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Let’s start with the latest news!
- Laser Cut Leather, Druzy Pendants, The REALLY BIG Jig January 12, 2017
Freeform Druzy pendants – Agate or Chalcedony druzies – metallic colors – with a horizontal hole – ready to string, or be part of a more elaborate design.
Labradorite fans – rejoice! Faceted Labradorite pendants and beads! And a couple of drop dead gorgeous clasps too.
We found a little stash of these custom coated octagons. Some are a single hole, some are two holes. These are limited supply – we will not be able to get these again. We’ve tucked them in with the Swarovski octagons, but we are not sure if they are actually Swarovski. We do know that you are loving the Designer Packs of Swarovski Octagons that are sold in packs of 12 for an extremely competitive price!
The REALLY BIG Jig – a wire bending jig that truly embodies “go big or go home.” With a big 28.6 x 28.6 cm (11.25 x 11.25 inches) working surface, you can make your fantasy warrior princess cuffs and arm bands, tiaras, wind chimes, sun catchers, ornaments, bird houses or whatever you envision! Or work on multiple projects at once! Layout the pegs for the earrings and the necklace at once! Comes with 50 pegs and is contained in a nice sturdy frame!
Looking for Kerrie Slade’s new book? We have it! Want to see what is in it? Check out the video!
As always – click on an image or link above to go to that item, or check out all the new stuff this week!
Our Class News
- Feed Your Creative Spirit
How are your January resolutions? Are you taking time for yourself? Refresh and rejuvenate your creativity with a class or two. January wraps-up with three new classes and several encore classes.
Pamela Kearns has a new SuperDuo project being used with permission from the terrific new book Learn to Use Two-Hole Beads by Teresa Morse. Jen Rosen has a new wire wrapping project for earrings. Christine Woollacott will introduce you to the new FYI Fine Silver Metal Clay. Check out the classes with Deborah Beesley, and Kelly Garland for more opportunities!
Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled January 23 – January 31:
Wednesday, January 25
Open Bead Night/Q & A Workshop
Facilitator: Bonnie Cottingham
6:00 – 8:00pm
Bring your projects and your questions for a fun evening with your beading friends!
Thursday, January 26
Afternoon Bead Tea/Q & A Workshop
Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
1:00 – 3:00pm
Bring your projects and be among the first to see the new weekly products!
In Circular Motion
Instructor: Deborah Beesley
6:00 – 9:00pm
Learn to work wire to create a beautiful bracelet!
Daisy Chain Bracelet
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
6:00 – 9:00pm
Create the illusion of a spiral with simple colour placement!
Friday, January 27
Beadweaving on a Loom: A Beginner’s Guide
Instructor: Kelly Garland
5:00 – 9:00pm
Learn how to use a loom to create a bracelet!
Saturday, January 28
Intro to FYI Silver Metal Clay: Textures and Gemstones
Instructor: Christine Woollacott
10:00am – 5:00pm
You’ll be amazed at what you can do with fine silver metal clay!
NEW Wire Wrapping: “Accents” Earrings
Instructor: Jen Rosen
12:00 – 3:00pm
Take your wire wrapping skills to the next level with a fun pair of earrings!
Sunday, January 29
Moving Metal: How to Create Multi-Dimensional Forms
Instructor: Kelly Garland10:00am – 5:00pm
Learn the ins and outs of metalworking!
Jewellery Making 101
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
12:00 – 4:00pm
Discover how to make jewellery for yourself, friends and family!
Click on the class/open session title to see the full description. You can also go to www.beadfx.com and click on the January 2017 class calendar; follow the links and click on the individual classes.
Our Latest Inspiration
- InspirationFX: Wrapped in Midnight
by: Anne Marie Desaulniers
Wear it as either a triple wrap bracelet, or a 22.5 inch necklace. The choice is yours! Designed to be a timeless addition to your accessory wardrobe. Dress it up, or dress it down, pair with woolly sweaters, blue jeans, t-shirts, silk shirts and dresses. Versatile, sophisticated, light, relatively inexpensive, and extremely easy to wear!
1. Cut approximately 25 inches of Softlex beading wire (the length will vary, depending on the size of the wrist, and the total number of wraps desired).
2. Thread a 2mm crimp, onto one end of the Softlex beading wire.
3. Thread a wire guardian onto the same end of the Softlex, (you will need to thread through both openings), pulling the wire tightly.
4. Pull the loose end of the Softlex, back into the crimp bead, leaving a medium length tail.
5. Crimp the crimp bead, with crimping pliers (it’s a two-part process).
6. Add one crimp cover, over top of the crimp, and squeeze gently to close, with either your chain, or flat nose pliers (three or four soft squeezes of your pliers, will help avoid distortion)
7. Randomly string beads, mixing the metal Oasis Beads, in with the Flattish Mix (I like an asymmetrical arrangement).
8. Cover the loose end of the beading wire, with the first, three or four beads.
9. Trim wire if necessary.
10. Decide how long your wrap will be, and string on a sufficient number of beads. (Please note: I chose to use approximately 25 inches of beading wire, to make a triple wrap bracelet, which also converts to a 22.5 necklace.
11. Thread a 2mm crimp, onto the unfinished end of the Softlex beading wire.
12. Thread a wire guardian onto the same end, pulling the wire tightly (you will need to thread through both openings). Please remember to leave enough room for the crimp cover.
13. Pull the loose end of the Softlex, back into the crimp bead, leaving a medium length tail.
14. Thread the remaining Softlex wire, back through the last three or four beads.
15. Crimp the crimp bead, with crimping pliers.
16. Add one crimp cover, over top of the crimp, and squeeze gently to close, with either your chain, or flat nose pliers.
17. Trim any loose beading wire.
18. Open one 7 mm jump ring, and attach to one wire guardian. Close jump ring.
19. Open one 7 mm jump ring, add one Lobster Claw clasp, and attach to one wire guardian. Close jump ring.
20. Congratulations, your convertible wrapped bracelet/necklace is ready to finished!
Chain nose and/or flat nose pliers
If you are unfamiliar with any of these processes, please check our ‘Tips‘ section.
Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need!
Need some help with some of the techniques? Check our tips page.