Friday, May 28, 2010

New feature - Q & A from class!

Faculte has given us another great feature, you can now ask a question of your instructor right from your class. If you need to, you can contact us immediately. Look at the black navigation bar and then to the far right, the top listing is Q & A. Click on this, ask your question (either public or private) and we will receive it.

While you're in class, you can click on the Q & A and even look at the Q & A Board to see the public comments and questions posted by your fellow students.

Guarantee, we'll answer as soon as we can (remember a lot of us travel). More great improvements from our friends at Faculte - making your class experience even more like a live, in person workshop. How cool is that? Cool.

know your hardware

Join metal artist Robin Cruz McGee in this introduction to one of the most important and basic tools of metalsmithing, the jeweler's saw. I've never tried metal smithing of any sort - have wanted to - and have wondered, "what is that?" Now, I know and I know how to secure the blade and important ways not to break the blades. Next step? I'm going out to get one!

Basic Jeweler's Saw Part 1 with Robin Cruz McGee

Robin is now working on Part 2 that will explain and instruct how best to use this tool.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

faux lampwork!

If you love the look of lampwork beads, but lack the tools and skills needed to make them, you should consider this class. Eugena Topina will teach you how to create a similar look with a few simple tools, polymer clay, and resin. Faux Lampwork Beads - Polymer Clay and Resin.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

understanding dark and light

Margie Deeb's new class "The Value of Dark and Light" clears up quite a bit of uncertainty and confusion some of you might experience as you seek those color schemes that "work" in your art. I've been lost and confused about color myself, and Margie's guidance and knowledge helped me understand the reasons why I've been pleased with some of my choices and why others have been, simply put, disappointing. This class is designed for anyone who works with color, in any medium.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

polka dots!

I love polka dots. The Classic Dot. Love 'em. So, I guess it was inevitable, I'd make polka dot bracelets. I love black and white, they go with everything (especially when everything in your closet is black or white). So, today I've posted a new class, the Polka Dot Bracelet. This class is geared for Advanced Beginners and above. Of course, you don't have to make yours black and white, in any colors, this is a nice little accessory.

Monday, May 24, 2010

make a Textured Pearl Pendant with Gordon Uyehara

Gordon Uyehara's wonderful metal clay class - Textured Pearl Pendant - is up at CraftEdu. Let the master show you how he works with this versatile medium to achieve the clean and polished artwork that is the hallmark of a Gordon Uyehara piece.

Class Description: Create a silver clay textured pearl pendant! We'll cover creating and using stencils, using textures and drying forms, firing, finishing, and setting a half-drilled pearl on a wire post. Techniques you can use on all your metal clay creations! Class handout included.

Friday, May 21, 2010


Steampunk is hot and elegant? Well, Eugena Topina's butterfly certainly is both. Check out her new class at CraftEdu - Elegant Steampunk, Polymer Clay and Resin.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

new mica magic class

Polymer and passementerie artist, Carol Blackburn has a new class - Mica Magic 2, Triangle Bangle. Join her as she instructs one color mica caning to produce this fantastic bangle with stripes on one side and spirals on the other. Mica Magic 2 - Triangle Bangle

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

new classes are up!

Learn how to create your own wrap skirt of wool and silk! Inger Maaike will lead you through this Advanced felting class. Poppy Skirt Class

If you've wanted to try needle felting, here is a simple and fun beginner's project from Jeanne Harlan-Marriott! Heart Bracelet - Quick and Easy Beginner Needle Felting

Eugena Topina has two classes, How to Use Epoxy Resin with Polymer Clay (I learned a lot from this class!) and Faux Cloisonne - Polymer Clay and Resin. Taking How to Use Epoxy Resin with Polymer Clay is a pre-requisite for Eugena's series of faux cloisonne classes.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

CraftEdu on YouTube...

Here is a sampling of all the instructors who make up CraftEdu.....check it out..

Saturday, May 15, 2010

new classes!

From Cindy Chavez, this gorgeous pendant! You'll create your own template, select your focal pieces then bead, bead, bead around them to make a dramatic and one of a kind piece of wearable art. Freeform Multi Focal Point Pendant.

Join Harlan as she shows the advanced felter how to create a 3 dimensional and beautifully surface embellished dragon. From shaping the head to making all the elements of the body, how to join all of them, and then how to make wings. You'll understand complex felted sculptural forms and know how to make them. This is a 3 part class. Advanced Needle Felting - Dragon.

Sylvie Peraud will teach you how to create these fun and a bit funky striped earrings from Skinner Blends. Sylvie will teach you her method for invisible earwire attachments. Her sanding class is included in this workshop. As always, her work is perfectly finished and yours will be, too. This workshop is 2 parts. Green Striped Earrings.

Lilian Chen teaches her unique wire bending methods to create these wonderful earrings. The class is divided into 3 parts - first, how to make a single earring. Second, how to make a pair of the earrings, at once! And, finally, how to embellish with crystals. The Art of Wire - In Bloom.

We're adding classes all the time - I will post the new classes here with direct links to them! Enjoy!

Cheers, Donna

Thursday, May 13, 2010

meet judith durant

Judith Durant is a knitter and beadworker as well as author and editor of several books on both subjects. Trained as a theatrical costume designer, she took a circuitous route through various costume shops in New York, to a New York theatrical book publishing house, and on to Interweave Press in Colorado where she was book editor and one of the founding editors of Interweave Knits. Judith is currently a freelance writer, editor, designer, and teacher based in Lowell, Massachusetts. Her newest book, Knit One, Bead Too, combines her passions for yarn and beads.

Aside from polymer, knitting is my passion. Love those cashmere bangles! Judith has a new class up on the site, "Knitting With Beads". You'll not only learn how to knit with beads, you'll also make s great little shoulder bag!


Monday, May 10, 2010

meet jeanne harlan-marriot

Harlan was born in Michigan to a family that was deeply involved with the arts. Growing up in the shadow of Cranbrook Art Academy life was filled with art, and artists. It was a way of life. Harlan studied various art forms both in and out of school. She formally studied in Boston and Detroit but dropped out of college to pursue her own passion for painting.

Teaching herself both encaustic and oil painting, Harlan had several one woman shows in the Birmingham Michigan area. Her paintings have won numerous awards and won Honorable Mention in the Kennedy Best of Michigan Artists and Artisans.

More than three years ago, Harlan took up needle felting. As with any of her artistic pursuits, she put in great effort to master this young art form. Her “Prittens” (small needle felted sculptures of cats) are collected internationally. Her book “Needle Felting – to the Point” is soon to be published.

Check out Jeanne "Harlan's" class offerings at CraftEdu. Learn the art of needle felting!


Friday, May 7, 2010

meet cindy chavez

With a background in pattern design, Cindy has always loved and appreciated the simple designs that could later be embellished to enhance their shape and color; giving pieces unique texture and interest.

Cindy has also designed and sculpted dolls over the years, dressing them in textural fabrics and embellishing them with some of her collected adornments.

Embellishing takes the ordinary to the next level. She considers herself an "embellisher" rather than simply a beader because she uses not only beads in her designs, but rich fabrics, natural fibers and anything else that can be applied to create something beautiful.

Cindy loves the never ending profusion of strong color that pops in a contemporary piece, and equally adores the classic soft vintage feel when enhancing a piece of antique kimono silk or when incorporating grandmother's cameo into a special creation.

There are no rules in freeform beadwork, and the possibilities are endless. She loves to inspire students to reach deep into their imaginations, and pull out ideas that make them light up. It's a pleasure to watch their excitement as they design and create something unique and beautiful that they are proud to show off!




Please look at Cindy's silk freeform bracelet class up now on CraftEdu!


Thursday, May 6, 2010

Barb first experienced
polymer clay 10 years ago, with a basic beginner class at a local community college. Since that day, she has continued working in the medium focusing on many different styles of beads and jewelry.

Currently, her Flora Art Jewelry line is sold in galleries across the country and at local art shows in the state. Since 2000, her beads have been sold to collectors all over the world. She has written online tutorials for Capped Swirl Lentils, Pillow Beads, Scrappy Swirls and Intro to Textured Flora Beads. Print articles include Kaleidoscope Tile Pendant for Polymer Cafe and Polymer Clay Tile Pendants for Bead and Button.

Barb also teaches private lessons from my home in the north valley of Albuquerque. She has won local and national awards for her jewelry. Her work can also be seen in the book Adapting Quilt Patterns to Polymer Clay and the catalogs Progress and Possibilities and the Synergy2 Exhibit, Exploring Connections. Barb is active in the International Polymer Guild chairing Progress and Possibilities and Acres of Opportunity.

Inspiration comes from her own surroundings in the high desert of New Mexico where she has lived since the age of 5, when her father, an artist himself left Kentucky for this state that he had heard so much about. The vibrant colors in the wide open sky and the sprawling landscape, as well as the changing shadows and rustic texture make this area an artist's paradise!

I first saw Barb's beautiful floral work a few years ago - beautiful and beautifully made. She hasn't posted any floral classes, yet, but we hope you'll take a look at her Swirled Lentils class - gorgeous!


Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Judith Bertoglio-Giffin, is an internationally published author, artist, designer,and teacher who has been beading for over 25 years. She teaches bead crochet workshops nationwide that include basic and advanced techniques, emphasizing creative approaches to bead crochet. She enjoys working in just about every beading technique there is. As an antidote to the structure of bead crochet, she often indulges in freeform peyote. Quite frequently a pre-designed piece just will not cooperate and becomes something else again. That's the primary reason she works in bead embroidery and freeform techniques as they allow for freedom of expression, by design or otherwise.

Love those ropes! Love the way they look and the way they feel. Judith has classes up and ready for you, introduction to Bead Crochet and the Snazzy Chain necklace, cool.


Tuesday, May 4, 2010

meet tejae floyde

Tejae loves to express herself through her art. Whether she is creating silver charms, altered art or polymer encased hearts, her work is full of soul and layered with textures, colors and personality.

I think that says it all. Tejae is a talented multi media Colorado artist and friend. Take a look at Tejae's Mixed Media Mask Class at CraftEdu.