Tuesday, April 19, 2011

May Meeting

The next Boston Metal Clay Guild meeting will be on May 22nd.  The demo for that meeting will be on riveting.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Recycling Metal

I had originally read a post on the Metal Clay yahoo group about using NTR Metals for recycling metal.  This was something I had wanted to do for quite a while - actually years.  With the price of silver at its peak now in years (over $40.00/oz. as of today) there was no time like the presentFor us Boston Metal Clay people, we are very fortunate to have one of their 38 worldwide locations here in Stoughton, MA. 

My first trip took a little longer than I'd anticipated.  The only reason was that you have to fill out a form and it has to get faxed and approved by their corporate headquarters.  What I should have done is gone on their site, downloaded their application, printed it, filled it out and faxed it.  This could have reduced my wait to only 10-15 minutes!  I've gone twice now and there really wasn't much of a wait.  The second time I went, I dropped it off, went to IKEA (also in Stoughton and only 5 minutes away!), came back and literally just picked up my check. And the nice thing is, they do take sweeps.  So, for all of you who've been collecting your metal clay filings on wet wipes, you can just put them in a ziploc bag, place that in a box and bring them with your name and address noted somewhere.  They have to send their sweeps to their corporate office for assaying.  They don't do it locally.  They will then send you a check in the mail.  

I've only used this service for my sterling and fine silver scrap which had been piling up over the years.  I don't have much in the way of sweeps yet.  But it sure felt good recycling those atrocious metal clay charms I did in my first PMC class.  Does that bring back memories to any of you?  

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Celebrating their 10th Year Bead Extravaganza

On April 16th, the Boston Chapter of the International Society of Glass Beadmakers will be celebrating their 10th year of Beading Extravaganzas.  Mark your calendar!  The event will take place at the Holiday Inn in Marlboro, MA.  For more details, visit their facebook page.  Admission is $3.00.

"The Boston Chapter has its roots in a small group of New England beadmakers brought together in a Newburyport living room in 1996. In 1998 the group became recognized as a chapter of the Society for Glass Beadmakers, now called the ISGB. In August 2010 membership had grown to 130 with people from all over New England as well as some from as far away as Arizona and California."