Make Jewelry for a good cause!

The Corsage Project is a non-profit organisation with a mission: every girl who wants to go to prom, but can’t afford to do so, will be able to in style. BeadFX has been a champion of the Corsage project since 2005. Students are identified through confidential referrals from school guidance counselors, Children’s Aid, youth, or social workers. Girls who are referred are formally invited to attend a ‘Boutique Ball’ in May where, assisted by a personal shopper, they select a gown of their choice, and shoes and accessories to match. With your help, we want to do what we know …

Back from a week off

I’m back from a week off – I “went dark” – left the computer behind – didn’t check my email – stayed off Facebook. Went and immersed myself in my other life – the one with all the dogs in it. Sooooo – what have I got for you this week? uuuuuh. I have some great stories – not necessarily relevant or particularly politically correct. I could talk about aging parents and the responsibility that brings. Or the fear that in seeing them, you are looking into a mirror across time – seeing your own future and wondering how to …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Art Clay Copper Tips

My Apologies to you all. I apparently failed in posting this last week. I prepped it early as I was going away for Family Weekend and thought I had set it to post. Apparently I failed to make it happen so here is last weeks post. I recently taught an Art Clay Copper Class and it reminded me that it can be a little finicky to manage and there are tips that would make it easier. Tip #1 – Condition the clay – When the clay comes out of the package it feels tough and I have found that conditioning …

The Business Chat – time to sell

Picture this, it’s your best friends birthday and you’ve made her a fabulous pair of earrings. You’re at her birthday party and it’s time to open the presents! As she looks at the pile she picks your present up. From out of the crowd comes a comment, “oh what do you think that is? More earrings? Another necklace?” and a chorus of guffaws erupts. As you look around you realize that all your friends are decked out in your creations. When you go home you look around your house and realize you can’t find your dining room table because it’s …

Inspiration Friday

With a new year, how about we make a few little changes to our Inspiration Friday posts? This year, you pick your inspiration reference! There are lots of places to find inspiration. Photo’s, magazines, fabric, nature, patterns, textures…Have a really good look at the little things around you, and make something – anything at all. The whole point is to get you out of your comfort zone, and experiment with new beads, materials, found objects, ephemera – anything you can find! We’d love to see what you come up with. Send us a picture of your new creation, along with …

Last call for Inspiration Friday

Hi all, I’ll be a wee bit delayed in posting today – I should be back in the studio later this evening to photograph everything. If you have anything to show off this week – Please send it to info@beadfx.com with the subject line “Inspiration Friday”

Bead Table Wednesday, and Desk Disaster Friday

You may have seen links for Bead Table Wednesday before. I’m not sure who started it, but there are a bunch of bloggers who post pics of the goodies, and artistic works happening on their bead tables – on the Bead Table Wednesday flickr group every Wednesday. I’ve been tempted to join, but I know I’ll have an impossible time of keeping up with it. However, there is one new group that I don’t think I’ll have a problem keeping on top of…. It’s the Desk Disaster Friday group – started by Diane Hawkey. Be sure to read her blog …

Beads of Clay

I don’t know about you, but when I’m particularly swamped I start obsessing about all of the really cool things I could work on if I only had the time. Of course, once I actually have the time – I’m too tired to actually do anything 🙂 My latest re-obsession is to pull out my ceramic clay and start playing again.  Once I get a chance, I’ll blog a bit about it – including my upcoming pottery class! I don’t really have all that much interest in making bowls and plates – But I do want to make beads/pendants, and …

Diane Fitzgerald: 5 Spots Left !!! Sign up today !!!

There is a lot going on in March by way of classes. Before going on about that, there is 1 spot left in the Moorish Tile Beads class, and 4 spots left in the Gingko Leaf Necklace class. If you’ve already signed up for any of Diane’s classes, you’ll be receiving an email from me in about a week with class details and handouts. If you haven’t signed up, now is the time. Now to what’s coming up in March: Stephanie Dixon has two new classes on March 5th. Lots of bling as usual! Embellished Business Card Holder Crystal Adeventure …

Swarovski Spring/Summer 2012 Innovations

2012????!? Oh – that’s just the fashion industry for you. Need time for production to spool up. Anyway – let’s take a look at what is coming up soon from Swarovski. We expect to have a lot of these in stock in within 4 – 6 weeks. (We need time to process stuff too, you know!) Twice a year – “insiders” – like us – get this posh little box from Swarovski with samples of upcoming items in it! Like a box of chocolates – there is a legend on the lid. I imagine that one of these days these …