Lazy Hazy Days

We’re heading into August – can you believe the summer is half over already?  We’ve got some fabulous classes lined up for the rest of your summer vacation. Check out the full August schedule on our classes page – and of course, have a look at some of the classes coming up throughout the year. Much more to come! Tuesday August 7th Discover Lampworking with Becky Greenall 6:30pm to 8:30pm Thursday August 9th Fire and Ice Bracelet with Pamela Kearns 6pm to 9pm Saturday August 11th  Hot Connections 1 – Introduction to Soldering with Iris Rogers Melamed 10am to 1pm  …

Two Simple Tips for Making Leather Bracelets

Here’s a couple of quick tips if you are thinking about making some leather bracelets – because with all this new leather and specialized findings, clasps, beads, etc., they sure are tempting – and sooooo easy. But leather being, you know, organic, sometimes it doesn’t find perfectly into the clasp first time. You can wrestle with it if you like, or try these two quick tips to make fitting the leather into the hole a breeze. Tip 1: The leather is too thick – make it thinner by filing the end with an emery board. Files down amazingly well, actually. …

The Joy of Metal Clay

Check the entries in the Metal Clay Today’s (online metal clay magazine) Enamoured challenge entries. You can vote for the Viewers Choice Award. Check the entries out here. There is quite a variety of entries. Good luck to those of you who entered. In looking through Metal Clay Today’s site I found the titles of their upcoming contests. This Fall the title is “Ornamental my dear” and this Winter it is “Building a Better Box”. I will update you when I get more details.   In other news, have you heard about the 25% increase in PMC supposed to hit August …

The Business Chat – 3 ways of thinking for success

Me. In a room. Just me. This is my whole company. Ask me what I do and depending on the day I can give you a dozen different answers, that is what being a solopreneur is all about. Sometimes it feels like I’m thinking in a thousand different directions, my brain is on overdrive trying to get everything done. Yet within the variety of jobs that I do there are 3 distinct mindsets that I must have that are the most important. If I can wrap my head around these 3 ways of thinking I can pretty well guarantee that …

Inspiration Friday: YOU!

I am constantly amazed by the beautifully jewellery that you, beloved customer, make from components bought at beadFX. Everyday someone walks in wearing a piece that just blows me away. On Wednesday, Sarah came in the store to buy more gemstone Swarovski pearls and crystallized filigree beads for bracelets that she makes and is selling like hot cakes on her Etsy site. Isn’t this gorgeous? Isn’t she beautiful? Well, Jenny and I could not get over how fabulously the filigree beads go with the Swarovski Gemstone Pearls. We pawed over which beads would go with which pearls. At Open Beading …

The Last Spike

Once upon a time, there was a vast country, and because the internet hadn’t been invented yet – no way to quickly talk to your friends on the other side of it.  Then someone had this idea – “Let’s build a railroad – so we can all go visiting and not have to drive home 5,000 miles after drinking all night.”  They hired some guys and got some metal and some SPIKES and cut down some trees and soon they were building a railroad.  Oh, sure, they had some problems – some guys saw some Ghost ABs, and of course, …

Open Beading Night: What's It All About?

Imagine if you will:-Being able to shop in your favourite store after hours and having someone personally help you. -Being surrounded by your best friends doing a hobby you all enjoy. -Having access to hundreds of magazines and books for inspiration. -Having a professional on hand to answer questions and help you through difficulties. -Having a sneak peek at the new product in the store before it goes live on the website. -Eating two bite brownies, cinnamon rolls and chocolate. -and to top it all off, it’s FREE!! That my friends, is Open Beading Night at beadFX!! I am so …

Classes

I can’t believe how fast the summer seems to be flying by. It’s the end of July already! We’ve only got a few open spots left for Open Beading Night with Stephanie Dixon – sign up now! This Wednesday, the 25th from 6 to 8pm. Open Beading Night Do you have questions about a beading project? Are you looking for inspiration or creative input? Why not drop by an Open Beading Night at beadFX?! Stephanie (and her sparkling personality!) will be in the classroom from about 6pm to 8pm most weeks to answer questions and give advice. Interested in learning …

Torch Fired Enamels

We have been carrying this book for a few months – but what you probably don’t know is that Marg actually took a class in this, just to see what it was like! She made some quite fun and colourful stuff, and enjoyed it a lot. She says it’s easy to do! Here’s a look at her results from the class! Books – Torch-Fired Enamel Jewelry – by Barbara Lewis

The Joy of Metal Clay: My Vacuum????

Today, I want to tell you about the awesome vacuum that I invested in.  It is odd to hear me exited about cleaning but let me explain why. When I fire base metal clay there is often a soot in the bottom of the kiln from the firing pan.  It is messy and not the easiest to clean. Plus, carbon is dusty.  I have to  (read: should) vacuum my kiln and work area  regularly.  I had little Black and Decker hand vacuum but I could never get it to suck all the soot out of the kiln and its power …