Next Week at beadFX: 2 News Classes and More Fun Beading

Here’s what’s coming up next week at beadFX: Rings and Bling with Robert Burton June 27 6 to 9pm Wiggley Wire Frame Necklace with Malliga Nathan *NEW* June 28 6 to 9pm Boho Boro Drops Necklace with Malliga Nathan *NEW* June 29 6 to 9 pm Our July schedule is out and on our website. See what’s coming up in the month of July. Adios Amigas!

It Never Gets Old

I’ve been doing some cleaning and sorting and tidying – and I found a box of beads. Ok, no surprise there. Instore, we have little packages of random bead mixes called “Auntie Gwen’s Bead Soup.” These are made up from odds and ends and left-overs from packaging. You get some really good stuff in there. It used to be that the person that put these little bags of goodies together was me. I had a box of bags and labels and a scoop and I would sit at the dining room table, sometimes assisted by friends, and we would make …

The Joy of Metal Clay – A No Flake Foil Firing Box

Yay, I have my No Flake Foil that I ordered to create firing box for base metal clays and today, I am going to make it into a box. What is No Flake Foil and why would I use it. Last month I blogged about ways to contain carbon for firing, the steel pan I use for firing leaves a black dust in my kiln which is messy!!!! So I am attempting a less messy solution with this foil. It is like very thick like aluminum foil and it is supposed to not flake (as in the name). I had …

The Business Chat – One Word Challenge

This weeks topic was supposed to be Business Registration, however I’ve decided to put that off for a bit because something happened at my craft show last weekend that I think is far more important. Three fellow vendors asked me to critique their booth. Each of these vendors is relatively new to the show scene (less than 4 years) and each had been in business for a couple of years (2 – 6 years). All were wondering why their sales weren’t higher, why it was so difficult to get people to stop, why people just kept walking past. If you …

Inspiration Friday – Let’s Play Dressup

                                              With exquisite beads and jewelry of course!                                                Enjoy – Have a wonderful weekend all. 🙂                                                                                  Source: suninscorpio.tumblr.com via Laura on Pinterest                                                            Source: vintagerosegarden.tumblr.com via I luv you Jen-nay on Pinterest

Art Beads

I’m a huge art bead fan. Glass, polymer, metal, ceramic, paper – it doesn’t really matter what they’re made of. I love them all. Beautiful, handmade beads simply make me happy 🙂 I’m one of those that got into beading and jewelry, not so much for the jewelry – but rather my love for beads. I don’t need to do anything with my beads to make me happy – just possessing them is enough.  I’m curious to know how many of you incorporate art beads into your jewelry? If so, does your selection define the piece? Do you work around …

New This Week!

The Vintaj Branch! Have you branched out into Vintaj metal yet? Well, why not? You could start with this metal branch! This week – following our recent trend of metal, metal, and more metal, we have some new Vintaj components for you. The Vintaj components have a wonderful sense of whimsy, and a very Art Nouveau influence. We’ve added some fibre options lately, Mousetail (smaller than our regular Rattail), Silk Ribbons, and Wire Lace – which – I dunno. It’s knitted out of wire, but the technique for making it is like making fabric, so is it Wire? or Lace? …

Postal Disruptions

For the duration of the current postal disagreement, we will be shipping orders via UPS. Not all addresses are serviced by UPS, unfortunately. (i.e. some P.O. Boxes, Superboxes, some apartment buildings, condominiums and gated residences). If there is no UPS-serviceable address available to you, then we will hold the order here at beadFX until Canada Post is moving again. If you are uncertain if UPS serves your address, please call your local UPS number to confirm with them. As the cost of shipping orders outside of Canada and the USA via UPS is prohibitively expensive, those orders will be held …

Finding royalty and copyright free images

…to use in your mixed media jewelry or artwork can be difficult/costly/time consuming. I’m always on the hunt for images that I can either use as is, or alter digitally, or by hand. The majority of these images will be black and white. You can open them in your favourite photo editing software – or put to use those crazy expensive Prismacolor pencil crayons, or copic markers (I need some of those!), and colour them in. This one can be found at OldBookIllustrations.com Source: yestercards.com Source: The Graphics Fairy Be sure to read each websites terms of use. Some images …

Happy Hour Torching Expands to Two Nights!

Happy Hour Torching has become so successful – we’ve been turning people away, so we’ve decided to expand it to two nights! Starting next Monday, June 20 – Happy Hour Torching will be on both Monday and Thursday evenings, from 5 – 9 p.m. Happy Hour Torching is our lampwork studio evening two-hours-for-the-price-of-one event. From 5 pm to 9 pm, Torch for two hours for the price of one. As we are doing this to expand the opportunities for lampworkers – we are restricting this to one night per week per user. So, Happy Hour Torching is available for either …