InspirationFX: Braided Charm

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Braided Charmby: Pam Kearns I like to use materials in unusual combinations and find uses other than what they were intended for. I was looking at the Paracord buckles and wondered what else they could connect to. I then thought of the new Lycra strips and knew they would work and could be braided. The result is this bracelet that is fun to wear with lots of movement in a fun colour. It also keeps in style with the Boho look that is popular right now. I’ve used antique copper accents and Swarovski rounds, …

On Sale this week – 25% off Happy Flowers, Vintage Bakelite, Jasper and Agate beads.

On Sale this Week Happy Flowers  We call them “Happy” because they are pretty and make us smile!  25% off! Vintage Bakelite Vintage Bakelite – the genuine article – in storage for decades! 25% off! We had to do some reorganizing in the Stone Beads – it was getting too big for the website software. All the Agate, conveniently in one place. The beauty of Mother Earth’s creation’s is amazing! Agate (Stone Beads) Ditto for the Jasper stone beads. Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations. Jasper (Stone Beads) Sale starts on Wed Midnight. and ends on Wed midnight. Items held in …

Matte Montana and the Missing Puzzle Piece

My name’s Montana, Matte Montana, and I solve puzzles. This is my story. I was taking an Autumn Stroll, when my cell phone started to ring like a Nightclub. It was this hippy-dippy Earth Mother friend of mine, and she needed my help. “Oh Matte,” she said, “I’m so confused. I’m at the end of my Twisted Rope. I’m Foiled like a Chaton.” “Hang on, my Petite Flower,” I said. “Don’t get your Moccasins in a bunch. Pour yourself a glass of Bordeaux and I’ll be right there.” I jumped my car – a new hybrid Electric Blue Opal, a …

September isn’t the end of Summer;
it’s the start of a new Season!

In Toronto, we know that summer is pretty well over when the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) kicks off. Labour Day will be around the corner and the kids will be back in class. But it’s not really an ‘end’ – it is the start of a new season when we get to wear new fall clothes and look forward to cooler weather and the colours of changing leaves. (okay, cue the violins!) But really! Our routines get back to normal and scheduling gets back in place. And we do need new jewellery to go with our new fall wardrobe! Our …

Top Five Bead Spills at BeadFX

You know that sound, when you are in a restaurant, an almighty crash of crockery and cutlery, a tremendous burst of sound that shatters the air as well as the dishes. I always hope that we’re in a place that doesn’t take it out of the waiters’ salaries, when I hear that. Well – restaurants aren’t the only places where things spill. Sometimes, we have spills here at BeadFX. They can be pretty spectacular – and always involve everyone crawling around on their hands and knees afterwards, picking up the goods! Top Five Most Spectacular Bead Spills at BeadFX 5. …

InspirationFX: Fear of Commitment

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Fear of Commitment by: Dwyn Tomlinson Here’s a fear – the fear of commitment. The fear of using that beautiful object that you have only one of – and then not having it anymore to use in another piece. Sadly – I usually buy multiples of the things I really like, and now I have drawers and drawers of stuff, and can’t find the thing I’m looking for – so it’s all a wash. This new jewelry system – called, variously, depending on the manufacturer, “In a Snap,” “Noosa” or “Klik” is the first …

InspirationFX: Play Dress Up

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Play Dress Upby: Rochelle Kilmer To dress up, or dress down – this piece can work both ways – ready for the office or a night on the town. Use the 2-ton epoxy to glue your rivoli into it’s bezel Put each Swarovski round on a headpin and make wrapped loops. Attach the headpins to a jumpring and a link on the rivoli Use a jumpring and attach the other end of the rivoli link to the beaded crown with loop as a bail. You will need two jumprings to hang straight (one below …

The Business Chat – Ho Ho Ho, Happy August!

The sun is shining, the bees are buzzing and guess what? Christmas is coming!!! Yes people it’s time to start the holiday countdown! Right now sales are slow because everyone is on vacation (maybe you are too?). This is the perfect opportunity to start planning and scheduling your holiday season.  As soon as September hits life will move into warp speed and before you know it you’ll be sitting around that tree ripping presents apart and wondering if it’s too late to list online those Santa earrings you made.  While you’re sitting around in the sunshine with a lovely frosty …