Saturday, September 20, 2014

Thread & Paper Store Opening Demo

There was an excellent turn out at the grand opening of the new Thread & Paper store in Salmon Arm  today.  Dave and I were set up in the classroom area to demo our clay which went really well.  We were mainly focusing on how our handcrafted buttons are made.  The lady bugs and "Natasha" beads (or inside out beads) were a big hit.  Here is some of the scrap clay we used and a few beads we made from it.

We will be teaching a Beginner workshop (Introduction to Polymer Clay) at the Thread & Paper store in November which is now full.  There was a fair bit of interest so we may be teaching another one in the new year.

samples for the beginner clay workshop
The new store is really spacious and packed with a lot of really cool supplies for the knitter, quilter and also now the scrapbooker.  I managed to explore the scrapbooking section and found lots of fun things that I could use with the clay.

Some of the scrapbooking section at Thread & Paper
centre area of the store with scrapbooking section in the foreground
And finally, here is where most of our handcrafted buttons and wearable art pieces are displayed in the store.

It was a great day but we were pretty exhausted afterwards so this is me relaxing at home on the patio afterwards....

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Thread & Paper Grand Opening

There is a new store in Salmon Arm, BC called Thread & Paper.  It was formerly known as The Sewing Basket but is now under new ownership and has relocated to a larger building (the old Honda building on the Trans Canada Hwy).  They will still be selling the usual quilt and yarn supplies but have also added a large scrap booking section.

We will be at the store for their grand opening day this Saturday and will be set up in the new classroom area where we will be demonstrating our clay and promoting our "Introduction to Polymer Clay" Beginner workshop coming up in November.  We will also be promoting our buttons and wearable art pieces that are for sale in the store.

If you are in the area, pop in and say hi.  We would love to see you.  For more information you can check their facebook page here.

Here are a few pictures I took when we were there the other day:

Carol, new owner/manager of Thread & Paper
Thread & Paper Store almost ready for their grand opening!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Small Buttons

Anne from Kelowna Yarn & Needlecraft sent us a picture of an adorable kids cardigan sweater she made with our handcrafted buttons.  This sweater is her class project this fall.  She wanted to use the lady bug buttons but they were a little too large so she attached one to the collar as an accent.  The main buttons she used are our sorbet treats in lime green.

Most of our children's types buttons are now sold individually in the stores rather than in a package.  We have found that this works great for certain styles as some of the colors can mix and match like the toglets used in the sweater shown below created by one of Kelowna Yarn's customers (see the previous blog post here).

Since some of the yarn shops we sell to specialize in baby and children's items, our smaller buttons have become more in demand.  We had requests for even smaller ones such as the Brilliant Blooms and so we came up with the Mini version.

To see what shops sell our buttons and other handcrafted items, you can visit our website page here.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Faux Turquoise in New Colors

I've been experimenting with my Faux Turquoise technique and finally made it in some new colors.  The photo below shows the faux turquoise in the usual blue shade on the left and the new greenish turquoise on the right.

Here are some faux turquoise beads in the new greener shade in the CaBezel molds ready to finish off in a necklace.  We have also been experimenting with sanding some of our pieces with the micro mesh and really love the finish they gave on these.  We will share more on that with you later.

And now here are some more buttons in a new red colored stone using my same faux turquoise technique.  I really love how this color turned out and coming up with all sorts of ideas on how to use it.

And last are some buttons done up in an ivory white blend.

So here are the clay recipes I used
to create the new faux Turquoise colors:

Follow the same steps in my Fabulous Faux Turquoise tutorial but use the following clay mixes.  (Sorry my clay recipes are only available using Kato clay -- see my Clay Color System tutorial for any of the color recipe mixes below.)

Green Turquoise:

Recipe Mix # 1
Follow the recipe for "Lagoon" (recipe #8-3)
but replace the pearl with only 1 part white mix #1-2

Recipe Mix # 2
Follow the recipe for "Lagoon" (recipe #8-3)
but replace the pearl with 4 parts white mix #1-2

Using 2 parts of the Mix #1 to 1 part of Mix # 2,
mix by rolling into two logs enough
to create a "marbling" effect.

Red Turquoise:

This was created with the Pantone Fall 2014 color
Aurora Red

White Stone Effect:

Combine 2 parts of White Mix #1-2 and 1 part Transluscent
Roll into two logs and mix enough
to create a "marbling" effect.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Lake Country Art Walk Come and Gone

I hadn't blogged in a while as the last few weeks had been so busy with hardly any extra time to spare.  Dave and I had both been putting in long hours working on fall orders for the local stores that sell our work as well as preparing for the Lake Country Art Walk.

The Art Walk was last weekend and is hard to believe it has now come and gone.  We weren't as exhausted afterwards this year thanks to the extra help we had this time.  The show was so busy I didn't get a chance to take any pictures during, but did manage to get a few pics of our set-up the Friday evening before.

This is Dave and our sister-in-law Pat resting after doing our set-up the Friday evening before the show.  Pat and her friend Brenda were a great help all weekend.  We also hired an art student to help as well so there was as many as 5 of us to help take care of customers.

This was our earring display along with our flip flop pieces.  The theme this year was "Shoes, A step forward" so we had to have our flip flop jewelry to go along.

This was one of our jewelry displays.  Also included were some special scarf jewelry pieces on some gorgeous silk scarves.

This was our new sweater guard clip display.  The sweater guards were a really big hit and we had nearly sold out of them.

Some of the sweater guards here were in our new faux turquoise colors (the green and red) using the Cabezel moulds.  I will share the new color recipes I used to make these with you in my next post.

Sweater guard in new faux green turquoise
Sweater guard in new faux red turquoise

Monday, August 18, 2014

Interchangeable Scarf Jewelry Pieces

I love things to wear that are multi-functional and interchangeable.  An item that can be used in more than one way is a great wardrobe extender as well as a budget saver.  Obviously others feel the same as me as our earring sales increased a fair bit when we switched over to the interchangeable system with several ear wire styles to choose from.

So now we have come up with a new twist on our scarf jewelry pieces ... we now have a new "interchangeable" series.  The scarf necklace consists of a scarf bail, a pendant charm and a set of cascading beads so they can be easily switched out.  As another alternative, the beads or the charm can also clip on to a chain or cord to wear as a regular necklace without the scarf.

In my tutorial, Constructing Accent Pieces for your Scarves, Sweaters & Shawls, I show how to create a scarf bail from polymer clay as well as to create the bead dangles several different ways.

Here is some feedback we have received so far on this latest tutorial:

"Great thorough tutorial. Very easy to follow."

"Good clear written instructions accompanied by great photos, leaves no lingering question to be answered.  The inclusion of extra information and tips at the end are an added bonus."

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Vintage Style Jewel-tone Flowers

We have been making lots of "Vintage Flowers" in a variety of jewel-tone colors.  We create the flowers and bake them so they are ready to be used when needed.

The "vintage-like" centres are not metal but polymer clay.  They were created from a mould we made from a vintage button.  A Swarovski crystal is embedded into the centre and they are then accented with mica powders and baked.  We will generally make up a whole batch in different colors at a time so they are ready to use.

We like to use our vintage style flowers in various ways:

Shawl/Hair Sticks:

Brooch Stick Shawl Pins:

Scarf Charms:

  And Jewelry: