Inspiration Friday – Or not ;-)

Oh boy, I know I promised a double inspiration post today – when will I learn? It’s been a whirlwind of activity with my mother in law visiting for Easter. I had completely planned to spend a few hours in the studio tonight giving my husband and his mom a few hours to catch up on things. Instead, we had a lovely dinner at the Mandarin, then we sat and chatted til just recently drinking far too much wine. I don’t have any hope of making anything now 🙂 LOL Instead, for those of you who celebrate Easter – Have …

Weekly Update

Just testing – trying to figure out how to make the weekly update available in more places. This is a duplicate of what is on the site and what went out in the weekly update email – so if you’ve already seen that – no need to re-read it. Unless you want to, of course. Collective Unconscious You never heard of a thing – and suddenly – it smacks you over the head a million times. Both Step by Step Wire and Australian Beading have projects for making jewelry using zippers. Yep – you read correctly – zippers. Ok – …

Blog hopping

I have family flying in from Halifax this morning, so I’ve got a quick post for you today as I scurry around trying to clean up 😉 The first blog that’s somewhat new to me, and I find particularly inspiring is Brandi Girl – A life inspired by colour.  Be sure to check out her 52 colours project! The second one is a newish jewelry blog (to me anyway) Love My Art Jewelry – Creating handmade with handmade. Enjoy, and I’ll be back tomorrow with a double inspiration post – I completely missed last Friday, as I had a something …

Fire is Nice – Flameworkers Trunk Show @ beadFX!

It’s been a while, but it’s that time a gain for our lampworkers (flameworkers) trunk show. It’s ‘the’ place to get some of the most awesome handmade beads in Toronto. Be sure to join us in store on Saturday May 14th from 10am to 5pm. Choose from among the finest handmade lampwork beads in Toronto! Demo’s, snackables, awesome shopping – and of course a perfect time to socialize with all of your beady friends! We’ll have a total of 10 to 12 artists, including Nortel. If you’re a lampworker, and not participating – come on down to pick up some …

Get your chainmaille on at beadFX this Summer!

Chain jeweller and author, Scott David Plumlee, will be in Toronto June 24 – 26 teaching a series of chainmaille workshops at beadFX. The workshops will be a series of beginner and intermediate level classes, so don’t fret if you’ve never done chainmaille before. Scott’s designs are simple and gorgeous. At the end of the class, you’ll leave with a stunning piece/s of jewellery. All the classes Scott will be teaching are listed below. Click on the pics for specific course details. For those who would like to see samples of his work, drop by at the store and take …

Corsage Project Donations

The Corsage Project donations have all been picked up, and we want to thank you for your generosity! In case you missed it – the Corsage project dresses and outfits young women who are graduating from high school, but will not be able to attend their prom due to financial considerations. beadFX participates by facilitating donations of jewelry – donating jewelry – acting as a drop off- giving discounts to donors and hosting “Corsage Project” nights, where you can come in and make jewelry for donation in a friendly, convivial atmosphere. A big thank you to everyone who donated – …

The Joy of Metal Clay – The rising cost of SILVER…clay

It was bound to happen… Silver metal clay has gone up in price. This past week I received an announcement from Art Clay World which stated: “As you may know, since May, 2009 the price of silver has gone up from around $13 an ounce to today’s price of over $41 an ounce. During that time, the price of Art Clay Silver™ has remained stable, despite the tripling of the silver market. In addition, costs in all aspects of silver metal clay production have increased dramatically. The manufacturer has also had to factor in the decrease in the amount of …

The Business Chat – Etsy market research

Last week I discussed/ranted about someone who wanted to open an Etsy shop without even know what Etsy is. My point was that starting any sort of business initiative with doing proper research is just plain dumb and will fail. Today let’s talk about how to do some market research on Etsy. (www.etsy.com) Before beginning any business venture you need to see what your competition is doing. So let’s look find them. If you already know their name or their shop name you can search under people and shops. To get a better look at the big picture you should …

Favourite free beading projects

I’ve been on the hunt for some magatama beading projects for Gail. So far,  I haven’t uncovered much, but I did come across some other projects I’m quite tempted to try out at some time.  I love these three in particular. Bead and Button will require you to set up a free account in order to access the projects. Beaded Bead Caps by Amy Johnson for Bead & Button Beaded Flower by Beth Ratheram for Beads & Beyond Beaded Bead by Pru McRae for Beads & Beyond

Tweet, Tweet & floppy beadwork

I’m excited to announce that our in-house Swarovski Ambassador is now tweeting for us. Come follow along with Stephanie, and occasionally Marg, and myself as we tweet up a storm on Twitter. Floppy Beadwork – This title got my attention this morning on the Beading Daily blog.  I’m not the most talented seedbeader, so anything I make with seedbeads is either rock hard (from too much tension), or extremely floppy (from a lack of tension). I didn’t realize that even the experts have a problem with floppy beadwork. Learn how to solve that problem once and for all right here!