Gift Certificates and a gorgeous heap of beads

You know what you want for Christmas – but trying to explain to your loved ones that you want a metal stamp set in a certain font, and some metal blanks, or the whole collection of delicas, is more than your non beady friends and family can deal with. Send them here: http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/giftcertificate.php  These can be used online, or in the store, and can be purchased in any amount @ $10 increments.  We also have a gift certificate specifically to be used for a lampwork beadmaking class! I also wanted to show you some of the handmade beads we have …

The Spirit of Christmas – Local Food Drive

Ho Ho Ho everyone! It’s that time of year – wow – where did 2011 go? (For that matter, where did 1999 go?) Christmas is less than 2 weeks away. (Brief pause for hyper-ventilation.) Folks are running around buying gifts and food, making gifts and baking, and planning the holiday dinners and get-togethers. Some, however, don’t get to look forward to Christmas with happy anticipation and mild anxiety about in-laws. They have a real, deep-down dread – “Do I have money to buy food? Can I let the rent slide one more month? What am I going to feed my …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Remember to take pictures of your work!

I had a small open house last week to sell some of my jewelry. It it is always a simple way to sell some jewelry and a chance to visit with friends and customers. But this is not the point of this point. One thing to remember is to take pictures of your work. Now with the digital age there is no cost ( or very little, purchase of a digital camera and the use of a computer which has become commonplace for most of us, especially if you are reading this blog). I admit I can be sort of …

The Business Chat – How do you refer to yourself?

How do you refer to yourself? (crafter, artisan, artist, other) Recently I was asked to fill out a media profile for a show and this was the first question on the list. It stopped me for a minute. When people ask you what you do, how do you respond? The answer to this question has a lot to do with how long you have been making your craft and how confident you are in your work. Like many others I dabbled all my life with crafts but I would never have used the A word (artist) to describe myself. Oh …

Elizabeth Taylor

Some friends are currently in New York to view the Elizabeth Taylor jewelry collection at the Rockefeller Center Gallery. What a fabulous opportunity to view what must be an insanely fabulous collection of spectacular jewelry. For those of us who can’t make it down there to view it in person, you can view the collection online through Christie’s. The collection is massive, and will be going up for auction to benefit The Elizabeth Taylor Aids Foundation.  Here are a few highlights, but take a few (or many) minutes to view the collection on the Christie website. Amazing!

Big News!

Big News! Big news – really big. You have no idea how truly, immensely colossally big. I mean, ginormous. We’re not just talking large here, but fantazimickally humongous! After over a decade at our current location, having expanded three times, multiple renovations, re-designs, etc., etc., we are taking the plunge and … beadFX is moving to a new location! (Sadly – no, for those of you who have asked – it’s not Winnipeg, Calgary, or Barrie – as lovely as those places are … .) We have found a new building – and we will be doubling the amount of …

Wire – Colour Variations

Rosemary wanted me to point out to you all that the new wire colour “Rose Gold” has a little more variation from gauge to gauge than you might expect. You can see here from this photo of them hanging on the rack in the store that some are definitely more “Rose,” others more “Gold.” Just so you know, in case you are purchasing different gauges and expecting them to all be exactly the same colour! We are going to re-label the darker ones- the lighter colour is the intended colour of “Rose Gold” – and is what we expect from …

Oh, the weather outside….

…Nope not going to even attempt to write a cute little rhyme. Dwyn may be talented in that regard…I am not.  It is starting to get cold and yucky out there, and the best place to be is cozy and warm in our classroom, with beads of course! We’ve even got a fancy shmancy espresso machine in the classroom.    Here are some of our very last classes of the year. Stay tuned to the blog and the website for our updates for the New Year. Our class co-ordinator Jenny, has been very busy indeed! On Wednesday the 7th, Rae will …

Czech Glass Buttons – How it’s Made!

Last week, we added a bunch more of those fabulous Czech glass buttons to our site. These buttons are new, but are made with the same techniques – and the same equipment! – that they have been using for a hundred years!  We thought you might like to see just what that process looks like. First up – these are the molds that are used to make the buttons. These are a “negative” version of the button, as these press into the glass to make the shape. These are the very same ones that have been in use for hundreds …

The Joy of Metal Clay – Snowman (or person)

It may be cold and rainy outside but the snow will be upon us in now time… Although my opinion may not be poplular, I love the snow and love making snowmen, and all that goes with winter. So bring it on Mother Nature. Over the past few weeks, I have worked on a few Art Clay snow themed pieces. Snowflakes and Snowmen were what I made. For some reason my snow flake broke but the Snowman (or snowperson to be politically correct) turned out great!!! I layered a small convex circle ontop of a larger concave circle shape and …