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Welcome to the adventures and misadventures of someone who is passionate and curious about working with silver. Which of course includes teaching others so they can discover their passion for creating with silver!
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8th Annual Blog Soup Bead Party's Big Reveal. Continue reading
Posted May 10, 2014 at Silver Bee
Wow! It has been quite the year! I've been recovering from a frozen shoulder (adhesive capsulitis) and it has kept me away from metal smithing and the teaching game for over a year. For the better part of that year... Continue reading
Posted Apr 23, 2014 at Silver Bee
I enjoy winter. It’s a time of introspection, of cozy nights inside, crisp days outside and making plans. But I love spring because, more than the New Year, it signals a time of growth and change. That is exactly what... Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2013 at Silver Bee
The sun is shining more, the days are longer and it's the last opportunity before the summer to take some classes. I love this time of year! It's a time of renewal, new ideas, new possibilities and inspiration. The classes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 12, 2012 at Silver Bee
Did I hear someone say something about learning a new skill? This term I've come up with a group of classes I think has something for everyone. I'm really excited about them! To register for these class just click on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at Silver Bee
I decided that this year it would be nice if everyone could see exactly what those tools are that I keep suggesting you might bring with you to class. I do have tools to share in the classroom but if... Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2012 at Silver Bee
Just a quick note for those looking for class information. I've been under the weather with the flu this holiday season. It put me way off schedule in terms of posting the classes. I will have the information up in... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2012 at Silver Bee
I signed up for a beginners glass fusing class at Fort Langley Art Glass this weekend. It sounded intriquing. It was something new to me and I was curious. What more could you ask for? I think patience would have... Continue reading
Posted May 23, 2011 at Silver Bee
The Fraser Valley Bead Show is next weekend - March 25th, 26th and 27th. The update is the Exploring Enamel on Copper class is sold out! If you wanted to sign up for it but didn't get a chance there... Continue reading
Posted Mar 17, 2011 at Silver Bee
I know it's been awhile since my last post when my dad asks when I'm going to write a new one. Has it really been that long dad? I felt like a child for a moment trying to explain why... Continue reading
Posted Mar 6, 2011 at Silver Bee
A quick note first. My blog and gmail have been compromised. I'm not too sure how the spam got past the safeguards for Typepad but there have been a few comments that were inappropriate and a blog post that apparently... Continue reading
Posted Oct 18, 2010 at Silver Bee
Last Friday evening I took a class on the basics of tension settings. It is one of those techniques whose mystery I had yet to solve. As you can imagine I was very excited about taking another class. It turns... Continue reading
Posted Aug 13, 2010 at Silver Bee
I’m not the most prolific blogger but lately I’ve been unusually quiet. I creating a website for Silver Bee and I kept thinking completion was just around the corner. I didn’t anticipate just how many curves there are in this... Continue reading
Posted Aug 7, 2010 at Silver Bee
I'm creating a new feature for my blog: it's all about you! You, that is, who have taken a class from me. Why? Because I’m excited when I see a piece that was created with the skills you learned in... Continue reading
Posted May 21, 2010 at Silver Bee
Today’s word is curiousity. Well actually it was yesterday’s word too. Come to think of it, I’m sure it will be tomorrow’s word. What the heck, let’s just be honest and declare that every day is about curiousity. It’s a... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2010 at Silver Bee
What I know for sure is the gratitude I feel at the opportunity to teach something I feel so passionate about. I’m talking about silver smithing of course. The opportunity was the Fraser Valley Bead Show, March 12-14th. I have... Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2010 at Silver Bee
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Mar 15, 2010
It's about a hammer...really! In particular this hammer from Just Screwing Around. I've mentioned it before when I made up a list of top ten tools. But the value of this hammer has grown. New texture heads were added that... Continue reading
Posted Mar 7, 2010 at Silver Bee
It's difficult to believe that the Spring session of the Fraser Valley Bead Show is only two weeks away. I haven't even mentioned that I will be teaching 3 classes and one of them is already sold out! Barrie Edwards,... Continue reading
Posted Feb 28, 2010 at Silver Bee
JETT SETT, another tool that I've always wondered about. I'm amazed that I've waited this long to work with it and discover the extent of its uses. It's one of those products that I am so excited about I can... Continue reading
Posted Feb 18, 2010 at Silver Bee
I recently read a review of Liver of Sulphur Extended Life Gel (LOS) in the January 2010 issue of Art Jewelry. In the past I had used Jax Silver Black for creating a darkened or black patina on silver. I... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2010 at Silver Bee
First I'd like to wish everyone a Happy New Year, and second how did it get to be January 3rd already! So far this year is flying by. But that is what happens when there is so much to do... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2010 at Silver Bee
I was never attracted to lost wax casting because for some weird reason I thought it was cheating! I just thought it was a matter of purchasing one of those red wax molds and casting someone else’s designs. I didn’t... Continue reading
Posted Nov 28, 2009 at Silver Bee
It's that time of year again. The weather is changing, the days are growing shorter and the Fraser Valley Bead Show is back for October 9, 10 & 11th! And I'm thrilled to be teaching a couple of the classes.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 3, 2009 at Silver Bee