Are you a Bead Star?

Check out this contest from the beading daily blog! “Enter Bead Star 2009 Beginning February 9th Come one, come all, and enter Bead Star 2009! Categories will be the same: Crystals, Glass, Heart Designs, Metals, Pearls, Plastics, Seed Beads, Stones, and Under $25. And again we are asking for jewelry created using stringing, crimping, basic knotting (not macramé), and wireworking (simple loops, wrapped loops, wrapped-loop bails, jump rings) techniques. Project instructions should fit on one typed page. New this year is an easy online entry form, which will go live on February 9, 2009. The deadline for all entries is …

SoftFlex – Flexible Bead Stringing Wire

We’ve been carrying the SoftFlex line of bead stringing wire – flexible beading wire – the company calls it – for some time. Recently – they’ve added some new products, so I thought it might be worth it to run down the list for a quick overview, in case you are getting confused, or you are just starting out, and are completely bewildered. Flexible Beading Wire – in general – is a multistrand metal cable, usually with a thin, flexible, protective outer shell, that stops discolouration and protects the wire. One of the early products of this type was called …

Triangles

Specifically, Toho triangles. I have to admit, I’ve had a long time affair with these beads. I have many tubes at home that I’ve bought over the years. First, at bead shows in the states, and here in Canada – then, my collection greatly expanded once we started carrying them. These are sharp, bitty triangles. I much prefer the shape of the Toho triangles, over the Miyuki triangles. The Miyuki ones are much more rounded, and give a different texture once woven. The bracelet below is just simple even count peyote stitch. The beads I used were the Matte raku …

Time for resolutions

This months question for our monthly bead draw is: What is your New Year’s Resolution? Make more jewelry, learn a new craft, … what is on your must-do this year list? We’ve had a number of interesting responses so far. A lot of you are eager to learn something new. One person mentioned that their New Years Resolution was to learn at least one new thing a day.I love this one! I’m going to have to add that one to my list of resolutions as well. My main resolution though, is to pledge to renew my resolutions every month. It’s …

Classes are ON Here at Beadfx this Winter!

Before I talk about the upcoming January classes, I just want to give a quick update on the Kate McKinnon classes. We are offering a 10% discount to those taking all 4 classes. As of today there are only 2 spaces left to take advantage of the discount because the Mixed Metals Class is just about full. If you were planning to take them all I would hurry and book!! A number of our classes are already full this month and many are filling quickly.In the next few weeks we have lots of new and returning classes. Beginning with Amy …

Well, it’s the New Year

Sigh….The holidays never seem quite long enough. I had a ton of plans over the holidays to get my house organized, end of year paperwork finished, and a good plan for the new year. It’s now the 6th, the organization was not finished, the paperwork not finished….and no planning done 😉 I did however spend some wonderful time with my girls. My oldest is so excited about the new craft space in the basement, she helped out a little bit, but between lots of outings, some family Wii sports matches, and baking sessions….By the time my husband and I got …

Displaying Jewelry (and beads)

Storing jewelry and displaying it. Eventually, you are going to fill up your little jewelry box with the ballerina inside that twirls to music when you open it. I rather suspect that by now, you have filled several shoeboxes, some tupperware containers, and quite possibly, the back bedroom. Some of it, you might want to display, or maybe you are even doing shows, and looking for ways to display there. Here are some thoughts: Check out this totally cool jewelry rack for earrings by Matthias Wandel. You’ll need someone with woodworking skills. For displaying beads – these racks are awesome …

The Secret to Taking Great Photographs

I get asked all the time about how I get such great pictures for the website. Here’s my secret. Table Top Studios. Pretty much everything I know about product photography, I learned from their website. They spell it out clearly, and have the specialized equipment that can be sooo hard to find. These are not just generalized photography hints – but specifics to bead and jewelry photography. A most excellent site!