Friday, May 28, 2010
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Thursday, May 20, 2010
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
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
Saturday, May 15, 2010
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!
Thursday, May 13, 2010
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
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!