With thousands of frame and mat samples, The Great Frame Up can satisfy any and all framing fantasies. The expert framespeople can make diplomas radiate (most diplomas can be framed for around $100–$200), personalized jerseys glisten (most for less than $300), and dorm-room movie posters sparkle (many 24" x 36" pieces are less than $100). The design wizards can also find a home for any prized possession, such as shoebox photos, baby booties, ticket stubs, medals, and really good pot roasts. The Great Frame Up’s no-hassle guarantee and assurance that all work is done on-site means your frameables won't be subject to mistreatment at underground commercial framing facilities.
Spring Beads' stone-stringing instructors impart the basics of bead and wire craft to eager minds and inexperienced hands in a two-hour session held on Tuesdays. Harvest class supplies with a 10% discount on a plethora of stocked baubles, including gemstones, Swarovski crystals, Czech glass, and seed beads, which, when planted, become buried beads. Attendees gather around the communal beading table to design a distinctive piece of jewelry while the teacher dispenses general threading wisdom and project-specific construction instruction. Spring Beads' schedule provides a glimpse into the many other beading disciplines available, such as advanced wire sculpture, Victorian earring construction, and found-object jewelry making, where students learn to turn everyday curiosities—such as watch cogs or otherwise useless pennies—into fashionable accessories.
Beadoholique helps jewelry makers master their craft with a variety of classes instructed by experienced and talented bead artists. The basic-stringing class gives pupils a full overview on how to start making jewelry, including instruction about the materials, tools, and techniques needed to turn lonely, isolated beads into sparkle-laden creations. Accessory architects will learn how to wire-wrap earrings and pendants and how to end necklaces and bracelets with crimps. Students must come to class accompanied by 24-gauge head pins, ear hooks, a clasp, beads of their choice, and (if desired) a pendant. By the end of class, each student will have a complete necklace or bracelet with which to adorn their neck, wrist, or favorite parking meter.
Picture Worth Custom Framing's custom mouldings, mats, nameplates, and glass encircle paintings, pictures, and 3-D keepsakes of all types, including Christening gowns, flags, and pet memorials. Panes of preservation glass guard against harmful UV rays and oxidizing agents, and canvas prints transfer photographs onto sheets of expertly stretched cloth. And whether you're creating a custom shadowbox fitted with spots for medals or framing a wall-length mirror containing an evil twin, a 14-day framing timeline, as well as same-day rush service, ensures that you won't have to wait long to get your hands on the completed piece.
For Meredith McCord, looking at a piece of pottery brings back decades worth of memories. McCord started The Mad Potter in 1998, and since those early days, she's used her kiln to immortalize countless special moments. She traveled to hospitals to capture the footprints of newborns, helped a young man create a dessert plate with the words "Will you marry me?" emblazoned across it, and auctioned off items for charity. Yet some of her fondest memories center on the day-to-day interactions with customers, specifically when they return to pick up their fired pieces and utter three words of amazement: "I did that?"
The Mad Potter has since expanded into three Houston-area locations, where children and adults come to paint their own works of art or create replicas of their ancient ancestors' garden gnomes. More than 500 bisqueware items line the shelves of each studio, including coffee mugs, plates, and figurines. Staffers then help visitors select from more than 54 available colors of paint and supply them with everything else they might need, including brushes and stencils. The staff can even take things over and create more intricate designs—while still consulting closely with the customer. Whatever route a person chooses, there's always time for a sip of wine or beer; the River Oaks location sells wine and beer while Bellaire and Woodway maintain a BYOB policy.
Owner Connie Broome envisions Vino Artino as a place "all about art, friends, and fun," a concept she solidifies through relaxing, hands-on classes. Sessions are led by artists with degrees from art and design schools across the South. As they swill any libations they wish to bring, pupils sit at tabletop easels and follow step-by-step instructions to re-create scenes appropriate for a girls' night out, a Mother's Day outing, or a hide-the-hole-in-the-living-room-wall party. Though each class is grounded in a particular painting, the studio urges artists to put their own stamp on the finished product by using different colors, adding fun flourishes, and choosing their own canvas size.
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