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1  California / California: North / November 15 - 18 - BABE Show - Learn how to Torch Enamel on: August 25, 2013 11:17:54 AM
Hey Bay Area Craftsters!  

Join me for a new set of torch enameling classes at the BABE Show in Oakland.  
Classes begin on November 15, 2013!

Get more information here
http://macaroniandglitter.com/classes or click the links below.

Hope to see you in class!
Steven James

Classes, Events & Workshops

Oakland, California - BABE: Bay Area Bead Extravangaza.  Join me for ALL NEW enameling classes beginning on November 15th.  To register for any of the classes, click the link below.

Friday, November 15th, 2013

Painting with Enamels

Enameled Bubble Components

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

Torch Enameling - Back to the Basics

Textured & Embedded Enamel Designs

Sunday, November 17th, 2013

Enameled Silver Bowl Components

Enameled Yo-Yo Components

2   / CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Re: Donations wanted for category challenge prizes - Great cheap advertising! on: August 25, 2013 10:54:46 AM
I can donate my Torch Enameling DVD and or Torch Enameling Tools and Materials. 
3  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: Reconstructed / Re: Art/Craft themed scrabble clock on: September 04, 2010 10:48:39 AM
Super cute.  I like the modifications, using words instead of numbers!
4  UNITED STATES / Minnesota / New eco chic jewelry making Saturday, June 12, 2010 - Beadhive - Sample Heavy on: May 23, 2010 08:48:24 AM
A friendly bump, as I'm teaching a new class.  One at the Beadhive, eco chic jewelry making and another at i like you, torch enameling.

Thought I'd repost my new class for June 12, 2010 - eco chic jewelry making

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

Making fashionable jewelry? Have you checked your recycle bin, because it is full of inspiration and supplies! Store-bought beads take a backseat in this class as you create unique and interesting components for one-of-a-kind jewelry. Two-liter bottles, plastic bags and bubble wrap, softener sheets, aluminum cans and gift cards all have new life as eco-friendly jewelry components. Come learn how you can create environmentally friendly jewelry from solar powered pendants to plastic bag cuffs. The possibilities are endless.

Hope to see some craftsters in class.

Eco Chic Jewelry: bubble wrap, fabric softener sheets and plastic shopping bags

5  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Weddings and Bridal Showers / Bride & Groom Oreo Cookies... on: May 22, 2010 10:58:52 AM
Wedding season is just around the corner and I've got some fun ideas for wedding decor and favors! Here's the first one, Bride and Groom Oreo Cookies.  The perfect couple deserves another, milk and cookies. Create these flavorful favors with purchased (or homemade) chocolate-dipped Oreos and a set of cake decorating tools. Serve with ice-cold milk in etched champagne flutes.

I have the step-by-step slide show on my website and I'm hoping to add them here today.

To create a cookie couple youll need:

    * 2 chocolate-dipped Oreo cookies (store bought or handmade)
    * Royal Icing in the following colors (recipe follows for best results use coloring gels:
    * White
    * Black
    * Flesh tone (tones will vary)
    * Pastry bags with size appropriate tips or bamboo skewer
    * Small off set spatula
    * Plastic gloves intended for food handling

The less the cookie is handled the better. Pre-dipped chocolate Oreo's are available in certain areas. Check your grocer to see if they carry them. If not you can always dip your own. To do so melt quality chocolate and spoon over the cookie, allow chocolate to set.  For optional instructions click here.

Prepare the Royal Icing as needed, it should be runny enough to flow, but not so much so it runs over the sides of the cookie. To create the groom, create a V shape with white icing, use the off set spatula to flood the surface of the cookie with the icing and allow to set. Next, flood the remaining surface of the cookie with black icing, again allow to set. Now use a pastry bag to add buttons and a bowtie.

To create a blushing bride, flood the surface of the cookie with flesh colored icing, allow to set. Next, use the off set spatula to apply the white icing, creating the shape of the letter M, imagine what the top of strapless gown would resemble. Use pastry bag or bamboo skewer to add necklace details.

To make 3 cups of Royal Icing, you'll need:

3 tablespoons meringue powder
4 cups confectioners sugar
6 tablespoons warm water

With a mixer, beat all ingredients at low speed until icing forms peaks, 7- 10 minutes. To prepare the individual colors, divide the icing, one cup each into separate bowls and add a few drops of selected color gels, stir to blend, continue to add color until desired effect is achieved.

If youve not used cake decorating tools before, take time to practice piping and using Royal Icing. It will make the decorating process much easier.

If youre adept at using a pastry bag for decorating, do so to flood and pipe icing for the necklace, button and bow tie. If however, cake decorating isnt your bag, the offset spatula and bamboo skewer is sufficient.

To avoid mixing colors, allow each application of icing to set up before adding the next color. 
6  Washington / Washington: West / Re: Puget Sound Bead Festival 2009 July 8-12 - NEW PICS/CLASSES on: March 13, 2010 06:38:28 AM
Bumping' this up, because it's a new year and that means new classes.
7  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Completed Projects / Re: Pot of Gold "Chocolate Coins" - Perfect for St. Patrick's Day. on: March 11, 2010 07:26:27 PM
Who is making a pot of gold this year?
8  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Party Planning / Re: Great Ideas for Your Oscar Party February 24th, 2008 on: February 23, 2010 08:13:06 PM
Time to bump up...the party is in TWO WEEKS!
9  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Re: Hearts for Haiti on: February 12, 2010 07:42:30 AM
Thanks!  The kids are excited about the donations that have been coming in, just two more days.
10  CRAFTING FOR GOOD AND NOT EVIL / Crafty Charitable/Social Causes / Hearts for Haiti on: February 05, 2010 03:07:48 PM
This is a great project for all you teachers out there!

My class of second graders (Yes, during the day I'm an elementary school teacher) decided they wanted to do something to help the people of Haiti.  Their ideas ranged from  holding a bake sale to simply sending their old clothes and canned food to the island.  In the end they decided to sell Valentine's Day cards.

It's a wonderfully creative idea.  I realize we can't post a link to the actually charity site, but it is in my signature.

Here's some of their work.

I'd love to see if anyone else is working with kids to help raise funds?

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