Heading to Bead&Button

Marg is already off and zooming in the beadFXmobile heading towards Milwaukee, home of the Bead&Button show. Every year thousands and thousands of bead aficionados descend upon Milwaukee to take one of over 700 classes and see over 500 vendors all in the span of under ten days.  It’s a time when new products are launched and a chance to reconnect with friends in the bead world you have seen since Tucson in February.  Marg is always on the lookout for the latest trends in the bead world and her return is always highly anticipated by the staff. What treasures …

It’s a seed-beady day!

Those of you who don’t revel in big stashs of seedbeads, who don’t loooove to run their fingers through them, caress them, marvel at their tiny perfection – well – you are just going to have to go and console yourself with our 25% off Czech Firepolish sale. But, for those of you who have been sitting at your computers, looking at our selection of 60 different size 10/0 delicas and wishing for “just more colours, please!” – well – your wish has come true! Because today – we have 200 more colours, finishes, and some cuts as well. 200 …

New Summer Arts Camp at BeadFX this July!

Are you wondering about what to do with your kids this July? Are your grandchildren creative and need an outlet to explore their creativity? Well good news! For the first time, BeadFX is offering a week-long Summer Arts Camp from Monday, July 15 to Friday, July 19, inclusive. There will be two classes per day, every day!A wide variety of techniques and projects are being offered by our instructors. For classes beginning at 10:00am, the store door will be opened at 9:30pm to accommodate early arrivals. Classes are on-line now and registrations are now being accepted on a first-come, first-served …

Inspiration Monday: Rolo Unchained – a bracelet.

by: Rae Huggins Again – Rae presents us with a two-strand bracelet. One strand is a simple stringing project, and the other is a length of chain. The chain hooks directly onto the clasp on one side, and the clasp hooks into the chain on the other side, so it adjusts for length. The strung pearls are attached to the clasp on the same loop as the chain on one side, and attached to the chain, about 4 links from the end, on the other side. Overall length is 8 – 8.5 inches. Rae says about this bracelet: I love …

Are You Tied Up in Knots?

Are you all tied up in knots? Do you WANT to be? 😉 We have knotty new options for you this week? Asian Knotting Yarn – This is a nylon braided cord – and is flattish – like the larger soutache. No one here has tried it out yet as a mini-soutache – but it’s worth a shot, right? 13 colours, and available by the meter to try out – or by the spool, if you are going whole hog. Of course, if what you want the Asian Knotting Cord for is to make Kumihimo Braids – we just added …

Look What Our Students Made!!

On Sunday, I taught a new course at beadFX called Introduction to Bead Embroidery to eleven students. The goal of the class was to learn how to bezel a cabochon onto a bead backing. They got to choose cabochons and seed beads from the large array available at the store. I was amazed how well everyone did. I thought I would show you pictures of everyone’s work. This is what students accomplished in three hours. You can too!! Dawn used a Lunasoft cabochon.  Here is Deborah’s multicolor seed bead mix around a piece of turquoise.  This is a button that …

June classes – the learning doesn’t stop!

Ah, June … sunshine and last days of school! But, at BeadFX the learning doesn’t stop. Within June’s 30 days, we are offering 27 classes – of which 16 are brand new projects or classes! We especially proud to be offering three classes by British instructor Jean Power whose classes are filling up quickly. Other new instructors include Liz Reynolds who is teaching all about Hadar Jacobson’s metal clay – a powdered metal clay that you can mix as needed; Sureka Sriharan brings us a right angle weave bracelet that is stunningly beautiful; and Jenn Jevon is teaching how to …

Inspiration Monday: She Sells Seashells – Charm Bracelet

by: Rochelle Kilmer She sells seashells, by the seashore – the seashells that she sells are sea shells, I’m sure! Not only is it hard to say – it’s hard to type! This seashell themed chain is the starting point for a lovely beachy bracelet. Perfect for that Caribbean Cruise, or sitting on a patio PRETENDING to be on a Caribbean cruise. Jumprings lengthen the chain and connect the clasp, and give the clasp an adjustable length to hook into. Attach the charms with a jumpring as well – making sure that they are well closed so that they do …

The Business Chat – Make it easy for your customers to give you money

“Wow, I LOVE this, it’s totally fabulous! It fits perfectly and it’s so gorgeous”, gushes the customer as she puts your jewelry back on the shelf and walks away. Huh? Why didn’t she buy it? She loves it! Who knows, maybe she just paid a huge car repair bill. Maybe she just bought a house. Maybe it’s a big necklace and she doesn’t have any special occasions coming up to wear it to. Maybe she doesn’t have any cash and she doesn’t know if you take credit cards and since you were busy with another customer she couldn’t ask you. …