Estate Jewelry

Marg sent me a link to a fascinating blog that I hope to explore more of over the weekend. Monica McLaughlin writes a weekly post about estate jewelry on The Hairpin This weeks blog features some wonderful pieces including Suffragette Jewelry such as this: This is a Holloway brooch. It was designed by Sylvia Pankhurst, the daughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, a leader of the British suffragette movement and the founder of the prominent women’s suffrage organization The Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU).  Read more on the blog – absolutely fascinating!

New This Week!

Pearls and Parawire! Feel like making something wonderful with wire and pearls? Then – this update is for you!But even if you haven’t spent the last week making sketches of pearl encrusted fairy tiaras sculpted of wire – well – we invite you to have a look at these new freshwater pearls to see what they inspire you to do.If your taste runs to the traditional – you’ll probably like the Silver Grey round pearls, these Oval cream pearls, or these Natural Mix pearls. If you like a bit more of a modern twist – then these Coin Pearls or …

Maria Rypan on The Jewelry Connection

I’m sure many of you know (or have at least heard of) Maria Rypan. Maria was one of our first teachers here at beadFX. She’s been extremely active within the Toronto Bead Society – and certainly active within the bead community in general.  Mona Hair of The Jewelry Connection has recently completed an online video interview with Maria that you certainly won’t want to miss!                         Online TV Shows by Ustream

Kumihimo

Marg, our fearless beader and buyer headed off to the recent Bead and Button show early, as she had signed up for some classes in Kumihimo. Kumihimo is Japanese braiding. Traditionally, it is done with a tool called a marudai, which resembles a small stool with a hole in the middle. Nowadays, kumihimo is often done on square or round foam disks with slots around the edge. These are inexpensive and make it easier to learn the sequence of moves required to make a braid. Small differences in the sequence of moves and the starting arrangement of the cords can …

The Joy of Metal Clay – Testing the metal box

Last week I talked about making a box out of no flake firing firing foil (click here). I made one to use to fire BronzClay in and this week I managed to test it out! As you can see in the picture to box did blacken after firing but as its name claims the foil did not flake at all. As you can see in the picture below you can rub the box as below and nothing rubs off. To answer the question as how did the items in the box turn out? Well in all truth they did not …

The Business Chat – Celebrations! And a question

Hey, guess what people? It’s my anniversary! I’ve been writing the Business Chat for one year and one week now!!!! WOOOHOOO!!! Last week I gave you a challenge – the One Word Challenge. It’s the start to a series (not necessarily every week) on creating your brand, your story and your USP. As I went to write the second installment I thought, hmmmm…. I think I’ve touched on this subject before. Well yes I have in small bits. Here. I want you to read these before I add more to them. The Elevator Speech Sell your storySell me your item …

Inspiration Friday – In praise of rusty things

Happy Friday all! As usual, my love  affair with anything old, rusted, moss covered, patina’d has me inspired to create a few new pieces of jewelry. I have nothing to show yet, as none of them are quite done – just beads and findings being arranged and re-arranged, and re-arranged again. 🙂 These are the images that are inspiring me this week: Source: design-seeds.com via Andie on Pinterest Source: flickr.com via Stephanie on Pinterest

Gilder’s Paste and Iridescent Luster Gel

Just in case you missed the update last night – We added two very exciting new products this week. Gilder’s Paste in a variety of colours, and Iridescent Luster Gel.  Gilder’s paste is an intensely-coloured wax paste – resistance to water and common chemical reagents – excellent for coloring and highlighting. Use on metals, ceramics, epoxy clay, polymer clay, resin, etc. You may need to rough up the surface to give some tooth for the Gilder’s paste to hang on to – i.e. the metal surface might be a little too slippery. Gilder’s paste dries to the touch in about …

New This Week!

Tarred and Feathered at beadFX! Well – not tarred actually. Just pasted. New this week is some exciting stuff that isn’t … it’s not beads. But it goes with beads. I’d like to introduce you to Gilder’s Paste – it is a wax/resin blend with high concentrations of pigment – it is water resistant, and can be buffed to a shine after drying. You can use it to add patinas and interesting colour effects to metal, wood, bone, ceramic, etched glass (won’t stick to shiny glass), polymer clay, epoxy clay, resin, wax candles, dried gourds, carved foam, and whatever else …

Beaded Journals

The other day, quite by accident,  I ran across an image of an antique (circa 1842) beaded German songbook. While I would love to have a peek at it in person – the $1300 price tag is a bit out of my reach.  Of course, I’m now quite obsessed with finding other beaded books. As you can imagine trying to google “beaded book” is impossible. I’ve tried all kinds of variations including being specific about the binding being beaded, not a book about beads 😉 Still no luck.  I did however come across a beading journal project that seems to …