The Joy of Metal Clay: Upcoming Introductory Class

I am looking forward to my upcoming introduction to metal clay class on October 14, 2012. The class is Charmed I’m Sure: Introduction to Art Clay Silver. It runs from 10 am to 5 pm at the store.  You can register by calling BeadFx 416-701-1373 In this class you will learn the fundamentals of working with Art Clay Silver. We will mold, shape and texture this revolutionary material to create your own one of a kind, fine silver jewellery. During the class, you will have the opportunity to create earrings, charms, or a pendant. All materials included! It is always …

The Business Chat – ho ho ho part 2

‘tis the season! The season to make money that is! Yippeee!!! Retail is a fickle business, it’s inconsistent, unpredictable and persnickety. But the one thing you can count on is that people will buy gifts during the next 3 months. So buckle down and get ready. First you have to think about what you’re going to make. Then you decide how much of it to make. Then you get down to work and make. Every season requires new work. Repeat customers like to see your collection looking fresh all the time and new work provides your diehard fans with new …

Stargazer Beaded Bead

In celebration of their 15th anniversary, BeadWork magazine is having a beaded bead contest. Bead One is called Seeing Stars and is by Melinda Barta, editor of BeadWork. You can find this pattern in the February/March 2012 issue. Bead Two is Clustered Beaded Bead by Gwen Fisher and is in the April/May issue. Bead Three is the Stargazer Beaded Bead by Florence Turnour in the June/July issue. Bead Four is the Treasure Trove Beaded Bead by Cynthia Newcomer Daniel in the August/September issue. The last bead, Bead Five, is the Dewdrop Beaded Bead by Cindy Holsclaw which incorporates Tila’s and …

Once in a Square Blue Moon

LunaSoft Cabochons at BeadFX! We have the totally delicious, yummy, JUICY new LunaSoft Cabochons. These are German-made Lucite cabochons – and they almost seem to glow! They are a soft, matte finish, and the metallic back reflects the light, so that it bounces around inside like crazy and comes out all yummy – to use the technical language. They come in squares, ovals and rounds, and if you think that a square moon makes no sense, then you haven’t been playing Minecraft. Which you should maybe check out – as it is a hot new wave in computer games. You …

Instant Glam by Fernando

I’m sure some of you faithful followers were wondering where today’s blogpost was. Well, today was the Swarovski Launch at John Bead and I wanted to be able to share some pics with you. Robert Wylie and William Hodge from Armure Studios were in attendance to unveil a piece that John Bead commissioned. This portrait of Liberace is made entirely of 2mm Swarovski crystals. Fernando DaSilva, Create Your Style with Swarosvki Elements Ambassador and Creative Manager for John Bead launched his new line, Instant Glam by Fernando. This is a line of bezels and Swarovski Crystal Rocks that were inspired …

Classes

Join Pam Thursday evening (September 27th) from 6pm to 9pm for a fabulous introduction to jewelry making! Do you want to create jewellery for yourself but have no idea where to start? Join us for this ‘newbie’ course and discover just how easy creating jewellery can be. Participants will make a couple of pairs of earrings and a bracelet. You’ll learn how to use headpins, open and close jump rings and find out how to use crimps. Students are to bring an assortment of beads they wish to use; time will be available during the class to select beads. Technique …

Bead Quilt – Part Four

 Part four! We continue to feature this enchanting bead quilt that Marg got at the charity auction at Bead and Button. The squares are made and donated by beaders from all over the world. I’m showing this to you one row at a time – up close and personal – so you can enjoy the handiwork in each square. (You might have to stand back into order to “see” the image.) The quilt is entitled “Glorious Green” and the theme: Birds. The artist’s name precedes their work.

The Joy of Metal Clay: Fall Cleaning

OK, it is actually Friday night while I am writing this.  I was hoping for a beautiful fall weekend to enjoy the outdoors but in checking the weather it looks like it will be a rainy weekend. I have decided it is time to tackle the project I have been avoiding for a long time. Cleaning and re-organizeing my studio.  So here I go, I am making the commitment to devote my attention to this overwhelming task.  To be completely honest my ability to maintain a tidy workspace has never been a strength of mine.  I take a “mad scientist” approach …

The Business Chat – Merry Christmas!

Ho ho ho, Merry Christmas! Yes, you heard me people, that sound is on its’ way. In just 3 months we’ll be cozying up to glasses of holiday cheer and frantically wrapping presents. Wouldn’t it be nice if a whole lot of your work was being wrapped as presents? And not by you, but by customers of yours. If we’re going to get our work under some Christmas trees we need to do some serious thinking and planning right about now. In my summer craft show booth I’ve had people doing holiday shopping since June. Those super organized people are …

Congratulations to Pamela Kearns

We were all feeding off the awesome news that Pam shared with us yesterday… One of her pieces has been accepted for the July 2013 issue of BeadWork Magazine!!! You can see more off Pam’s work on her website Peyote Dreams. Pam is a popular teacher at BeadFX. I have personally taken some of her courses – Herringbone Bracelet as well as Sparkly Wheels. She is very patient and knowledgeable. If you haven’t taken a class with her yet, I suggest you do – and conveniently she has some coming up! September 27, 2012 Jewellery Making 101 (class at BeadFX) …