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Let’s start with the latest news!
- Strike … before Canada Post does – 20% off now September 13, 2018
Canada Post is now in a position to strike on Sep 27. Will they, or won’t they? Whatever they do, you should plan ahead. So we are having a sale – 20% off everything* – so that you can stock up now before you can’t get your stuff delivered.
BTW – a strike will make no difference to our American friends, but you can still get in on the savings.
BUT – because we didn’t want to hold them up, we’re still adding the new Link beads to the website – so you have new stuff that IS on sale! Woohoo!
The link is a new bead that is 80 years old. Designed in the 40s by Mrs. Oldriska, this bead has been rediscovered and reintroduced to the world by her granddaughter. These beads look beautiful on their own, but combined with the other beads, they offer you many new options for bead placement.
STOP THE PRESSES – THIS JUST IN
Swarovski Beads and Pendants will be 25%!!!!! off in this sale!
Thank you. We now return you to your original programming.
Can’t find what you are looking for? Feel free to just email us and ask!
Never forget the Manager’s Specials – over 600 specially selected items on sale – with savings up to 70% off!
Ready to go big or go home? Don’t forget our Full Packs and Designer Packs, so you can experiment and design big! Whether you are assembling kits or making the spectacular item of a life-time – we have better deals on bigger quantities!
Our Class News
- Getting the Most from a BeadFX Class
Classes an integral part of BeadFX. Our instructors love to teach and enthusiastically share their knowledge to students. We asked our instructors what tips they can give to students to make their learning experience better – and we got lots of answers! Some of the suggestions are presented here; others will follow in future posts.
Be on time – even a little early
Arriving a little early lets you take a breath, find a seat and get settled. “Respect the instructor and the other students, by planning to arrive on time,” requests Anne Marie Desaulniers who specializes in mixed media. “If you’re delayed for some reason, call with an estimated time of arrival.” If you are late, please allow the instructor to proceed with the class. The late student can help herself by reviewing the instructions, threading the needle (if using) and putting her beads out in preparation for the class. The instructor will catch you up as soon as she can.
Re-read the class information prior to coming – make sure you review what to bring and what to expect, says Marilyn Gardiner, a chainmaille instructor. You may need to bring items- pliers, beads, scissors, needles – for a class. Frequently there are tools available in the studios and classroom. If you need them help yourself (remembering to put them back). Many students come with a ‘class kit’ that travels with them to every class. It frequently includes a variety of threads, needles, pliers, measuring tape or small ruler, scissors and other assorted items in small box, organizer or even a fabric lunch bag.
Allow yourself to learn
You take a class to discover something new – not because you already know it. Learning a new technique requires time and practice and is not a race among the students. Everyone learns differently; some students require lots of demos to see how to it is done. Other students prefer to read the instructions. Instructors are prepared to teach how you need to learn. Also, handmade doesn’t mean perfectly made; your second attempt will be better than your first. “Learning is a skill too – so the more classes you take, the better you will get at learning,” adds Dwyn Tomlinson, a lampworking instructor.
Taking a class is a social activity. Everyone is there to learn the same thing. Be supportive of your classmates and help cheer them on!
“Don’t sit quietly if you are really frustrated, let the instructor know,” says Marilyn Gardiner. “Be patient when you need one-on-one help from the instructor and he/she is working with another student – but do make it known that you also need assistance.” It can be challenging for the instructor, but don’t worry, the goal is for everyone to get the help they need.
Allow others to learn
Other students may be having difficulty. Be sensitive to those around you; lots of chatter may make it hard for others to concentrate. If you are able to help a neighbor, please do so – the instructor will appreciate the help!
Be aware of the prerequisites
All instructors couldn’t stress this enough – read the prerequisites! If it says intermediate level and you have no experience with the technique, it’s not the class for you. Watch for a beginner level class or email the class coordinator (email@example.com) to see if a beginner class is coming up. If a beginner level class isn’t available, then a private class may be able to be arranged.
Remember the kit fees
Many instructors have had to deal with the awkwardness of students not being aware of the kit fees or objecting to pay them. Kit fees are payable to the instructor the day of the class. Note that some instructors also charge HST because teaching is their full-time business.
Whats the difference between class fees and kit fees? Class coordinator Pamela Kearns explains that class fees reflects the rate of pay paid to the instructor, just like the hourly rate for any employee. Kit fees refer to the stuff – beads, resin, fabrics, wire, metal – purchased by the instructor so you can complete the project. The kit fee helps to reimburse the instructor and is usually much less expensive than if you purchased items separately yourself.
Watch for more tips and hints in future blogs!
Our Latest Inspiration
- Concrete & Rubies
by: Anne Marie Desaulniers
These Matte Crazy Lace Agate stones have been living side byside, on the BeadFX wall, just under the pearls. Ignored for months, but thenthey suddenly started clamouring for their potential to be reached! Concretegoes with everything, and my July birthstone is ruby!! Add some sparkle, then whatbetter way to marry the two, than with a chic and comfortable wrap bracelet. Apiece of this type, could even be worn as a short necklace, but I far preferthis variation as a standalone bracelet!
- Dump all of your beads, into a nice pile on your bead mat, then mix them up! Shocking, I know,but it’s the only way that you can get a truly random mix!
- Cut approximately 25 inches of Soflex beading wire (the length will vary, depending on the size of your wrist, and the total number of wraps desired). This measurement is for a 3-wrap bracelet, on a small, to medium sized wrist.
- Thread a 2mm crimp, onto one end of the Soflex beading wire.
- Thread a wire guardian onto the same end of the Soflex, (you will need to thread through both openings), pulling the wire tightly.
- Pull the loose end of the Soflex, back into the crimp bead, leaving a medium length tail.
- Crimp the crimp bead, with crimping pliers (it’s a two-partprocess).
- String beads in a random, asymmetrical fashion! Don’t obsess about how you do this!! It’s all good!
- Cover the loose end of the beading wire, with the first,three or four beads.
- Trim wire if necessary.
- Decide how long your wrap will be, and string on a sufficient number of beads. (Please note: I chose to use approximately 25 inches of beading wire, to make a triple wrap bracelet.)
- Thread a 2mm crimp, onto the unfinished end of the Soflex beading wire.
- Thread a wire guardian onto the same end, pulling the wire tightly (you will need to thread through both openings).
- Pull the loose end of the Soflex, back into the crimp bead, leaving a medium length tail. (Note: I find it useful to place the wire guardian on oneside of my Round Nose Pliers, letting the bracelet dangle free. Then pull onthe loose end of the wire, to tighten up the string.)
14.Thread the remaining Soflex wire, back through the last three or four beads. (Note: don’t forget to leave a little “wiggle” room, between the beads and the crimp).
- Crimp the crimp bead, with crimping pliers (Remember, this is a two-part process).
- Trim any loose beading wire.
- Open one 6 mm jump ring, and attach to one wire guardian. Close jump ring.
- Add one 6mm Split Ring to the same side. (Note: if you find that your bracelet is longenough, you can skip the jump ring in Step 17, above, and add the split ring directly to the wire guardian)
- Open one 6 mm jump ring, add one Lobster Claw clasp, and attach to one wire guardian. Close jumpring.
- To make the dangle! Add three beads (I chose two stones and one Firepolish) to a headpin, then start to make a wire wrapped loop.
- When your loop is still open, slide it onto wire guardian that is next to the Split Ring.
- Finish wrapping your loop with 3-4 wraps (or whatever fits)!
- Congratulations, your wrapped bracelet is finished!
Tips for leftover beads: A shorter bracelet, necklace component (just add chain), earrings, purse dangles, bead embroidery, wire wrapping, or freeform peyote! Add other beads to change up the mix, and then make a coordinating, but totally different bracelet!Layers are where it’s at!!!
If you are unfamiliar with any ofthese processes, please check our “Tips” section.
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.