Luscious Metals ~ Luscious Light

January 22, 2009

Workshop Series

Choose from these prety beads and more for your projects!

Some project examples…

Workshops Series
Come join us for a series of workshops given by local artist Natha Perkins!
I will be giving a brief talk about my work and teaching a number of basic metalsmithing techniques, all of which you can easily do at home, no heavy equipment needed! All classes will be held at North Star Jewelry Supply 4680 Broadway street
~These classes fill up quickly so email me to reserve your spot~

Sweetheart Necklace

Make a beautiful custom inscribed necklace! We will be covering the basics of wire wrapping, filing, stamping and embossing.
Saturday February 7, 2009 12-2 pm $80
Cost includes silver, chain, class and studio fee. Plan to purchase your pearls, crystals and gemstones at North Star the day of the class!

Resin Project
We will be learning to work with resin and will make some amazing things in the process. We will be making a variety of charms of all sizes so please bring photos, drawings or anything that you would like to be able to wear! Of course objects need to be on the small sideā€¦I will be sending out specific instructions to people who register for this class.
Saturday March 14, 2009 12-2pm $80
Cost includes supply package, studio and class fee

Earring Project
Learn some metalsmithing skills that will literally change the way you make jewelry. We will be covering hammering, filing, wire wrapping and will learn how to make your own unique headpins and ear wires.
Saturday April 18th, 2009 12-2pm $80
Cost includes all metal, studio and class fee. Plan to purchase your pearls, crystals and gemstones at North Star the day of the class.

Space is Limited~
Call or Email Natha to register! .

January 14, 2009

Design For Mankind

Filed under: design for mankind,natha perkins. luscious metals — natha @ 3:35 pm

There is a beautiful blog that I follow called Design For Mankind. Erin Loechner writes it and she also publishes a fantastic webzine of the same name. Both blog and zine are simply gorgeous. Lots of eye candy. I am currently advertising on her blog (see the ad above) so assuming that her readers appreciate lovely, we’ll see what kind of new customers come my way…

January 7, 2009

CPSIA doesn't make sense

Filed under: CPSIA,natha perkins. luscious metals — natha @ 2:50 am

$4,000 to test this bracelet for lead?

I really wish I had gotten to this topic sooner but I just wasn’t paying attention to all of my emails and the press on this situation. There is a new law (CPSIA) that is due to go into effect Feb. 10 2009 that will require almost every product that is sold for or marketed to children (clothing, books, toys, bikes, shoes etc.) to undergo lead testing and be permanently branded as safe.
The requirements of this measure will prove to be extremely costly for small businesses (approx. $4,000 per toy) and toys that aren’t marked to show that they have passed the test will be deemed not fit for sale or donation. This means a lot of stuff headed for landfills. This measure could effectively send small businesses who make and sell childrens products, resellers and crafters of the same effectively out of business.
AN excerpt from Storque on Etsy says “The CPSIA simply forgot to exclude the class of toys that have earned and kept the public’s trust. The result, unless the law is modified, is that handmade children’s products will no longer be legal in the US. Thriving small businesses are crucial to the financial health of our nation. Let’s amend the CPSIA so that all businesses large and small are able to comply and survive!”

Please help out by writing to your congress people, joining the Facebook Group or follow this link for more action you can take to help reverse this measure!

January 2, 2009

Happy New Year!

Filed under: happy new year,Luscious Metals,Natha Perkins — natha @ 8:17 pm

I didn’t grow up Southern but I can definitely claim it now and it is a big Southern tradition to eat collard greens, black eyed peas and cornbread on New Years Day. The collards are meant to bring money into your new year, the black eyed peas are for luck and the cornbread is for gold. So that’s what we did, because money, luck and gold are certainly things we can use in 2009! Not to mention that this meal is just really really good! Welcome 2009…

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