And the winner is….

We’ll start with our entries this morning. We’re giving away one copy of Laura McCabe’s Creating with Swarovski book. I’ll ship out the book to the winner on Tuesday, once I’m back in the store. Good luck! First off, we have Ruta’s entry – pretty spiffy for her very first ever beading creation! Sandy sent in this fabulous set below. Raymonde sent in these awesome earrings. Sandra sent in this brilliant bracelet, earrings and necklace set. Drum rolls please……and the winner is by random draw from the hat. – Raymonde! Send me your address to info@beadfx.com – we’ll ship this …

Yay…the sun is out

And I’m feeling just a little bit generous, so we’re going to have a little giveaway! But of course, I’m going to make you work for it – just a wee bit anyway. I have one copy of Creating Crystal Jewelry with Swarovski – by Laura McCabe. Here’s what you have to do – send me a pic of your blingiest (is that a word?) 🙂 Swarovski jewelry creation. You don’t have to make anything now – just something you’ve made already. If you haven’t got anything – get busy! We’ll post it here on the blog tomorrow. I’ll then …

A Little Bit of New and a Little Bit of Old

Over the next couple of weeks there will be a lot of new classes going up on the site. This week we have three new classes, one with Stephanie Dixon and two with Robert Burton. Stephanie Dixon’s Bling Ring is a beginner wire working class and the rings are fabulous! This class is running on Saturday May 9th–just in time for Mother’s Day. If you are looking for a unique way to spend Mother’s Day this year why not try taking one or both of Robert Burton’s new classes. The Wire Wrapped Beaded Bracelet and Earrings Or the Simple Wire …

Linky love Tuesday

Yes, I know my linky love posts never happen on the same day of the week. It’s Tuesday, well after 9pm – and I’m just getting a chance to sit down at the computer now. So much for my early blog post 😉 I just came across a few interesting sites and blogs which you can add to your daily read. I first came across http://jewelrymaking.craftgossip.com – the whole site is quite neat, with lots of posts for events, classes, free giveaways, and other craft and beady happenings. I then stumbled on to the Jewelry Business Guru – Lots of …

Dangly Earrings: Using up the Leftover

Some of the best stuff starts as a way to use up left-overs. Think jambalya, trifle, quilts. Well – these dramatic earrings started as a way to use up leftover ends of beading wire, and turned into earrings in their own right! You’ll need some smallish beads – crystals or what-have-you – leftovers are good here too, those left-over ends from when you cut off the Softflex or whatever beading wire you are using. We are going to be folding them in half – so 8 inch pieces will give us 4 inch earrings. If you want to make them …

Mahjong – Time Sponge

Coming up next week – we’ll have some Mahjong tile beads. Which led me to google Mahjong (to check the spelling!) – which led me to this interesting site that lists the actual names of the tiles, and this site – with a very cool, instantly playable Mahjong solitaire game. For those of you who have been living under a rock (beaded, of course) – Mahjong Solitaire, or Shanghai and other various names, is a game of solitaire played with Mahjong tiles. They are stacked up, and the idea is to remove them by finding matching pairs. Click on one, …

Beadmaking Classes

Jen showed me how to make the Bird’s Nest rings last night – they are way cool and she’s right about them being dead easy! It got me thinking about lampwork beads in the rings! We think they’d work better if they were flattened on one side – but we’re both pretty stoked about the possibilities! I’m going to try making some especially for rings! Which brings me (in a roundabout way) to the topic of beadmaking classes – the idea is to melt rods of glass onto a stainless steel rod – to make glass beads! Lampworking is the …

Birds Nest Rings

The video is coming…I promise 😉 hey, how could I not after Dwyn’s pressure yesterday. While I’m working on the video, which may still take a day or two. I’ll repost my instructions from my workshop. That way, if you’re really eager to try it out, you’ve got some basic instructions to work with. Materials required: • 22 gauge Artistic Wire, or 22 gauge dead soft sterling silver wire Fabulous assortment of Swarovski, or semi precious beads • Wire cutters, and flat, or chain nose pliers• Ring Mandrel• Ring Sizer• Needle File• Coated flat nose pliers (optimal) Instructions: Cut a …