New Year! New Classes! New Ideas!

Yes, a brand New Year is just around the corner and, with it, new opportunities for classes and new techniques. There are lots of classes already lined up, but what would you like to learn?  Are there techniques and projects that you would like to see more of? What has tickled your fancy that you’ve seen in the beading magazines? Now that you may have learned some basic techniques, what advanced techniques would you like to see? E-mail your suggestions and comments to Pamela Kearns, Class Coordinator, at pam@beadfx.com. In 2013, we offered the following techniques: Some examples of beading …

Shipping increases

Effective January 1, we will be raising our shipping rates. We have not increased them in 4 years, but we can no longer hold this rate. Effective Jan 1 2014, shipping costs will be $7.95 for Canadian and U.S. orders – BUT orders over $100 will still ship free.  Orders placed before January 1 will still go at the old rate! 

The Business Chat – Where are you running to?

It’s that time of year again. Not the “i-can’t-believe-i-ate-the-whole-thing” time, but the Must Make an Important Resolution time.  Skip it.  Resolutions are very useful for making you feel guilty for about 9 days until you decide to abandon them.  While I think you’re wasting time making resolutions I do think you should spend some time setting some goals for yourself.  Imagine that you’re running a race. You line up at the start line, along with the 1,000 other runners. The gun goes off, and then everybody heads off in a different direction. Why? Because there was no finish line set. …

Konfused by Carrots?

Confused by Carats vs Karats? Are they the same? Are they different? Do they have anything to do with rabbits? Ok – Carat with a C is a weight – it is what diamonds come in. Karat with a K is a measure of purity for gold. 24 Karat is pure gold, 18 Karat is 18 parts gold and 6 parts other metal. Which metal it is makes a difference to the colour. Copper will give you a warmer colour, silver will give you a cooler colour, etc. How to remember this? Think of Diamonds and the famous “4 Cs” …

Closed for the Holiday Week!

We are closed over the Christmas – New Year week, re-opening on our normal schedule on Jan 2, 2014.* As usual, our trusty computers will be standing by to take your online orders over the holidays. We hope you have a wonderful holiday season – and that you find lots of time to do the things you love! *This does mean that there will be no new product updates for the next two weeks.** However, our rotating weekly sales will continue! **This is mostly because – while you see the new updates on Thursday – the bulk of the work …

More January classes = More learning opportunities!

Once the Holidays are done, we’ll all be able to get back into our normal routines (we just can’t eat fruitcake and drink eggnog all year)! Classes are part of that routine. Remember – you’ll be able to meet several of our instructors and see for yourself the vast array of techniques and projects being offered. Come on out on to our Meet the Teachers event on Saturday, January 11; the full schedule is on our website. Just click on the ‘Class’ link and follow it through to the January schedule. As a special treat, if you come to the …

25% off Swarovski Crystal Classic shapes

the most useful, classical shapes – the go-anywhere, design workhorses of glorious fabulousness! Normally – we’d remind you just 24 hours in advance of the sale ending, but that will be tomorrow night, Christmas Eve, and we’re kind of thinking you’ll be busy – so we’re just reminding you now. 😉 Have a lovely holiday! Bicones,  Rounds,  Cubes, Donuts, etc!    Sale starts on Wed Midnight. and ends on Wed midnight. Items held in shopping cart will change price automatically at midnight.

Toronto Ice Storm 2013

Here in Toronto, we’ve been hit by a whopper of an ice storm. Power was out for 360,000 people but has been restored to about 100,000.  Unfortunately, power is still out at the store. Good thing that our beads don’t freeze or melt! We’re trying to keep everyone updated on what’s going on via our Facebook page and here on the blog.  Our servers are still operational, so you can still place your orders. Yay!!  Here are some pics from around my neighborhood. Hope you all stay safe and warm. 

InspirationFX: Elizabeth

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Elizabethby: Dwyn Tomlinson As I was making this, I was thinking about the paintings of Queen Elizabeth – with her massive brocaded dresses and ropes of pearls. These combined in my mind into the rich colours of carnelian and turquoise – with the ivory pearls as accents. I ran out of supplies several times while making this and before I got to the length I wanted. I got tired of going back for more supplies – much as I love shopping for beads! – so for the final couple of pattern-repeats, I substituted antiqued copper …