Monday, December 28, 2009

2 New One Day Workshops at my Studio

Feb 13, 10-5,

PMC Clasps and Findings Workshop


Learn to create various styles of clasps using PMC3 and sterling, Argentium and/or fine silver wire.

For a fuller explanation you can go on the classes page of my website and click on class descriptions.

Email me for payment details and supply list, etc.

Feb 14, 10-5,

Texture Plate Workshop


This class will present a minimum of 8 different methods of making your own texture plates for metal clay. From mold making to photopolymer plates, some will be hands on and some will be demos.

For a fuller explanation go to the class descriptions on the class page of my webite.

email me for payment details and supply lists

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Bronze Bangles

Bottom: A bronze bangle that I repaired when it broke in 3 places and an image of another (top photo) that broke and one "cube" was so unsalvage-able that I ground it down and am going to rivet or solder on new "faces." If you can't fix it, cover it up.....

Friday, January 09, 2009

Here it is!

Marthe at Lark sent me this pic of the "hot off the press" book! Cool!

Friday, January 02, 2009

Signed Copies of "Metal Clay Beads"

If you would like a signed copy of my book, "Metal Clay Beads," here's what I have decided to do: email me your name, address for shipping, MC or Visa # and exp. dates. When the books come, I will sign the book, charge your card and ship it off to you. The books will be here in April and I will try to get them to you asap.
The cost is $24.95 plus shipping. If you live in Florida, I will also charge a sales tax. The shipping cost will depend on your location. It will be no more than $8, hopefully less. The email on my website will work or use bbbsimon at

Thursday, November 13, 2008

The Book Is At The Printer's!!

Whoa, whoa, everybody! Big news! My book, "Metal Clay Beads" (Lark Books) is due for publication April of 2009! It is currently listed as an advanced sale with Amazon.

My friend and Lark Senior Editor, Marthe Le Van says that "Your book is the most beautiful, comprehensive, and informative metal clay book on the market, andI expect a great deal of success with it for many years to come."

Whew, am I blushing!! Thanks Marthe! I hope you all find it useful. I have the color proofs and it really looks great. The content consists of EVERYTHING I know about making hollow forms in metal clay, and then some!! Hooray!!!

Face Bead Necklace

Here is a picture of a necklace I made using the Face Beads that I just posted in the Gallery of my website. I can also furnish the striped spacers that you see in between the beads. Just email me at and inquire.

Monday, March 17, 2008

Shopping cart woes

A tale of woe: desktop dies, laptop takes over, all is transfered except shopping cart decryption doodad, website boss says a new one is needed, while we wait customers must email directly to Barbara for orders. boo hoo really sorry

Monday, January 21, 2008

G'Day, Mate!

I have been invited to teach in Australia this October. The PMC Guild of Australia will be hosting classes in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Adelaide during the month of October. I am so excited to see that part of the world and connect with friends old and new. I may also be teaching at the Bead and Gem Show that takes place in October in Sydney. I will post the final schedule on my class page when it is settled.

In another arena, I am almost done writing my book, Making Metal Clay Beads. Next it all gets sent to the editor at Lark and it will magically be transformed! Photo shoot in April and then other stuff (never wrote a book before---how am I supposed to know what goes on?!). Publishing date is April of 2009. It will be here before we know it.

Okay, enough procrastination, gotta get back to the book...........