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  • More OOAK Stone, New Gift ideas, Resin Pans, Vintage Glass Cabs November 15, 2018

    Big update this week – 90 new items!

    We have some more of the one-of-a-kind stone pendants for you this week. This is a nice way for you to get something unique, without actually having to go out for it. Which is not to say you aren’t welcome at the store, but realistically – most of you can’t get here.

    These two strands of Tigereye, for instance. Stunning. The beads are not what you’d call consistent – some more rounded, some fatter, etc. But the quality, the colour! So you can use the beads individually or tie them together with however you string and present them. Your call.

    s2359 Stone Beads OOAK -  Faceted Tablets - TigerEye (strand)s7765 Stone Beads OOAK -  Faceted Tablets - Tigereye (strand)

    We have some Pyrite in Magnetite. “What the heck,” you say? Think handsome neutrals.

    s11485 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 32 x 55 mm Freeform - Pyrite in Magnetite s11487 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 53 mm Tear Drop - Pyrite in Magnetite

    s12565 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 55 mm Tear Drop - Pyrite in Magnetites11484 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 32 x 55 mm Freeform - Pyrite in Magnetite

    Looking for softer and more feminine colours? Rhodochrosite anyone?

    s13546 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 45 mm Teardrop Pair - Rhodochrosite (Pair)s13545 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 45 mm Teardrop Pair - Rhodochrosite (Pair)

    s13544 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 45 mm Teardrop Pair - Rhodochrosite (Pair)s15554 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 45 mm Teardrop Pair - Rhodochrosite (Pair)

    Ok, Ok – for you, my Labradorite-loving friends.

    s54544 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 40 mm Rectangle Pair - Labradorite (pair)s54545 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 40 mm Rectangle Pair - Labradorite (pair)

    s54546 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 40 mm Rectangle Pair - Labradorite (pair)s54543 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 40 mm Rectangle Pair - Labradorite (pair)

    s54547 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 18 x 58 mm Rectangle Pendant - Labradorites54549 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 19 x 56 mm Rectangle Pendant - Labradorite

    s54548 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 17 x 49 mm Rectangle Pendant - Labradorite

    Hungry for blue? An appetite for Apatite?

    s60515 Stone Pendant - OOAK -  Rectangle - Blue Apatites60516 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 69 mm Sheild - Blue Apatite

    s60518 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 58 mm Teardrop - Blue Apatites60519 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 19 x 53 mm Rectangle - Blue Apatite

    And that’s not all!!! Check them all out on the Pendants page!

    s60521 Stone Pendant - OOAK -  Long Oval - African Turquoise s60522 Stone Pendant - OOAK -  Long Oval - African Turquoise

    s60524 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 29 mm Teardrop Pair - Chrysocolla (Pair)s60525 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 40 mm Teardrop Pair - Chrysocolla (Pair)

    s60526 Stone Pendant - OOAK - 37 mm Teardrop Pair - Chrysocolla (Pair)

    And these – which I’m going to call “Limited Edition.” We have a small number of these Lavender Amethyst pairs and Fluorite Pairs. that I just didn’t think were different enough to justify photo’ing separately.

    s60520 Stone Pendant - Limited Edition - approx 40 mm Rectangle Pair - Lavender Amethyst (Pair)s60528 Stone Pendant - Limited Edition -  Rectangle Pair - Fluorite (Pair)

    These Stone Pendant sets are also in limited quantities!

    s60529 Stone Pendant -  7 Piece Pointed Long Drop Pendant Set - Blue Impression Jasper & Pyrites60530 Stone Pendant -  11 Piece Ladder Pendant Set - Malachite & Pyrite

    s60531 Stone Pendant -  11 Piece Ladder Pendant Set - Turquoise & Bronzites60532 Stone Pendant -  11 Piece Ladder Pendant Set - Lapis & Bronzite

    s60533 Stone Pendant -  11 Piece Ladder Pendant Set - Purple Impression Jasper & Bronzite

    And we have just two of these! Rough Quartz collar set!

    s60544 Stone Pendant - Limited Edition -  Collar Set - Rough Quartz (Set)

    And speaking of quartz – Tibetan Quartz, Golden Rutile quartz, Mixed Rutile Quartz, check it out!

    s60534 Stone Beads - 10-12 x 11-15 mm Ovals - Brown Rutile Quartz - Dark (strand)s60535 Stone Beads - 10-12 x 11-15 mm Ovals - Brown Rutile Quartz (strand)

    s60547 Stone Beads -  Pebbles - Gold Rutilated Quartz (strand)s60545 Stone Beads -  Rough Nuggets/Points - Tibetan Quartz (strand)

    s60548 Stone Beads - 4 mm Round - Mixed Rutilated Quartz (strand)s60549 Stone Beads - 6 mm Round - Mixed Rutilated Quartz (strand)

    s60554 Stone Beads - 6 mm Rondelle - Mixed Rutilated Quartz (strand)s60555 Stone Beads - 8 mm Coin - Mixed Rutilated Quartz (strand)

    Here’s some ideas for the holiday season.

    Interesting new items to stamp and embellish. Bookmark, Bottle-opener (it’s hard for the jewelry making types to find stuff to make for the dudes – you’re welcome), permanent gift tags, plant markers, tree ornaments, and whine charms (I thought I left my merlot right here?)

    s39266 Metal Sheet - 6 inch Blank - Bookmarks60645 Metal Sheet - 3.25 inch Blank - Bottle Opener

    s60646 Metal Sheet - 1.5 inch Blank - Gift Tags (Set)s60647 Metal Sheet - 4 inch Blank - Garden / Plant Marker Tags (Set)

    s60648 Metal Sheet -  Blank - Christmas Ornaments (Set)s60649 Metal Sheet -  Blank - Wine Charms (Set)

    Also – for the ultimate thoughtful gift – stamp someone their own medic alert bracelet.

    s60641 ImpressArt Stamps - 9.5 mm Design Stamp/Punch - Medical Alert

    Going for the pour? A little stash of limited quantity bezel resin pans. You might have to fight Anne Marie for these. I believe she might be hoarding the hearts … .

    s60489 Findings - 34 mm Square Bezel / Pan Pendant - Bright Silvers60488 Findings - 31 mm Square Bezel / Pan Link - Bright Copper

    s60486 Findings - 55 mm Round Bezel / Pan Pendant - Bright Silvers60493 Findings - Skinny Heart Bezel / Pan Pendant - Bright Silver

    Did you know we have soldering supplies? Just added the Extra Easy Silver Solder Paste.

    s60513 Metalworking Supplies -  Silver Solder Paste - Extra Easy

    And – if you think this list is going on forever, I did say it was a big update! Almost done!

    Here is a stash of vintage German glass rhinestone Cabochons the likes of which you have never seen, I’ll bet. Dolphins! Butterflies! Crescent Moons with little faces!

    s60564 Glass Cabochon - 7 x 10 mm Dolphin - Crystal AB (5)s60565 Glass Cabochon - 7 x 10 mm Dolphin - Matte Light Aqua (5)

    s60566 Glass Cabochon - 9.5 mm Butterfly - Crystal AB (5)s60567 Glass Cabochon - 5 x 9 mm Crescent Moon - Crystal Vitrail Medium (5)

    And one last gift idea – the Bracelet Fairy. You know, for that person that runs around getting people to do up their bracelets for them. 😉

    74509552 Tools -  Bracelet Fairy - Ergonomic Bracelet/Watch Fastener

    As always – all the new stuff is here!

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

    Don’t forget the Manager’s Specials – over 700 specially selected items on sale – with savings up to 70% off!

    Ready to go big or go home? Don’t forget our Full Packs and Designer Packs, so you can experiment and design big! Whether you are assembling kits or making the spectacular item of a life-time – we have better deals on bigger quantities!


Our Class News

  • Classes + Friends & Family = Perfect Gifts!

    Yes, the holiday season is coming upon us faster than we may want. Certainly the projects presented in the classes make great gifts, but so do the classes themselves! While Hanukkah, Christmas and other holidays haven’t arrived as yet, what about gifting a class to a friend or family member so you can both attend and share the fun before the seasonal craziness begins? Best news of all: you don’t need to go to the mall! Register on line for you and your friend/family member or present it as a BeadFX gift certificate.

    Our late-November classes feature several brand new projects including screen printing with enamel with Christine Woollacott. Anne Marie Desaulniers shares how to make trendy tassels using seedbead coraling as well as two encore classes perfect for gifts. Liz Kennedy will show you how to master wire to create stunning pendants and earrings. Pamela Kearns will help you create ‘holiday jewellery’ for your home. Use our open sessions to give yourself dedicated beading, metalwork or lampworking time for gift projects while getting assistance from the facilitators.


    Here are the classes and sessions scheduled November 21 – 30:

    Planet BeadFXWednesday, November 21
    FREE Open Bead Night
    Facilitator: Amanda Pittman
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Join your ‘beady’ friends for an evening of coffee and conversation!


    Thursday, November 22
    FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    1:00 – 3:00pm
    Be among the first to see the new weekly products!


    Concrete and Candy: Exploring Artist’s Concrete
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    6:00 – 9:00pm
    Explore how to create unique pieces for pendants and charms!


    Friday, November 23
    Introduction to Crochet de Luneville/Tambour Embroidery – Part 2
    Instructor: Catherine Sequalino Poitier
    6:00 – 9:00pm
    Step up your bead embroidery skills and learn how to add sequins and more to your designs!


    Saturday, November 24
    NEW Graphic Designs in Glass: Screen Printing Enamel
    Instructor: Christine Woollacott
    9:30am – 5:00pm
    Create one-of-a-kind silk printing designs in glass!


    handmade giftsBeading Without a Net: Intuitive Bead Embroidery
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    10:00am – 6:00pm
    Discover a new aspect of beading: journaling with beads!


    Sunday, November 25
    NEW Swirly Pendant and Earrings
    Instructor: Liz Kennedy
    12:00 – 3:00pm
    Learn to manipulate wire to create stunning statement designs!


    NEW Coral Fringe Tassel – Seedbead Possibilities!
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    12:00 – 4:00pm
    Tassels continue to be hot! Explore how to make this fun tassel with lots of texture and swing!


    Monday, November 26
    Happy Hour Torching
    Facilitator: Carol Cooper
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Work on your skills or create beautiful glass beads for gifts!


    Planet BeadFXWednesday, November 28
    FREE Open Bead Night
    Facilitator: Amanda Pittman
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Give yourself dedicated time to finish up your holiday gifts!


    Thursday, November 29
    FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    1:00 – 3:00pm
    Get help with instructions and techniques!


    Open Metal Studio: Metalwork
    Facilitator: Darija Radic
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Work on your projects with assistance from Darija!


    NEW Netted Wooden Ornament
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    6:00 – 9:00pm
    Create an ornament perfect for the home!

    Click on the class/session title to see complete information including course description and applicable fees. You can also go to the November class calendar to see all of the month’s activities.

Our Latest Inspiration

  • Concrete & Rubies

    Concrete & Rubies

    by: Anne Marie Desaulniers

    These Matte Crazy Lace Agate stones have been living side byside, on the BeadFX wall, just under the pearls. Ignored for months, but thenthey suddenly started clamouring for their potential to be reached! Concretegoes with everything, and my July birthstone is ruby!! Add some sparkle, then whatbetter way to marry the two, than with a chic and comfortable wrap bracelet. Apiece of this type, could even be worn as a short necklace, but I far preferthis variation as a standalone bracelet!

    Instructions:

    1. Dump all of your beads, into a nice pile on your bead mat, then mix them up! Shocking, I know,but it’s the only way that you can get a truly random mix!
    2. Cut approximately 25 inches of Soflex beading wire (the length will vary, depending on the size of your wrist, and the total number of wraps desired). This measurement is for a 3-wrap bracelet, on a small, to medium sized wrist.
    3. Thread a 2mm crimp, onto one end of the Soflex beading wire.
    4. Thread a wire guardian onto the same end of the Soflex, (you will need to thread through both openings), pulling the wire tightly.
    5. Pull the loose end of the Soflex, back into the crimp bead, leaving a medium length tail.
    6. Crimp the crimp bead, with crimping pliers (it’s a two-partprocess).
    7. String beads in a random, asymmetrical fashion! Don’t obsess about how you do this!! It’s all good!
    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.)
    11. Thread a 2mm crimp, onto the unfinished end of the Soflex beading wire.
    12. Thread a wire guardian onto the same end, pulling the wire tightly (you will need to thread through both openings).
    13. Pull the loose end of the Soflex, back into the crimp bead, leaving a medium length tail. (Note: I find it useful to place the wire guardian on oneside of my Round Nose Pliers, letting the bracelet dangle free. Then pull onthe loose end of the wire, to tighten up the string.)

    14.Thread the remaining Soflex wire, back through the last three or four beads. (Note: don’t forget to leave a little “wiggle” room, between the beads and the crimp).

    1. Crimp the crimp bead, with crimping pliers (Remember, this is a two-part process).
    2. Trim any loose beading wire.
    3. Open one 6 mm jump ring, and attach to one wire guardian. Close jump ring.
    4. Add one 6mm Split Ring to the same side. (Note: if you find that your bracelet is longenough, you can skip the jump ring in Step 17, above, and add the split ring directly to the wire guardian)
    5. Open one 6 mm jump ring, add one Lobster Claw clasp, and attach to one wire guardian. Close jumpring.
    6. To make the dangle! Add three beads (I chose two stones and one Firepolish) to a headpin, then start to make a wire wrapped loop.
    7. When your loop is still open, slide it onto wire guardian that is next to the Split Ring.
    8. Finish wrapping your loop with 3-4 wraps (or whatever fits)!
    9. Congratulations, your wrapped bracelet is finished!

     

    Tips for leftover beads: A shorter bracelet, necklace component (just add chain), earrings, purse dangles, bead embroidery, wire wrapping, or freeform peyote! Add other beads to change up the mix, and then make a coordinating, but totally different bracelet!Layers are where it’s at!!!

    If you are unfamiliar with any ofthese processes, please check our “Tips” section.

     

     

     

     

    Components

    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.