Create Your Style TV!

Just announced on facebook! Swarovski has created a YouTube channel, and has started posting instructional videos. The first three are perfect for beginners. Simple, stunning sparkly designs featuring a selection of Swarovski Elements hearts.  Subscribe to the Youtube channel to be notified of any new uploads.

Sequins!

Click here to buy your vintage sparklies Today’s post was supposed to be about something entirely different. However, I got distracted by sparkly, shiny things. Today it’s of course the sequins we just got in. Those scrumptious, sparkly, vintage lovelies – and so many ideas I’ve come across as well. I first thought that in addition to the ideas Dwyn mentioned on the home page, you could make those sputnik balls with the sequins pinned in. It would look incredible with the vintage sequins. Then of course I found all sorts of other cool ideas on pinterest (of course)                                                                                                  …

New This Week!

Something Old, Something New! Nope – we’re not getting married – but we do have old and new together this week. Vintage Sequins! These are old – but in pristine condition – and a far cry from the sequins that you might find in the big box stores! Interesting shapes, like flowers and squares, some are flat, some are cupped. Use them as elements in resin, wired into bridal headdresses, or string between pearls like spacers for a different look. Let your imagination run wild! Stitch them onto mitts and hats for a touch of sparkly fun to get you …

All about Seed Beads

Melinda Barta, editor of Beadwork magazine has posted a video about seedbead types on the Beading Daily blog.  It’s an excellent video explaining the different sizes, cuts and uses.  Pop over to the blog after you watch this one for over 60 more beading and stringing videos!

Glassy Opportunities @ beadFX!

Our glass studio is in full swing this fall. We offer a range of glass beadmaking classes. Choose from our selection of 4 and 5 hour beginner sessions, and full weekend classes from our instructors: Dwyn Tomlinson of Dragonjools, and Amy Waldman-Smith. Have a look at the Class Schedule for complete details. Did you know though that we offer private classes? Whether you want to learn a specific technique, or would just feel more comfortable working with an instructor one on one. We can design a class just for you! Contact Dwyn to discuss your goals: dwyn@beadfx.com Dwyn recently taught …

New Swarovski Colours Coming!

The new colours and shapes from Swarovski are rolling out and we got to see the official launch last week – although we had already seen the new colours. You may have already seen them around on the interwebs, and we have our initial shipment and I’m a busy little beaver, madly photographing and processing them. The second thing that goes through our minds here when we see the new colours – the first thing is “Ooooooh, aaaaah.” – the second thing we think is, where does it fit in the existing spectrum of colours? Is this new colour really …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Bringing Resin to the Forefront

Earlier this summer, I made this pendant with a resined photo inside the pendant.Unfortunately, I found that the photo was set too far back making it difficult to see. So this week it was time to FIX it. But bringing it forward and sticking it without a backing could pose a challenge. First to remove the resined photo. There are several ways to do this. You can use nail polish remover (the less toxic way). Or you can use a heavy duty paint or varnish remover. After picture is removed, it is time to add the picture. For this piece …

The Business Chat – Your Value

People, the holiday shopping season is almost here!!! Are you ready? We’ve been talking over the past 5 weeks about getting your booth, your website and everything else ready. We haven’t talked yet about the most important part of your business – you. Are you ready? Really ready? Are you ready to stand before the general public with your work on display and proudly tell the world how great it is? Can you sell a customer on the benefits of your handmade lovelies? Can you list everything online confidently? Are you ready to explain to people why your work is …

Torch fired enamel pictures

Here are a couple of pictures as promised last night. Some of these have specs of vermiculite permanently attached as i dropped them into the tin too soon, but other than that, they came out fabulously. I used 1 iron filigree bead from the kit, the rest are copper metal clay, or copper headpins. I’m going to try tumbling the headpins to see how the enamel holds up. Headpins I’ve heard through the painting with fire forums, have a tendency to break. They seem to be fine to me, but we’ll see after a short tumble. The colour possibilities are …

Painting with Fire

Every now and again I get to try out new kits, techniques, or processes. Some, I discover are not for me, or some I enjoy – but I find the process far too time consuming to bother continuing to do. Enameling has long been on my to do list. I even went so far many years ago to pick up an enameling kit. The kit came with all sorts of pieces including sifters, talk of sifting and washing enamels, screens, trivets, and multiple kiln/torch firings. I still do mean to try it out one day, but the whole process seemed …