Sparklies!

Oooo! Aaaaaahh! All the pretty sparklies! This week, we are featuring gem stone beads, on chains.  I’m not sure that I need to say more – these pictures pretty much tell the story!  We got a fabulous stash of stone beads, pre-strung on chains – all you have to do is add a clasp.  Of course – nothing says you have to stop there! You could do multiple strands, or combine with other beads. Say one strand of gemstone chain and a few strands of plain chain? Or spice it up with some other beads? Anyway you slice it – …

HUGE CUBIC ZIRCONIA SALE!!!

CUBIC ZIRCONIA  30% OFF GET THEM WHILE YOU CAN! WE ARE DISCONTINUING THEM AND WE WILL NOT BE RESTOCKING THEM. What is a Cubic Zirconia? Many think “simulated diamond” when they think Cubic Zirconia (CZ). CZ’s are used as simulated gemstones – and if you Google you’ll get a variety of opinions as to how closely they mimic diamonds, largely based on just exactly what the site is trying to sell you – CZ’s or diamonds. We think that these are lovely in their own right, much the same way the glass beads are.    CZ is harder than glass, …

Weekly Class Update

Join us for Open Beading Night with Stephanie Dixon – Wednesday, November 28th – 6pm 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 Thursdays to answer questions and give advice. Calling in advance to reserve a seat is highly recommended. Fees: Free!!! About Stephanie : Stephanie Dixon is proud to be a CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ambassador in Canada. She …

Tip: too many beads

It’s not often that you will hear me talk about “too many beads.” But sadly – occasionally – it is true. As in the necklace that I made for last week’s InspirationFX.   In this particular case, I had strung all the beads first – just popping over to my bench every time I had to wait for the computer, and then made the pendant after. In the instructions, I was careful to point out that you should only put two seedbeads in the centre, so that the pendant hangs balanced. However, that is NOT how I strung it, as I …

The Joy of Metal Clay

The Metal Clay Today contest “ornamental my dear” entries have been posted.  You can use this link to vote for your favorite design. Last week I posted a link to a video for torch firing your metal clay by Art Jewelry Magazine. I found a link to all their videos.  The have basics on the following: Rolling metal clay Texturing metal clay Apply liver of sulphur patina Using a tumbler to polish metal clay Making paste Making lavender paste Repairing broke unfired metal clay You just a have to register which is free to access the videos. Enjoy.  In other …

The Business Chat – How to Not Sell Your Work

Black Friday, cyber Monday, Christmas, Hanukkah, ‘tis the season people. The customers are shopping! And we’re selling! Or trying to sell. Yet all around me, I see crafters who seem to be doing their best to not sell their work. Selling means customer service and being nice to people, that’s all there is to it. Some artists are starving for a reason, they sabotage themselves by bad behaviour. So here is a list of how not to sell your work. Ignore the customer who walks into your booth. One reason customers come to a craft show and not shop at …

Who Gives a Hoot …

Who gives a hoot? Don’t let folks bug you. 😉 You don’t need to give a flying … eagle-headed, body and tail of a lion – wait – that’s a GRIFFIN. Or a Griffon. Attach this to your entrance and it would be – wait for it – a Griffin-door. Oh dear.  Some great new metal components this week – I swear the bicycle charm looks like someone is laying on their back with their feet in the air balancing another tire on their chest. I’m really looking forward to what I can do with this Lace Doily Ring. It’s …

Jean Power’s Geometric Beadwork

   From Jean’s website: www.jeanpower.com This 128 page books is crammed full of geometric beadwork to delight and inspire. Featuring 28 projects (with over 170 diagrams and over 220 photos) there is something for everyone. The book begins with the basics of geometric beadwork showing all of the techniques, tips and information you need to get started. It then moves onto colour and design considerations before separating into 4 different chapters: Triangles, Squares, Pentagons and ‘Beyond Corners’. Even if you have purchased instructions from Jean before, seen her patterns in BeadWork, or done some other geometric beadwork there are still …

Weekly Class Update

Open Beading Night with Stephanie Dixon – Wednesday, November 21st from 6pm 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 Thursdays to answer questions and give advice. Calling in advance to reserve a seat is highly recommended. Fees: Free!!! About Stephanie : Stephanie Dixon is proud to be a CREATE YOUR STYLE with SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS Ambassador in Canada. She is a popular …

More Bead Quilt-y Goodness

Not all contributions to the Bead and Button Bead-it-Forward Charity Bead Quilt are peyote (or gourd stitch) squares. This quilt – “Winging in from North Carolina” consists of squares by the Capital Area Beading Organization (CABO) in Raleigh, North Carolina. It was quilted by Stacy Werkeiser, associate Editor for Bead & Button magazine. Some folks are combining beading with felting, sequins, applique, and other surface decoration techniques! Multiple submissions from some contributors show off their diverse talents! This square by Sarah Shaw uses fiber to evoke an ocean for this little ducky to float on! Evelyn Studer chose a metal …