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  • Yule love 20% off July 12, 2018

    Yule love 20% off

    Summertime, and the beading is easy
    There’s a sale on, and I feel so fine
    I feel rich, and my beads make me good-looking
    So hush little darling – I’m stocking up on beads

    Don’t miss our Christmas in July Sale! 20% off the whole store!

    20% off everything* in the store. *Some select items excluded. Because they are already everyday low prices.

    OK – sale rules: The exceptions are:

    • No discounts on class fees
    • No discount on gift certificates.?
    • No discounts on Studio time/lampwork cards, lampwork tools, glass and lampwork supplies.
    • No discounts on special order merchandise, or special bulk orders.
    • Some items ARE excluded from this sale. Some metal clay items, some tools, and previously discounted items, and a few other items which are already at wholesale prices. You will be able to see online if an item is discounted. Remember – you always get the best possible discount – so if something has been discounted more than the sale discount – you will get the greater of the two discounts.

    Things tend to get a little crazy around here during a sale, so we have a few rules to make it go more smoothly.

    • The discount is NOT retroactive and does not apply to previously purchased merchandise. ?
    • No special orders or special bulk orders will be accepted at the sale prices.?
    • No Rain Cheques. No backorders. No holds.
    • Sale ends Midnight, Wednesday, July 18 (Toronto time) (Well – in-store it ends at closing time – because we won’t make the staff stay until midnight.). If you haven’t checked out by then – the items in your shopping cart will revert to regular prices.?Poof!
    • If you are placing a phone or fax order, please ensure that you have the sku/product numbers ready, as well as the description. Same goes for email orders – as we’d prefer to not have our order picking staff have too many nervous breakdowns. It’s always painful to find them hiding in the kitchen, gorging themselves on two-bite brownies.
    • We will be VERY busy during the sale. Having this information ready when processing your order, will help us get your order out the door in a reasonable time frame.
    • If the shopping cart is giving you grief – email us at info@beadfx.com. We have a super-tech-guru standing by to beat it into submission for you.

    We do anticipate that shipping will most likely be delayed by a day or two from our usual timeframe.

    Oh, and here’s a superuser tip for you as a reward for reading this. We combine orders, so you can place mulitiple orders, and we’ll refund the extra shipping.

    Click on a link and go crazy!

    Oh, and don’t forget our Manager Specials too – up to 70% off. No further discount, but a cracking good deal!

    Go ahead, click on a category link or an category image below. Dive in.

     

    Can’t find what you are looking for? Feel free to just email us and ask!

     

     


Our Class News

  • Spread your Creative Wings!

    You can cultivate creativity – you don’t need to be born with it. According to WikiHow, broadening your knowledge is one way of fostering creativity. For example, you have an idea for a bracelet that you want to create. If the bracelet is metal, do you need to know how to solder? If it is made of beads, what beads will work best and how can you assemble it? Like many people, you head to YouTube to check out the techniques. Yea, you found something! Unfortunately, the video isn’t in focus; the sound is muffled and you can’t ask questions. Do you give up in disgust? No – head for a BeadFX class!

    Our late-July classes offer a wide variety of techniques from looming, chainmaille, wirework and seedbeading! Check out Anne Marie Desaulniers‘ new class that features beads and fabric! Cindy Goldrick is ready to show you how to create with wire – then take you on the same creative journey with fine leather. Looking for chainmaille help? Marilyn Gardiner has your back! There are more offerings with Pamela Kearns, Gillian Clarke and Christine Woollacott.

    Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled July 21 – 31:

    mixed media jewelerySaturday, July 21
    Resin: A Mixed-Up Media Approach
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    11:00am – 5:00pm
    Explore why resin should be part of the your mixed media toolbox!


    Introduction to the Bead Loom
    Instructor: Christine Woollacott
    11:30am – 3:00pm
    Discover how to use this favourite technique and what the differences are among looms!


    Sunday, July 22
    NEW Scraps of Life: Fibre/Mixed Media Pendants and Brooches
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    11:30am – 4:30pm
    A few beads here; some colourful stitches there, all on various fabrics!


    Easy Slider Chainmaille Pendant
    Instructor: Gillian Clarke
    1:00 – 3:00pm
    New to chainmaille? This is the class for you!


    Monday, July 23
    Happy Hour Torching
    Facilitator: Carol Cooper
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Practise your skills or work on your designs!


    Planet BeadFXWednesday, July 25
    FREE Open Bead Night
    Facilitator: Amanda Pittman
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Give yourself dedicated time to work on unfinished projects!


    Thursday, July 26
    FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    1:00 – 3:00pm
    Be among the first to see the new weekly products!


    Wire Macrame on Flat Leather
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    5:00 – 8:30pm
    Bring macrame into the 21st century!


    Saturday, July 28
    Basic Viking Knit
    Instructor: Cindy Goldrick
    10:00am – 1:00pm
    Learn how to ‘knit’ with wire to create fabulous necklaces and bracelets! Bonus: take both Viking knit classes and save on the class fees!


    NEW Chainmaille Help Day
    Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
    10:00am – 1:00pm/2:00 – 5:00pm (half-day) or 10:00am – 5:00pm (full day)
    Need help to start or finish a project? Marilyn is here to help!


    NEW Taking Viking Knit to the Next Level
    Instructor: Cindy Goldrick
    2:00 – 5:00pm
    Give your Viking Knit a new look using fine leather! Bonus: take both Viking knit classes and save on the class fees!


    Sunday, July 29
    St. Petersburg Chain using 2-Hole Beads
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    12:00 – 4:00pm
    Now another way of using 2-hole beads – great for SuperDuos!


    Monday, July 30
    Happy Hour Torching
    Facilitator: Carol Cooper
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Join like-minded artists at the torch!

    Click on the class or open session title to see complete descriptions including applicable fees and what to bring to classes. You can also go to the July class calendar to see all of the month’s opportunities.

Our Latest Inspiration

  • Copper Pipe Pendants

    We initially published this post back in 2010 – it has been far and away our most commented on post ever. We share it with you again for those of you who haven’t seen it before!

    Initial post by Jennifer Tough
    A while back I picked up a book by Stephanie Lee called Semi-precious Salvage. I just love her designs, as I’m quite enamored with the vintage-y, rough, dug out of the dirt look. Mixed media jewellery is quite intriguing to me – and I plan to explore it more over the next little while. I’m really just scratching the surface.

    In Stephanie Lee’s book, she used copper pipes and copper sheet to create bezels, she further roughens up the look by covering the whole thing in solder. I was excited to see if I could take the little resin/glass pendants that are so popular, and kick it up a notch.? Of course, having an open back allows you to create a double sided pendant!? The process is crazy time consuming, but as I’ve discovered – If you make a whole bunch at a time, it’s not so bad 🙂
    First step is to cut the tubing into little slices – for this, you’ll need a tube cutter from the hardware store. You could use a jewelers saw, but that would take even longer!I then used our handy hole punch pliers to create 2 holes on opposite sides.? A handmade balled copper headpin was inserted, and wired up into a wrapped loop.

    To create a flat surface to stick my paper on, I used some transparent polymer clay, and then baked it in place. I suppose you don’t really need to bake it, since you’re encasing the whole thing in resin – but I did, as I felt I should for some reason…

    Once my images were in place, I then filled each side with resin, letting each side dry for 2 days before filling the other side.

    Once the pendants were fully cured, I used some renaissance wax to seal the copper to help prevent tarnishing.