Book Recommendation

Last night I picked up a book that has been on my bookshelf at home for far too long.  I’m talking of course about Victoria Finlay’s book – Buried Treasure (aka – Jewels: A Secret History.) My original plan for today’s blog post was going to be a couple extra ‘bonus’ inspirations, however once I picked up the book, I was completely and utterly sucked in. It’s fabulous! I’m not sure exactly why it has sat on my bookshelf unread for so long. I’ve been told over, and over again how fascinating the book is. For some reason, I thought …

Just Up on the site…Beau Anderson’s Freedom Through Flamework!!

Just up on the site is an exciting new class. Beau Anderson will be coming to Beadfx this spring. Beau Anderson, born in Bellingham, WA was introduced to the torch by his mother SAGE at the young age of seven. Although he has diverse interests, Beau’s focus within glass art has explored beadmaking and its history, as well as, integrative multi-media projects. He has demonstrated and instructed the art of glass beadmaking throughout the Americas, both at a grassroots level and at such prestigious institutions as Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pilchuck Glass School, Red Dear Colage and …

Totally New from Swarovski

As hinted at last week – something really new from Swarovski Crystallized Elements. Not Crystal, not Pearls, new Ceramic Beads. This is a first for Swarovski, and they have been working on the technical challenge of using this new material. The end result is a stone look that is intriquing, but still smooth and sophisticated. Pretty cool, eh?

Sneek Peek at stuff that won’t be online

Most everything that we have in the store is available online – with a few notable exceptions that have to do with logistics. 😉 With Marg recently back from Tucson, we have a number of One-of-a-Kind stone focal beads that we just can’t offer online – as each one is unique. But, I can show you some photos and you can decide to drop into the store. Store hours and a map are here. These are actually beads – they mostly have a hole from side to side, near the top. For instance – this is Owyhee Laguna Lace Agate …

The resin pendant unveiling

Normally, when something doesn’t work as planned – I would hide it away so that no one could see.  However, I’m all for showing the good, the bad, and the ugly 😉 It’s how we learn afterall, and if you can learn from my mistakes, rather than making your own costly ones – all the better. Before  I show you the picture, I want to make a couple notes. 1) I ‘thought’ having the silver peeking through the gold would be kinda cool (NO) 2) Somehow I failed kindergarden in the using scissors department. Next time I won’t reduce the …

Organizing your stash and workspace

Every year or so, I become completely disgusted with my work space. It’s unorganized, messy, and I can’t find anything. On the other hand, I like to have everything out where I can see it. If I can’t see it, it doesn’t end up in any of my designs. Now that I don’t actually own a bead store anymore, I have more time to make create…funny how that happens… :-). I have more time to create, more of a need to create (I need to make a living somehow) ;-), and the more of a mess I’m making in my …

Off on yet another new tangent

Yesterday was our monthly metal clay playday, and I had a pretty solid plan for what I wanted to work on. A little while ago, I got some fabulous heart shaped digital collage sheets that just begged to be made into art clay pendants. The original plan was pretty basic. Make some heart shapes, cut out the paper, and resin them in…. While taking a wee break, I had a look through Sherri Haab’s mixed media book – I would link to it, but we seem to be out at the moment. In any case, the book features a ton …

What’s Up at Beadfx

Ok, so March Break is over and March Madness is over so now we are ready for Spring!!! With spring comes great classes so clear up some room in your schedule because you will not want to miss what’s coming up. This week we have the Oh! Ogalala Bracelet with Cindy Vroom. This bracelet is gorgeous and the class is open to all levels! Class runs from 6 to 9pm. This weekend is packed. Saturday and Sunday Amy Waldman-Smith is offering her Learn to Make Glass Beads weekend. This is an introductory lampworking class and is a great way to …