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  • Be that Girl with the Pearl April 20, 2017

    Or the lady with the pearl. The gal with the pearl. The dude with the pearl. The sexually-ambiguous, don’t-force me-into-a-pigeon-hole, free-spirit with a pearl. Pearls aren’t just for royalty anymore – they are for everyone!

    I think our pearls pretty much speak for themselves – from nuggets to near round, from classic to modern – pearls make a timeless statement.

    s6715 Freshwater Pearls - 9 x 11 mm Baroque Pearl Nuggets - Silver Pearl (strand)s9147 Freshwater Pearls - 5 mm Near Round Pearl - Midnight Blue (strand)s15729 Freshwater Pearls - 7 x 8 mm Oval Pearl - Natural Mix (strand)s16733 Freshwater Pearls - Slender Biwa Stick Pearl - Ivory (strand)

    In other news, or new items, we have some additions to the Raku Ceramic beads,

    s54927 Ceramic Bead - Tree of Life - Rakus54928 Ceramic Bead - Moon and Stars - Rakus54936 Ceramic Pendant - Nautilus Shell - Raku

    and the unglazed high-fire bisque beads too.

    s54935 Ceramic Bead - Tiny Tiny Dog Paw - Unglazed Antiqued Bisque (4)s54929 Ceramic Bead - Tree of Life - Unglazed Antiqued Bisque

    Also a few fun new metal beads,

    s54932 Metal Bead - Ambuguous Bee - Antiqued Silvers54933 Metal Bead - Lady Bug - Antiqued Silver

    Also new are the firepolish Micro Spacers – a 2×3 faceted rondelle spacer! These are glass, but a lot of them have a metallic finish that will nicely accent your main beads!

    s54981 Czech Firepolish Glass - 2 x 3 mm Faceted Micro Spacer Rondelle - California Golds54982 Czech Firepolish Glass - 2 x 3 mm Faceted Micro Spacer Rondelle - Copper Plateds54989 Czech Firepolish Glass - 2 x 3 mm Faceted Micro Spacer Rondelle - Jet

    And some more of the very popular ImpressArt Stamps!

    s54995 ImpressArt Stamps - Design Stamp/Punch Set - Texture Pack - Series 1 (Set)s54996 ImpressArt Stamps - Texture Stamper - with Sprinkle Design Stamp (Set)

    And – last, but certainly not least – we are thrilled to offer “Your Beading Mentor” – a collaboration with Sandy Paluzzi and our own in-house photographer, designer and not-just-a-pretty-jewelry-maker, Dwyn Tomlinson. This book has been a long time in the works, and is a personal guide to the ins and outs of bead stringing. For many years, Sandra ran her own bead store and online bead-zine – The Beading Times. But before she started, she too knew nothing about beading!

    Sandra says, “I still remember my earliest beading days. I spent a lot of money on tools I still haven’t used, made jewelry that quickly fell apart, tried desperately to make a pair of earrings with comparable loops, and otherwise cost myself a lot of frustration, money and time. Then along came Kathy Hrycej, my best beading buddy and mentor.” But time marches on – and on the eve of retiring, Sandra has decided to gather all the tips, hints, suggestions from friends, customers and beading pals from over the years – in one place – so that you don’t have to spend years struggling to learn. And it is illustrated by our own in-house photographer, Dwyn Tomlinson – which contains, as one reviewer said – the best picture of a clam-shell tip I have ever seen. This is a concentrated collection of information! All in black and white.

    s55481 Book - Your Beading Mentor - by Sandra Paluzzi

     

     

    Still Saleing – saleing away! The Swarovski Minis. The discount isn’t mini – 40% – and neither is the selection. This is all the Mini-shapes.

    Mini-Drop Mini-Ovals Mini-Pears (6128) Mini-Rectangles
    Mini-Drop Mini-Ovals Mini-Pears Mini-Rectangles
    Mini-Rhombus Mini-Rounds Mini-Squares
    Mini-Rhombus Mini-Rounds Mini-Squares

     

     

     

     

    As usual , go here to see all the new stuff! Cheers!

     

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Our Class News

  • May is Blooming with Classes

    A new month is around the corner and I personally love May! The weather is a refreshing change from late-winter/early spring and you feel the anticipation of summer in the air. It is also a great time to try something new or re-commit to an activity you haven’t done in a while.

    Hot on the heels of our first lapidary class in March, is a new gem faceting class with Boris Kolodny. Visiting instructor Robyn Cornelius brings us three new metalworking classes that all levels of experience can enjoy. You can also discover the fun of freeform peyote a try in a class with Anne Marie Desaulniers.


    Here are the classes scheduled May 1 – 10:

    Monday, May 1
    HALF PRICE Happy Hour Torching
    Facilitator: Carol Cooper
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Have a great evening of conversation while making lampwork beads!


    Wednesday, May 3
    FREE Open Bead Night
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Bring your UFOs and PHDs and get tips and assistance from Pam!


    Thursday, May 4
    FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    1:00 – 3:00pm
    Be among the first to see the new weekly products!


    Friday, May 5
    NEW Pebble Cuff
    Instructor: Robyn Cornelius
    10:00am – 5:00pm
    Create a married metal cuff in gold alloy and sterling silver with tube-set gemstones!


    FREE Meet and Greet with Robyn Cornelius
    6:00 – 7:30pm
    Robyn will bring a variety of her jewellery for show and sale.


    Saturday, May 6
    NEW Making Metal Beads
    Instructor: Robyn Cornelius
    10:00am – 5:00pm
    Design and make your very own, one-of-a-kind metal focal beads using a variety of techniques!


    componentsNEW Drift Free: Freeform Peyote and Driftwood Pendant
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    10:00am – 5:00pm
    Combine peyote and driftwood for a fabulous boho pendant!



    Sunday, May 7
    NEW Unusual Stone Setting
    Instructor: Robyn Cornelius
    10:00am – 5:00pm
    Learn how to set an unusual stone that is flat on the bottom using prongs and a type of channel setting!


    Crystal Intelligence 101
    Instructor: Sylvia Diveky
    1:00 – 4:00pm
    Discover how the power of stones can help design your jewellery!


    HALF PRICE Happy Hour Torching
    Facilitator: Carol Cooper
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Have a great evening of conversation while making lampwork beads!


    Tuesday, May 9
    NEW Lapidary: Faceting Gemstones
    Instructor: Boris Kolodny
    9:00am – 5:00pm
    Learn how to take rough quartz stones through to fine faceted gems! Class continues Tuesday, May 10, same time.

    Click on the class title for complete information including applicable class fees. You can also go to www.beadfx.com and click on the May class calendar to see all of the month’s activities.

Our Latest Inspiration

  • InspirationFX: Simply Green

    Get your creativity flowing ~~~

    Simply Green

    Designed by: Anne Marie Desaulniers

    It’s finally spring, so is it any wonder that I’ve chosen to focus on the colour green? I was planning a fairly complicated bracelet, but when I started stringing the stones, my plan changed entirely. The small brass rounds accented the stones perfectly, and it all came together in a poem of elegant simplicity! Spinal in form, and very, very flexible!

    Instructions:

    1. Cut a comfortable length of Soft Flex wire. I used the length of my wrist, added 2” for ease, and then added another 4-5”.

    2. String on one 2 mm crimp and then pass the wire through both sides of one Wire Guardian.

    3. Pass the end of the Soft Flex wire back through the crimp.

    4. Pull wire to tighten.

    5. Crimp with crimping pliers, following instructions on the back of the plier package (flatten crimp in second notch, and then round crimp in first notch on pliers). Make sure that the Soft Flex does not cross under the crimp, because if this happens, your crimp will not hold.

    6. Test to make sure that crimp is holding securely.

    7. Start stringing your beads in the following pattern:

    a. 3mm round/stone bead/3mm round… Ending with the same pattern. – I used 21 round beads, and 20 stone beads

    8. Feed the free end of the Soft Flex Wire (the one just below the Wire Guardian) into the first 3-4 beads, then cut.

    9. Test the length of your bracelet, and adjust as necessary. Make sure that you factor in the length of both the clasp and the jumpring.

    10. String on one 2 mm crimp and then pass the wire through both sides of one Wire Guardian.

    11. Pass the end of the Soft Flex wire back through the crimp.

    12. Pull wire to tighten (Tip: Insert your round nose pliers into the inside curve of the Wire Guardian, letting the bracelet dangle. Pull on the end of the Soft Flex, until it’s tight against the bead. Leave a little bit of slack on the wire, for ease of crimping).

    13. Crimp with crimping pliers, following instructions on the back of the plier package (flatten crimp in second notch, and then round crimp in first notch on pliers). Make sure that the Soft Flex does not cross under the crimp, because if this happens, your crimp will not hold.

    14. Test to make sure that crimp is holding securely.

    15. Feed the free end of the Soft Flex Wire (the one just below the Wire Guardian) into the last 3-4 beads, on the second end, then cut. (Tip: I sometimes find it easier to use fine point tweezers, to help feed the wire into the hole on the beads. That’s also why I asked you to add a little slack! It’s easier to feed the wire in, if you can actually see the hole).

    16. Open one 8 mm jumpring, and attach to one of the Wire Guardians.

    17. Close jumpring.

    18. Open the second 8mm jumpring, and attach to the second Wire Guardian.

    19. Add Lobster Claw and then close the jumpring.

    20. Optional: Add a Thin Washer – Offset Hole, attached with a 4.75 mm jumpring, to each Wire Guardian. You could also substitute a wire wrapped crystal, bead, or a charm.

    21. Congratulations, your bracelet is finished!

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