It seems like I'm always "superexcited" about something I come up with, but this time I am REALLY superexcited: I am offering my first on-line class, the topic is "How to make techniquark beads".
The paypal buttons to sign up are below....
I usually name those beads "quark" (long story)but for the class I renamed them "techniquarks", because this is one type of bead that requires so many "generally useful" techniques, and you're going to learn all of them:
- making twisties in different way
- making murrini, from simple to complex
- putting together a pleasing design
- encasing without smearing and distorting
- and a whole bunch of bonus techniques.
When and where does this class take place? At your home of course - and the when is either up to me or up to you. I have two different types of class:
a) Live, on Saturday, May 30th at 12:00 PST
b) "on demand" - whenever you have time to watch.
The live class happens via Zoom, you will get a detailed email on how to join (a limited number of "seats" is available), and a "test run" to make sure you have figured it out, two days before the class. The cool thing about Zoom is the we can actually SEE each other, and you don't have to type your questions as in a Facebook based class or a webinar, but you can ask in person (My friend Kelly Six is the "director" of the Zoom-Zoo, which is perfect because she's a pro at it and I can focust on YOU - while Kelly will make sure that not everybody talks at the same time...)
The class will last about 4 hours (depending on how vigorously you ask questions), but you don't have to "stay" the entire time, you can take a break if you get tired of staring at a screen, because the entire class will be recorded and you can catch up later on the page "Corina's Techniquark class" any time, for as long as Facebook exists. There is also 2 hours of bonus videos plus still images.
Besided the recording of the entire class you will find every video shown in the class by itself, so, if you want to watch the Japanese twisty part again for example, you can do so easily without "wading" through hours of video. Thanks to the included time sheet, it will be no problem to find a certain clip and play just this, you'll even know how long the video is.
You might be a little confused about the way I use "live" and "video". Just to clarify that: the CLASS is live, we will all be online at the same time, but the demos are recorded, with lifely "corina-style" commentary. While the idea of watching live beadmaking sounds appealing, personally I prefer recorded demos, because it is easier to focus on what you do when you don't have to worry about people watching you. Also, if something goes wrong (and it always does), you can just re-record without wasting anybodies time. My favorite advantage of the recordings is that you can pay complete attention to the students and their comments and questions. You can pause a video when there is an important question - and the recording in "segments" allows you to create a "library" of clips for ultimate convenience.
Now - the "on-demand" version (for those of you who don't have time that Saturday or who live in a totally different timezone) is pretty much the same, you have access to all the videos, including the entire recorded Zoom class, the only thing you can't do is ask question in person, but you can always ask questions and make comments on the special page "Let's talk Quarks and Stuff". You will get access to THIS page soon as you sign up, so far it only has a couple of video messages from Kelly and me, plus pictures of beads, but with your help it will be more populated as the class nears.
Let's see, what else? Oh, I made something like a "care-packet", you'll get pieces of everthing I've made in the class (no beads, sorry, just murrini and twisties and some tiny pieces of dichroic), as a special treat you will receive a small bag of murrini made by Lori and Kim of murrini-fame, as well as a few Murano made millefiori. Together with the glass pieces you'll receive a printout of the time sheet as well as some sort of handout I'm still working on.
I hope all that sounds good to you, now to the price:
- The Live Class is $ 100
- The On-demand class is $ 99 (no, that doesn't mean you'll be getting a dollar less of information, I just have to know how and when to direct people into the proper group)
- the "carepackage" is $ 12 (I only have 20...you can add this to your class no matter which one you take, I will send them out BEFORE the class, so you have something to look at. There might be a surcharge for international shipping and the package might not get there before the class...depending on the postal service)
(I had more then I thought)
Once you have sent payment via paypal I will email you instructions on how to join the group - I will also include my phone number, to make sure everything goes smoothly. Access to the "Let's talk quarks and stuff" will be immediate, so you introduce yourself, ask general questions etc. - access to the CLASS page will be given shortly after the live class.
Phhh, lots of stuff. It took me two weeks to prepare this class...I miss making beads, but this is fun too. I promise you will have a good time and learn lots....Hope to see you soon.
I am superexcited to finally being able to offer my latest tutorial/inspiration file:
250 designs with Dots and Lines. This took me 10 years to pur together. There is a German saying: "was lange waehrt wird endlich gut" (if it took you that long it better be freaking awesome")...and I feel it turned out amazing, if I may say so myself. It has 30 pages of instructions, theory, excercise and plenty of "copyable" eye candy.
For $ 20, you can check it out yourself.
You might think nothing new is going on here - check my new private Facebook group: "Corinabeads and you". Lots of fun and information and interaction. Just ask to join and be part of the gang (Not sure the link will work...)
Now available as a downloadable video:
While I had a long discussion in my facebook group about the benefit of printed books, I also see that there are times where e-books have a benefit. Which is why I turned the printed version of PASSING THE FLAME into a downloadable e-book. I downloaded it onto my ipad and it looks great, not sure how it would fare on a phone, lol.
The e-book version is $ 35.00 (the amount I made when I sold Passing The Flame to Frantz Artglass)
Hurray - it's done! The 2020 Tutorial Calendar
available printed ( super nice quality, even better than 2018) or as
e-file . Printed copies will ship at the end of the year (THIS year, no worries)
printed calendar: $ 35
(make sure to choose the right shipping option below)
e-file: $ 25 (tutorial pages only, no calendar part)
What's in it? See the list below - all these topics are included in the calendar, BUT you can also purchase a single page for $ 5.00 ....just click on the buy now button underneath the topic you're interested in.)
2. Making simple, colorful Murrini
3. Different ways to use this type of Murrini
4. Silver lined dots
6. Shaping different type of hearts
7. Twisting in the flame
8. Making beads with twisties
9. Bling (Goldstone and Cubic Zirconia)
11. 3D flowers
12. 3D encasing
Wanted this to be a Chrismas present? Just copy the picture below and print it out for your loved one....
I am still offering a collection of the 12 tutorials originally from my 2018 Calender. This is an instant downloadable file for you to view online or print.
Here is a list of the 12 tutorials included in this collection:
- complex stamen, jellyfish and sea anemone cane
- snowflake designs
- making thin encased stringer
- leaves from twisted cane
- painted on starfish
- swiped butterfly
- Ribbon cane leaf
- Fish from Ribbon cane
- the possibilities of simple murrini
- 40 designs with dots and lines
- sea turtle shell murrini
- Flattened square beads
THIS IS A DIGITAL DOWNLOADABLE FILE ONLY, NOT THE PRINTED VERSION!
12 PAGES FOR $ 22.00
Tuesday, July 2nd, 2019
I finally got some of my all-time favorite tools back in stock:
1. The improved Magic Masher
Now features a heat resistant padded handle, which prevents the handle from getting hot with extended use and feels more comfortable in your hand. Like all my tools it comes with a life-long guarantee. $ 85
2. The perfect "beadable" rodholder. Hold tight!
I have 18 of these - and there will be no more after these - $ 40
3. something else a beadmaker can't live without, the fabulous Japanese Nippers
Most people who have tried these agree that they are the best nippers on the market, no awkward angle or aligning disks.....I have 5 left, but can order ore in the future, but shipping from Japan is getting more and more expensive...that's why they are now $ 40. Again, these will be the only nippers you will ever need, they last forever.
4. I just found these in my studio: The Wire holder
Perfect for people who make things at the end of a wire (most amazing example is probaby Sara Sally-LaGrand), but a lot of people use the Carlo Dona Bellflower press. You can feed the wire through the handle and just but the piece of wire you used and continue with your next piece. 3 in stock, $ 30
2019 - a new year, hopefully full of love and health and laughter - and beads of course. Still the same way to offer beads though: I list them on my website and send out a newsletter the moment they are up. (If you're not signed up yet, click on the pink box above). The first sale of the year will be next Monday, January 7th.
A few changes this year: International shipping has gone up so much, a SINGLE bead that I can ship for $ 2.67 domestically costs $ 13.60 to the UK, or Australia or most other countries. I still only charge $ 3.00 for shipping, but since I have quite a few international customers this can get expensive. Making paypal buttons for international shipping is not very effective, a) it takes much longer to create, and b) nobody ever pays attention and just pays $ 3.00 anyway. From now on I will send out invoice for $ 5.00 for international orders, that way we "share" the additional financial burden. Hope that will work for everybody.