OK – this is it – Drumroll please …

Our new website is coming – Today! Our new website should roll out some time on Thursday, February 28 during the day.  We’d like to welcome you to come and check it out! We’re very excited about it!  Why – well – here’s some of the new features! Better search function (yay!) Bigger, better picture viewing, and more of them too! Faster shopping and more capable shopping cart! Wish list – remember items for later purchase Online order tracking and notifications Order history (double yay!) More flexible organization (we can now put things in more than one place – to …

Bead&Button Bead Quilt

Every year, beaders from around the world pick up their needles and thread in support of Bead&Button’s Bead It Forward Project in support of breast cancer research. Beaders stitch squares using a variety of techniques incorporating a chosen theme. This year’s theme is flowers. The squares are stitched together to create the most amazing bead quilts which are then auctioned off at the Social Night held during the Bead&Button Show in June. BeadFX’s Opening Beading Night grew out of creating jewellery in support of The Corsage Project. A gathering of beaders using their talents to make jewellery for young women …

Jean Power coming to BeadFX

You’ve seen her in the magazines. You’ve seen her books. Now you can see her at BeadFX. Who am I talking about? Jean Power, of course! Jean Power Selected as a 2012 Beadwork Designer of the Year, Jean is an award-winning jewellery designer, writer and teacher based in London, England. In June, Jean will be travelling to Canada to teach three classes at BeadFX. As a lover of seed beads, I’ve tried a couple of Jean’s projects in her latest book, Geometric Beadwork. Her instructions are very clear and easy to follow. Of course, there is nothing like learning in …

A treasure trove of free ebooks

I’ll admit – I’m a late comer to the world of eBooks  I love new tech toys, and when I can afford it – I’m the first to jump on the chance to play with a new toy.  An e reader disturbed me though – I love my books, and the feel of holding the book, turning the pages is part of the appeal – how could I possibly snuggle up with a good book, and not be holding an actual book? That was me a year ago – I now have over 1000 books (no exaggeration) loaded on my tablet. I can take …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Paper Clay, again

. A third use for paper type clay is to use paper punches and cut out shapes to appliqué to your metal clay creations. Art Clay paper type clay is a bit thicker than PMC paper type clay; therefore, Art Clay paper clay will create a thicker appliqué. I prefer to sculpt with metal clay but I still have one piece in my collection that I used this technique on: Admittedly,  this is not my favorite piece and was created in a rush but it does provide a good example of the technique. The basics to using paper type clay is fairly …

The Business Chat – your booth shot

The mantra for real estate is location location location. Here in craft show land we have our own mantra, display display display. You might be the most talented designer, have the best workmanship on the planet, great pricing and be all round awesome however if your booth looks like a church flea market you will suck at a show. A bad booth display will sink you so faster than the iceberg sunk the TItanic.   Before you even get to that show you have a major hurdle to get over with your booth design. Most show applications will ask you …

1001 Beading Nights

This week – we’re holding back the new stuff, as we are making the final push to get the new website ready – and given that we can only do so much with what we have – new stuff for this week will have to wait. So instead, I thought I’d entertain you with an account of my trip to Tucson – and my sampling of the 40 days and 40 nights of bead shows that are a feature of this time of year in Tucson, Arizona. One of the things that struck me was massive quantities of beads and …

Lark Books – Call for Entry

A shout out to all of our talented customers! I know we have quite a few that work in both mediums.  Lark Jewelry & Beading seeks images of beautiful metal clay and polymer clay jewelry designs to include in a gallery of inspirational work throughout Clay Combinations (working title) by Cindy Silas. Clay Combinations will feature a wide range of exciting projects that showcase both metal clay and polymer clay. Each of Cindy’s twenty-five projects (pendants, earrings, bracelets, and brooches) will demonstrate different ways to connect the two mediums, along with a variety of both metal clay and polymer clay techniques. This intermediate book, …

Fun, Friendship and Sharing at Happy Hour Torching

The term “Happy Hour” usually refers to a time of pre-dinner cocktails and drinks with friends and co-workers. In BeadFX’s case, “Happy Hour Torching” is a gathering of like-minded lampworkers who get together twice a week over a torch and colourful rods of glass. “Happy Hour Torching has been going on for about three years,” says Malliga Nathan, BeadFX’s Studio Manager. Malliga, a lampworker herself, often joins in on Thursday evenings. Carol Cooper facilitates Happy Hour Torching and is available to answer questions and give tips and tricks to new lampworkers. “Lampworking is an artform and lampworkers are, by nature, …

The Business Chat – A visual chat

It’s time to get visual today, let’s talk about photos.  It’s that time of the year where I am up to my  elbows in paperwork and the top of the pile are show applications. Argh. Even though I’ve been filling these things out for 10 years they still are a chore. And the worst part of them? You guessed it, the photos.  After you’ve filled out a dozen or two applications the bio, the show list, the artist statement become easy. But deciding which 5 images to send is never easy. Because the photos you send will make or break …