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

From now on, you can just pretty much assume that my Inspiration Friday posts will not be live until Friday evening. I just can’t seem to get it together in time. 🙂 That said, I’ve got stuff in the kiln, some pictures done – and patina’s to apply. If you’ve got something for us this week, send it on to info@beadfx.com with the subject line “Inspiration Friday”

Artistic Wire Jumprings

Boy, were we all excited when Artistic Wire(tm) brought out their jumprings made especially for Chaine Maille. Nice little pre-packaged lots, all counted and ready to go, and in sizes designed to work well in chainmaille patterns. This is the bee’s knees, we thought. Harumph. Apparently everyone else thought so too. Even the sales folks at Artistic Wire were all excited. One of them said must have said, “Hey – why don’t we take these to Walmart and Michael’s and other big craft chains too!” Unfortunately – no one in the production department did the math. And they are now …

Eye Candy from Tucson

While our fearless beader was down in Tucson – she took some technique classes that have her all excited, and the rest of us too – as it means more way cool stuff to play with. It’s really pretty cool being part of the beadFX team, you know. Whenever one of us goes off on a beady tangent – we tend to all have a go at it. Not everyone sticks with every new thing, but the enthusiasm is certainly contagious! One of the classes was making this blingy compact! Is this not awesome? Judith Leiber – eat your heart …