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  • Ornaments & Jewellery/The Eyes Have It October 19, 2017


    s51085 Bead and Button Presents: - 2017 - Beaded Ornaments & Jewelry

    Ornaments and Jewellery. Well – jewellery is just ornaments for your body, and ornaments are just jewellery for your tree. Or your home or whatever you choose to adorn. Or ornament – as the case may be. I have a select few beaded ornaments hanging from the ceiling in my office – all season long. Out of context of a tree – they aren’t particularly Christmassy, but they are definitely ornamental!

    Swarovski has a new colour – Scarlet – which, if you are a fan of red, you will love. And if you are a stickler for correct usage of the English language – you’re probably going to have to grit your teeth and just love it for the colour. Scarlet, as defined, is an orangey-red, and this Scarlet – this Swarovski Scarlet – is a beautiful, in-your-face, true, deep red – without a hint of orange. We have it in AB and the new Shimmer finish as well. A Swarovski bead by any other name would sparkle as well.

    277054-135 Swarovski Bead - 3 mm Faceted Xilion Bicone (5328) - Scarlet (36)277054-136288 Swarovski Bead - 3 mm Faceted Xilion Bicone (5328) - Scarlet AB (288)277054-137 Swarovski Bead - 3 mm Faceted Xilion Bicone (5328) - Scarlet AB2X (36)

    In fact, we have the bicones in the Shimmer effect in other colours as well. Shimmer, you may, or may not, remember, was introduced last year to be a variation on AB – a slightly lighter version – for creating more depth of effect in costumes (dance, skating, etc.) in the rhinestone line. It was not clear if they were going to make it available in the beads until this latest release. Now, we have not only Shimmer, but Shimmer 2 – which is a double coating. They are pretty darn awesome.

    277054-141FP Swarovski Bead - 3 mm Faceted Xilion Bicone (5328) - Erinite Shimmer2 (1440) (Bulk pack)277054-142 Swarovski Bead - 3 mm Faceted Xilion Bicone (5328) - Light Colorado Topaz Shimmer (36)277054-148 Swarovski Bead - 3 mm Faceted Xilion Bicone (5328) - Light Topaz Shimmer2 (36)

    The Eyes Have it!

    If eyes creep you out – you might want to stop scrolling now. But if not – then how about these way cool new Evil Eye fancy rhinestones from Swarovski? They are somewhat startling, and very dramatic in Traditional Blue, Green-eyed envy, and Dominant Brown.

    Oh, and we have special pendant and link findings coming for them, but of course, they did not arrive at the same time as the eyes – because that would just make sense, wouldn’t it. Doh. Hopefully – they will show up soon.

    968111-001 Swarovski Crystal Pendant - Evil Eye (Art 4775) - Crystal Green968111-003 Swarovski Crystal Pendant - Evil Eye (Art 4775) - Crystal Red-Brown968111-002 Swarovski Crystal Pendant - Evil Eye (Art 4775) - Crystal Blue


    Come and join the fun in classes with Betty Stephan. If you are in Toronto – no airfare, no hotels – nothing to do but show up and have fun and make something fabulous! Listen, you can pay more if you want, but wouldn’t you rather spend it on beads? Register online.



    Also – space still available in the Joy Munshower lampwork sculpting class. Register here. If you are in the GTA – imagine what this will save you over a trip to the U.S.! If you are traveling from the US – Canada is nice – you will like it.


    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.




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 … . 😉


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

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