Beads for Jewelry Making at BeadFX!

Beads & Jewelry Making Supplies and …

Jewelry making supplies are our specialty.  Over 25,000 products are here to help you make beautiful jewellery using all of the latest tools, techniques and beads from around the world.  We carry everything for making your own jewelry, including all the glass and crystal beads for making jewelry to the large selection of stringing materials and findings components to make it sparkle.  We have knowledgeable, experienced staff to help you make your project a success.  All of the Beads for Making Jewelry that you can imagine – and hundreds more to keep your creative side busy.

We have an impressive selection of Swarovski Crystals in hundreds of styles, sizes and colors.  Swarovski Elements Pendants & Swarovski Crystal Pearls are also here in most colors too!

Do you need Miyuki Delica Cylinders Beads or Miyuki Seedbeads (round)?  We have over 2,000 colors, sizes and package sizes to fill all your project needs.  Toho Seedbeads are our second huge selection of Japanese Seedbeads,

Czech seedbeads from both Preciosa-Ornela and Jablonex are stocked in hundreds of colors and 6 sizes.

How do I put it all together

We have most Stringing Supplies including needles in Griffin Silk, Fireline, SoftFlex beading cable, C-Lon Beading Cord & Thread and dozens of others including Hemp Cord, and we have several types of stretchy cord for those easy and simple projects too.  And all those metal pieces to hold everything together to tie it together like clasps & connectors.

What can I do with Natural Semi-Precious Gemstones

Jade stones, Laboradorite, Amazonite and another 70 Natural stone beads are in our selection, many from Dakota Stones who provide beautiful quality stones at a reasonable price.

Enjoy our huge selection. There is no need to create an account, but once you do, you can log in to have access to any special pricing, use our “Save for Later” shopping cart, and ensure that any preferences you’ve set or items you’ve placed in your cart will still be there when you return, even as you move from your phone to your computer to your laptop to your tablet to “whatever they will invent next!”

Yes, We are open to the public serving all of the U.S. and Canada online.

Got a question? Call Tollfree 1-877-473-2323 or email info@beadfx.com

Latest News and Updates:


  • Ooops – forgot this! July 18, 2019

    20% – – SALE! SALE! SALE! – – 20%

    How could I forget? I tell you – this humidity is making my brain melt.

    Apparently, it’s “The Excuse to Hide Inside Sale.” Or the Summer Sale, for short. 😉

    We’re having a sale – 20% or more off everything* in the store. *Some select items excluded.

    You know the drill. But if not, the fine print is here. *The Fine Print is here.

    Some items ARE excluded from this sale. Class fees, gift certificates, studio time, lampworking stuff, consignment art beads, special orders, some metal clay items, some tools, and previously discounted items, and a few other items which are already at wholesale prices. You will be able to see online if an item is discounted. Remember – you always get the best possible discount – so if something has been discounted more than the sale discount – you will get the greater of the two discounts.

    • The discount is NOT retroactive and does not apply to previously purchased merchandise.  
    • No special orders or special bulk orders will be accepted at the sale prices. 
    • No Rain Cheques. No backorders. No holds.
    • If you are placing a phone or fax order, please ensure that you have the sku/product numbers ready, as well as the description. Same goes for email orders – as we’d prefer to not have our order picking staff have too many nervous breakdowns. It’s always distressing to find them hiding in the kitchen, eating ice cream with their bear hands. Er, bare hands.
    • We will be VERY busy during the sale. Having this information ready when processing your order, will help us get your order out the door in a reasonable time frame.
    • If the shopping cart is giving you grief – email us at info@beadfx.com. We have a super-tech-guru standing by to beat it into submission for you.

    We do anticipate that shipping will most likely be delayed by a day or two from our usual timeframe.

    On now, until midnight July 24.

    Sale ends Midnight, July 24 (EDT) (Well – in-store it ends at closing time – because we won’t make the staff stay until midnight.). If you haven’t checked out by then – the items in your shopping cart will revert to regular prices. Poof!

    Can’t find what you are looking for? Feel free to just email us and ask!


Our Class News

  • Slow down Summer with a class

    Are you feeling a little rushed? Are you thinking that summer is half over and September routines are creeping back into your thoughts? Don’t worry about the future (it will be here soon enough without borrowing time from it) and live in the here and now. Mindfulness is the practise of being present in what you are doing – whether doing chores, dining or learning. It is single-tasking. Classes are one way to help you clear your mind of other priorities and allow you to focus on yourself and learning a new skill.

    Our late-July classes feature four terrific opportunities to learn with Robyn Cornelius that are perfect for students of all experience levels. If you’re having trouble figuring how to clasp and finish a seed beading project, check out a new class with Pamela Kearns. Need to get away from the hustle and bustle? Drop by any of our open sessions to give yourself dedicated time to work on your projects.


    Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled July 21 – 31:

    Monday, July 22

    Happy Hour Torching
    Facilitator:
    Carol Cooper
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    This is a perfect time to work on your lampworking skills or complete your projects!


    Planet BeadFX

    Wednesday, July 24

    FREE Open Bead Night
    Facilitator:
    Pamela Kearns
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Work on your beading and chainmaille project in cool comfort!


    Wednesday, July 25

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


    NEW Seed Beading Boot Camp: Finishing Touches
    Instructor:
    Pamela Kearns
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Bring your ready-to-finish projects to this technique-based class and, together, we’ll troubleshoot finishing options (there is always more than one way to finish a project) and what style of clasp will work for the project and your needs!


    Friday, July 26

    NEW Flush Set Pebble Stackers
    Instructor:
    Robyn Cornelius
    10:00am – 1:00pm
    Stacking rings are all the rage! Complete a set of three for yourself with the centre ring set with faceted gemstone using the flush/gypsy-set method.


    NEW Spinner Rings
    Instructor: Robyn Cornelius
    2:00 – 5:00pm
    Learn how to give your ring some personality by flaring the edge, adding color or creating little torn decorations!


    FREE Meet and Greet with Robyn Cornelius
    5:30 – 7:30pm
    Come on out and say ‘hi’ to this popular Canadian artist and instructor. Robyn will bring a selection of jewellery for show and sale!


    Saturday, July 27

    NEW Jeweled Connections
    Instructor:
    Robyn Cornelius
    10:00am – 5:00pm
    Create a stunning pendant of sterling silver with the drama and flash of gemstones!


    Sunday, July 28

    Sand Cast Rings
    Instructor: Robyn Cornelius
    10:00am – 5:00pm
    Learn this low tech way to cast your very own solid rings without the use of big equipment!


    Monday, July 29

    Happy Hour Torching
    Facilitator:
    Carol Cooper
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Work on your lampwork projects with like-minded enthusiasts!


    Planet BeadFX

    Wednesday, July 31

    FREE Open Bead Night
    Facilitator:
    Pamela Kearns
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Enjoy coffee and conversation with beading friends!

    Click on the class/session title for complete information including applicable fees and course descriptions. You can also go to the July class calendar to see all of the month’s activities.

Our Latest Inspiration

  • Photo to Beaded Pattern

    A fun little tool from Miyuki to convert your photos to beading patterns

    We’ve seen a number of beading-pattern-makers over the years – by and large, they seem to not be much fun to use, and try to do too much.

    This, by contrast, does Miyuki Delicas, Peyote or Square stitch. That’s it.

    You can also use the Square Stitch option to create patterns for looming.

    The software is online, and runs in your browser, so nothing to download – except the pattern afterwards if you want.

     

    They have instructions in English here, but I’m going to run you through a brief intro here too.

    First, you will need to click on Peyote or Square to start, depending on which you want the pattern to be.

    Next, you will see a screen that asks you to input dimensions

    The maximum size is 370 x 370 mm. I had a fairly large image, and so I scaled it down by dividing the size so that it was a lot smaller.

    However, if you just playing with it, just enter the 370 in the height and width boxes. Where there is text in a box that is grey, it is a suggestion, not a default value, and you need to enter it yourself.

    Number of colours – well, as Miyuki themselves say,

    The larger the number of colors used, the more delicate expression will be.

    Fair enough, but there does come a point at which, needing to buy 2 beads of a colour is ridiculous, even in my humble opinion.

    So you can start with a low number of colours as Miyuki suggests, about 20 or so, and adjust afterwards. One of the things that I like about this software is that you can go back and forth and change things, instead of needing to have it all correct before you start.

    Click on import, and navigate to your saved jpg on your computer. Click ok.

    From here, you have some options to resize and scale and crop. Click on the blue line to resize, and use the scroll wheel on your mouse, or the zoom icons, to zoom in and out.

    And click ok.

    Now you get to modify the number of colors, with a preview of what it will look like. You can reduce or add to the number of colours by clicking on the rectangle above or below. Keep selecting a lower number of colours until the quality of the image falls off.

    When you think it is ok, click ok and go to the next screen.

    It will spin it’s wheels for a bit, and then give you a preview, that you can review or edit.

    Pretty awesome, huh?

    From here, you can edit the individual beads.

    Use the eyedropper icon to pick up colours from beads. Use the paintbrush to apply the colour.

     

    The coloured droplets let you switch to the full Delica colour palette to pick whatever colour you want.

    I don’t see anything that looks like a search and replace, however, so to get less complicated colour choices, just go back a step.

    I do think that starting with a less complicated image is probably a good idea too. Running your image through a filter an image editing software can make the image less complex. Look for a filter or process called “Posterize”, “Cartoon” or “Simplify” to get a smoother image.

    Or, click the back arrow and select a lower number of colours.

    When you are done, click ok, and it will ask you if it is ok?

    And then pop up the slightly scary warning …

    Don’t worry – it will give you the number again on the next page. You can write it down or cut and paste.

    You do have the option to download a pdf, which is a good thing, as I haven’t actually seen any of the emailed notifications from them, but maybe they take awhile.

    If you use the pattern online, it will actually keep track of rows for you, which I think is a lovely feature.

     

    Here I was playing with a much simpler image – beading a picture of beads is very meta.

    Here are the pdf patterns if you’d like to have a closer look. The “shopping list” is at the end, and lists the standard delica number, the quantity and the grams.

    And, btw, you are free to go ahead and use these patterns if you want – if you manage to bead up a picture of my wonderful old dog, do send me a pic and let me know! (Because you know I’m never going to get around to it … )

    The Dude – (my old German Shepherd) Complex 19031501260367278629

    The Dude – (my old German Shepherd) Simplified 19031501474795333579

    Black Beads 19031504040304327490

    If you get stuck at the “simplify the image” thought and need a hand there – fire me an email and I’ll see if I can’t help you out.

    This is a far from comprehensive tutorial, but I don’t think it needs it. The program is fun to use and play with. It’s not like you can do anything wrong, so just click and have fun!