A Big, Fat Juicy Update this Week!

Over 170 new items this week, and we have quite the range too, from sublimely delicious gemstone beads to fun and funky Resin Cabs. First up – coloured stone beads. Beautiful semi-precious stones – from Peridot to Labradorite to Tourmaline. Just divine! I could ramble on and on about the Tourmaline multi-color mix, the Blue Topaz, the Amethyst (Gawd – I just LOVE amethyst), or you could just go look at them all together on their own page! And if that were not enough – we have gemstone chain – where the stones are already wired up into chains, just …

Special Treat if you love Raku Ceramic!

On her last buying trip – Marg picked up a bunch of lovely ceramic Raku pendants from Urban Raku! As each one is handmade and unique and one-of-a-kind – we’re not going to be putting them online. But they will be in-store – so if you are in the area, or planning a special trip to see us – be sure to check these out! They range in price from $12 – $24 and have lots of design possibilities – from a simple pendant on a leather cord to stacking them or combining with bead weaving!

There is still lots of summer left for August classes

Turn those Dog Days of Summer into opportunities to learn a new jewellery technique! August hasn’t stopped our creative instructors from bringing you lots of classes – including some new classes and projects. Note: our classroom tends to be on the cool side, so you may wish to bring a light sweater or shawl with you. In early August we welcome two new instructors to BeadFX. We are especially pleased to bring lampwork and glass artist Sara Sally LaGrand in for two exciting lampwork classes. Come on out and meet Sara at a reception for her on Thursday, August 7! …

InspirationFX: Ring of Power

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Ring of Powerby: Stephanie Dixon In Brightest Day, In Darkest Night, No Dazzling Bling shall escape my sight! It’s dangerous putting out new stock in the store – I get so inspired by the products and want it ALL! Who doesn’t love a big, glamorous Swarovski ring? 10 minutes work, a lifetime of compliments! Cut the leather strip to fit, and dry fit into the slider. Remove and glue with the join hidden inside the bead! Wait for the glue to dry before wearing. Or you will be wearing it for a lifetime!   …

InspirationFX: Knotty Koi

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Knotty Koiby: Rochelle Kilmer I wanted to make a simple bracelet that would be nice to wear through the summer. Light colours lead me to the jade. Seeing the new fish clasp inspired a watery theme. The rest all fell into place, with a splash! How to: Put one end of the leather in the end clasp and squeeze shut. Put a basic square knot as tight as you wish Place a jade barrel tube, then another knot after Continue in the pattern of 8 mm round jade, spirally swirls spacers, and big hole …

The Business Chat – Evolve or die

As always in the crafty world lately I’m hearing a lot of whining about slow sales. “It’s the economy, it’s the weather, it’s construction, the organizers, too many competitors”. It’s always something that you can’t control.  You know what? No matter what something will always be out of your control. It will never ever be a perfect situation for selling. Maybe you should focus on what you can control.  I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. Because I am having a really great year. (I almost don’t want to say this out loud in case I jinx it). My …

Half-Tilas at BeadFX

Funny story about these Half Tilas. You probably know about TILA beads – made by Miyuki – they are a two-hole square tile bead that are popular in complex and clever bead-weaving patterns. It wasn’t long before someone said, “Hey – it would be really cool if we made these in half-sizes too, all the better to fit them into circles and curves and even more elaborate patterns!” We saw the Half-TILAs and got excited about them and agreed we would get them. So a couple of weeks ago – Marg says to me, “Where are those Half Tilas? I …

Just one more day! 25% off Czech-made Seedbeads!

Whoever dies with the most beads wins! Increase your stash with 25% off Czech seedbeads! Czech Larger Seedbeads Czech 6/0 Seedbeads Czech 8/0 Cut Czech 8/0 Seedbeads Czech 10/0 Cubes Czech Charlottes Czech 15/0 Charlottes Czech 10/0 Cut Czech 10/0 Seedbeads Czech Bugles Czech 11/0 Cut Czech 11/0 Seedbeads Czech 12/0 Cut Czech 12/0 Seedbeads Czech 13/0 Seedbeads Twins / Super Duos Rizos Czech Farfalle / Peanut Seedbead Mixes Sale starts on Wed Midnight. and ends on Wed midnight. Items held in shopping cart will change price automatically at midnight.