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  • Backlit GemDuos this week at BeadFX June 22, 2017

    s56004 Czech Shaped Beads - 2 Hole Matubo GemDuo - Backlit Tequila

    GemDuos! A new shaped bead – similar to the DiamondDuo. They are pretty close in size, the holes are a little closer to the bottom of the bead in the GemDuos, and while they are a little shallower than the DiamondDuo, the higher placement of the holes in the DiamondDuo means that both will sit at the same height in your beadwork.

    The principle difference, however, is that the GemDuos do not rise to a point on the top like the DiamondDuos, they have a flatter top. There is an excellent review of them here, showing the same patterns made up with the two different beads.

    Any pattern that calls for one can surely use the other. Whether it will work if you mix both into the same pattern will depend on the pattern!

    What is most intriguing about them though is the new “Backlit” color series. The Backlit process uses coatings and colors to create a brilliant and vivid range of luminous colors. We are really excited about these new colors!

    s56005 Czech Shaped Beads - 2 Hole Matubo GemDuo - Backlit Utopias56008 Czech Shaped Beads - 2 Hole Matubo GemDuo - Backlit Uraniums56009 Czech Shaped Beads - 2 Hole Matubo GemDuo - Backlit Vapor

     

    New also this week – more choices in the aromatic wood beads, now in a pale stained sandalwood. Also new, some bright copper chain by the foot, and some antiqued copper chain too.

    286013021-00 Wood Beads - 8 mm Round Sandalwood - Light Green (strand)s50063 Chain - 6 x 8 mm Oval Link Chain - Bright Copper (1 foot)s50154 Metal Chain - 2.2 mm Twisted Curb Chain - Copper (1 foot)

    If a nature-inspired theme is speaking to you – think about this Bronze Pendant, or this one. Or for a more rustic look, this one, or even this one!

    s50167 Metal Charm/Pendant - Open Frame Leaf Pendant - Bronzes50170 Metal Charm/Pendant - Open Frame Lotus Pendant - Bronzes55950 Metal Pendant - Aspen Leaf - Rusted Irons55953 Metal Charm/Pendant - Funky Spiral Swirl - Antiqued Copper

    Every week – lots of great old stuff and great new stuff here! Cheers!

     

    Plus – one more week – 20% off stone beads and pearls!

    Yeah – I said that last week – but what the heck – let’s go another week! 20% off until June 28 on our Stone beads (including the Amber, cabochons, pendants, the diamond pendants, and the gemstone strands) and our Pearls (freshwater, and what the heck, the fashion pearls and Swarovski pearls, too!)

     

     

    Looking for a bargain?

    We have a bunch of crazy manager specials, with discounts up to 70% off. You can use our catalog search to find them – just type manager and whatever you are looking for in the box and see what comes up!

    Like – Manager Butterfly! Manager Thread Or try a color! Manager Red. Ok – that one is going to give you some stuff that isn’t red, but has red in the name. 😉

    s55953 Metal Charm/Pendant - Funky Spiral Swirl - Antiqued Copper

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Our Class News

  • Introducing: BeadFX Comprehensive Summer Courses!

    If you’ve said to yourself ‘I REALLY want to learn all about that!’ but haven’t had the time to take several individual project-based classes, then our new initiative for this summer will be perfect for you.

    Several of our instructors have created intensive, multiple day courses so you can gain as much as possible knowledge and experience about a particular technique or medium as efficiently as possible. Included with the classes will be multiple projects that you can choose from to learn and hone your skills.

    Coming from out-of-town to visit Toronto and want to add to your vacation fun? Great! The store location is easily accessed from major highways and public transit.

    Comprehensive courses will take place weekdays and many will start before the store opens. Some classes will run as little as four hours within a day; others will run several days within a week. Our roster of regular project-based classes will continue weeknight evenings and weekends.

    The Summer Courses will cover a variety of jewellery-making mediums including metalwork, Cavandoli/micro-macrame, seed beading, metal clay, enamelling, and more!

    Gem Setting
    Instructor: Kelly Garland
    Dates: Monday, July 3 to Friday, July 7
    Times: 9:00am – 5:00pm on class dates and 11:00am – 6:00pm on independent studio days.
    Learn the different ways you can set gems into your sterling silver jewellery.


    Seed Beading Boot Camp, Session 1: Brick Stitch
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    Date: Monday, July 10
    Time: 11:30am – 3:30pm
    Brick stitch is one of the most versatile seed beading stitches; learn the basics and then go beyond!
    Session 1 Boot Camp classes can be taken as individual classes or as a group to save on class fees.


    Seed Beading Boot Camp, Session 1: Spiral Rope
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    Date: Wednesday, July 12
    Time: 11:30am – 3:30pm
    A supple rope, spiral rope is perfect for necklaces and bracelets and yet strong enough for substantial pendants!
    Session 1 Boot Camp classes can be taken as individual classes or as a group to save on class fees.


    Seed Beading Boot Camp, Session 1: St. Petersburg Chain
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    Date: Friday, July 14
    Time: 11:30am – 3:30pm
    Create amazing variations by changing bead shapes!
    Session 1 Boot Camp classes can be taken as individual classes or as a group to save on class fees.


    Micro-Macrame Foundations
    Instructor: Angela Peace
    Dates: Monday, July 17 to Wednesday, July 19
    Time: 10:00am – 4:00pm
    Discover the basics of Cavandoli style of micro-macrame and explore how to incorporate knotting into your designs!


    Art Clay Silver Intensive Course: Mold Making for Art Clay Silver
    Instructor: Jenn Jevons
    Date: Monday, July 17
    Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm
    Explore how to make molds and then personalize your fine silver components for your designs!
    Art Clay Silver Intensive classes can be taken as individual classes or combined to save on class fees.


    Art Clay Silver Intensive Course: Beads in Art Clay Silver
    Instructor: Jenn Jevons
    Date: Tuesday, July 18
    Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm
    Learn how to make fine silver metal beads using a variety of metal clay techniques!
    Art Clay Silver Intensive classes can be taken as individual classes or combined to save on class fees.


    Art Clay Silver Intensive Course: Toggles in Art Clay Silver 950
    Instructor: Jenn Jevons
    Date: Wednesday, July 19
    Time: 11:00am – 6:00pm
    Discover how to add a show-stopping toggle to your designs and why Art Clay Silver is a great choice!
    Art Clay Silver Intensive classes can be taken as individual classes or combined to save on class fees.


    Enamelling on Fine Silver Intensive Course
    Instructor: Christine Woollacott
    Dates: Monday, July 31 to Friday, August 4
    Time: 11:00am – 5:30pm daily
    Christine will take you through how to make fine silver bases using metal clay, and then add dazzling enamel colour using four time-honoured enamelling techniques!


    Soutache Embroidery Foundations
    Instructor: Angela Peace
    Dates: Friday, August 11 and Saturday, August 12
    Time: 6:00 – 8:30pm (Friday) and 10:30am – 5:00pm (Saturday)
    Learn the basics of this beautiful form of embroidery and explore how you can create stunning jewellery!


    Seed Beading Boot Camp, Session 2: Flat Right-Angle Weave
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    Date: Monday, August 14
    Time: 11:30am – 3:30pm
    Take the mystery out of this fundamental beading stitch that forms the base of many a great design!
    Session 2 Boot Camp classes can be taken as individual classes or as a group to save on class fees.


    Metal Clay Intensive using Prometheus or Hadar’s Metal Clay
    Instructor: Liz Reynolds
    Date: Tuesday, August 15 to Friday, August 18
    Time: 11:00am – 5:00pm
    Explore a wide variety of techniques to create components that, when fired, become solid bronze or copper.


    Seed Beading Boot Camp, Session 2: Cubic Right-Angle Weave
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    Date: Wednesday, August 16
    Time: 11:30am – 3:30pm
    Right-angle weave becomes 3-dimensional!
    Session 2 Boot Camp classes can be taken as individual classes or as a group to save on class fees.


    Seed Beading Boot Camp, Session 2: Triangular Peyote
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    Date: Friday, August 18
    Time: 11:30am – 3:30pm
    Triangular peyote is the gateway to learning geometric beading; take your first step with Pam!
    Session 2 Boot Camp classes can be taken as individual classes or as a group to save on class fees.

    Click on the course/class title to see complete information including full descriptions and applicable fees. You can also go to www.beadfx.com and select the July class calendar or the August class calendar to see all class opportunities.

Our Latest Inspiration

  • InspirationFX: Flutterby Stories: Pendant Necklace

    Flutterby Stories: Pendant Necklace

    Designed by: Anne Marie Desaulniers

    Sometimes designs work up quickly, and others need to percolate a little, as they take their own sweet time. The first time I saw these punched, Vintaj components, I decided that I wanted to make a little book out of them. However, I couldn’t decide what to use for the pages in the folio. Enter Ice Resin! I was working with it a month or so ago, and had some leftover resin, so decided to make Resin Paper. The rest was a story, just waiting to be told!

    Instructions:

    Resin Paper: – this will need up to 10 hours to dry:

    – Prepare your work surface by laying down a plastic garbage bag.

    – View the following link, for instructions on how to make resin paper – http://www.iceresin.com/how_to/using-ice-resin-on-paper/

    – Make sure that that the side you like the best, is face up on the surface.

    – Let the paper dry, then peel it off the plastic bag.

    – Tear paper to fit between metal journal page. I like to tear, rather than cut, but it’s a personal preference. Also, I like the edges to be uneven.

    – I used three resin paper pages in my book.

    Assembling Pendant and Necklace:

    – Stack the three sheets of resin paper, under one of the metal journal pages.

    – Using the metal journal page holes as a guide, pierce resin paper with either the tip of an awl, or with a large needle.

    – Stack metal journal page/three resin paper sheets/metal journal page.

    – Open jumpring, and add to first hole (this is a little fiddly, and if you experience problems, you may need to feed components individually onto the jumpring).

    – Close jumpring.

    – Repeat the above two steps, for the middle hole.

    – Repeat the same steps again, for the final hole, but this time, do not close the jumpring.

    – Add the following to a 2″ Ball Headpin – 4mm SW Pearl/3mm metal round/4mm SW Pearl

    – Make a wrapped loop at the end to finish your dangle component.

    – Open 4 mm jumpring, then add dangle component.

    – Attach the above set to the opening on one wing of the Fluttery Butterfly.

    – Close jumpring.

    – Add Fluttery Butterfly to the open jumpring on the little book.

    – Close jumpring.

    – Measure 20″ of chain

    – Find middle, open 4.75mm jumpring, and attach to chain, and then to the jumpring on the little book, that has the Fluttery Butterfly attached. At this point, you could also add another tag or dangle.

    – Close jumpring.

    – Open one 7.25mm jumpring, and attach to the first end of the chain.

    – Close jumpring.

    – Open one 4.75 mm jumpring, and attach to both the Lobster Claw clasp, and the remaining end of the chain.

    – Close jumpring.

    – Congratulations, your Flutterby Stories: Pendant Necklace is complete!

    Additional Materials Not Sold by BeadFX

    Disposable gloves

    Kitchen sponge

    Plastic garbage bag

    Fine tipped awl, or thick embroidery needle

    Vintage book paper (paper with a high cotton content is best, but most papers will work. However, you will not always get the transparent look, if you use newer or thicker papers. You could also try old letters, tissue paper, or map pages.

     

    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.