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We buy ’em, sell ’em, make ’em… and teach ’em too!
Let’s start with the latest news!
- It’s a Rocky Road – but it’s 20% off! May 17, 2018
Which means – that when you slip on a piece of chocolate, you land face first in a marshmallow – which isn’t really all that bad.
So, in the spirit of that, we are tempting you this week with new “Rocks” – stone beads, but you can land in the marshmallows, because we are putting all the stone beads on sale – at 20% off! Including the new ones. 😉
Iolite and African Turquoise!
African Turquoise is a black-spotted jasper in mint green and turquoise colours. Harder than actual turquoise; pretty, soothing colours, and budget-friendly – this is an excellent stone to work with. You can get a lot of happy out of this!
Iolite is a little more exotic – I don’t think we offered it before. It has a property called “pleochrism” meaning it can show different colors depending on the angle and type of light. Iolite is most commonly seen in shades of blue-gray, violet or indigo. In different light it may also appear to have shades of yellow or gray.
How to use those stone beads? How about Stretchy Bracelets!
I’ve been finding this a good way to justify my even older obsession with stone beads! Which, as I observed earlier, are 20% off this week! You can use them by themselves, add an accent bead in metal or even lampwork, or add a tassel or charm dangle. Make a bunch – they are fun and relaxing to make and wear!
Making these is simple. All you need is a needle, some good quality stretchy elastic, scissors, and some crimp covers to hide the knot.
The 8 mm beads and larger (and some of the 6 mm) can be strung using the Elastic Cord Needle. To use this, put the beads onto the needle first, then hook the end of the needle onto the elastic, and slide the beads down onto the elastic. (short video with dramatic music here!)
For smaller holes, the big eye needle is champion. This needle is two wires sealed at each end, and the center is open, giving you gobs of room to stuff the elastic without the nervous breakdown that trying this with a regular needle would create.
I like the .7 mm Opelon for stringing – it is thin enough to go through just about anything, and I use it doubled for most bracelets (except the occasional seedbead or other very small bead project.)
To secure the knot, use a surgeons knot.
So rock on with the rocks and step out with the stones! String ’em and stack ’em!
Also – don’t forget the Manager’s Specials – over 600 specially selected items on sale – with saving from 15 – 70% off!
Are you interested in bigger quantities? Don’t forget our Bulk 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
- Bead-Treat was a treat for all!
There was laughter! There was fun! There were prizes! There was food! What was it? Bead-Treat!
Seven women, coming from locales stretching from Amherstburg in Southwest Ontario through to Montreal, Quebec, and several points in-between, came together for three classes with three instructors over the May 4 – 6 weekend.
Situated on the beautiful Fanshawe College campus in London, the participants learned how to construct Cavandoli end caps with Angela Peace, create a statement chainmaille bracelet with Marilyn Gardiner, and how to do sparkly beaded components to create a variety of projects with Pamela Kearns.
We had lots of participation from our suppliers too, who provided lots of goodies for goodie bags and give-a-ways!
On behalf of BeadFX, thank you to everyone who make our first retreat a success! Thank you to all of the participants who came out to our first retreat, and to the instructors who shared their knowledge and enthusiasm. Thank you to the goodie bag sponsors: John Bead, TierraCast, Caravan Beads, the BeadSmith, Frabels, and Triple M Tours. Thank you also to Mhai O Mhai Beads and Umicore (Jewellery and Industrial Metals) who provided door prizes over the weekend.
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.