Tuesday, October 06, 2015

Thursday, October 01, 2015

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Halloween is COMING! Part 1 of a zillion...

Yeah, we hate to rush the season...

Then again, there are several of us here who would wear this ANYTIME of the year!

Wednesday, September 09, 2015

Meet Eric Ennis at Ornamentea

We are showing five beautiful works of art by Eric Ennis this month and are so happy to host a reception for him on Thursday, September 17th. He'll be on hand to talk about his work and share stories from his career.

Eric has been an opera singer, a couturier and dressmaker to brides and Miss America (five of them!) and is an inspirational artist. His beadwork is exacting and colorful. His stories make us smile, and we want you to get a chance to visit with him.

Please RSVP to Eric's reception (it's free, we just want to know how many cookies to bake!)

The above image is from an article about Eric in Our State Magazine. See that article here. 

Thursday, September 03, 2015

Win A Giant Pink Elephant Filled with Crafty Goodies!

Why are we hugging a giant pink elephant pinata?

Why not!

Actually, she's part of our birthday celebration. We are going to raffle her off to one LUCKY customer. She'll be filled with crafty goodies that you will want to win. 

How do you enter? Join us on First Friday (that's tomorrow night!) and you can get a free raffle ticket and purchase extras for just $1 each. See just how big our sweet elephant is, you'll want to win her!

If you received a Birthday flyer in the last week or so, you'll have a raffle ticket on the back of that. Bring it with you to enter the drawing!

Also tomorrow night, you can take this class:

and make one of these!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Adding An Antique Patina to Raw Brass - Easy!

We sell a lot of raw brass charms and stampings here at the shop, many of which are used in that condition. Some folks like the golden hue of brass and are happy to seal it, or allow it to tarnish naturally. Sometimes, however, you really need that elephant to be a bit darker...

We love this EASY and quick method that is durable and can be sealed using clear spray paint if you want. 

We use...ta da...Sharpie Markers!

First, you color in the brass you want to antique.

Then use a polishing pad (we like these!) to remove the excess ink.

The pad gets very dark and will have to be tossed out. But the brass takes on a smooth, warm hue and a nice patina. Instantly. 

Why not use Liver of Sulphur or Silver Black?
We don't have a lot of success with our brass and Silver Black as most of our brass is low-zinc (all the better for torch firing!) Liver of Sulpur is a choice, but the mixing and the washing and the rinsing sometimes seems like too much work. Sigh. We are so spoiled.

Why not do a paint patina?
Ahh! We do love a good paint patina (look for our Painted Finishes class on this page) but this is FAST. Really, really fast. 

What if I change my mind?
At any time you can remove this patina with a bit of copper polish (we like this one.) We love changing our minds!

find the stuff:
Elephant (he's not on the site yet! Call to order him!)

And here's the Scarab in a nifty project:
Click the pic to learn more.