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Let’s start with the latest news!
- Snake Wind and Snake Berry December 14, 2017
We’re not above the occasional fart joke around here – and I have to admit, when I saw that these beads were called Snake Wind, well – I’ll just let you imagine what streets my mind wandered down. Snake, however, is actually the name for the finish that gives it the darkened edges to the facets, giving the beads a distinctive scaled look. The Berry mix is obvious – and Wind, well, why not?
They are part of the new 4mm fire polish beads this week, including the Nebula finish,
and these metallics.
And this Fuchsia! I have to admit – when I saw these – I thought – “these have to be coated” – their colour coming from an added layer over the core glass. And in fact, it is, but I had to take a hammer to them to get it to damage the coating – so I would say that it is pretty durable!
In other beads, we have some more colours in the waxed wood beads, which are light, and fun, and casual Boho Chic.
If Boho Chic is absolutely not your thing, then check out two more of the growing line of Growing Pendants from Swarovski. These pendants, with over 500 handset interior crystals, are inspired by new-crystal-formation and druzies, and are one of the more beautiful and spectacular items to come from Swarovski in a while.
Also – Dragons. Dragon-wrapped Stone Pendants. Because, Dragons!
We will close for the holidays at end of day Saturday, Dec 23, be closed on the 24th, Christmas Eve, and on over the week between Christmas and New Year’s, reopening on Jan 2. Our trusty computers will, of course, be standing by to take your orders, so you may still shop when the need arises. We will ship when we get back – next year!
Shipping depends a lot on where you are. We can tell you that the warehouse closes on the 22nd – so anything ordered after the 21st that has to come from the warehouse, won’t ship until the new year. We will try to get everything out the door before we take the week off – but anything ordered after noon Dec 22 won’t make it into the mail until Jan 2.
Last Call to Redeem Frequent Beader Points
We wrapped up the online Frequent Beader Points program in July – with a grace period to redeem outstanding points by the end of the year. We just want to remind you that you have until Dec 31 to redeem those points. You can place your order using the “call-back” option and note in the comments that you would like to apply any frequent beader points that you have to that order, and we will call you back with the total adjusted price.
If you shop online and in-store, you may convert existing online points to in-store points. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to request point conversion. Please email your request by Dec 31.
As always – you can view all interesting new stuff on the website here.
Our Class News
- Treat yourself to Bead-Treat!
Normally I’d be posting about BeadFX classes, but this week I’m delighted to tell you about a new adventure that BeadFX is taking in 2018: Bead-Treat. BeadFX will be the presenting sponsor of the first (that we’ve found) jewellery-making retreat in Canada.This premier event will take place Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6, 2018.
As a participant at Bead-Treat, youll learn three original designs focusing on three exciting jewellery-making techniques: chainmaille, geometric peyote, and Cavandoli tapestry knotting. You’ll be the first to learn these never-taught-before designs from three established and creative designers/instructors in the comfort of Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. Best of all, you already know all three instructors because they each have been sharing their expertise at BeadFX for several years: Marilyn Gardiner, Pamela Kearns and Angela Peace.
All classes are suitable for all levels; beginners will learn the steps to complete the projects and experienced students will be able to expand their repertoire of skills.
Participants will take all three classes:
Staggered Byzantine Bracelet with Marilyn Gardiner
A statement bracelet at its best! This is the most impressive new bracelet Ive made for several years. It expands and contracts like an accordion and feels so good on my wrist! I love this unadorned version, but I can also see a version with beads added in the middle openings, or even drop beads along the outer edges. Can you spot the Byzantine building blocks?
We will start the day by making a pair of Byzantine Earrings so everyone learns the basic Byzantine weave and is comfortable with opening and closing jump rings. There are a lot of jump rings required to make this bracelet, but you will be well on your way to completing it by the end of the day (though some may actually finish).
This class includes a kit to make your bracelet in copper. It includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump ring and a coordinating clasp. Makes up to a 9 bracelet. All rings are saw-cut and polished. An in-class kit upgrade is available to create the project using silver-filled rings.
Swarovski Trillion Component Bracelet with Pamela Kearns
Seed beaded dimension and form! Discover how to create triangular peyote bezels around sparkling 10mm Swarovski Trillion rivolis! Well start the class by learning how to do simple triangular peyote using larger beads before we graduate to using size 11/0 Delicas. Then the fun will begin by learning to create a triangular bezel. Increases and decreases and zipping your components together will be part of the days curriculum. This class is suitable for beginners; however, knowing peyote stitch will be helpful.
The project will focus on making the bracelet as shown, but youll also have the instructions on how to create two pendants and earrings ? all using the same type of rivoli component.
This class includes your kit of 12 Swarovski Trillion rivolis, 2 colours of size 11/0 Delica beads and a sliding tube clasp and findings with full-colour, illustrated instructions. Colour choices will be available.
Knotted Fiber End Caps with Angela Peace
Join the fiber and micro-macrame revolution! Fiber end-caps present a new and innovative option of finishing jewellery projects and allow for seamless colour designs or for creating amazing colour contrasts. These made-to-measure knotted end caps work well with standard metal clasps and findings or can be used with glue.
In class you will learn the knotting techniques and how to change the end cap size for a perfect fit. You’ll also learn how to make a knotted fiber clasp. By the end of class you will have a pair of custom end caps and will be well-prepared to make more.
This class includes illustrated instructions, C-lon knotting cord in your choice of colours, jump rings, pinning board, tapestry needle, and pins.
On-line registration for Bead-Treat is open now. Plan ahead and take advantage of Early Bird pricing to save $50 off the registration fee before February 15, 2018. For complete information about Bead-Treat and all that it includes, go to www.beadtreat.com. See you there!
Our Latest Inspiration
- InspirationFX: Simplicity in Red – Two
Designed by: Anne Marie Desaulniers
Though minimalist in style, this set will create quite the impact! A compliment to the “Simplicity in Red” necklace, that was posted a few weeks ago. As the holidays tend to be busy, it’s important to have something simple, to accessorize either that little black dress, or a cozy sweater, and pair of jeans. A fairly economical solution, as you will be using many of those leftover components from the earlier “Inspiration”. You will need to buy another package of the lovely Scarlet faceted rounds though!
1. For Bracelet – cut one 7″ length of chain for bracelet (adjust length if required).
2. Insert the G-S Hypo Cement applicator, into one End Cap with Loop for Beading Chain, and add one drop of glue.
3. Insert one end of chain, into one End Cap with Loop
4. Squeeze End Cap with Loop with chain nose pliers (crimping or flat nose pliers could also be used). You will need to squeeze fairly hard, to flatten End Cap slightly.
5. Set aside to dry.
6. String 3 faceted rounds, directly onto the chain (it’s a bit of a tight fit, but I discovered that you could do this, while playing around with the leftovers from the first project).
7. Centre faceted rounds in the middle of the chain.
8. Add an End Cap with Loop to the other end of each chain, repeating steps 2 through 5.
9. Let dry overnight.
10. Connect one 6 mm jump ring, to End Cap with Loop (at the end of the chain). Close jump ring
11. Connect a 4-mm jump ring, to the remaining End Cap with Loop, and then to the 12 mm Lobster Claw. Close jump ring.
12. For Earrings – cut two 1″ lengths of chain
13. For each 1″ length of chain, complete steps 2 through 5.
14. For each 1″ length of chain, complete steps 8 and 9.
15. Add one faceted round, to one 2″ Big Ball Headpin.
16. Make wrapped loop dangle.
17. Repeat steps 15 & 16, to make a second wrapped loop dangle.
18. Connect one wrapped loop dangle, to one End Cap with loop, with a 4-mm jump ring. Close jump ring.
19. Repeat for second wrapped loop dangle.
20. Connect one Leverback Earring Finding, to the remaining End Cap with Loop, with a 4-mm jump ring. Close jump ring.
21. Repeat for second Leverback Earring Finding.
22. Go forth and be merry! Your “Simplicity in Red – Two” set is complete.
Chain nose pliers
Round nose pliers
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.