Get to know…Amy Waldman-Smith

This is our second installment of BeadFX’s Instructor Profiles – getting to know our instructors a little beyond the classroom or studio setting. BeadFX and her students know Amy Waldman-Smith as an inspiring instructor. The world knows Amy as an accomplished lampwork artist, acclaimed teacher and contributor to various magazines including Glass Line Magazine, The Flow Magazine, 1000 Glass Beads, and numerous others. She is also the current Regional Director for Canada for the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB).  When describing herself, Amy states, “I am a lampworker, or flameworker.  I make handmade glass beads in an open flame.  …

InspirationFX — Nouveau Kephri

by: Rochelle Kilmer Kephri was the ancient Egyptian scarab god – a god of the sun, who was responsible for the forces that moved the sun across the sky each day. This updated homage to the power of the beetle combines pyrite and turquoise to good effect to evoke the ancient feeling of Egypt’s treasures. This necklace is 18.5 inches without the chain extender, and 20.5 inches with. Cute approx 22 inches of softflex for one side of this asymmetrical necklace, and approx 14 inches for the other side. Take a wire guardian and move it to the center of …

The Business Chat – 10 truths

1. It’s hard. It gets easier. Make friends in the community, talking about it makes it easier. Sharing information makes it easier. Just knowing that other people are doing what you are doing makes it easier. Acknowledge that sometimes things are hard. Suck it up 2. People want to hear your story, the magic behind your art. Tell your story, why do you make what you do? I thought my story was kind of weird, it is actually. But weird in a good way, and weird in a way that sets me apart. It makes me who I am. It’s …

You are growing sleepy …

You are feeling relaxed and calm. You can barely keep your eyes open. You are … Becharmed. Dazzled by these Swarovski Pave beads, … you feel warm and soft and ready to drift away to your happy place. And if fat little donut-y beads encrusted with rhinestones aren’t enough to make you swoon, we have – Cylindrical beads paved with rhinestones! Mmmm – dreamy! Both of these are part of the Swarovski “Becharmed” beads collection – which are the large hole beads that fit onto the Euro-style bracelet – Troll, Pandora, et al. These beads are made by Swarovski – …

May Blooms with a Bouquet of New Classes

Forget May flowers – there are lots of new May classes that will get your creative juices flowing! By the way — remember Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 12. Consider a special gift from you to your mom with a class! Gift certificates are available in any denomination you wish or sign her up directly by calling the store and registering her. In addition to some favourite returning classes, here are all the new projects and techniques that will be taught in May: Textured Herringbone Saturday, May 4 9:30am – 12:30pm Instructor: Maria Rypan At first glance …

Mermaids Choice

by: Dwyn Tomlinson This fish leather is super handsome, once you get over the “Fish Leather? Really?” feeling. Actually – feeling is what it is about – because this feels like any other leather, smooth and warm, and smells like any other leather too. If you need some help with the how-to – check out my detailed blog post on gluing leather onto a brass cuff base, and finishing the inside nicely with ultra suede. Components Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need! Need some help with some of the techniques? Check our …

Techniques: Making a Leather-Covered Cuff Bracelet

It’s easy to make a very handsome and professional looking leather covered cuff bracelet. They are comfy and stylish, and you can wear them plain or embellish them to taste. Make a wide, statement cuff, or a series of mix and match narrower ones. (These are 1.5 inches wide.) You will need a brass cuff bracelet base, your leather to cover the outside, and a piece of ultrasuede to finish the inside and glue to hold it all together. I used our new FISH LEATHER for these examples! You will also need, sandpaper or an emery board to rough up …

The Business Chat – what to do when you’re rejected

It arrives. The envelope. From the show you applied to. You hold it, wondering, am I in or am I out? Do they want me? With bated breath you open it…. “Dear applicant, We regret to inform you…” Damn. Crap. Argh. You’ve been rejected. Don’t feel bad, we’ve all been there and still are there sometimes. You might assume that as a professional crafter with 10 years’ experience and hundreds of craft shows on my resume that I’m in a show automatically. But no, there is no guarantee. I’m sitting here waiting to hear from three new shows that I’ve …

InspirationFX!

YAY!  I finally got our inspirations page working again! We have hundreds of free projects on our site – designs that you can use to make your own, or use as an inspiration for your own, unique design.  Sterling Swing by: Rae Huggins Here’s a fun and swingy pair of earrings from Rae. Customize them by using a different colour crystal – just about any colour would look awesome! Components Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need! Need some help with some of the techniques? Check our tips page.

Fishing for Compliments

OK – I freely admit – my first reaction to the phrase “Fish Leather” was “You’ve got to be joking. Seriously?” But there it was – a big pile of it, and the colours were pretty cool, so I figured that it wasn’t fair to judge it without actually trying it. So – first off – it absolutely does not smell or feel like fish. It does, in fact, smell and feel like leather. Really nice leather, actually. If no one had said “Fish Leather” – I’m not sure I would have guessed – well – other than the pieces …