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11  Re: New Classes at the Beadhive, June 20th, 2009 - New Pic in Minnesota by stevenjames on: May 14, 2009 12:06:01 PM
Thought I'd repost my new classes for this June.

You can check out http://www.beadhivebeads.com for the scoop!

Hope to see some craftsters in class.

Spin & Spin Pendants - Cold Connections:

Torch Enameling:

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12  Vampire Suckers - Just in time for Halloween in CHALLENGE 31 ENTRIES by stevenjames on: October 04, 2008 09:04:47 PM
Hello Vampire Suckers

I think these bad boys are pretty functional.  They are a Halloween decoration and edible!

Kids will love 'em (I hope) and these days, traditional homemade treats such as caramel apples are not so popular with cautious parents.
However, decorating store-bought candy is an easy way to give something special to your trick-or-treaters.

To create youll need:

Paper bag, which comes with the groceries! - Free!  (Although you should really use a canvas bag when shopping for groceries)
Vampire Faces made with with white paper (I ask the checker for two sheets of white paper from her register, she's such a sweetheart!) - Free
Tootsie Pops (hello, edible portion of the project) - $2.50 for a bag of about 22 pops.
Black marker - fine point tip - $1.75
Red marker - fine point tip - $1.75
Black marker - thick point - $2.98
Scissor and glue gun (which I think we can use from home, yes?)

My total - 8.98 plus tax = $9.30 for 22 Vampire Suckers.

You'll need one vampire face and one vest for each sucker.  I created a Vampire Face with the thick and thin black marker.  (I decided to scan that bad boy in here, so you too can make these puppies, just print the pdf here:  http://www.macaroniandglitter.com/VampireVests.pdf

Make your vampire fearless with a dab of red marker on the fangs; want a friendlier look forget the marker. 

To make one sucker:

First, ball up the brown bag to make a it all "crinkly" and then color with the thick black marker, be sure to color the front and the back side. 
Cut a rectangular piece measuring 3 inches by 8 inches long.

Apply glue to the sucker wrapper and fold paper over sucker.

Apply glue to the vest cut out and attach it to the middle of the sucker.

Apply glue to the top two corners of the paper and wrap around to cover the top portion of the vest, forming a collar.

Apply glue to the bottom back portion of the face cut out and attach it to the top portion of the sucker.

Allow to dry and repeat process with remaining candy.

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13  Re: I got you BABE - Bay Area Bead Extravaganza - November 6 - 9, 2008 Classes in California: North by stevenjames on: September 27, 2008 08:43:33 PM
The show is coming up, I thought I would add some more projects.  Check it out, hope to see Bay Area craftsters in class!

This is from the torch work class, several different techniques with one torch:

and this is from the junk to jewelry class.  I like how it turned out, I call the project, Sacrifice.

You'd never guess how it became this, maybe people will?

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14  Sit & Spin Pendants in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by stevenjames on: September 27, 2008 08:05:21 PM
I finally found some free time in my workshop.

Well, it wasn't actually free, as I was putting off studying for a test.

But I think these Sit&Spin pendants turned out well, so at least it was time well spent.

They little arrows actually spin, thanks to riveting! 

I'm going to try and create a video so everyone can see them in action!

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15  Re: Fall 2008 Enameling Classes at Gavilan College in Gilroy in California: North by stevenjames on: July 30, 2008 01:48:01 PM
Instead of creating a brand new post, I thought I would just give an old one a little nip&tuck.

A quick reminder that registration for my fall classes at Gavilan is currently taking place. At this time registration is only on-line.

Please note these are significantly longer classes, so you can spend the entire day being creative and get more bang for your buck! Learn more below by clicking the class titles. Visit gavilan.augusoft.net to learn more and register.

Remember most class sizes are now limited to 10 students, so register early to guarantee your spot in class.

I'll look forward to seeing you in class this fall!

Heat up the kiln...
for these unique enameling classes!
holiday enameling Enameling the Puzzle Pendants - Pull it Together
Saturday, November 1st,
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
$49.00, plus $40.00 kit fee

Enameling - Holiday Ornaments for the Home & Tree
Saturday, December 13th,
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
$49.00, plus $25.00 kit fee

Enameling - Gift Tags & Wine Charms
Saturday, December 13th,
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
$49.00, plus $25.00 kit fee

Project Sample:
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16  Oh gawd, not more classes with Steven James - Enameling & Scrabble Cuff in California: North by stevenjames on: June 24, 2008 06:37:38 PM
Yes, I thought I'd list a set of new classes I have coming up.   Hopefully a few craftsters can join me.

Some of my faves include these two:

Copper Enameling - Hot Times!


And this one:
Fine Silver Scrabble CUFF - Score High Points


Both classes are at Bead Inspirations in Alameda.
Click away to learn more!


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17  FREE Craft Classes at your local San Francisco Public Library in California: North by stevenjames on: June 10, 2008 08:17:29 PM
That's right.  I said FREE.   Shocked

However, you have to register!  Do so today, as the first class is this weekend, June 15th.

Here's the schedule:

Sunday, June 15: 2-4pm

Back to the Beach

Mission Bay Branch

960 Fourth Street

It's time to hit the beach!  Warmer weather and sunshine bring out the best in us - why not use it as an opportunity to create one of a kind accessories for your home? Steven from macaroni & glitter will show you how!

Enrollment limited to 15; call 355-2838 to sign-up.

Wednesday, June 18: 5:30pm-6:45pm

Create Your Own Bath Bombs

Ocean View Branch

345 Randolph Street, SF

Why pay big bucks for bath bombs, salt scrubs and tub teas when you can learn how to make them yourself with Steven from macaroni & glitter? Flavored, fantastic and fabulous, home made spa products are the perfect project any time of the year

Enrollment limited to 15; call 355-5615 to sign-up.

Saturday, June 21: 2-4pm

Make & Bake Beads

Portola Branch

2450 San Bruno Ave., SF

Pull your jewelry projects together with ceramic beads you make yourself! In this hands-on class taught by Steven from macaroni & glitter, students learn how to glaze pre-formed, pre-fired bisque clay beads to use in their own jewelry projects, such as a bracelet or earrings.

Enrollment limited to 20; call 355-5660 to sign-up.

Wednesday, June 25: 6-8pm

Wire-Wrapping Jewelry

Golden Gate Valley Branch

1801 Green St., SF

Learn how to create a wire wrapped bracelet. In just a couple of hours you can learn how to wire wrap beads to a chain bracelet.  Use your new skills to make earrings, pendants and more.  Beads and tools will be provided.

Enrollment limited to 10; call 355-5666 to sign-up.

Here's the PDF of the schedule:

Project Samples:
Clay Beads

Back to the Beach:

Wire Wrapping:

Bath Bombs:

 Shocked Shocked
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18  Re: Summer Classes 2008 - Jewelry Making at Gavilan College in Gilroy June 14&28 in California: North by stevenjames on: June 08, 2008 08:55:51 AM
There's a new set of classes for June.  Check out this website for details.  Hope to see Craftsters in class!


PMC Charms:

C4 - Fused Fine Silver and Glass:
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19  I got you BABE - Bay Area Bead Extravaganza - November 14 & 15, 2009 Classes in California: North by stevenjames on: June 07, 2008 02:07:47 PM
Hey Bay Area Craftsters!
New classes for the 2009
You can register on line here:
or get more information at any of the links below.
Steven James

Torch Enameling


New Realities in Resin


Torch Techniques: 1 torch + 4 hours = 5 creative techniques


Eco Chic Jewelry

Plastic Bag Cuffs

This necklace was made from a two-liter bottle.

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20  Slide Show Lamp - An Oldie but a Goodie in CHALLENGE 27 ENTRIES by stevenjames on: May 04, 2008 02:55:31 PM
Sure, this was one of my first Crafster and ReadyMade projects.  But why not pull it out for Challenge 27.

Now that a digital camera has become nearly as essential to going abroad as a passport, slide shows are a thing of the past-much to everyones relief. Still, its hard to resist the appeal of those palm-sized transparencies. Heres a way to put vacation photos on display without holding friends captive. Link a group of slides taken at some far-flung locale together to create a lampshade that offers a colorful, indoor escape-from bad lamp design, if nothing else. On your next excursion, bring along a few rolls of slide film (bonus: its less expensive than the print variety) and try taking thematic shots of bad motels, perhaps, or exotic plant life. Sure, youll have to go to the photo lab to get them developed, but its worth the trip. I mean look at this thing!

Excellent profesh photo here:

How to make the slide lamp:

1. Once youve decided on the length of your shade, you can determine the number of mounts youll need for the project. (I used 48 slides in circles of 12.)

2. Measure and cut the same number of lumen paper squares-one per mount. (The project can be completed without the lumen paper, but it helps diffuse the light and show off your images, so go the extra mile.)

3. Use a paper template (Fig. 1) to drill six holes in the first slide mount, then use this first mount as your template to drill the remainder of the slides.

4. All holes should be at least 1/8" away from the edge of the mount. Dont drill the center bottom hole in the last row of slide mounts.

5. Use the glue stick to attach one paper square to the back of each mount. The paper should just cover the inside edge, but not touch the film or cover the perimeter holes. Place the paper-backed mounts under heavy books and allow them to dry overnight.

6. With the shade frame attached to the lamp base, use the open jump rings to connect the slides to one another. Create rows of six, to be mounted horizontally.

7. Close the rings.

8. Attach the first row of six to the frame, then, on the other side, attach a second row to the first row at both ends, completing the circle of 12 slides. Continue to add rows until youve completed the shade.

9. Add a light bulb and escape all over again

    * Standard type A lampshade frame, at least 8.5" diameter
    * 48-60 mounted slides
    * 48-60 1.5" x 1.5" squares of heavy parchment white lumen paper
    * 150-175 10mm 16-gauge silver-tone jump rings
    * Table lamp with standard type A base

    * Ruler
    * Pencil
    * Scissors or paper cutter
    * Drill template
    * Electric drill
    * 1/16" drill bit
    * Two pairs needle-nose pliers
    * Acid-free glue stick
    * heavy books for pressing
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