New Swarovski Stuff

This summer’s new colour from Swarovski was Mocca and new items in that colourway arrived today: 4mm bicones, 2 sizes of donuts, big 10mm rounds and pendant drops. Also picked up more colours of the 3-branch coral pendants. These will go nicely with the sterling coral pieces that we stock. One last item is several more colours of the new Swarovski pendant butterflies. Oh, and I almost forgot the new brown Swarovski pearls in 4, 6, 8 and 10mm. Nice colour – like melted dark chocolate. These will be showing up on the BeadFX website as soon as they are …

Kate McKinnon Classes

Well, Kate’s now gone back home. What an incredible 5 days. I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday due to sheer exhaustion. She is by far the best instructor I have ever come across. Kate has a saturation style of teaching. She freely gives up everything she knows. No secrets. If you ever have a chance to take a class from her (and we do hope to bring her back next year) … sign up, it is worth every penny and then some. All of the students in the class were itching to try out all of the new …

Make It Yourself: Wire Needle

Yesterday, I mentioned “wire needles” for stringing. I thought I’d mention that you can make your own. Wire needles are good for getting stuff into small places. They are sort of disposable, in that the eye of the needle crushes down when you go through the first bead, and thats what holds whatever you are stringing in the needle. For instance, you are trying to thread some eyelash yarn (that fluffy stuff) into some beads and you know darn well it will fit in the bead, if you can only get the yarn into the bead. You can’t get the …