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We buy ’em, sell ’em, make ’em… and teach ’em too!
Let’s start with the latest news!
- You’re not going to believe what they called this turtle August 17, 2017
This week – we have a new selection of stamps for you – the ImpressArt stamps are top quality and one of our most popular products. You tell us you love these stamps – and we agree! They are made from hardened carbon tool steel, precision cut for crisp impressions, and designed to last! You can stamp them on metals from aluminum to copper to brass to sterling, or if you work in softer materials, there is no reason why you can’t use them on polymer clay, or metal clay before firing. Or after firing. Both works! Speaking of metal clay – more on that in a bit.
Not so nautical is Gerry the Giraffe. And some vines for him to eat. I can already see lots of possibilities for the vines – you could really go to town making borders and long vines and wreaths and meadows and stuff.
And then, there is the turtle.
Named Shelly. Because she has a shell. She’s Shelly. And you all say I’m bad. 😉
Now – on to the metal clay. We very much like the Prometheus metal clay, and are impressed that they continue to develop and expand the choices. It is reasonably priced and easy to work with and fire, so that the learning curve isn’t as steep, and the occasional “un-successes” aren’t so expensive as some of the other metal clays. (In fact – if you are new to metal clay – the Prometheus is an excellent starting place.)
The white bronze was probably the fussiest of all the Prometheus products to fire, and in response to customer feedback – they have created a new “white” metal clay – this one is also a bronze alloy, but with the brighter, silver white look of sterling silver and a simpler firing schedule. It is not sterling silver – despite the name – Jeweller’s Sterling White Bronze Clay. It is still a bronze alloy, but it is not priced like sterling silver either! Feedback has been very good so far and the firing process is easier than the original Prometheus White Bronze. (The image on the 200g pack is of a piece done by Liz Reynolds – who teaches at here at BeadFX!)
As always – there is interesting new stuff all over the website – so check it out.
Our Class News
- Looking ahead to a new season of classes
September. The month conjures up a mixture of feelings. Sadness because summer is coming to an end and vacations are over. Relief because crazy schedules are getting back to normal. Anticipation because lots of opportunities are just around the corner. It’s like that at BeadFX too. We see customers and students who have been away and we get to hear great stories about travels and see projects that were completed or started in the summer but are also excited to see what’s coming up.
This Fall will see a number of new projects in all jewellery-making media and we are also hosting three visiting instructors – Marti Brown, Betty Stephan and Joy Munshower – who will be teaching classes in their respective areas of expertise. Many of our instructors have used the summer to recharge their batteries, develop new projects and prepare new techniques for sharing. I’ve been able to see many of the proposed projects from our instructors and I’m getting excited on your behalf – watch for lots of new classes!
Our Fall season kicks-off with our Back to Class event. This free event showcases the projects that will be taught over the next few months and it is your chance to meet the instructors who are teaching them. This has become an annual event and allows you to whet your appetite for what’s coming up! As we have done before, we will have door prizes and refreshments and incentives to book classes on the day of the event.
Here are the classes and sessions scheduled September 1 – 10:
Wednesday, September 6
FREE Open Bead Night
Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
6:00 – 8:00pm
Bring your unfinished projects and work on them in cool comfort!
Thursday, September 7
FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
1:00 – 3:00pm
Come and see what new’s in the weekly update as you enjoy an afternoon with your bead-y friends!
Saturday, September 9
FREE Back to Class Event
11:00am – 3:00pm
Join us to see the vast array of new projects and classes for the Fall!
KW Knitters’ Fair
9:30am – 4:30pm
Calling all knitters! BeadFX will be bringing lots of seed beads and other items specially selected for knitting and fibre artists!
Sunday, September 10
NEW Peyote Stitch Arrowhead Pendant
Instructor: Gillian Clarke
11:00am – 4:00pm
Discover how to create a beautiful and fun pendant!
NEW Sterling Lotus Flower Pendant with Labradorite
Instructor: Kelly Garland
11:00am – 5:00pm
Hone your piercing, sawing and bezel-setting skills while creating a beautiful pendant!
Click on the class or open session title to see complete details including course descriptions and applicable fees. You can also go to www.beadfx.com and click on the September class calendar to see all of the month’s offerings.
Our Latest Inspiration
- InspirationFX: Airy Fairy
Get your creativity flowing~~~
Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson
The soft pinks and blues of the Powder Blue Impression Jasper strike me as very soothing and pretty. I went to town and make a whole suite of items from this lovely stone. (A few have already gone up in previous weeks and watch for a couple more in upcoming weeks)
My first thought was to combine gold-plated metal findings and beads with the Powder Blue Impression Jasper, but I found I did not care for the look. The bright copper metal beads and finding – that was another story, however! The combination is gorgeous! The pinky tones of the bright copper perfectly complement the soft translucent aqua and contrasting opaque pinky color of this Impression Jasper.
Necklace 2 – Airy Fairy
What do you do when you have some bigger-sized beads, not really enough of them, and you don’t want to weigh yourself down anyway? Why – you use wire and jump rings to turn your beads into a chain! A single 10 mm bead, with bead caps, hangs from the same style of connector as the Moon Princess necklace. In the absence of remembering to get headpins, I put a crimp bead onto the wire, folded the wire up around the crimp bead, did a wrap, and then crimped the crimp. This served fine. I added the bead cap, bead, bead cap, and did a wrapped loop at the other end, and used a jump ring to attach to the connector. For the bead chain, I make a wrapped loop, trim the end of the wire, slide on the bead, and make a wrapped loop at the other end. Connect these elements with jump rings. Add a clasp and a short chain of jump rings so that you can fine tune the length.
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.