Fixing an Oops!

Yes – oopses happen to all of us. I was making this rather handsome necklace, and I secured the final crimp, added the crimp cover, trimmed the line, and all seemed well. I went to try it on, and the crimp let go on one side. It had gone on sort of crooked – but resisted my tugging – so I thought it was okay. The clasp slid off – leaving me with a short, short end that there was no way I going to get back through the clasp and into a replacement crimp. OK – how to fix …

Do you blog?

Do you blog? Ever get stuck for ideas? Check out plinky.com – which has a daily suggested topic question – answering the question can get you going on your post. Here’s a sample of some of their questions: Name a book that changed your mind or opened your eyes. What’s the least fun you’ve ever had at a place specifically tailored for fun? What’s the most useless thing in your house right now? And if you do have a blog – tell us about it in the comments! We’d love to see what you have to say! Especially if you …

New Product Launch at John Bead

One of our suppliers did a big to do with a new product launch today. Reps from Tierra Cast, Jablonex, Softflex, and Unicorne Beads were there to show off all of the new goodies coming down the line. Each manufacturer had a variety of Make and Takes available. Unfortunately, we couldn’t spend all day to take advantage of that, but Marg and I had a chance to chat with each of the reps. Softflex had a fabulous display of designs featuring their new coloured softflex. I’ll be working up some of the designs to showcase in our inspirations next week. …

Lampwork Finally

Yeeesh, I never thought I’d have so much trouble posting the beads this week. Let’s hope that next week is better! How to Buy: Send an email to info@beadfx.com with code of the bead you would like. We can either, and let us know how you would prefer to pay for it. We’ve got lots of options for you! Without further ado…. Up first, we have a 30mm diameter puffy tab bead from Erin of Airwynn Glass – Code Lampwork2-8 $29.00 Next up, a nice big Dwyn sized focal tab. Lots going on in this one. You’ll be staring into …

You can’t call it that!

So – I’m behind a minivan in an intersection – typical minivan – and it has the model name on the side. “Montana” it says. And the van is a dark green. And I thinks to myself, thinks I: “They can’t call it that and paint it that colour. If its Montana – it has to be blue. And a dark blue at that.” I’ve spent so much time living with beads that Montana is a shade of dark blue – and woe to anyone who tries to tell me otherwise. Oddly enough, I didn’t have a problem with Don …

The Most Valuable Jewelry Making Resource on the Internet

If you want to make jewelry – seriously want to make jewelry – and you listen to nothing else I ever say – listen to this. The most comprehensive and complete jewelry making reference and forum is Ganoksin – known to participants of the mailing list as the “orchid list.” The reference material, articles, videos – are a huge help to those who want to learn – or are just curious. And the mailing list, although very high volume – has a huge amount of information on it. If you can take the time to read it – you will …

New lampwork!

My blog post is going to be a little late today. I’ve got a wonderful new selection of lampwork beads for you today. Unfortunately, the photography gods were not smiling on me last night. Stay tuned late tonight for an update! Speaking of lampwork, we have our Trunk Show coming up on Saturday May 30th. Join us from 10 to 5 to meet 12 bead artists and their awesome work. Lot’s of yummy goodies to eat too!

Mother’s Day Weekend at Beadfx!

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and we have some great classes this weekend, all of them would make great gifts for mom or are the perfect way to spend the day together! Stephanie Dixon’s Bling Ring on Saturday May 9th would make a lovely gift for any mom. Amy Waldman-Smith has a Glass Bead Making Weekend on May 9th and 10th. Robert Burton has 2 new classes on Sunday May 10th: Wire Wrapped Beaded Bracelet Simple Wire Wrapping Techniques Both of these classes are beginner classes. They are a project based class which will introduce you to working with wire, …

Update on the Corsage Project

Just got an email from the organizers at the Corsage Project. The distribution event was this past weekend. The email says in part: Our event went well and we helped about 270 girls. It was crazy busy, but we did it thanks to the caring and generosity of people like yourselves. I hope one day you will come to the event as a guest just so you can see what your work does for the girls. Nice to know we all are making a difference!