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  • Getting to Know…Carolyn Cave

    When Carolyn Cave’s book Beautiful Designs with SuperDuos and Twin Beads arrived at BeadFX in I eagerly opened it up and saw lots of wearable designs that I instantly fell in love with. I had the opportunity to meet and talk to Carolyn when we were both teaching at Bead and Button in 2015 and again in 2016. I knew she would be a fantastic addition to our visiting instructor roster at BeadFX! The result? Carolyn is teaching four classes at BeadFX: Constellation Beaded Bead and Pendant (April 28; 10:00am – 1:00pm); Octagana Bracelet (April 28; 2:00 – 5:00pm); Atlantea Necklace (April 29; 10:00am – 5:00pm); and Piggy Blossom Necklace (April 30; 10:00am – 5:00pm).

    So, let me introduce you to Carolyn Cave…

    Constellation Beaded Bead and Pendant

    “Creating jewellery started about 15 years ago when a young niece gave me a pair of earrings that she had made,” says Carolyn. “I really liked her design but it needed a little adult intervention. So I went to the local bead store and discovered a whole world of shiny round things with holes in them. About the same time I was invited to a ‘pearl party’ by my sister-in-law and the local craft store started selling pearls in packages. I bought a necklace at the party but then made more of my own.”

    “I’ve always been involved in creative activities,” Carolyn explains. “My mom taught me how to sew, knit and crochet when I was very young, and from there the creativity spilled over into other areas, such as cross stitch, paper quilling, spinning, dyeing, weaving and quilting. I have always had some sort of project on the go.”

    Octagana Bracelet

    When it comes to jewellery making Carolyn is primarily self-taught. “I learn by looking at how things are put together, then by spending a lot of time experimenting with my beads. I have a large collection of books and have learned a great deal from other authors methods.”

    Atlantea Necklace

    “Often I create projects to fill a need. For example, I am on the BeadSmith’s Inspiration Squad and they will need a new design for their advertising. I take my needle and thread and begin to play. I also need to create, and beading fills this void.” Her inspiration? “I am inspired by the colours of nature around me, the colours and styles of vintage jewellery, and by the beads themselves.”

    In addition to her inspirations, Carolyn actively collects ideas for her projects. “I cut things out of magazines if I see a fun colour combination. I will sketch ideas that come to mind. I carry a sketch book with me to record a shape or a pattern or an image when I see one. I also have a Pinterest account. If I use all the ideas I have collected or are in my head, I will have to live to be at least 142!”

    Piggy Blossom Necklace

    “When it comes to teaching, I love sharing the excitement of creating something new with the students, and seeing your designs come to life in someone else’s hands,” says Carolyn.

    Outside of beading and teaching, Carolyn has a degree in music. “I am the wife of an encouraging and loving husband, and mother of three wonderful young women,” says Carolyn. “I am a musician and am involved in the musical life of my community, as the pianist for two choirs and as a cellist in the local University Orchestra. I also do contract work for the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto.”

    Carolyn’s advise to others who create? “There are no mistakes, only more opportunities!”

    To register for any of Carolyn’s classes, please call or visit the store. BeadFX will be hosting a Meet and Greet for Carolyn on Friday, April 28, 6:00 – 7:30pm. All are welcome and refreshments will be served.

Our Latest Inspiration

  • InspirationFX: Pearly White

    Pearly White

    by: Rochelle Kilmer

    It’s getting warm and people are getting married! I have a few friends who are planning on tying the knot over the next couple of years. Such an exciting time in their lives! So I have had weddings on the brain and I needed a creative outlet since it’s not quite yet my turn. And that is how this jewellery set was born. I hope it inspires you as it did me!


    Making the links :

    On an eyepin place a daisy spacer – coin pearl -daisy spacer. Make a simple loop. I used the 1-step loopers to make things faster (I should probably practice without :p). The loopers may not close your loop all the way, so I just stick my round nose pliers in to close it up nicely.

    Repeat this link 3 more times.

    On a headpin place 1 White Opal AB bicone. Close with a simple loop. Repeat for the other earring.

    I used a 3.5 mm jumpring to attach the bicone to one of the coin pearl links; then I used a 5mm jumpring to attach the top loop of this link to another coin pearl link. On the top loop of this link, I attached it too the earwire. I opened the loop on the earwire as I would a jumring and slipped the link on and closed it up. Repeat for the other earring.


    Make 4 more links like you did with the earrings on eyepins: daisy spacer – coin pearl – daisy spacer.

    Make 3 links consisting of daisy spacer – bicone – daisy spacer.

    Make 2 links with – daisy spacer – bicone – daisy spacer – coin pearl – daisy spacer – bicone – daisy spacer.

    Make 1 bicone dangle. Just a bicone on a headpin and finish with a simple loop.

    For the pendant: On an eyepin or a headpin: beadcap – a few 10/0 or 11/0 seedbeads, place the becharmed pearl over top (this is so the bighole won’t feel loose and move around on the pin) – bead cap. And this time I finished it with a wrapped loop.

    If you wish to add more dangles to the bottom of the pendant use an eyepin. I was not sure if I wanted to or not, so I did the loop and don’t mind the look of it without anything hanging. It’s a preference for you to make. If you do not want to dangle and do not like the look of the loop, make the pendant on a headpin.

    Putting it all together:

    From the wrapped loop I attached one of the single bicone links using a 5 mm jumpring. Using another jumpring I attached the top loop to the bottom of the nosy posy y link. On the little loop of the nosy posy I added the bicone dangle with a 3mm jumpring.

    On one of the top loops of the nosy posy link, I attached one of the coin pearl with bicone link. Then I linked this to a coin pearl link and this linked to a bicone link and this linked to another coin pearl link, all using 5 mm jumprings.

    Repeat this on the other loop of the nosy posy link in the same order.

    From the open loop I attached chain with 5 mm jumpings on both sides, then attached the nosy posy toggle for the clasp also using 5 mm jumprings.

    And a beautiful piece of jewellery is complete.




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