I heart anything SLK (close friends and family lovingly refer to Susan Lenart Kazmer as SLK), and apparently you do, too! She’s a wealth of information AND highly entertaining. Whether you take a class with her in person or one of our workshops, your brain will hurt from the creative overload! (It’s a good thing.) […]

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Metal clay rocked my world…just sayin’. I’m sure clay is a big deal for every kid who had the great pleasure of playing with it. Whether you made dinosaurs or flowers; loved the smell, texture, or simply ate Play Doh (my first grade classmate, Gordy Johnson, was infamous for that), clay likely entered your life […]

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How do we say it? This term is pronounced sash-i-ko (the “i” is pronounced as in the word “it”). Sashiko means “little stabs” and has a long history of mainly reinforcement stitching in Japan during the Edo era (1615-1868). According to Nancy Eha, geometric patterns were traditionally used for stitching waves, arrow feathers, mountains, bamboo […]

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For many centuries, people have had a love affair with the beautiful art form of cloisonné, including me! But the daunting task of attempting to make cloisonné myself would simply never happen. I’m an immediate-gratification type of gal, so the traditional method of creating this jewelry would still be a dream. Then I saw Jackie […]

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Flat Peyote Stitch is sometimes considered the Holy Grail of seed bead stitching. Once you “get it” you’re well on your way to becoming a seed bead expert, tackling other more difficult stitches in a single bound! Many SBN’s (Seed Bead Newbies) tackle this stitch first; you could look at it as a gateway stitch […]

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One of the main reasons I wanted Jackie Truty to shoot online courses for us was her knack for combining techniques. One of the more popular jewelry-making techniques these days is metal clay jewelry. It’s no surprise–the options are endless and you don’t need a ton of expensive tools to create a masterpiece! Once you […]

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Carol Cypher’s Top 5 Tips for African Helix 101

African Helix may not be a stitch most seed beaders are familiar with and Carol Cypher has made it her personal mission to bring it to the beady masses! With evangelical passion, this beady icon has developed some mighty exciting techniques with a twist. As the creative video producer for the bead and jewelry group […]

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