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  • Gemduos & The Elastic Needle October 12, 2017

    The next wave of GemDuos are here – the Gold Splash colours! Splashed with gold! More earthy than the Backlit Gemduos; Earthy is good, right?

    s56597 Czech Shaped Beads - 2 Hole Matubo GemDuo - Gold Splash Ivorys56598 Czech Shaped Beads - 2 Hole Matubo GemDuo - Gold Splash Browns56600 Czech Shaped Beads - 2 Hole Matubo GemDuo - Gold Splash Jet

     

    Elastic Cord Needle!

    The Elastic Cord Needle. I thought for sure that this was going to be a swing and a miss in terms of new products – but I was pleasantly surprised!

    The instructions say: “Use the Elastic Cord Needle to plan out your beaded design, stringing the beads onto the wire, then catch 0.50 – 0.80 mm stretch cord with the threader hook, and slide your beads onto the elastic cord. The looped bottom of the needle will hold your beads in place as you are stringing them. Fits beads with holes 1 mm (0.040 in) or larger.”

    The first order of the day was finding beads with holes big enough to go over the hook. They need to have a 1 mm hole – these stone rounds on the 16 inch strands do work, and so do a lot of the size 6/0 seed beads (the odd one doesn’t, and I haven’t tried the silver-lined – which have a square hole). You do need to use the Opelon, which is flatter and takes up less space, to string on.

    But I hooked into the middle of stretch of cord twice the length of the finished bracelet and they slid on fine. I was pleasantly surprised. And having now used this tool – the Elastic Needle – for a number of projects – I have to say – I am sold on it!

     

    74330134 Needle - Elastic Cord Needle -

     

    It must be Fall – cute little lightweight wood maple leaves. Assorted colors – you get what you get.

    s56580 Wood - Maple Leaf - Assorted (10)

    Downtown Velvet Brown – the new Swarovski Pearl color – a rich, warm, cocoa-by-the-fire brown. Mmmm, delish!

    s56594 Swarovski Pearl - 8 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Velvet Brown Pearl (strand 25)

     

    Classes

    I know – the projects in these classes with Betty Stephan look completely intimidating. But look – no prerequisite. Nothing to buy. Any level of beader. You can thread a needle, right? Scroll down the eye candy. Try not to drool on your keyboard or phone. Call the store to register: (416) 751-1911 or toll-free 877-473-2323.

    STOP THE PRESSES! WE JUST GOT ONLINE REGISTRATION WORKING! Now, you can sign up online!

    And, because of the holiday – we’ve extended the date for the early bird discount to Oct 20!!

     

     

    Enchanted Bracelet/Components with? Betty Stephan

    November 3 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm

    Cdn $260.00

    Course outline: The round components in this bracelet are a marriage of bead embroidery and bead weaving, beginning with a bead embroidered base, then beads are woven in layers to give more dimension ? the connectors are the second component. Kits/instructions will be provided for the bracelets ? with additional beads available to create a necklace, cuff bracelet, pendant and/or earrings by combining these components in different ways.

    The class will cover how to make and join these components together to create the pictured bracelet ? but we will also be discussing how to make different pieces from joining components and tips on layout and design. Techniques include bead embroidery stitches, layered beadweaving/bead embroidery, unique edging with O beads, and how to make a beaded toggle clasp. You will complete at least one of each component.

    Note: the class fee includes your project materials ? approximate $98 value. Please state your colour choice when registering. Optional add-ons will be available from the instructor at an approximate cost between $15 to $22 CAD.

    Skill level: All levels

    Prerequisite: N/A

    Technique: Bead embroidery, bead weaving

    Bring to class: Magnification if required; scissors

    Early Bird Offer! Register on or before October 10 EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 20 for only $242 + HST. As of October 11, the registration fee will go to the regular price of $260 + HST.

    ?Register Here

    Night Music Cuff Bracelet with Betty Stephan

    November 4 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm

    Cdn $255.00

    Course outline: This beautifully elegant and textured bead embroidered bracelet is created using velvet ribbon and gold braiding as a base ? making it much less difficult to make than it appears! The rhinestone cup chain adds some sparkle and this cuff will be a favorite to wear out on-the-town or for everyday casual.

    Several different bead embroidery stitches will be taught, as well as bead weaving a strip and attaching it to the cuff for a 3 dimensional effect. The students will learn how to securely attach cup chain and how to use ribbon and braiding both as a stitching guide and as an embellishment. The cuff will not be completed in class but you will have all of the knowledge necessary to complete it at home.

    Note: the class fee includes your project materials ? approximate $91 value. Please state your colour choice when registering.

    Skill level: All levels

    Prerequisite: N/A

    Technique: Bead embroidery, bead weaving

    Bring to class: Magnification if required; scissors

    Early Bird Offer! Register on or before October 10 EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 20 for only $235 + HST. As of October 11, the registration fee will go to the regular price of $255 + HST.

    ?Register Here

    Dreamer Necklace with Betty Stephan

    November 5 @ 10:00 am5:00 pm

    Cdn $255.00

    Course outline: This necklace combines metal findings and glass beads to create a stunning statement piece that is a nice wearable size. The pendant hangs from a pretty flowered pattern chain made from MiniDuos and seed beads. MiniDuo flowers are layered onto both a large metal flower on the pendant and a metal leaf that hangs below which have both been hand-painted to coordinate with the color scheme.

    Students will Learn: How to make a pretty neck chain by weaving MiniDuo beads and seed beads; how to weave two different flower components and attach them to metal findings; several bead embroidery stitches; and how to make a beaded toggle clasp. The project will not be completed in class; however, you will have all the information to complete the necklace at home.

    Note: the class fee includes your project materials ? approximate $91 value. Please state your colour choice when registering.

    Skill level: All levels

    Prerequisite: N/A

    Technique: Bead embroidery, bead weaving

    Bring to class: Magnification if required; scissors

    Early Bird Offer! Register on or before October 10 EXTENDED TO OCTOBER 20 for only $235 + HST. As of October 11, the registration fee will go to the regular price of $255 + HST.

    ?Register Here?

     

    Call the store to register if the shopping cart gives you any grief whatsoever! (416) 751-1911 or toll-free 877-473-2323.

     

     

    Sale Stuff – Stone Beads! – 20% off

     

    Got Goth?

    20 – 33% off

    Get back to black! Sometimes the best accent is the one that disappears.

    Pair gunmetal grey or black metal findings with beads of bright colours and your dark clothing – the rich colours will seem to float on the dark background as the dark metal disappears. To help you try this out – savings of 20% or more off – from now until the spooky end of October!

     

    As always – you can view all interesting new stuff on the website here.

     

    Reminder – Online Frequent Beader Points – Shipping Changes

    Effective July 15, we are no longer offering Frequent Beader Points for our ONLINE / EMAIL / PHONE / FAX sales. This had been an extension of our in-store loyalty program. However, on-line users tell us they would rather have more immediate benefits, so we will now give you the opportunity to get discounts on your shipping on smaller orders. $100 still ships free, but orders over $50 may now get discounts from the flat rate, depending on the eligibility of the purchases. Please see the shipping page for more details.

    You have until the end of the 2017 to redeem your existing ONLINE Frequent Beader Points on your online orders. Just note in the comments box that you would like to redeem them.

    In-store collection and redemption of in-store Frequent Beader Points has not changed. If you shop online and in-store, you may convert existing online points to in-store points. Please email info@beadfx.com to request point conversion. Please allow two weeks for processing.

    Cheers!

     

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Our Class News

  • Stitches of the Beads We Brew

    Yes, the bats will fly and the ghouls will howl at the end of this month, but there is nothing scary about the classes at BeadFX.

    We have lots of classes coming up in late-October, including a full day chainmaille class with Marilyn Gardiner. Newbies to metalworking (and anyone who wants a refresher) will want to take Iris Rogers Melamed’s intro to soldering sterling wire class. Anne Marie Desaulniers will take your bead embroidery skills along to include fabric charms. You’ll learn about doing a style of bead mosaic with Pamela Kearns, with a surprise addition of adding cord to your pieces! Angela Peace is bringing a brand new way of doing kumihimo. Barbara Colautti has returned from hiatus to share show to do polymer clay pendants – a great first step in working with polymer clay! If you collect pebbles and want to include them in your designs, check out Ann Shewan’s drilling class.


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

    Saturday, October 21
    NEW Spend a Day in my Parallel Universe
    Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
    10:00am – 5:00pm
    Discover and explore how to use chainmaille in your designs!


    Hot Connections 1: Intro to Soldering
    Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed
    10:30am – 4:30pm
    Delve into the world of metalwork with this introductory class!


    Sunday, October 22
    Charm School: Inchie Charm Bracelet
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    12:00 – 5:00pm
    Learn the basics of bead embroidery as you create these mini-masterpieces!


    Monday, October 23
    HALF PRICE Happy Hour Torching
    Facilitator: Carol Cooper
    Join your lampworking friends while making beads!


    Wednesday, October 25
    FREE Open Bead Night
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    Bring your UFOs and PHDs and get help from Pam!


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


    Huichol-style Bead Mosaic (with bonus ‘Cord Painting’)
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    6:00 – 9:00pm
    This easy bead mosaic style works for jewellery designs and much more!


    Friday, October 27
    NEW Kumihimo with Micro-Thread Warps
    Instructor: Angela Peace
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Learn a new ‘twist’ on kumihimo with this new square braid!


    Saturday, October 28
    Polymer Clay Pendant
    Instructor: Barbara Colautti
    10:00am – 3:00pm
    Explore how to work with polymer clay!


    Pebble Beach Bracelet
    Instructor: Ann Shewan
    11:00am – 2:30pm
    Take your designs ‘to the beach’ for a comfy, contemporary look!


    Sunday, October 29
    Jewellery Making 101
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    12:00 – 4:00pm
    Discover the basics of creating your own jewellery for yourself, friends and family!


    Monday, October 30
    HALF PRICE Happy Hour Torching
    Facilitator: Carol Cooper
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Join your lampworking friends while making beads!

    Click on the class or session title to see complete course information and applicable fees. You can also go to www.beadfx.com and click on the October class calendar to see all of the month’s offerings.

Our Latest Inspiration

  • InspirationFX: Laredo Lariet

    Laredo Lariet

    Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson

    You – sometimes you sit down to make one thing, and a different piece of jewelry happens!

    I was going to make a necklace with tassels, but then I had these beads on the table and the next thing you know, I’m using them instead!

    The basic idea is the same – the very fine chain and the silicone-filled slider bead to make the clasp. Just be sure that you put the slider bead on BEFORE you add the beads dangling at the end. Don’t ask me why I think it is very important to remember that … .

    I hung these beads point down, because I always think of this shape as being used point upwards, and then it just occurred tome – hey, why not the other way around! But do with them as you will.

    The chain fits into the beads a little way, but as the hole sizes vary, and I wanted the chain to go in further in order to accommodate lots of surface area for gluing, I used the bead reamer to enlarge the hole a little so I could get about 5 mm of chain into the bead. Don’t go too deep, as the bead reamer is tapered, and you still want a relatively snug fit. Ream out the hole, then push a little of the glue in, and then stick in the chain and leave it to cure overnight without fussing with it. Providing a toddler doesn’t yank on them and try to pull them off – they should be secure enough.

    I guess I still have to go do something with those tassels now … . 😉

    Components

    Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need!

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