Open beading night

We had our first open beading night on Friday night with a small group of us. All of us made major headway on some projects that have been in the UFO (unfinished objects) pile for quite some time. I took the opportunity to reaquint myself with seedbeads. Many years ago I started by bead journey with stringing and seedbead work. I was around 16! A soon as I got bitten with the lampworking bug, the time consuming seed bead work was put aside. I started with a simple 2 drop peyote bracelet, and was pleasantly surprised at how fast my …

Big Bold Bug Art

Every year, I try to get to the One of a Kind Craft show, here in Toronto. And one artist I used to look for every year was “the bug lady” – a woman who did these incredible sculptures of bugs – over the top, magnificently surreal representations of bugs and beetles. Eventually, she stopped showing there, and I lost track of her. But, I recently googled her name, Elizabeth Goluch, and Lo! She has a website. Check out her work, jewelry and sculpture of bugs made in gold, silver, copper and gemstones. (Pictured to the left, from my personal …

Sneak Peek at Next Week

What’s in the queue for next week? Well, we had squarelets, which were flat squares that hang like drops, so it seems only fair to have Ovalets! Actually, they are called ovaltines – not to be confused withe the drink. Not as many colours as the squares, but I’m thinking that they could hang in nice grapey clusters off chain. New sterling chain – I’ve already started using this one – I know, so unfair – and I always get compliments on it when I wear it. A couple of new items in stone beads – check out this – …

Another Exciting Change to our Website!

Woo hoo! Finally! Pictures and clickable links in the shopping cart. Now, when you put items into your shopping cart – you’ll be able to see a picture! Easier to remember what the item was, and get an overall sense of whether the items you are picking go together, and if you forgot something! I can’t begin to tell you how long we have wanted to be able to give you this – and now, here it is. [insert happy dance here!!!!11!1!]

Kudos to You: Corsage Project

Kudos to you, all of you who contributed to the Corsage Project. For those of you not in the know, the Corsage Project is a charity to collect and organize and distribute prom dresses, jewellery, shoes, hair styling, limos, flowers – all the accoutrements of prom night – so that young women who have earned the right to graduate, but might skip the ceremony for financial pressures can still attend and graduate in style and without fear of peer pressure. Each year, we coordinate donating handmade jewellery so that these girls have a special momento of that special night. I …

Thank you!

We really have the best customers (and staff too!) Our sale was a huge success, and we all thank you for helping us to lighten the load of our dreaded inventory count! We’ll need a few days to catch up with all of the orders, and then we will be closed on Monday and Tuesday next week for our count. After that, things will slowly get back to normal. If there is such a thing as normal around here πŸ˜‰Lee, Erin, and Carol are working hard to get all of your questions answered and shipped out the door. Thanks for …

Toronto Lampworkers Get Together

The Toronto Lampworkers group meets about once every two months for dinner, show and tell, and a chance to get together with other lampworkers. This past meeting was on Monday night, and we hosted the meeting at beadfx. One really interesting project that the ISGB is doing is a Release-A-Bead Project. The idea is to release a bead into the wild to share the joy of beads and beadmaking to the world. For more information check out the Release A Bead Website If you are interested in joining up with the Toronto Lampworkers, you can join through the Toronto Lampworkers …

Summer Blooms @ BeadFX

With summer finally here the gardens are in full bloom. While the irises are just finishing up on our boulevard garden, the peonies are beginning to blossom and the pinks are spreading like a soft carpet down the edges of the driveway. In the park, the hills are covered in fragrant white daisies and soft pink wild roses and a plump waterlily bud sits waiting to open on the largest of the ponds. To honour the arrival of summer, BeadFX has two floral classes lined up – the Spiral Rope Lariat with Cindy Vroom and the Bohemian Woods Bracelet with …

Open Beading Night This Friday

Come on out on Friday night for our first open beading night that we’ve hosted in oh…6 years or so πŸ™‚ We used to run them regularly, but this was way back in the day when we were much, much smaller. We started to run out of space, and eventually our regular bead n’ bitch sessions just died off. We’ll bring the tea, coffee, and cookies. You bring your beading projects and creativity. Have a fun night out chatting with other like minded beady obsessed people! Friday, June 20th 6:00 to 8pm