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  • Lasers! May 18, 2017

    Lasers! Back in the 60’s – when lasers were developed – so the story goes – the developers described them as “a solution looking for a problem.” Since then – all sorts of problems have come along that they have been solutions for – but I bet you have never thought of this one!

    Laser Etched Beads! This is something new – beads that have a coating, similar to AB and the other metallic and iridescent coatings, with a pattern etched into the coating with a laser. The work is so delicate that only the coating is effected – there is no texture on the surface of the bead – in fact, it looks more like the beads have been printed with intricate silk-screened patterns! Our selection is currently heavy on the dagger beads, but I’m sure that much more will come of this exciting new idea!

    s55876 Glass Daggers - 5 x 16 mm Dagger Beads - Laser Etched - Mystic Fern (strand) s55877 Glass Daggers - 5 x 16 mm Dagger Beads - Laser Etched - Sky Dance (strand)s55931 Glass Daggers - 5 x 16 mm Dagger Beads - Laser Etched - Fantasy Feather (strand)s55932 Glass Daggers - 5 x 16 mm Dagger Beads - Laser Etched - Matte Fantasy Floral (strand)s55881 Glass Daggers - 12 x 20 mm Flat Tablet - Laser Etched - Dreamtime Tree (strand 6)


     

    You coulda put-a ring on it!

    All the beady ladies (all the beady ladies) … now put your hands up! If you like ’em you should put a ring on ’em …

    And how about these traditional round bezeled rings that you can put your own interesting stuff in, from resin with inclusions to epoxy clay with rhinestones to fantasy Pebeo paints to even … yes – we have the glass cabs to top them off! Woohoo!

    s55866 Finding - ID 17mm Traditional Round Ring - Antique Golds55867 Finding - ID 17mm Traditional Round Ring - Antiqued Silvers55863 Glass Cabochon - 17 mm Round Cabochon - Clear

    Finding – ID 17mm Traditional Round Ring – Antique Gold

    Finding – ID 17mm Traditional Round Ring – Antiqued Silver

    Glass Cabochon – 17 mm Round Cabochon – Clear

     

     

    And here’s another cool new thing – Jelly Band. This is a translucent plastic strip that you can use like leather, it cuts easily, but is strong and durable. You can punch holes in it, rivet onto it, bead over it, draw on it (oil based sharpies work great – regular sharpies never seem to dry and stay sticky). I like the translucency of it, and when you draw on it, it also looks really cool from the other side. We have the two colors right now, but more coming, and it will work with any of the 10 mm flat leather findings, but we got some nice, light metallic acrylic findings in to keep it all on the light weight side.

    s55544 Flat Non-Leather - 10 mm Jelly Band - Purple (2 m)s55545 Flat Non-Leather - 10 mm Jelly Band - Frosted Clear (2 m)s55546 Findings - 10 mm Flat Leather Band - Acrylic Magnetic Clasp - Chrome

    s55547 Findings - 10 mm Flat Leather Band - Acrylic Magnetic Clasp - Raven Blacks55548 Findings - 10 mm Flat Leather Band - Acrylic Magnetic Clasp - Pewters55549 Findings - 10 mm Flat Leather Band - Acrylic Magnetic Clasp - Matte Golds55550 Findings - 10 mm Flat Leather Band - Acrylic Magnetic Clasp - Matte Copper

     


     

    27888120-02 Czech Shaped Beads - 2 Hole DiamonDuo - Dark Bronze

    Price Reduction on the DiamondDuos!

    The manufacturer has dropped the prices on the DiamondDuos – and we are passing on the 15-40% price reductions to You! Effective immediately – we’re not waiting to restock – we are dropping the prices right now! Woohoo!

     

    As always – lots of great old stuff and great new stuff here! Cheers!

     

     

    Also Manager’s Special – Thread! Selected threads 33% off!

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    27756011128004 Swarovski Bead - 4 mm Faceted Cube (5601) - Crystal Rose Gold27756011174005 Swarovski Bead - 6 mm Faceted Cube (5601) - Crystal Silver Night27756011396266 Swarovski Bead - 8 mm Faceted Cube (5601) - Denim Blue27756501000001 Swarovski Bead - 8 x 12 mm Cubist (5520) - Crystal

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Our Class News

  • What’s in your June planner?

    Ask which month is their favourite and most folks will say, ‘June’! It’s the month of weddings, proms and graduations – all eventful milestones in our lives. Happy events, but they can be a little stressful! Take some time out from your stress with a class. (By the way – did you notice that ‘stressed’ is ‘desserts’ spelled backwards? Hammering, beading, knotting and lampworking are a lot more diet-friendly than chocolate – no judgements, just saying!)

    There’s a wide variety of techniques offered among the early-June classes including seed beading with Pamela Kearns and Anne Marie Desaulniers. Anne Marie also has a mixed media class using washers from the hardware store. If you’ve always wanted to learn about Art Clay Silver, then take a look at Jenn Jevon’s weekend class. Metalwork novices will enjoy Iris Rogers Melamed’s introductory class to soldering sterling silver.

    Here are the classes scheduled June 1 to June 10:

    Thursday, June 1
    FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    1:00 – 3:00pm
    Bring your projects and be among the first to see the new products!


    Spiral Tubular Herringbone with SuperDuos
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Discover another way of using the ever-popular SuperDuo bead!


    Friday, June 2
    Lapidary: Cutting Cabochons
    Instructor: Boris Kolodny
    9:00am – 5:00pm
    Create your own cabochons from rough slabs of stone!


    Saturday, June 3
    Art Clay Silver Intensive Weekend
    Instructor: Jenn Jevons
    10:30am – 4:30pm
    Uncover how the malleable medium becomes fine silver and how you can use it in your jewellery creations! Class continues Sunday, June 3; 10:30am – 4:30pm


    Beading Without a Net: Intuitive Bead Embroidery
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    11:30am – 2:30pm
    Let your beads tell your story! Class continues Saturday, June 10; 10:00am – 5:00pm


    Sunday, June 4
    Wishy, Washy Whimsical Altered Metal Washers
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    12:00 – 4:00pm
    Who knew you could find jewellery components at the hardware store?


    Monday, June 5
    Happy Hour Torching
    Facilitator: Carol Cooper
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Lampwork to your heart’s content with friends!


    Wednesday, June 7
    FREE Open Bead Night
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Bring your unfinished projects or start a new one!


    Thursday, June 8
    FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    1:00 – 3:00pm
    Beading and great conversation – who could ask for more?


    Creative Play Series, Session 3: Paper Bowls
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Paper bowls are great ways to store frequently-worn jewellery or precious mementos – or display them just because they are beautiful!


    Saturday, June 10
    Hot Connections: Intro to Soldering
    Instructor: Iris Rogers Melmed
    10:30am – 4:30pm
    Mastering soldering sterling silver is your gateway to more metalwork; learn how with Iris!

    Click on the class or open session title to see the complete description and applicable fees. You can also go to www.beadfx.com and click on the June calendar to see all of the opportunities in June.

Our Latest Inspiration

  • InspirationFX: Gone Muddin’

    Get your creative juices flowing ~~~

     

    Gone Muddin’

    Designed by: Rochelle Kilmer

     

    Sometimes life gets hard. It gets sticky, dirty and downright muddy.

    Sometimes you run. Run away from the mess.

    But have you ever tried running in mud? To lift your leg, even for that first step. To have the energy to keep going. It’s harder to avoid making an even bigger mess.

    Sometimes it’s just harder to run!

    It’s okay. It’s okay to STOP! ???STOP! Breathe. In, out. In, out.

    Take the mud for what it is. Feel it! Squish it between all of your toes. Close your eyes and feel the wind in your hair. Each strand blowing,sending tingles down your spine. Breathe in the fresh, clean air. Breathe out.Big breath in. Out. Lift your chin up! Feel the warmth on your face. Wrapping you in a comforting hug.

    No matter how muddy the situation, how messy, how dirty, YOU ARE STRONGER!

    You CAN rise up out of the mud. Maybe you crawl at first.Maybe you walk. Watch your step, mud is thick. It will try to slip you up, but you CAN do it! Take as much time as you need. There is no rush.

    You are beautiful. A gorgeous, unique flower. Rising out and over any murky, muddy situation you may find yourself in. Your colour deserves to shine out from the mud!

    There all kinds of beautiful flowers who find themselves in a little darkness sometimes. Together we all make a gorgeous, bountiful garden.Together we are stronger. Together we can clean off all this mud and shine bright!

    Bracelet:

    • Cut a length of Econoflex.
    • Crimp one end. Put a crimp on the Econoflex, followed by a wire guardian. Thread the Econoflex through the other side of the guardian and back through the crimp. Make sure to pull about 1 inch through. Using flat nose or chain nose pliers, flatten the crimp.
    • Put on 2 metal beads, followed by a Smokey Quartz coin bead. Place these beads over both bits of Econoflex. Trim the small length of Econoflex coming out of the coin bead. Place a pearl on the strand and alternate with coins for the length of the bracelet. End in a coin bead (the same as we started).
    • Open a small jumpring and put the flower charm in it. Close the jumpring.
    • On the strand after the coin bead, put on a metal bead, the flower charm and another metal bead.
    • Place a crimp on, followed by a wire guardian. Bring the Econoflex through the other side of the wire guardian, back through the crimp and through the 2 metals beads and 1 first coin bead.
    • Before flattening your crimp, make sure your bracelet will bend fluidly. If it is too stiff the stones will break and crack off. When you are happy with the movement, flatten your crimp.
    • Open a small jumpring, place the lobster claw on as well as the loop of bracelet. Close the jumpring.
    • On the other end, open a large jumpring, slip it on and close it.

    Bracelet done!

    And since I had a few pieces left over I made earrings too!! You could even make a pendant or include pieces in a necklace if you wanted to!

    • On a headpin, place a pearl, coin bead, pearl and then make a wrapped loop.
    • Open a small jump ring, hook on the dangle you just made and the loop on the leverback. Close the jumpring.
    • Repeat for the other earring.

    Remember, YOU ARE STRONGER than you might think! And there are more flowers to lean on when times are muddy!

    Stay beautiful my garden <3?? XO