Inspiration Friday

If you would like to participate in our Inspiration Friday posts and get some free publicity…Come on people – free publicity is good!  It really can be anything at all, as long as you were inspired from the post to make something. It should be new. Once you’ve got it made, send us a picture and we’ll post it here. Submissions should be sent to info@beadfx.com with the subject line “Inspiration Friday”  There is no timeline, so please don’t worry about trying to complete it within a week.  If you have a blog, or an etsy (or similar) site – …

Need Packaging Ideas?

I’m sure all of you are busy preparing for the holiday season – and the jewelry you’ve made – or are planning on making. But have you thought about how you’re going to package it? You’ve gone to a huge amount of work to create something stunning – I hope you don’t plan on sticking it in a zip lock bag πŸ™‚ I discovered this flickr group today – Short on ideas? Check out all of the creative packaging ideas here.

Fun with watch parts

I’ve had my little baggie of watch parts for a couple weeks now. My original plan was to make some sort of a resin project. However, the other day I ran across a free tutorial by the awesome Christi Friesen. Some of you may have seen her books. We’ve carried them on occasion.  Once I saw her tutorial for a steampunk polymer clay heart…I knew I had to try it. Some of you may remember me mentioning that any of my attempts at polymer clay in the past – looked….well, like something done in kindergarten class…at best πŸ™‚ This time, …

Play Days, Clay Days and Classes

First of, November 28th is the next Play Day at BeadFX. If you’ve never been to one of our Play Days, you should drop in for this one. At least once a month, art clay enthusiasts congregate in our classroom (all new and renovated by the way) to play with clay and chat with the rest of the bunch all for $10. You have to bring your own art clay though. We’ll provide the rest of the fun. For our regulars, Heather (a.k.a finesilvergirl) is going to be there. This class sold out at the Toronto Bead Society Fall Fair, …

The Climbing Price of Silver

If you listen to the news, either TV or radio, you may have noticed that the price of silver has been shooting upward. Like a rocket. Bad news. Because an increase – especially a dramatic increase like we’ve seen recently – translates into more expensive silver beads and findings. Sterling silver, fine silver, silver metal clay, and even the silver plated items – will all be going up. So – what’s causing this increase in silver that we will be having to pay for? Did Peru and Mexico suddenly shut down all their silver mines? (Peru and Mexico are the …

The Joy of Metal Clay – Texture

One of the things I love about metal clay is its ability to take texture. There are tons of textures out on the market and many things you can use to texture your clay. After I took my first metal clay class I found myself thinking about all the things that I could use to texture my metal clay. This past week our Metal Clay Group had a visit from Helen Breil a polymer clay artist and designer of fabulous textures. She spoke to our group about ways to make our own textures using polymer clay. She offers tutorials on …

The Business Chat – Raising prices

I think silver wholesalers need to install defibrillators in their shops for all those heart attacks that happen when shoppers look at the current prices. People, have you seen what happened to silver in the past month??? And could the timing be worse? Seriously, right before the holiday shopping season? ARGH! What’s a jewelry designer going to do? Are you raising your prices or not? This was the major topic of conversation in the aisles last week as precious metals hit record-breaking highs. The bottom line is that in order for your bottom line to be healthy, or at least …

Inspiration Friday

If you would like to participate in our Inspiration Friday posts and get some free publicity…Come on people – free publicity is good!  It really can be anything at all, as long as you were inspired from the post to make something. It should be new. Once you’ve got it made, send us a picture and we’ll post it here. Submissions should be sent to info@beadfx.com with the subject line “Inspiration Friday”  There is no timeline, so please don’t worry about trying to complete it within a week.  If you have a blog, or an etsy (or similar) site – …

Ottawa Glass Bead Artists Show

Love lampwork? Well you need to get on down to Ottawa this weekend. Perfect excuse for a little mini vacation if you ask me. I’d be packing up hubby and the kids for a last minute vacation if I wasn’t going to be traipsing through Pickering on Saturday in the Santa Claus Parade – Yes, in the parade πŸ™‚  My girls are both in the parade this year….I’ve got 2 days to come up with a costume for both… Anyway, back to the fabulous beads… We’ll be there, but with a small booth, and probably just a small selection of …

Patinas

Heather’s post the other day reminded me that I bought a patina tutorial and solutions from MissFickleMedia – Shannon is the queen of patinas!  I have also tried the ammonia, and ammonia/salt combination with very little luck whatsoever. However with the patina solutions I got from Shannon – well just take a look!  Blue/green verdigris starts to develop in minutes, and within 24 hours…wow!  She’s got lots of other colours as well. Here I’ve used persian indigo, and traditional verdigris. The patinas will only work on pure copper/bronze/brass etc. They cannot be plated at all. If you do go ahead …