering class you will learn how to encase a cabochon with sheet metal and bezel wire. You will even learn how to make your own bail! You can cut your metal to be perfectly shaped around your stone or you can leave an edge to texture.

Class Fee: $25.00 + materials ($15.00 and up)
Dates: Wednesday Jan. 27, 6-9 PM
Sunday Jan. 31, 1-4 PM

Lampwork Pendants
You will learn how to make awesome focal pieces with the same torch you used in Glass 101. To take this, however, you did need to have a lot of hours under the torch. It's no walk in the park for newbies. Learn how to make drop pendants with a bail, flattened pendants, and flat back cabochon style pendants.

Class Fee: $30.00 + materials ($12.00 and up)
Date: Saturday Jan. 23, 2-5 PM

Our local artists are continually bringing in a fresh selection of consignment pendants and beads! Look for these artists pieces at the store:

Mark Jones: Lampwork Artist- offers a great selection of large cabochons
Cristine Grimm: Metal Clay Artist- offers a great selection of pendants in silver, copper, and brass
Randy Bennett: Lampwork Artist- offers a great selection of multi colored beads
Jill Jeltema: Ceramic Artist- offers an eclectic and earthy variety of beads and pendants
Rose Kren: Lampwork Artist- offers a variety of graduated beads (photo to the left), pendants, and earring sets

New Workstations!

For all of you who have made glass beads or soldered and didn't have the studio space to do it at home, we've got a space for you! From now on we will have a permanent glass station and soldering station in the back of the store. We had a vent installed so you don't have to worry about any fumes too!


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