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21  Re: More fun at the Beadhive, April 11 - 13, 2008 in Minnesota by stevenjames on: April 07, 2008 11:26:13 AM
How could I forget to mention my upcoming classes at the Beadhive in Minneapolis.

Well they are this weekend.  I will try and get up more pics.  But you can check out http://www.beadhivebeads.com for the scoop!

Hope to see some craftsters in class.

Precious Metal Clay Charms

Fine Silver Fusing

Resin Jewelry

C4 - Explosion of Creativity - Fusing and Glass

Sterling Cocoon Pendant
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22  Re: Have you been to the Puget Sound Bead Festival? - PIC HEAVY in Washington: West by stevenjames on: January 29, 2008 06:18:49 PM
I've got a new set of classes for the summer 2008.  Everything from enameling to etching.

Feel free to check it out here:


And I hope to see some Craftsters in class!

I'm going to try and post pics of class projects as well.

Here's the Etching class:

Here's the Enameling class:

Here's The Perfect Pendant class:

Here's the Resin class:

Here's the Resin class:

Here's the PMC Scrabble Cuff class:

Here's the Afternoon of Enameling class:

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23  Life Saver Resin Bracelet - Can you handle one more resin project? in Trinkets and Jewelry: Completed Projects: General by stevenjames on: January 06, 2008 12:55:47 PM
Everyone was posting their resin projects and I thought I would as well. 

I made it using a two-part flexible mold and dyed resin.  I wire wrapped each of the "candies" to each other to complete the bracelet.   But, I wish there was a way to "scent" the resin after it has cured.  When you see it in person it looks very real - I should post a photo of the backside, it's a true giveaway that these are fake candies!

Very cute and light.  It's actually part of The Great American Craft Off Contest, so I hope I'm a contender for the big prize!

I just shot the back side...notice the black one!  That's my favorite.  They should really make a licorice flavored LS.

Anyhow here's the backside of the bracelet.   

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24  Re: Voting for Great American Craft Off has started! in Discussion and Questions by stevenjames on: January 04, 2008 07:38:17 PM
I entered this contest as well...
This is my entry:
Everyone needs a life saver now and then - Resin Bracelet

I loved playing with my food as a kid - this bracelet offers a unique approach to candy making - as it's made entirely of resin! It's bright, cheerful and who doesn't have a "life saver" or two in their world.


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25  Fall 2008 Enameling Classes at Gavilan College in Gilroy in California: North by stevenjames on: December 22, 2007 09:44:01 AM
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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26  Re: South Bay craft group in California: North by stevenjames on: December 20, 2007 08:28:36 AM
I posted this information on the South Bay Yahoo Group - but anyone is welcome to join me for class:

I wanted to give you a sneak peek at my class samples for the Spring 2008 session.

The class brochure doesn't come out until January 2nd, but this a great way to see projects and ask any questions you might have about my spring classes.

On-line registration for the spring semester begins this Monday, December 24th at http://gavilan.augusoft.net so mark your calendars and register early, as class seating is limited this semester.

Ready, Set, Etch! Create Copper Components for Jewelry & Enameling.
Copper is all the rage! Learn how to etch copper, creating interesting pendants, bracelet or earring components. So easy, you can even do it at home!

While not necessary to register for both classes, this is an excellent companion class to The Art of Enameling class. If you take both classes, be sure to bring your etched projects to the enameling class and learn a truly terrific technique!

Saturday, March 1st, 2008
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
$49, plus $35 kit fee

Project Sample

Let's spend the day enameling...
with your choice of two enameling classes in one day.

The first class is devoted to basic enameling techniques. We work with opaque enamels and some of my favorite techniques.

If you've already taken the first enameling class, consider taking Part Two. In the afternoon class students will work with gold, fine silver and transparent enamels.

Please note it's helpful to have taken The Art of Enameling Part One, before taking The Art of Enameling Part Two.

The Art of Enameling on Copper
Saturday, March 15th
9:00 am - 1:00 pm
$49, plus $30 kit fee

The Art of Enameling on Copper Part Two
Saturday, March 15th
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
$49, plus $36 kit fee

Project Sample:

The Perfect Pendant...Is the one you create yourself.
The stained glass soldering technique has been around for years, in class I will show you new ways to incorporate this old technique into stunning centerpieces.

Learn how to frame pottery shards, colored glass and more with solder. This technique can easily be transferred to captured images under glass and help you hold on to your memories and more.

Saturday, April 26th, 2008
9:00 am - 12:30 pm
$49, plus a $21 kit fee

Project Sample:

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27  Scratch & Sniff Xmas Tree Card - Pics and pdf inside! You provide the smell. in Winter Holidays by stevenjames on: December 16, 2007 04:23:21 PM
So, I finally figured out how to use the perfume magazine inserts in a craft project.

I've been wanting to create this Christmas card for years and I couldn't figure out how to make it "smell".   I tried everything, but the design was always a little off. 

Then it dawned on me I could paper punch the scents out of the magazine ads.  Before you start, realize this is an oversized card.  It's 8 1/2 x 11 (letter size) and the blank white rectangle, well that's for your personal message!

To begin print the pdf.  I suggest printing it with a color printer and on card stock so it holds up, once you cut out the image.


Next, rip out those ads, any perfume ad will do, but you want "unused" ads with flaps that haven't been opened!

Now, using a 1-inch circular paper punch, punch those babies out and by babies I mean circles.  See where I'm punching, you want a little "flap" to remain, this keeps the circle sealed while you work and allows the receiver to "open" and release the scent themselves.  It might take a little practice to get it just right.   

Next, use a paint pen to cover the front side of the circle.   You don't want to "open" the flap, so paint in a downward, one-way stroke.  Allow the paint to dry.  Notice the flap ;-)
By the way, acrylic paint doesn't like the magazine paper - so I suggest only using metallic paint pens.   

Next, glue stick those puppies to card and press firmly.   

Allow the glue to dry.  It's at this point it can be shipped off to friends, family or whomever. 

Yeah, it's a 8 1/2 x 11-sized card, but it's so rockin' it's worth the extra postage!

There's a message telling the receiver what to do (cut, punch, lift, smell).

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28  Re: RESIN in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by stevenjames on: November 19, 2007 09:41:10 AM
I'm ALL about the Loteria Cards.

I made this bracelet and have been embedding Frida under resin lately, I'll try and post the results of that project as well!
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29  Re: RESIN in Trinkets and Jewelry: Discussion and Questions by stevenjames on: November 06, 2007 06:21:41 PM
Oh you gotta get in on the resin.

I just finished this bad boy.  I'm worried someone might try to eat it, but it's all resin.

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30  You're really getting me hot - oh, I'm standing too close to the kiln...PICS in California: North by stevenjames on: November 03, 2007 06:25:37 PM
Come enamel with me at Craft Gym in December!    Click the link after the photo.

What: Learn the Art of Enameling
When: Thursday, 12/6, 6:30-9:30pm
Where: Craft Gym in San Francisco

A perfect introduction to the art of enameling, this is a basic class for the beginner new to enameling on copper. Various techniques are introduced create an enameled pendant, components for earrings, a double dangle pendant or something fun for your home!

Learn more here:
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