The Joy of Metal Clay: Tales of the Heart

Mitsubishi recently announced its winners from its PMC competition titled “Tales of the Heart”.  The contest was for artists and creations were to be made primarily of PMC – fine silver; sterling silver or gold.   Here is a direct link to the website announcement. First Place was awarded for this gorgeous entry:  Kimberly Nogueira Reliquary of Childhood Memories The details on this entry is quite impressive.  I love the miniature key and the drawer comes out.  You have to look at the detail by going to the website and clicking on the image, it is worth it! Second Prize …

The Business Chat – Do I have to charge tax?

“Help! I have my first craft show in a month and I don’t know what to do about tax. Do other vendors typically charge tax? Should I include it in the sales price?” Ah sales tax. Grumble whine grumble. We may not like it, (correction, we all hate it) but it is here to stay and if you are going to sell your work you need to make sure you are following the laws. First, let’s talk about tax at a craft show. What other vendors do is irrelevant to you and your business Many vendors make uninformed, or bad, …

Swarovski Spring Summer 2014

Swarovski has always had a huge influence on fashion. From the beginning of the company by Daniel Swarovski in 1895 to the present, Swarovski is always pushing the envelope and seeing into the future of fashion and jewellery design. The inspirations for Spring and Summer 2014 are no different. The Crystal Rose Gold effect is a luxurious blend of precision-cut crystal and precious metal. Its 18-carat, rosegold refined finish creates a dynamic luminosity that’s both feminine and future-forward. In contrast, the Crystal Rose Gold Pearl has a softer, vintage appeal, while a more traditional femininity can be found in Swarovski’s …

All that glistens is not Rose Gold!

Although, this week, Rose Gold is certainly a big part of what is glistening around here. The first wave of the new Swarovski colours hits the shelf this week. What do you think? This season is about soft, dreamy colours. This weekend is also Easter – so our store is closed on Friday, Good Friday, and Sunday, Easter Sunday. So you will have to get your BeadFX beady-fix online for those two days! The store is open Saturday, and Easter Monday. And you really do want to check us out on Monday. The new colour crystal is Light Silk. Lighter …

The Corsage Project

Who doesn’t remember their prom? What did you wear? Who was your date? Where are they now? And, how would you feel today if you had not been able to afford to attend? It is one thing to be a rebellious teenager and refuse to go, but quite another to not go at all because of the financial burden it puts on your family.   Since 2005, beadFX has been a champion of the Corsage project. Created in 2000, The Corsage Project is a community-based program of the Children’s Aid Foundation organized by a committee of volunteers from the Toronto …

Christina Vandervlist – New April Class and Book Launch at BeadFX!

Calling all seed beaders! A new book is hitting the market and BeadFX is one of the proud launch venues. Christina Vandervlist, Canadian artist, teacher and designer, co-authored and is the principal illustrator for Contemporary Geometric Beadwork. The new book delves into new shapes created by delica beads. The amazing book was a year and a half in the making and grew out of a Seed Bead Summit held in Tucson, Arizona. Many artists attended including Kate McKinnon, Jean Power, and Marcia DeCoster – all familiar names in the beading community. A second volume is in the works! Christina is …

Beaded Curtains – Back in Style!

When you picture beaded curtains, I’ll bet you’re thinking of those 1970 era hippy type curtains – while some of them were extraordinarily beautiful, these are quite a bit more modern. Liven up your space, and release your inner hippy!                                                                            Source: papercitymag.com viaSharon on Pinterest                                       …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Metal Clay Today – New Challenge

Metal Clay Today has a spring challenge title “There’s No Boo Hoo in Keum Boo“.  Love the title!  The prize is the Ultralite Beehive Kiln which I have heard wonderful things about.  Apparently they have created an even larger beehive as well.  This title may leave some of you wondering: What is Keum Boo?.”  Keum boo is a guilding technique to add gold to silver. How can this be done?  Our metal clay group used an online video to teach ourselves; I think this is the one we used:  Keum Boo Technique in English (thanks to Sabine Alienor Singery.  Ironically we did …

The Business Chat – do I need a POS?

“Do I have to have a POS system? What about debit? Should I take cheques? How do I do this?”, asked Jan. Jan is doing her first One of a Kind spring show next week and there are so many things to think about. A POS system is the place where a retail transaction is completed. It is the point at which a customer makes a payment to a merchant in exchange for goods or services. When people talk about a POS system they usually mean credit cards. A store will have a POS system that incorporates inventory control, online sales …

Crocheting with Beads

Just had to squeal with delight about the class I taught tonight: Wire Crochet Choker. Ten lovely women signed up for spending their Friday night with me at beadFX. Who could ask for anything more? Well, George Clooney was not available… This was the first time I taught the class with a supply list instead of pre-packaging a kit. Students chose their own wire, beads and findings before the class started and could spend as little or as much as they wanted. It was interesting to see all the choices made. Size 6 Czech seedbeads, pearls, Swarovski Elements galore. Gemstone …