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Let’s start with the latest news!
- Charm & Grace June 14, 2018
Metal Charms & a week’s Grace on “free shipping at $50”
There is something very romantic about the idea of a traditional charm bracelet – a chain bracelet crammed full of charms to commemorate all the major milestones in life. A gift, perhaps at sweet sixteen, and then religiously adding to it for every special event, birthdays, anniversaries, trips, goals. Very romantic, and a wonderful conversation piece. A treasured collection of memories for reciting to grandchildren as they cuddle in your lap.
Buuuuuut – tastes change and so do the meanings of words. A “charm” is a metal (mostly) item that is intended to hang or dangle – it usually has a loop at the top. The difference between a charm and a pendant is really just a matter of size. So we have charms – you can hang on bracelets, or earrings, or make a small necklace pendant with it. Because not everyone has the same monster-taste in jewelry that I have. 😉
Browse our wide selection of charms! You can pick a colour:
Or pick a theme:
And, of course, you can use them in my beloved stretchy bracelets. #braceletobsession
Ha – they are still hot – and we still have them, and now we ALSO have the Glass ones. Am I wrong, or do these look like little cars? A couple of headpins and some donut beads and you could race them around the table. Vroom, vroom?
A week’s Grace …
Still one more week to get free shipping at $50 instead of $100!
In case you missed it – 10% Better on Some Full-Pack (Factory Pack) Products!
10% Better Prices on the following bulk (full factory pack) items. Now the savings are even better! Most of these are online only items – we don’t store them in the store – so if you want to pick them up in-store, order them on-line and give us a chance to get them into-the-store! Or, just take advantage of the $50 free shipping. 😉
That’s over 2,500 products!
Also – don’t forget the Manager’s Specials – over 600 specially selected items on sale – with savings up to 70% off!
Are you interested in bigger quantities? Don’t forget our Full Packs and Designer Packs. Whether you are assembling kits or making the spectacular item of a life-time – we have better deals on bigger quantities!
Can’t find what you are looking for? Feel free to just email us and ask!
Our Class News
- Check out the Summer Classes at an Open House!
BeadFX’s classes don’t take vacations! We have quite a line-up of classes during July and August that include all media – seedbeading, mixed media, metal clay (base metal and fine silver!), metalwork and enamelling and lampworking. Several class projects are brand new, including beautiful chainmaille bracelet with Marilyn Gardiner and fibre and bead projects with Anne Marie Desaulniers.
You can see the wide variety of projects yourself at our upcoming Summer Classes Open House on Friday, June 22. Drop in anytime between 5:00 and 8:00pm for a viewing, meet the instructors and have a bite of refreshments. All of the summer classes are on-line now!
Click on the instructor’s name to find out more about them and see what classes they are doing. Not all of our instructors were available for the open house; check out the July and/or August classes with Gillian Clarke, Cindy Goldrick, Christine Woollacott, Catherine Sequalino Poitier, Jenn Jevons, Boris Kolodny, and Iris Rogers Melamed.
Our Latest Inspiration
- Floating Rocks
InspirationFX – Get your creative juices flowing
by: Dwyn Tomlinson
Rock it out with this floating rock creation! This project came together as an act of serendipity – happy coincidence. I had the sterling rocks on my table, thinking about a bracelet (which I also made, actually – sterling rocks with one lampwork bead, on stretchy elastic) and the Kaputt Pendant, with the bail, from the photo that I took for the website.
And I thought that they looked really good together – and hey presto – next thing you know – I have this!You could make this without the curved tube too – the beads will stay on either side of the bail, so that’s alright. And you could, if you don’t like the floating look, fill in the space from the last rock bead to the clasp with small metal round beads or seedbeads.
Or, you could try for black beading wire, and use crimps to hold the rock beads to the side and omit the tube bead, and wear it on a black cashmere sweater, and really go for the floating look! The contrast of floating and rock is fun!
The pinch bail attaches to the Swarovski Kaputt pendant with a gentle squeeze to keep it in place.The bail fits easily over the gold curved tube – yes – I expect it will scratch a little with time. C’est la vie.
String to the middle of your beading wire, add the sterling rocks on each end, and then leave a length of wire (this is why you are using the good, Extreme Gold Wire), and then crimp the ends, use a wire guardian if you like, and add a jumpring and a chain extender on one side for flexibility and a lobster clasp on the other.
The rocks, being hollow, are a bit of a b—- to string. I suggest holding them up to a light so you can see right through the hole, and then poking the softflex through, seeing if you are lined up with the hole on the other side. Fortunately, with only 10 of them, it’s not too bad. ;-)You can use gold plated instead of gold filled just as easily if you have the components in your stash already.
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.