Jingle Bells ...
Halloween is safely out of the way - so now it is time to start thinking Christmas and the holiday season! (I just couldn't bring myself to talk about Christmas before Halloween - sorry!)
So - you planning on buying or making this season? So far, our survey says that most of you are planning on making at least part, if not most of your gifts this season - so are we - so stay tuned for crafty tips and nifty ideas. Some folks have to buy their hand-made stuff (!!!!) - but not us - we can make things ourselves - nice things too - things people will want!
So - in the spirit of the upcoming season - let's start off with some Christmas-themed charms! Here we have as merry a collection of seasonal charms as you could wish for.
From a Nutcracker charm - or is it the "Steadfast Tin Soldier"? - to Jolly Gingerbread men (Run, run, as fast as you can - you can't catch me - I'm the Gingerbread man!) - to this enchanting rocking horse (which, as far as I'm concerned, is a fabulous charm for any season!).
Not just in Brass Oxide, but Antique Silver too. Harp-playing Angels, singing on high - cheery Christmas Trees - Silver Bells, Yummy Candy Canes and Jolly Old St. Nicholas himself. You can find all these goodies on the metal charms page.
Plus - a few extra items, such as a bow connector, a wreath toggle clasp, and a star bead cap - which is also such a classic design - that it works for any season.
Following last week's roll-out of the new Swarovski Denium Blue - this week - we have the new Crystal Antique Pink. Antique Pink is a sophisticated pink - Girly-girl all grown up.
As with last week - because these are scattered all over, here is a handy table to help you find them all! (Click on the link or picture to go directly to the item!
Seems like just yesterday - we had a new stone of the month - and here we are - doing it again! Where does the time go?
This month's stone of the month is TigerEye - the classic - tawny-golden-tiger variety (last month was the Red variant.) Tigereye has a very long history of use as a gemstone and decorative stone - it is sooo handsome!
Lampworking Studio News
Effective Monday, November 7, Happy Hour Torching (2 hours for the price of 1) will now be for soft glass only.
Happy Hour is every Monday and Thursday, from 5 pm to 9 pm, and gets you two hours of torching for the price of one. Happy Hour Torching is hosted by an experienced lampworker who can answer your questions. Excellent for beginners and novices. More experienced lampworkers will enjoy the camaraderie and exchange of ideas that come from torching in a shared environment.
This event is popular, please call ahead to book space.
In addition, we have added a new program for folks who wish to work Borosilicate glass in the studio. Boro workers can book in advance (24 hours notice is required) and a separate kiln will be programmed for annealing/garaging and Boro workers will have a choice of Mega or Midrange Torch. (If you have specific colour-related requirements for the kiln program - please give us 24 hours notice.)
Mega - Boro torch time is $20 per hour, or $90 for a 5-hour card.
The Midrange torch is $30 per hour, or $125 for a 5-hour card (for either Boro or Soft glass)
Other cool stuff around the site, so go ahead, click on a link or a picture above, or start with the Main Page, if you are feeling intrepid, (there is a LOT of stuff there), or chunk it down into bite-size portions by checking out the categories: Click on a link and go crazy! Firepolish, Pressed Glass, Swarovski Crystal, Seedbeads, Stone and Pearls, Preciosa Crystal, Metal Beads, Other Cool Beads, Findings, Metal Clay & Supplies or Books, Kits, Tools. Look for the "new" tags!Or maybe check out all our free, yes, free projects. A new one every week.