Please Re-Leave Me!

Please Re-Leave Me! We got leaves for you this week – all kinda leaves. Plated Leaves – these very cool plated leaves in Sterling silver and Copper are actual, electroplated leaves – so no two are identical. If you bend them, you might hear the leaf cracking inside, but don’t worry, it’s not about to fall apart, the leaf inside is dried out, but not part of the structural strength. I even tore one open to find out! They are tough! Maybe you’d like leaf-themed clasp for your creation, try this lovely copper clasp! But, wait, there’s more! Cast sterling …

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 …

Beading Basics – the Pros and Cons of Stretchy Bracelets

Stretchy bracelets – beads strung on a stretchy, elastic, often clear, beading cord that is knotted. Sounds simple eh? And it is – a quick and easy bracelet – gotta love ’em as a project for kids and tweens. Make ’em by the dozen. No need for fancy measuring – you just need to be more or less in the ballpark – if it’s a little small, no worries, the beads just space out a little, and it has to be waaaay to large to fall off, in which case, you can just double it over and wear it as …

Ring class, and Shag Carpet of Pearls

It’s been a whirlwind the last couple of days. Yesterday, we finished up the second day of our ring class. We not only made rings, but also little houses to wear as pendants. I can’t belive the creativity coming out of this class. Everyone made absolutely incredible pieces. By the end of the class, we were all completely exhausted. I didn’t get a chance to post last night, as yesterday turned into a 12 hour plus day! By the time I got home, I was way too tired to post.I don’t think I’ve ever fallen asleep so quickly. I barely …

Kate McKinnon – Day 2 – Ring Class

We’re all just buzzing around here. Kate makes these classes so incredibly fun. Every one is busy thinking and designing little cities (yes, cityscape rings!), ways of colouring, resin inserts, and of course trying to decide which of our beads or cabs are going to be mounted in these rings. We’ve all made 4 or 5 rings, along with a few more today. Our first batch was fired last night, and I’ll be unloading the kiln in an hour or so….speaking of which, I just woke up – I really should get off the computer and start getting ready. The …

I love my dog but . ..

Don’t get me wrong – I adore my dogs, but $1.8 million for a doggy diamond collar? I’m sure you can make something just as nice with crystals that won’t leave you tearing your hair out when your beloved scratches it off and hides it under the couch. Now here’s a site where the artist is celebrating dogs by making beaded images of dogs, in the form of little pouches/purses. I particularly like the way that she has extended the dog’s face off the square of the pattern in many cases – truly thinking outside the box. (Link to the …

Kate McKinnon – Day 1 Toggle Class

Whew! What a day. I have to say, Kate is probably the most engaging instructor I have ever come across. There were 12 of us in the toggle class today, and our heads are just swimming with ideas. We should have named the class toggles, and everything else you can think of. We covered clasps, rivoting, rings, chains….Probably more besides! I was really inspired by Kate’s method of keeping the parts simple, and building structure and architecture with many cohesive elements. Today I worked on some clasps, headpins, and I’ve got a spinner ring on the workbench to finish up …

Woohoo! Bulk Swarovski 4 mm Bicones!

Woohoo! This is the OTHER thing I was working on until the wee hours – getting these ready to go! We can now offer factory original packages of 4 mm Swarovski bicones at bulk prices. There are 10 gross in a package – that 1,440 (there’s a nice round number for you. Tell me again what you have against the metric system?) beads in a package. All sealed and stickered and with the official Swarovski hologram on it. The packaging is kind of fun – from another age really. It is a folded paper packet that resembles a package of …