The Business Chat – It’s a holiday!

At my last show (the One of a Kind spring show April 2011) several people came in looking for “teacher gifts” for June. This is a phenomena that I’m not that familiar with as I don’t have little kids and my school days are way behind me. It was one of those “Aha!” moments for me. Marketing is easy when it’s Christmas, or Valentines Day or Mother’s Day. It’s all those in-between times that can lead to a sales drought. Now I’m going to find something interesting, I’m going to give my customers a reason to shop, I’m going to …

Inspiration Friday

A few weeks ago, I had got it into my head that making a faux geode in resin/silver/polyclay would be a fun experiment. I don’t think I’m quite there yet, as the glitter I used was a bit too fine (Martha Stewart brand). I did however just receive in the mail a few packets of vintage german glass glitter. The particles on the vintage stuff are much larger, and I think would work out better. Obviously, I’ve kept my initial experiments to polymer clay. I’ll move on to silver when I think I’ve got it right.  What I find also …

Call out for eye candy!

It’s Inspiration Friday, and for the first time in two weeks, extenuating circumstances are not preventing me from having something to post. I know we have some talented readers out there. Show me what you’ve got. If you can send me a pic of your eye candy before say 7pm? Please send to info@beadfx.com – subject line inspiration friday. Happy Friday everyone!

Royal Wedding and the Engagement Ring

Well – it’s the big day for William and Kate tomorrow, and everyone seem to using this as an excuse to have a jolly old party. And why not? Watch the wedding, marvel at the pomp and ceremony, raise a glass to their health, and be really grateful that the entire world doesn’t watch every little thing that you do! My email box has been filling up with offers for “genuine reproductions” of the royal engagement ring. And they’ve been so popular – retailers can’t keep them on the shelves. As you can see from the photos, any blue oval …

New This Week!

Clasp me! Come on now, everybody – clasp your hands together. Or, more to the point, clasp your strands! We have a boat load of those handsome, decorative clasps that are either the perfect finishing touch, or the jumping off point for a fabulous design. Perhaps you are starting to plan some wedding jewelry (what with June barreling down on us like a loaded donkey) and are thinking about pearls? A pearl clasp would surely look most awesome. We have a traditional style, or you can go for baroque. These clasps with molded glass cabochons are made with glass buttons …

From the web – 2 wire clasp tutorials

I’ve recently come across 2 wire clasp tutorials that I think you all might really like! Enjoy making these clasps, and be sure to have a look through the blogs – tons, and tons of inspiration to be found! The first one, from Art Bead Scene is the Garden Gate Clasp. Art Bead Scene – Garden Gate Clasp The second comes from Cindy Wimmer of Sweet Bead Studio

May EVENTS & CLASSES

If you’re wondering what’s in store for the month of May at beadFX, here’s a recap. There are two bead shows, a few new classes, and even more classes. The much anticipated Toronto Bead Society Fair is April 30th & May 1st. You can drop by at the store to pick up a $2 off the admission fee flyer. If you can’t make it to the store, you can print the flyer online here. Also, there is the Lampwork Trunk Show. The Lampwork Trunk Show is taking place at beadFX Sat May 14 10 – 5pm. There will be lots …

Silversilk Capture – Adding End Caps

Last week we rolled out the new SilverSilk(tm) Capture – which is a totally cool knitted wire chain with a bead chain “captured” inside. I admit to being quite taken with the look of this chain – it has a dimensionality and sheen and suppleness to it that is more reminiscent of rattail – but is more complex on closer inspection. It is handsome in it’s own right, and makes a fine partner for a single, flashy pendant. And – when push comes to shove, the single, flashy pendant is what I am really, really good at. (Being the queen …

The Joy of Metal Clay – Big Beautiful and Bronze Dragonfly

Over the past couple of weeks I have mentioned my plans to make a bronze brooch using the inexpensive brooch findings and also my plans to make a dragonfly. This weekend I “killed a bird with one stone” and made a bronze dragonfly brooch. Unfortunately, it is not dry enough to fire, but I will post pictures of it once fired soon. Here it is in process: 1.I rolled out a body making one end thicker than the other. 2. Then I slit the top of the thicker end to help make the “buldgy” eye shape. 3. I cut out …

The Business Chat – Bad Customers

Sometimes it happens. Sometimes it isn’t you, it’s them, they are just plain old miserable people who aren’t going to be happy with anything and now they’re your customer and you have to deal with them. Oh joy, lucky you. It’s just a part of running a business, take a deep breath, deal with them nicely and they will go away. Here’s a couple of tips from someone who’s had her fair share of “fun” customers over the course of 150 craft shows and 3 years of online selling. First, always keep your cool. No matter what, never let them …