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Let’s start with the latest news!
- Time to Fly a Kite! January 18, 2018
It’s time – time to soar, time to be up, up, and away. Time to get some perspective, rise above the crowd, go where the wind takes you … in short – go fly a kite! The new kite beads are here – two hole beads with a diamond shape that fit together in cool ways.
Also new this week – some more of the metal beads on strands. In Bright Copper,
and bright Gold Plated, these reasonably-priced metal beads give you a chance to really go to town with your designs. They are hollow, and plated copper, so they are not too heavy to use the whole strand!
As always – you can view all interesting new stuff on the website here.
And don’t forget our Manager’s Specials! Some super special savings on hundreds of items, up to 70% off!
BeadFX is pleased to be the primary sponsor of Bead-Treat – the Bead Retreat. Treat yourself to a weekend of classes and camaraderie in May. More details at beadtreat.com
Our Class News
- Treat yourself to a weekend of fun at Bead-Treat!
Imagine a weekend of fun, learning, friendship-building and creative opportunities – away from the kids, chores and everyday cares!
Have you heard about Bead-Treat? BeadFX is the presenting sponsor at a brand new jewellery-making retreat to be held at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, May 4 – 6.
Bead-Treat will feature three classes with three of BeadFX’s instructors – Angela Peace, Marilyn Gardiner and Pamela Kearns. All Bead-Treat participants will take a class with each instructor and learn a brand new, never-taught-before project in their respective specialties. Each class is suitable for all levels – beginners will learn the basics before proceeding to the projects; experienced students will enjoy the challenge of the projects.
Bead-Treat is being held in tandem with Pin-it Canada – a new consumer trade show that will focus on all things creative including jewellery-making, painting, paper crafts, mixed media and much more. Additional retreats in other creative media will also be going on throughout the weekend. Bead-Treat registrants will have full access to Pin-it Canada.
The Bead-Treat classes are:
Staggered Byzantine Bracelet with Marilyn Gardiner
A statement bracelet at its best! This is the most impressive new bracelet I’ve made for several years. It expands and contracts like an accordion and feels so good on my wrist! I love this unadorned version, but I can also see a version with beads added in the middle openings, or even drop beads along the outer edges. Can you spot the Byzantine building blocks?
We will start the day by making a pair of Byzantine Earrings so everyone learns the basic Byzantine weave and is comfortable with opening and closing jump rings. There are a lot of jump rings required to make this bracelet, but you will be well on your way to completing it by the end of the day (though some may actually finish).
This class includes a kit to make your bracelet in copper. It includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump ring and a coordinating clasp. Makes up to a 9 bracelet. All rings are saw-cut and polished. In-Class Upgrade available! If you would prefer, you may do the Staggered Byzantine Bracelet using silver-filled jump rings for an additional $66 HST payable to the instructor the day of the class.
Swarovski Trillion Component Bracelet with Pamela Kearns
Seed beaded dimension and form! Discover how to create triangular peyote bezels around sparkling 10mm Swarovski Trillion rivolis! We’ll start the class by learning how to do simple triangular peyote using larger beads before we graduate to using size 11/0 Delicas. Then the fun will begin by learning to create a triangular bezel. Increases and decreases and zipping your components together will be part of the day’s curriculum. This class is suitable for beginners; however, knowing peyote stitch will be helpful. The project will focus on making the bracelet as shown, but you’ll also have the instructions on how to create two pendants and earrings – all using the same type of rivoli component.
This class includes your kit of 12 Swarovski Trillion rivolis, 2 colours of size 11/0 Delica beads and a sliding tube clasp and findings with full-colour, illustrated instructions. Colour choices will be available.
Knotted Fiber End Caps with Angela Peace
Join the fiber and micro-macrame revolution! Fiber end caps present a new and innovative option for finishing jewelry projects and allow for seamless colour designs or for creating amazing colour contrasts. These made to measure knotted end-caps work well with standard metal clasps and findings or can be used with glue. In class, you will learn the knotting techniques and how to change the end cap size for a perfect fit. You’ll also learn how to make a knotted fiber clasp. By the end of the class you will have a pair of custom end caps and will be well-prepared to make more.
This class includes illustrated instructions, C-lon knotting cord in your choice of colours, jump rings, pinning board, tapestry needle, and pins.
As an added incentive, Bead-Treat is offering a special early bird price of $400 + HST if you register on or before February 15. On-line registration is available now for Bead-Treat through www.beadtreat.com or by clicking here. Registration at Bead-Treat includes the following:
- Instruction in all three classes with Marilyn Gardiner, Pamela Kearns and Angela Peace
- One project kit in each class, as per the course description
- Exclusive Trunk Show displays with each instructor
- BeadFX on-site store with supplies
- A welcome gift goodie bag
- Participation in Friday evenings Meet and Greet with instructors and sponsors
- Access to Saturdays open session hosted by BeadFX during which time you can work on your projects, try product demos or just chill.
- Unlimited coffee/tea/cold drinks/water and snacks during class times and Saturdays open session
- Unlimited access to Pin-It Canada where you can explore other creative possibilities!
Please note that your registration does not include accommodations meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner). Accommodations and meals are available at Fanshawe College. For additional information, click here.
Plan now to join us for a fantastic weekend!
Our Latest Inspiration
- InspirationFX: I Want Candy
~~~Get your creative juices flowing~~~
Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson
The stretchy Candy Bead bracelet that TJ showed me last week got me inspired to try my own. It turned out really quite pretty and easy. All these fancy-dancy shaped two-hole beads are pretty intimidating to the ordinary bead stringer like me, but this was ok.
Take the long big hole needle – I finally had to retire my old needle and get a new pack – I have to say – I really like these! – thread your elastic, and string a Candy bead alternating with a seed bead. In order to make sure that I did not mess up and string on the wrong hole, I used this mantra, “flat side up – top hole, seedbead, flat side up – top hole … ”
Once I had enough for the length of the bracelet, I stopped the beads from falling off with a clothes pin, and cut another piece of elastic. Now – string the other side, using the other hole in the Candy bead, and a seed bead in between.
Once you have the second hole strung, knot the elastic back onto itself to make the bracelet into a circle. Then knot the other side. Bingo – you are done!
Of course – you can use any colour combo you like – but this one is particularly pretty.
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.