New this week! No tricks – only treats!

For the past couple of years, every time the Swarovski Dog and Pony Show rolls into town, by which we mean the twice annual new-product roll-out, we’ve been making a point of taking aside the North American Sales Rep and saying things like, “So – we’ve got a product idea for you. Coin pearls. Nuff said.” and “So, how about that coin pearl idea? Any progress on that yet?” and “Boy, you know, I bet people would really go for coin pearls, if you would just make them.” Now, it would probably be unfair for us to claim that we …

Last day of sale!

Ends tomorrow at midnight! Poof – gone like a Halloween Pumkin!  25% off! Think Small! Czech Firepolish 3 mm Faceted Round Swarovski 3 mm Bicones Swarovski 3 mm Faceted Rounds 3 mm Druks Swarovski 3 mm Pearls 25% off! All our Sales start on Wed Midnight. and run to the following Wed midnight.

Geting to Know … Iris Rogers Melamed

Iris at home in her studio If you’ve taken a soldering class at BeadFX, then you already know Iris Rogers Melamed. If you want to learn how to solder and really get into metalwork, you want to know Iris! Like most of our instructors, Iris began with beading and branched out from there. “My sister Fay has been beading since the 1980s, and she introduced bead stringing to me about 15 years ago. From there I moved on to chainmaille, wire work, metal clay and ultimately metal work, ” says Iris. “Since I was a young child I have always …

InspirationFX: Pumpkin Queen

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Pumpkin Queenby: Vanessa Gardiner Halloween is almost here, a time a fright, a time of fear! Inspired by “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” now you too can feel like a Pumpkin Queen! The key is the Swarovski Neon Orange Pearls – customized with a Sharpie to make Jack o’ Lantern faces! Make each one different for more variety!   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.

InspirationFX: Along Came a Spider

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Along Came a Spiderby: Vanessa Gardiner If this spider was the one who sat next to Miss Muffet, it’s not wonder she ran away! You can use a spare jumpring to attach the spider to the web, or stitch on with thread. Use ribbon, wire or cord to hang the wall, in the window, off a lampshade, or use the top loop to attach to a spooky necklace!   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 …

The Business Chat – Go ahead, sell me a story

I present to you, a tale of two listings.  Listing A: First light is around 5 a.m. as we camp overnight in the desert. The sky turns from midnight black to a pale grey. Streaks of purple and pinks appear. There are some touches of blues and greens as well as the light hits the rocks. Everything is still and quiet as the world waits for the giant ball of orange to appear and a new day to begin.  I make my beads to tell stories of my travels and of the world I see. From my beads I spin …

New This Week:

Spikes and Studs at BeadFX Two weeks ago – we teased you with the promise of more Bead Studs. While we’re sorry to say that we’re still not stocking Johnny Depp, complete with his pirate beady dangles (apparently, his agent doesn’t seem to think that would be a good career move for him. Go figure.) – we do have more of these intriguing squat pyramid shapes! With two holes, they beg to be worked into bracelets, stitched onto leather, worked into bead weaving designed, and otherwise experimented and played with! And, after all, playing with your beads is the point, …

Pam Kearns is going to Milwaukee!!!

What a year it’s been for Pam Kearns! Getting published for the first time in a magazine, BeadWork and now…… Congratulations to Pam Kearns on being accepted to teach at Bead&Button for the first time!! This is a huge accomplishment and a testament to her excellent skills as an instructor and designer.  This will be Pam’s debut on the international bead scene. beadFX’s well kept secret will not be so secret anymore!! I know many of you have taken classes with Pam or attended Open Bead Night and Afternoon Bead Tea when she is hosting, so you know how lucky …