The Business Chat – Signage

It’s that time of year again, craft show season. Time to dust off your booth and set up shop. Whether you are creating your first booth or dusting off last years now is the time to evaluate your booth design and make any changes. At the beginning of every season I look over my notes from last year and decide what to change. Tip: yes I have copious notes from previous shows. I never go to a show without a notebook. I note everything from reminders that I need more duct tape to ideas about redesigning a part of the …

Inspiration Friday

Happy Friday! I’m now off to start planning, and hopefully planting (and weeding) my garden so long as the rain holds off. Here’s a gardenesque inspiration for you this week. The bracelet I made on Wednesday for our InspirationFX was really growing on me. I wanted to make a necklace to match, but I didn’t have any more of the mossy green pearls. I decided to leave them out entirely, and just used the flowers and crystals. Here’s the original bracelet: And the necklace I made today: I think I’d like to make another version using even more bright jewel …

You Can Make your Own Jewellery: Ditch Crappy Store-Bought

A few days ago, I was sampling some earrings at a popular jewellery store in Toronto, and I was underwhelmed. When you work at a bead store or make your own jewellery, you become very picky especially when it comes to store-bought jewellery. Thankfully, beadFX is always offering jewellery making classes! If you would like to learn a new jewellery making technique or simply brush up on your beading techniques, you’ll find an interesting mix of classes to choose from. June 2Dancing Dahlia Brooch6 – 8pm June 8Pearl Knotted Bracelet6 – 8pm June 18Basic Bead Crocheting10am – 1pm June 24 …

Create Your Style Magazine

Do you know those beautiful Create Your Style magazines that you may have seen at the shop being guarded carefully by Rosemary or Malliga like it was gold? Well, in the past these magazines have been ridiculously difficult to get a hold of. They’re now available here at beadFX!  Get your copy now 🙂

New This Week!

Shiny Glittery Update That’s what the gals at the store packaging and processing this week’s update have been calling it – “the shiny, glittery update” – so let’s roll with that!What is making this update all shiny-glittery is that we have a bunch of new faceted firepolish beads for you! We don’t see much “new” firepolish these days because, er, well – we already pretty much have it all. Not sure if I’m proud that our selection is so comprehensive, or slightly embarrassed that we are so overwhelmingly obsessive about getting it all!On our Fancy Firepolish page – we have …

Lamenting the rain

It looks like this weekend may in fact be a good weekend for just hanging out inside and beading. Which is NOT a bad thing, but of course around here, this is THE weekend to get your garden cleaned up along with the highly anticipated trek to the nursery’s to purchase far too many beautiful and interesting plants, that you’ll find a way to squeeze in somehow. How are you spending your long weekend? Maybe I’ll have to continue to just dream about the garden, and make beads inspired by these: Source: garden-artistry.tumblr.com via Sara on Pinterest Source: google.com via …

Free Kit Giveaway and Business Talk

It’s almost summertime which means craft shows, garage sales, and the like. Are you looking to turn your hobby into a profit-making business? Over the summer, jewellery designer Catherine Winter, will be presenting workshops on How to Start your on Jewellery Business and How to Run a Successful Craft Show. The courses will cover a series of topics including: how to find the right shows for you, marketing tips, building a business plan and setting up business partnerships. All the kind of details you need to know in order to be successful as a jewellery designer. Check out our monthly …

Silkily Stringing

Last week, we rolled out our new line of silk strings and ribbons – lovely, silky, ethereal fairy ribbons and rolled, hand-stitched strings in a rainbow of colours! I wear one of my lampwork pendants just hanging on one of the fairy ribbons – knotted in a bow at a length I can slip on and off without untying – it can be that simple! Where I think the silk strings really shine, however, is en masse – mixing the colours together like a mad impressionist painter! Here’s what I mean, and some colour suggestions for you – just to …

The Joy of Metal Clay – Inspirations from nature

This weekend I went on a getaway to a girlfriend’s cottage. It was a chance to escape the day to day life and take in nature, friends, a good book and peaceful atmosphere. I had intended to write a blog on the technique of painting leaves with silver clay…something most of us can now do since there are many small and beautiful leaves popping up everywhere. This did not happen as I wanted to include pictures of the process and I did not have any pictures in my archives(this post will come later this month or next). Instead, I am …