Monday Inspiration: K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple … Sweetheart

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing K.I.S.S.by: Vanessa Gardiner K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simple … Sweetheart So simple – so stylish. Just a handsome metal focal bead/finding/connector – whatevertheheck you want to call it, and some leather cord. For a necklace, add a colour-coordinated clasp – for a bracelet – just use a sliding “Chinese” knot to make it adjustable.   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.

Sunday Inspiration: 50 More Shades of Grey

You may not have realized it – but our projects are all designed in-house by our talented staff! They have been so inspired lately that we are going to try and publish two per week! Most of our projects are fairly easy – and we try to put enough photos so that you really don’t need much in the way of instructions. We make a point of taking nice, sharp photos that show the details so that you can see how each piece is put together. InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing 50 More Shades of Greyby: Pam Kearns Every great …

The Business Chat – You have 2 feet

Come on everyone, let’s walk down this aisle at the craft show, I can see some nice bright colours down there.  Why this aisle you ask? Some people methodically walk up and down every aisle. Others randomly stroll wandering when something catches their attention. And here’s our problem as jewelry designers. It’s pretty hard to catch someone’s attention when your product is 5cm in size. At a distance how does a tiny object compete with a bright painting, or a shawl or a chair in the neighbouring booth?  Signs. Posters. Photos.  That pair of earrings when blown up on a …

On Sale This Week! Swarovski Elements!

On Sale this Week: 25% off Swarovski Crystal Elements Classic Shapes (Bicones, Rounds, Cubes, etc.) Drops Fancy Stones Pearls & etc!  Here’s a Power Shopper Tip. Go to our Site Map Page, press control + f, and search for Swarovski – that’s the fastest way to find them! 25% off! All our Sales start on Wed Midnight. and run to the following Wed midnight.

Collect the Rainbow …

Bead the rainbow … If you have “collect the whole set-itis” – you’re in trouble now. We’ve just added Toho 6s to the line-up.  For those of you not steeped in seedbeads – allow me to translate. Seedbeads by the Japanese seedbead maker – Toho – are famous for their consistency of shape and colour – much more so than the Czech seedbeads – which vary in width, and can vary in colour from batch to batch. Size 6 – 6/0 – is a largish size – also known as size “E” and as “Pony Beads.” They are large enough …

October kicks off with new classes

There are lots of great things about October: the beautiful autumn leaves; Fall Festivals, Thanksgiving and families getting together; Halloween and seeing kids in costumes – and classes at BeadFX! We’re back in the full swing of classes and many of our instructors are offering new projects and techniques to keep creative juices flowing. We’re pleased that Iris Rogers Melamed has returned from her summer break. We also welcome Barb Scott as a new instructor to teach knitting with beads! Take a look at all that is happening in the first half of October: Friday, October 4 AS REQUESTED! Felt …

Monday Inspiration: Cafe La Iron Zebra

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Cafe La Iron Zebra by: Rochelle Kilmer I saw these double-drilled ovals in the Iron Zebra Jasper and wondered what I could do with them that was a little bit different. I was intrigued by the patterns within the stones and the colours that are so rich and intense. The colours reminded me of a steaming cup of café mocha. Starting with the Iron Zebra Jasper as my inspiration, everything else fell into place, keeping the colours in a warmer tone. And to make the whole set, I only needed one strand of the double …

The Business Chat – how much will I make?

Ah, the nip in the air, the sighting of the first red leaves, the wearing of a scarf, the beautiful fall vegetables! All signs of a changing season and the coming of fall. Oh and the giant knot in my stomach as I look at my Christmas show calendar. In just 7 weeks I’ll be standing in my booth saying Merry Christmas. ARGH, what should I make? How much should I make? Will I make enough money to carry me through the lean winter months? This is a question I get asked all the time, “how much work do I …