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  • Fill the Cuff with Stuff and Donut miss these Stones April 27, 2017

    s51120 Magazine - Beadwork - 2017 - June/July

    You were just admiring the cuffs on the cover of the new Beadwork magazine, and thinking to yourself, where can I get my hands on those cuffs, or those cuffs on my wrists, to be more to the point!

    s55393 Bracelet Blank - .75 in Channel Cuff - Antique Golds55394 Bracelet Blank - .75 in Channel Cuff - Antiqued Silver

    And Lo! Here these are – Nunn Designs cuff blanks – in Antique Gold and Antiqued Silver!

     

    But wait – there are more wonderful items this week! Like the new Swarovski Iridescent Dark Blue and Light Blue Pearls. These are really beautiful – I think you will like them a lot.

    s55424 Swarovski Pearl - 4 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Iridescent Dark Blue Pearl (strand 25)s55425 Swarovski Pearl - 4 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Iridescent Light Blue Pearl (strand 25)

    Great new stone stuff too – Stone Donut Pendants – some restock, some new sizes, some stones we haven’t had as a donut before. These are such a classic pendant, string with matching or contrasting stone beads for a timeless pendant.

    s55398 Stone - 50 mm Donut Pendant - Red Silver Leaf Jaspers55396 Stone - 50 mm Donut Pendant - Sunset Dumortierites48942 Stone - 50 mm Donut Pendant - Sky Blue Crazy Lace Agate (Dyed)

     

    Also Stone Pendant sets, like these graduated fan sets,

    s55402 Stone Beads - Graduated Fan - Rhyolite (Set)s55400 Stone Beads - Graduated Fan - Moss Agate (Set)s55401 Stone Beads - Graduated Fan - Red Creek Jasper (Set)

    Or these pendant sets

    s55404 Stone Pendant - 7 Piece Long Drop Pendant Set - Lapis & Bronzites55405 Stone Pendant - 7 Piece Long Drop Pendant Set - Malachite & Pyrites55406 Stone Pendant - 7 Piece Long Drop Pendant Set - Purple Impression Jasper & Pyrites55407 Stone Pendant - 7 Piece Long Drop Pendant Set - Pink Impression Jasper & Pyrite

    And this week, also, a selection of Cantera or Fire Opal stone beads. This is the naturally occurring stone where opal is formed in rhyolite and the opal is too small to extract – similar to Boulder Opal – where the opal is tangled in a mass of the host stone. It is a blend of chunks of vanilla in a matrix of caramel and chocolate, BUT does not display the play of color that opal does. So don’t let the name trick you – this is a lovely earthy blend of colors – safe to wear for casual and office, and you don’t need to mortgage your house to pay for it.

    s55413 Stone Beads - 4 mm Round - Fire Opal (strand)s55414 Stone Beads - 6 mm Round - Fire Opal (strand)s55416 Stone Beads - 10 mm Round - Fire Opal (strand)

     

    Also new this week – New colours in the DiamondDuos.

    27888120-69 Czech Shaped Beads - 2 Hole DiamonDuo - Matte Brass27888120-70 Czech Shaped Beads - 2 Hole DiamonDuo - Matte Golden Iris27888120-71 Czech Shaped Beads - 2 Hole DiamonDuo - Matte Zinc Iris

     

    Lots more stuff besides, so go see all the new stuff here ! Cheers!

    Don’t Forget – over 900 Manager Specials! Delicious deals up to 70% off!

     

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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: Sassy Brassy

    Get your creative juices flowing~~~


    Sassy Brassy

    by: Anne Marie Desaulniers

    Inspired by the colour and texture of the Matte African Turquoise stones, I quickly pulled together the brassy components for this necklace. Far more symmetrical than I normally design, but easily paired with either a little black dress, or your trusty t-shirt and jeans!

    Instructions:

    1. Insert one 1.5 inch eyepin, into 1 stone bead.

    2. Then insert the straight end of eyepin (with stone attached), into channel and hole on the One-Step Looper (Note, you could also just add a simple loop on the end, using chain nose and round nose pliers).

    3. Squeeze handle on On-Step Looper, to form loop and automatically cut the excess wire on eyepin.

    4. Repeat 12 more times, for a total of 13 stone/eyepin links.

    5. If some of the loops are not completely closed, use either your round or chain nose pliers, to finish making the loops.

    6. Use 12- 4.75 mm open jumprings, to join the individual stone/eyepin links. Opening and closing the jumprings with your 2-chain nose pliers.

    7. Cut 2- 2 1/8 inch pieces of brass chain.

    8. Open 1- 4.75 mm jumpring, and attach one end of stone link chain, to one 2 1/8-inch piece of brass chain. Close jumpring.

    9. Open another – 4.75 mm jumpring, and attach the other end of the stone link chain, to the second 2 1/8-inch piece of brass chain. Close jumpring.

    10. Attach swirl end of clasp, by opening another 4.75 mm jumpring, and attaching it to one of the free ends of brass chain.

    11. Attach the large jumpring part of the clasp, by opening it, and attaching to the second free end of brass chain.

    12. Cut 2- 1 inch pieces of brass chain.

    13. Re-open 4.75 mm jumpring on one end of the middle stone link in the chain (the seventh stone on the chain). Attach 1- 1 inch piece of brass chain and re-close the jumpring.

    14. Repeat step 13, on the other side of the stone link.

    15. Open 1- 8 mm jumpring, and attach to one of the free ends of chain.

    16. Then attach the open 8 mm jumpring, to one of the open areas on the large filigree piece. Close jumpring.

    17. Repeat steps 15 & 16 for the second free end of chain.

    18. Your necklace is complete! Wear it with joy!

    Tools Used:

    One-Step Looper (small)

    1 – Round Nose Pliers – if you choose not to use the One-Step Looper

    2 – Chain Nose Pliers

    Flush or Side Cutters

     

    Components

    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.