The Quest for the Crystal Skull!

When it came to the quest for the crystal skull – Indiana Jones should have stayed home and ordered these. It would have made for a much more satisfying experience than the movie did! These are the new Swarovski Crystal skulls – we first got to see these in Tucson at the pre-release preview. We were thrilled with them – they are extraordinarily well done – and just mind-blowing from a technical stand point! (How the heck did they make these?) Of course – we aren’t the only people who think they are fabulous – so naturally – they are …

Getting to know…Giovanna Paz

Giovanna Paz has brought us a whole new way to crochet wire! She has been teaching eager students Peruvian wire crochet to create amazing jewellery. Since childhood, Gio has been creating jewellery. “I loved to wear it; it was just a part of me,” says Gio. “When I was in school I loved drawing. As a teenager I did lots of cross stitch. I used to make my own patterns and create pictures of infants and other designs for home decoration.” “I learned my craft by taking several courses in Peru and then by playing around with various crochet patterns,” …

InspirationFX: Day of the Dead

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Day of the Deadby: Rochelle Kilmer The Day of the Dead – Dia de Muertos – is a Mexican holiday that celebrates the memories of family and friends who have passed on. It’s also a Zombie movie. Or one of those horrific events with the in-laws. This necklace is perfect for all three events. “Oh – what a lovely tasteful and elegant pearl necklace you are wearing.” “Why thank you. I made it myself. It has skulls. Skulls rock.” This is a simple stringing project. At the ends, to fill in the cones, I used 6/0 …

InspirationFX: Royal Gala

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Royal Galaby: Kelly Garland Here’s a bangle to make you the belle of the ball. Slip on a stack of these babies and you will bedazzle the handsome prince, the entire royal family, and the palace guard to boot! Version A – the silver and aqua bracelet is a single row of cup chain – cut to length, and carefully glued into place. Version B – gold and Crystal AB – has additional rhinestones glued into place between the big stones of the cup chain. Glue the cup chain on first and wait for it …

The Business Chat – How to sell your work – 3 ways

No matter how beautiful your work is, if you don’t sell it, your business will fail. In a crafty business money is sometimes not the main reason we’re in business. We do this because we love it, because we want a creative outlet, because we want to share our talents. Regardless of why you are in business, if you lose money it’s a failure.  The bottom line is you need to sell your work.  There are 3 ways you can sell your work. retail your products directly to the public wholesale to stores/galleries in stores on consignment There are advantages …

Missing Colours Found!

Have you ever paused to ponder why there are no yellow Firepolish Faceted Rounds? Why is that? Why is it, when you reach for the happy yellow accent beads … you come up short? Well – problem solved – 4 mm Firepolish – in sunny Sunflower and and the slightly warmer Merry Mango. Also in 3 mm. (More accenty that size.) That’s not all for missing colours! Because we also discovered – Toasted Rose, Hydrangea, and Kiwi Opal. If that doesn’t make you want to Kiss a Frog, I don’t know what will. All I can say is, Veni, Vidi, …

The Sparkle Report: Quilting

Here at BeadFX, we attract lots of multicraft afficiandos: knitters, crocheters, sewers and quilters, just to name a few.  Today is the last day of the 20% off Swarovski Hotfix sale and Kim Workman came in to take full advantage! Kim is a member of the York Heritage Quilter’s Guild. She’s currently working on a Spiraling Line Star quilt designed by  Jan P Krentz wanted to brighten up the darker spots of the quilt. Actually, it was her son’s idea, but who can refuse sparkle? Not I, and obviously, not Kim!! There are still two more layers to be made which will …