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  • Ready, Thready, Sale? November 23, 2017

    Is there a Black Friday Sale – why yes there is. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, CyberMonday

    Stay tuned for news about super special sales, but in the meantime …

    Including the new stuff. 😉

     

    Ready Thready?

    C-Lon Tex 400 and C-Lon Micro Cord. You asked – we deliver! C-Lon Tex 400 bead cord is a heavyweight cord – 0.9 mm It is a bonded 3-ply twisted multi-filament thread with a 75 lb breaking strength. Use it for micro macrame, stringing beads and other techniques such as bead crochet, finger weaving, kumihimo, tatting as well as anything else a strong bonded nylon is suitable for. C-Lon Micro Cord is a bonded, 3-ply, twisted nylon light cord/heavy thread. Size is #69/Tex 70. It will fit through size 15/0 seed beads or larger. It’s great for stitching, wrapping, finishing, hidden construction, and micro-knotting/macrame if you want a finer look. Also suitable for stringing beads, kumihimo or bead crochet for beads with small holes beads (11/0s, 15/0s, stone and pearl beads). Both of these match the other C-LON colors so it’s good if you need to mix thread sizes in one project!

    s56803 Tex 400 Bead Cord - C-Lon Bead Cord - Black (Spool)s56815 Micro Cord - C-Lon Bead Cord - Black (Spool)

    Cabochons

    Some of you had a sneak peek at these when I was posting images on Instagram when I was taking their pictures. We have a lovely new selection of East German Glass Cabochons!

    s57061 Glass Cabochon - 8 mm Round - Crystal Volcanos57069 Glass Cabochon - 13 mm Round - Matte Crystal ABs57049 Glass Cabochon - 6 x 8 mm Oval - Matte Turquoise ABs57051 Glass Cabochon - 6 x 8 mm Oval - Blue Zircon Reflexs57052 Glass Cabochon - 8 x 10 mm Oval - Fuchsia Reflexs57043 Glass Cabochon - 10 x 14 mm Oval - Rose Quartzs57023 Glass Cabochon - 8 mm Flat Flower - Medium Vitrails57018 Glass Cabochon - 8 mm Starfish - Matte Crystals57015 Glass Cabochon - 8 x 10 mm Oval - Crystal ABs57012 Glass Cabochon - 10 x 14 mm Oval - Black Silver Opals56627 Glass Cameo Cabochon - 8 x 13 mm Grecian Lady/Oval - Green/MOPs56619 Glass Cameo Cabochon - 8 x 13 mm Grecian Lady/Oval - Green/Hematites56610 Molded Glass Cabochon - 26 x 36 mm Flower Oval - Cornflower Blue

     

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

    Happy beading!

    * Usual restrictions apply – some items do not go on sale, if something is already on sale, you always get the better discount.

     


Our Class News

  • Classes make great Holiday gifts!

    EEK! Have you checked the calendar – only 4 weeks to Hanukkah and 5 weeks to Christmas! Let’s not panic – there is still time to make some gifts for your friends and family. Not sure how? Well, check out the December classes at BeadFX. Plus, schedule yourself some dedicated time by attending one of the open sessions – and enjoy some refreshments while you’re at it. By the way, a gift certificate for a class makes a great gift for a friend (just saying!).

    Iris Rogers Melamed will take your Intro to Soldering skills a notch higher by introducing you to more metalworking technqiues. Angela Peace will teach you the traditional way of pearl knotting and incorporating French wire. If you like wireworking, check out Lucie Lee‘s new project. Anne Marie Desaulniers continues to play with an ornament idea. If you like chainmaille – or want to learn this ancient craft – Marilyn Gardiner‘s new holiday-inspired class will get you going on gifts. Plus, there are lots more classes to choose from!

    Here are the classes scheduled December 1 – 10:


    Friday, December 1
    Traditional Pearl Knotted Necklace
    Instructor: Angela Peace
    6:00 – 9:00pm
    There is nothing more classic than a string of knotted pearls!


    Saturday, December 2
    Hot Connections: Connecting Components
    Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed
    10:00am – 5:00pm
    Discover the many ways to use soldered sterling rings in your jewellery designs!


    handmade giftsSunday, December 3
    Resin: A Mixed-Up Media Approach
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    11:00am – 5:00pm
    Explore how to use resin, bezels and found objects!


    Wire Wrapped Earrings
    Instructor: Lucie Lee
    1:00 – 4:00pm
    Learn the art of wrapping wire to create forms and designs!


    Monday, December 4
    Happy Hour Torching
    Facilitator: Carol Cooper
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Join your lampworking buddies while making glass beads!


    Wednesday, December 6
    Open Bead Night
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Carve out dedicated time from your busy schedule to work on your projects!


    Thursday, December 7
    Afternoon Bead Tea
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    1:00 – 3:00pm
    Be among the first to see the new weekly products!


    Creative Play Series, Session 7: Scrappy Tags
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Learn a mixed-media approach for gift tags, luggage tags and more!


    Friday, December 8
    Recycled Treasures: Mixed Media Ornaments
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    6:00 – 9:00pm
    Combine fabric, wire and sparkly bits for one-of-a-kind ornaments!


    Saturday, December 9
    Lapidary: Cabochon Cutting 1
    Instructor: Boris Kolodny
    9:00am – 5:00pm
    Discover how to create your own stone cabochons from rough slab!


    Chainmaille Christmas Gift Extravaganza
    Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
    10:00am – 5:00pm or 10:00am – 1:00pm or 2:00 – 5:00pm
    Create your own holiday gifts from a variety of chainmaille designs!


    Sunday, December 10
    3-in-1 Cubic Right-Angle Weave Pendant
    Instructor: Bonni Poch
    1:00 – 4:00pm
    Learn how to create this basic stitch while creating a beautiful pendant!

    Click on the class/open session title to see all of the information, including applicable class fees. You can also go to www.beadfx.com and click on the December class calendar to see all of the month’s activities.

     

Our Latest Inspiration

  • InspirationFX: Hidden Underwater Treasures

    Hidden Underwater Treasures

    Designed by: Rochelle Kilmer

    Well, I think it is safe to say that summer has come and gone now. Fall blew us right into winter. Windy, chilly, snowy – not yet but I can feel it coming. I can’t help but dream of the water and sandy beaches. Or more so lately, I have been thinking about all the hidden gems people have found in the deep, dark depths of the water.

    Old ships,

    bicycle tires, messages in a bottle,

    pearls, jewellery, diamonds,

    coral reefs, sharks, octopus…

    There is a whole world down there many of us may never get to see. Better put learning how to snorkel and scuba diving on my bucket list.

    This necklace was inspired by all that could be hiding below the surface. Heavy anchor chain tarnished and darkened by years of holding ground. Sea glass tumbled by the waves. Mussels, oysters, and scallops going about their daily business. Shells of every colour, shape and size found left behind in the sand. Fools’ gold glinting here and there.

    Each strand I made separately then combined them all at the end.

    Key strand:

    • 5x6mm Cable Chain – 2 foot length
    • I cut off about 3.5 inches from one end.
    • I then cut a 6 inch piece of 22 gauge non-tarnish brass wire.
    • I made a wrapped loop – before wrapping I slipped on an end link of the 3.5 inch piece of chain. Finish wrapping. If you are not comfortable doing this then you can make the wrapped loop and attach it to the chain using an appropriate sized jumpring.
    • On the piece of wire I strung an 8/0 seedbead – 3 x matte wood opalite flat chip beads – 8/0 seedbead – green apatite 12mm plug – 8/0 – 3 x flat chips – 8/0 seedbead
    • Finish with a wrapped loop – attach to link of the long piece of cable chain – or with a jumpring.
    • Find the centre point of your strand and attach the Lacy Vintage key using a 4mm jumpring.
    • Set aside.

    Strung strand:

    • Cut a piece of Heavy Softflex. Approximately 2 feet.
    • String on a crimp, make a small loop and thread the same end back into the crimp – flatten with a pair of flat or chain nose pliers. Leave a little tail.
    • Start stringing on Toho 8/0 Gilded Turquoise Marble seedbeads. Cover the little tail we left (the seedbeads should easily slip over the doubled Softflex)
    • I strung on 14 inches of seedbeads before sliding on the turtle bead.
    • I then strung another 6 inches of seedbeads.
    • Put on a crimp, make a loop about the same size as your other one and thread the Softflex back into the crimp and bring your tail down through a few of the seedbeads. Make sure this strand isn’t too stiff before flattening the crimp with pliers.
    • On the oyster charm attach a 7mm jumpring to the loop. Do the same for the Nassa shell charm.
    • On a 2 inch head pin, place the cockle shell bead and an 8/0. Make a wrapped loop – I made my loop equivalent to a 7mm jumpring.
    • String on the 3 charms in the order of your preference.
    • Set aside.

    Fools’ Gold strand aka the Shortest strand:

    This strand I made up as I went, so it wasn’t until I finished that I knew how long each piece of chain was or exact placement of the pyrite links.

    You could go about it 2 ways – you can make your links first and attach to the etched cable chain using jumprings or just kind of wing it and make your links as you attach it to the chain.

    The links are made on 26 gauge non-tarnish brass wire (the 22 gauge would not go through the pyrite coins).

    Left to right of the strand:

    • 3 inch piece of etched cable chain
    • Link – make a wrapped loop and attach to end of the 3 inch piece of chain. On the wire string an 8/0 – pyrite coin – 8/0 – coin – 8/0 – coin – 8/0 – wrapped loop
    • Attach to a 6 inch piece of chain
    • Link – make a wrapped loop to the last link of the 6 inch piece of chain. On the wire string an 8/0 – pyrite coin – 8/0 -wrapped loop
    • Attach to a 3 inch piece of chain
    • Link – make a wrapped loop to the last link of the 3 inch piece of chain. On the wire string an 8/0 – pyrite coin – 8/0 – wrapped loop
    • Attach to another 3 inch piece of chain

    So in total I had 3 x 3inch pieces of chain and 1 x 6 inch piece, 1 link with 3 pyrite coins and 2 links made with 1 pyrite coin each.

    • Find centre of this strand and attach the Guadalupe charm using a 7mm jumpring.

    Bring together all of the strands you have made. They should all be different lengths. The longest being about 16 inches to the bottom of the key, the shortest about 9.5 inches to the bottom of the charm.

    I had 1 foot of the large etched cable chain – I cut it in half to make 2 x 6 inch pieces.

    Open a 7mm jumpring and attach the ends of the 6 inch pieces of chain as well as an end of each of the pre-done strands. Do the same for the other side. Now you should be able to slide your hidden treasure necklace over your head. No need for a clasp, unless you would like to work it into your design. You can add more or less treasures based on your preference. The possibilities are endless.

    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.