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  • Huichol Beading! May 25, 2017

    We invite you to try Huichol Beading – and to encourage you – we’re offering 25% off all our seedbeads, shaped beads, and, just for fun – the rhinestones too!

    What is Huichol Beading? And how do you pronounce it?

    Huichol beading – pronounced wee-CHOL – is a style of beadwork originating with the indigenous people of the mountain ranges of north central Mexico. The technique is simple – take a pea-sized lump of a wax-pitch mixture, knead in your fingers until soft, flatten out to the size of a quarter, and press onto the item to be decorated. Then place the beads onto the wax and press. The specially formulated wax mixture does not reject the beads as it hardens.

    The traditional designs tend to focus on bright, primary colours and motifs relevant to a non-urban lifestyle – but in experimenting – we have found that other bead shapes, like the shaped beads – work beautifully, and if your colour esthetic runs to more muted tones, that works well too. According to the author Guillermo Martinez (in his book Huichol Beading, with Jim Widess), who writes about and teaches the technique – when he consulted with the Huichols about how they felt about his teaching – given that he is not Huichol himself, they answered that it is a craft and art form for the people and that everyone is connected, and so it is for everyone.

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    So grab some of our BeadsWax, a pointy awl, and something to decorate – a wooden bowl from the dollar store, a paper mache shape from the craft store, an old jewelry box that was headed for the junk pile, and discover how soothing and calming it can be!

    25% off – this week only

    Seedbeads – Czech and Japanese

    Shaped Beads – two hole beads and more!

    Rhinestones and glass cabs!

     

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Our Class News

  • What’s in your June planner?

    Ask which month is their favourite and most folks will say, ‘June’! It’s the month of weddings, proms and graduations – all eventful milestones in our lives. Happy events, but they can be a little stressful! Take some time out from your stress with a class. (By the way – did you notice that ‘stressed’ is ‘desserts’ spelled backwards? Hammering, beading, knotting and lampworking are a lot more diet-friendly than chocolate – no judgements, just saying!)

    There’s a wide variety of techniques offered among the early-June classes including seed beading with Pamela Kearns and Anne Marie Desaulniers. Anne Marie also has a mixed media class using washers from the hardware store. If you’ve always wanted to learn about Art Clay Silver, then take a look at Jenn Jevon’s weekend class. Metalwork novices will enjoy Iris Rogers Melamed’s introductory class to soldering sterling silver.

    Here are the classes scheduled June 1 to June 10:

    Thursday, June 1
    FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    1:00 – 3:00pm
    Bring your projects and be among the first to see the new products!


    Spiral Tubular Herringbone with SuperDuos
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Discover another way of using the ever-popular SuperDuo bead!


    Friday, June 2
    Lapidary: Cutting Cabochons
    Instructor: Boris Kolodny
    9:00am – 5:00pm
    Create your own cabochons from rough slabs of stone!


    Saturday, June 3
    Art Clay Silver Intensive Weekend
    Instructor: Jenn Jevons
    10:30am – 4:30pm
    Uncover how the malleable medium becomes fine silver and how you can use it in your jewellery creations! Class continues Sunday, June 3; 10:30am – 4:30pm


    Beading Without a Net: Intuitive Bead Embroidery
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    11:30am – 2:30pm
    Let your beads tell your story! Class continues Saturday, June 10; 10:00am – 5:00pm


    Sunday, June 4
    Wishy, Washy Whimsical Altered Metal Washers
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    12:00 – 4:00pm
    Who knew you could find jewellery components at the hardware store?


    Monday, June 5
    Happy Hour Torching
    Facilitator: Carol Cooper
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Lampwork to your heart’s content with friends!


    Wednesday, June 7
    FREE Open Bead Night
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Bring your unfinished projects or start a new one!


    Thursday, June 8
    FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    1:00 – 3:00pm
    Beading and great conversation – who could ask for more?


    Creative Play Series, Session 3: Paper Bowls
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Paper bowls are great ways to store frequently-worn jewellery or precious mementos – or display them just because they are beautiful!


    Saturday, June 10
    Hot Connections: Intro to Soldering
    Instructor: Iris Rogers Melmed
    10:30am – 4:30pm
    Mastering soldering sterling silver is your gateway to more metalwork; learn how with Iris!

    Click on the class or open session title to see the complete description and applicable fees. You can also go to www.beadfx.com and click on the June calendar to see all of the opportunities in June.

Our Latest Inspiration

  • InspirationFX: Gone Muddin’

    Get your creative juices flowing ~~~

     

    Gone Muddin’

    Designed by: Rochelle Kilmer

     

    Sometimes life gets hard. It gets sticky, dirty and downright muddy.

    Sometimes you run. Run away from the mess.

    But have you ever tried running in mud? To lift your leg, even for that first step. To have the energy to keep going. It’s harder to avoid making an even bigger mess.

    Sometimes it’s just harder to run!

    It’s okay. It’s okay to STOP! ???STOP! Breathe. In, out. In, out.

    Take the mud for what it is. Feel it! Squish it between all of your toes. Close your eyes and feel the wind in your hair. Each strand blowing,sending tingles down your spine. Breathe in the fresh, clean air. Breathe out.Big breath in. Out. Lift your chin up! Feel the warmth on your face. Wrapping you in a comforting hug.

    No matter how muddy the situation, how messy, how dirty, YOU ARE STRONGER!

    You CAN rise up out of the mud. Maybe you crawl at first.Maybe you walk. Watch your step, mud is thick. It will try to slip you up, but you CAN do it! Take as much time as you need. There is no rush.

    You are beautiful. A gorgeous, unique flower. Rising out and over any murky, muddy situation you may find yourself in. Your colour deserves to shine out from the mud!

    There all kinds of beautiful flowers who find themselves in a little darkness sometimes. Together we all make a gorgeous, bountiful garden.Together we are stronger. Together we can clean off all this mud and shine bright!

    Bracelet:

    • Cut a length of Econoflex.
    • Crimp one end. Put a crimp on the Econoflex, followed by a wire guardian. Thread the Econoflex through the other side of the guardian and back through the crimp. Make sure to pull about 1 inch through. Using flat nose or chain nose pliers, flatten the crimp.
    • Put on 2 metal beads, followed by a Smokey Quartz coin bead. Place these beads over both bits of Econoflex. Trim the small length of Econoflex coming out of the coin bead. Place a pearl on the strand and alternate with coins for the length of the bracelet. End in a coin bead (the same as we started).
    • Open a small jumpring and put the flower charm in it. Close the jumpring.
    • On the strand after the coin bead, put on a metal bead, the flower charm and another metal bead.
    • Place a crimp on, followed by a wire guardian. Bring the Econoflex through the other side of the wire guardian, back through the crimp and through the 2 metals beads and 1 first coin bead.
    • Before flattening your crimp, make sure your bracelet will bend fluidly. If it is too stiff the stones will break and crack off. When you are happy with the movement, flatten your crimp.
    • Open a small jumpring, place the lobster claw on as well as the loop of bracelet. Close the jumpring.
    • On the other end, open a large jumpring, slip it on and close it.

    Bracelet done!

    And since I had a few pieces left over I made earrings too!! You could even make a pendant or include pieces in a necklace if you wanted to!

    • On a headpin, place a pearl, coin bead, pearl and then make a wrapped loop.
    • Open a small jump ring, hook on the dangle you just made and the loop on the leverback. Close the jumpring.
    • Repeat for the other earring.

    Remember, YOU ARE STRONGER than you might think! And there are more flowers to lean on when times are muddy!

    Stay beautiful my garden <3?? XO