Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Working With a Blank Flat Snap to Create Interchangeable Jewelry

In my tutorial, Creating Interchangeable Polymer Clay Jewelry, in a Snap!, I show how to work with a blank metal snap that has a bezel frame.  Recently we have come across some new snap findings that are instead flat.  These work really well for mounting onto irregular clay shapes or larger designs.

Larger Textured Designs Mounted on Blank Flat Snaps

Textured Snaps and added to a Snap Base Necklace, Snap Base Bracelet
and Multi-functional Brooch (Sweater Guard)
These snaps are available in our web store along with other snap base supplies for interchangeable jewelry making.  When working with these snaps, prep them first the same way as the Snap Bezel A (see page 4 of my tutorial - Part 1).   Cut a thin clay circle that is the same size as the inside of the snap.  Apply liquid clay first into the snap and then add the clay circle working it under the folded metal edges.  Make sure there are no air bubbles trapped underneath or polk them with a thin needle to allow the air to escape.

The snap is then ready to be mounted onto the back of your clay design.

Back of Snap Design

I love working with these new flat snaps and finding more uses for them all the time.  These larger snaps work really well on the simpler or plainer snap bases without adding too much bulk or thickness.

Shawl/Hair Sticks with Snap Base and Larger "Snap" Art Beads

Monday, July 18, 2016

Multi-functional Snap Jewelry Available at Intwined Fibre Arts

To go along with our multi-functional snap jewelry (see my last blog post here), we have been creating some new snap art bead designs in a slightly larger size.  These snaps also have genuine Swarovski crystals to accent the deep jewel-tone colors and add some bling.

These work really well on our multi-functional brooches as well as our new shawl sticks with the snap base.

We are happy to announce that a selection of these new snaps, shawl sticks and multi-functional brooches are also now available at Intwined Fibre Arts in Salmon Arm.

Althea of Intwined Fibre Arts
Intwined Fibre Arts is a colorful store packed full of a wide range of yarns.

Althea and store mascot Gus

There are also lots of beautiful knit pieces on display for plenty of inspiration.

Althea loves color and besides the yarn, she also sells high quality chalk style paints from The Fat Paint Company made right here in Canada.

Saturday, July 16, 2016

Multi-Functional Snap Jewelry Available at Knit 2 Yarns

We have been building up our "Snap Decisions" jewelry collection and our latest pieces we have been working on is our multi-functional magnetic brooch.  We are happy to announce they are now available at Knit 2 Yarns in Kamloops.

It is basically a metal snap base with a clip for attaching a decorative charm to wear as a brooch.  It can also be used as an eyeglass holder just by switching out the charm with a large ring.

You can clip it to the stainless ball chain (included), to wear as a necklace.

You can even combine two brooches and add a chain connector to wear as a sweater guard!

Knit 2 Yarns is a quaint yarn shop that just opened earlier this year.  You can follow Carla on facebook or her blog to see what she is up to with her quilting as well as her knitting.

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Music at the Lake in Chase BC

Our little Village of Chase in BC is a wonderful place to live.  It is right on the Little Shuswap Lake and surround by scenic mountains.  We have a lovely park in town at the lake with a boat launch, children's playground, picnic area, new pier and amphitheatre.

This year the Village of Chase joined the Music in the Parks program with live music held each night in a different location in the Shuswap area.  The Music on the Lake in Chase takes place every Tuesday evening from 7 to 8:30 all summer long.

Last night was the 2nd week starting out with the Checkmates from Lee Creek to warm up the crowd.

Checkmates performing

Checkmates from Lee Creek

The main act was a fabulous rock band from Kamloops called Shattered Blue.  Their music was upbeat and had a lot of people tapping their toes and dancing.  This band had just finished opening for the Sam Roberts Band the night before at Sun Peaks Resort.

I belong to the Chase Women in Business group and for a summer project we are sponsoring the Green Room by providing refreshments for the performers each week.

Last night Barb Paquette of Tree of My Heart Healing, (below, far left) and myself were in charge so was also a great opportunity to meet the musicians.  Beside me (2nd from right) is Ali Maki, one of our town councilors and heading up the Music on the Lake and far right is Natalie of One Love Photography.  You can see some blog posts on a photo shoot she did a few years ago here and here.

I am already looking forward to more great music right here all summer long!

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Heart N'Sole Quilts and Cherry Tree Quilts

We are excited to announce two new stores here in B.C. that are now selling our work.  We met them both at the Salmon Arm Quilt Show last month and I was kicking myself for not taking more photos but we were too busy to think of it!

Catherine & Rod of Heart N'Sole Quilts
One of the stores is Heart N'Sole Quilts in Grand Forks.  They now have a nice selection of our handcrafted buttons as well as our scarf jewelry which will be featured in their upcoming "Quilts in the Garden" show this Friday and Saturday (July 8 & 9).

Flower Scarf Necklace

Grand Forks is a quaint little city right at the Washington, U.S. border.  We are hoping we will make it there sometime this year since it is one of our favorite places to visit and we now have two reasons to go!

The other store is Cherry Tree Quilts in Summerland.  They have recently expanded into more space and have added a wide range of giftware.  Along with our handcrafted buttons, they are also now selling jewelry from our Snap Decisions Collection.

We are looking forward to a possible visit in the fall and teaching some classes there.

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Bettina Welker Workshop -- My Bags Are Already Packed!

I was so quite excited when I heard that Bettina Welker was visiting Canada and is going to give a workshop here in British Columbia.  Bettina is one of my top favorite artists I would love to meet and so of course I am already signed up and can hardly wait!!!

It should be a fun weekend (August 13-14) all round starting with the drive out together with my "clay" friend, Joanne (I wrote about her here), and then meeting up with old friends from Vancouver and the Island where the workshop will be held.

It will also be great to learn something fresh and new.  Even if some of the designs taught aren't necessarily our style, it can still be inspiring and the techniques learned become a springboard for new ideas.

If you are in the area and would like to attend, hurry and register today as it is filling up fast!  For more info or to register, see the poster (above photo) for more details or contact either Barb Alexander or Irene Corman

Friday, June 17, 2016

Recovery Time and New Snap Accessories

Just last week I had surgery on my knee to repair a meniscus tear.  I had been suffering with swelling and pain for over a year so was nice to see things moving forward and I will be hopefully walking normally again soon.

Even though it wasn't serious, something like this can slow you down.  I was still been trying to stay active with the clay as much as it would allow but had to focus more on activities that involved sitting rather than standing.

We have found shows are getting harder to do with all the work in preparing, packing, setting up plus the long hours.  We managed to get through the Salmon Arm quilt show and actually found it enjoyable.  The ladies who took part in the Quilted Clay Make & Take had a lot of fun and it was a great way to share with them what polymer clay was all about and hopefully spark some interest in future workshops.

Each lady went away with a quilted clay piece in the pattern and colors of their choice that was mounted on a snap.  We had available a selection of snap base items for them to wear their quilted design and could add other snaps to interchange such as a necklace or our popular magnetic brooches.

Some of the items are new ideas we came up with special for the show and now have them available in our online store.  One is a metal shawl or hair stick with a snap base.

Here is a kilt style brooch pin for a sweater or shawlette.   The snap base has one of our clip clasps so it can be detached and worn on a chain as a necklace.