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Saturday, August 20, 2016

Cool Find - Discounted Name Brand Mixed Media Craft Supplies Warehouse

One picture of the main part of the shop.


Whenever I stumble upon a cool find, I like to share the information with my friends in blog land. Well, this is one of those times.

One day last week, I stumbled upon a neat little find not too far from where I live in Springdale, Arkansas.  Two large signs near the street advertised a "craft supplies warehouse sale" in the adjacent set of warehouse buildings.  From the signs and the building itself - both are pretty nondescript - you wouldn't think there was anything special about what is inside...but looks can be so deceiving.


Simple street signs give the most basic information.

This is the nondescript entrance to the shop.

Once I got to the door (which was locked), I had to call a telephone number listed on the door for one of the employees to let me in.  To make a long story short, the warehouse employees work in the back, and when customers arrive, they unlock the door to allow them into the shop and adjoining warehouse.  (One of the employees informed me that they don't have enough regular foot traffic in the shop to warrant an employee being there at all times; that is why visitors have to call to be let in by a warehouse employee.)

Once I was inside, I was thrilled to find that this location manufactures name brand mixed-media and scrap-booking products for: 7 Gypsies, Tattered Angels and the Canvas Corporation.  In addition, they carry many more product lines including, but not limited to: Maya Road, Tim Holtz products (including alcohol inks), Zutter binding products and more.  Best of all - everything in the air-conditioned shop is 25% off at all times.  In the warehouse immediately adjoining the main store, there is an additional shopping area where all products are deeply discounted at a minimum of 75% off of the retail price.  In the warehouse, there is no air-conditioning or heating and you may have to dig to find some awesome things, but it is well worth it.

Here are some images from inside of the main shop:

Christmas products

Halloween products

Miscellaneous tags

Scrapbook paper and matching accessories

Fabric and paper combinations

Fabric paper and combinations (Christmas themed)

Maya Road embellishments

More Maya Road embellishments

Scrapbook paper and colored sprays/mists

A view of the back of the shop.

Burlap sheets by the basketful
Tattered Angels 4 pack of shimmer mists at 50% off
As I mentioned above, the warehouse carries many items, too, at deep discounts of at least 75% off.  Here are some photos of the goodies that can be found there:

All items in the warehouse are 75% off.
Tattered Angels paints are 3 for $1.00.

Purse book set discounted to $2.99

Canvas bags and embellishments galore can be had here.

Paper and eyelets

Zutter Bind-It-All - only 75 cents! (I bought it!) :)

Emboss paper punches - a steal at 3 for $2.50!

Aisles of goodies for sale in the warehouse.

Tags, mica pieces and other embellishments.
This is just a sampling of what can be had at this awesome shop.  In case you want to visit, the address is: 2300 S. Old Missouri Road, Springdale, AR 72764.  The shop hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.   They take cash and credit/debit cards.   If you go, happy shopping!



Saturday, August 13, 2016

Embossed Metal Colorized Bracelet

Embossed, formed, riveted, dimpled metal bracelet made by me in class.





Last weekend, I attended a metal bracelet class taught by Dry Gulch Jewelry at the Tulsa Bead Market.  I have been collecting various metalsmithing tools and supplies over the past couple of years with the intent of teaching myself metalsmithing; unfortunately, time, other jewelry projects and life, in general, took precedence.  When I saw the Dry Gulch class advertised, I knew I had to attend. 

The class was taught by a wonderful woman name Catherine.  I have met Catherine and the folks at Dry Gulch Jewelry previously at other craft and bead shows.  The owners consist of three generations of jewelry makers within their family. They are super-nice people, and very helpful.  I can honestly say I have purchased many jewelry making tools and supplies from them during the various shows I have attended.

During class, we had the option of making one of three advertised metal bracelet jewelry designs (as shown below) or we could make something different to suit our own individual tastes.  The first bracelet consisted of metals colored with metal patina paint and sanded to reveal the embossed pattern; the second featured uncolored pieces of copper, nickle and brass; the third consisted of metal pieces painted with acrylic paints.

Three versions of the metal bracelet using the same technique.
I always enjoy coloring my jewelry pieces, as I have shared here, here and here in the past.  For this project, I opted to colorize my pieces with alcohol inks.  As you can see by the before and after pics of my bracelet pieces below, coloring makes a huge difference in how the pieces look.

Before - Copper and silver metal bracelet pieces before colorizing.

After - The same metal pieces after coloring them with Vintaj Patina metal paints.

After sanding the pieces, the embossed patterns were revealed, which added extra interest to them.  The sanding really made the pieces "pop."

The focal bracelet pieces after sanding.
Another thing I did to add extra interest to my bracelet was that I added a tiny bit of color to the insides and edges of my "flowers", which consisted of metal discs that were domed, dimpled with dimpling pliers and hole-punched.

Touches of color were added to the "flowers" for added interest.
Needless to say, I was thrilled with my completed bracelet.  It turned out beautifully!

My completed metal bracelet. 

Here is a comparison of my bracelet and another student's bracelet.  Both were made using the Patina metal paints, but they are so very different color-wise.

Bracelets made using Patina metal paints.

Another student opted to leave her bracelet as is, with the natural metal colors being the highlight of the design.

Bracelet using the natural metal colors as a basis for the design.

All in all, I really enjoyed the class and I am looking forward to using some of my newfound skills to come up with some new jewelry items made with metal.  I will share my designs here and also on my Instagram page, so please stay tuned.

My completed bracelet.