Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BeadFest Texas...here I come!

Helllllooooooo!

I am packing my bags and headin' south to Arlington, Texas this weekend!

It's BeadFest Texas time and I have a couple of classes on the schedule with a few openings. I am really excited about teaching my new(-ish) Tube Setting Class.

Here are  samples from the tube setting class I taught a few weeks ago in my studio. You'll make rings and a pendant in class, and learn to set a lovely stone in a simple tube setting. Perfect for the beginning metalsmith who wants to expand their horizons!

I also have a session of my most popular class EVER...Simple Soldering Boot Camp. Perfect for the beginner who wants to jump into soldering.

Find the enrollment link here. Hope to see you there!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Winners! 'Cause I am crazy like that!

Thanks so much for your kind words on the preceding Dakota Stones post. The random number generator chose rhealeanne as the lucky winner. But you know what? Since I had nine more nice folks commenting, and since I have some nice beads to share, I am going to send each of my commentors a little giftie.

If you commented on the last post, send me an email through the "contact me" link on this blog with your mailing address and I'll send it out to you when I get back from my gift show trip after January 20th.

Have a great week everyone! And just a quick reminder, if you are going to the Tucson Gem Shows, I'll be teaching some great classes at JOGS at JewelryTools' Education Center. Check them all out here: http://www.jewelrytools.com/classes/kate-richbourg/ and use the following coupon codes to save when you enroll!
  • Buy 1 class, get $20 off: KR1420
  • Buy 3 classes, get $75 off: KR1475
  • Buy 6 classes, get $175 off: KR14175 
Congrats to my commentors and hope to see some of my blog readers in Tucson. More info on other classes that I am teaching this year is coming up soon.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Featured Designer for Dakota Stones this Month and a Giveaway!

Comments are closed! Check the next post for the winner!
What an honor! The lovely bead purveyor Dakota Stones contacted me a couple of months ago and asked if I would be a featured designer for their monthly blog series. Would I? A chance to design some jewelry using stones from one of my favorite suppliers? Sign me up.

It was a really fun project to do. Stringing beads is my first love. (I know I wrote the book on how to solder, but beads were my gateway drug.) So I grabbed my Soft Flex beading wire and went to work. (Okay, there is SOME metal and soldering in there, but mostly it's BEADS!!)

Here is a teaser picture of one of the projects. To see the rest, hop on over and read the entire post on their blog.
Like I mentioned before, I love to string beads! If you have not beaded for a while, I urge you to jump in and string up a quick project. Soft Flex beading wire (.019 original silver color is my favorite) makes it fast and easy. Brush up on your stringing skills with my FREE class from Beaducation.com.

 

It has a running time of 50 minutes and shows you all of the basic skills you need to string a sturdy necklace. Plus I am wearing a sassy red dress in the video.

I also have a little kit of treasures to give away to one lucky reader. I have a lovely centerpiece (like the one I used in one of my blog designs) a variety of semi-precious beads and a mini-spool of Soft Flex. Just add a few beads from your stash to round things out, and voila! You'll be on your way to stringing. Comments will be open through this Sunday, January 12. I'll pick a winner on Monday and send your packet out after I get back from my adventures on the 20th (more about what I am doing coming up this week!)

Happy commenting and good luck!