InspirationFX: Shimmy and Shake

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Shimmy and Shakeby: Dwyn Tomlinson Here’s a necklace to dance in, or make you feel like dancing. A black velvet cord – it’s already a necklace – so that’s about as easy as it gets. Sure, you can add a single pendant – you don’t need me to coach you on that. How about adding a bit more though? The beads will fit over the endn connector and the chain, but not over the jump ring, so you will need to remove the jumpring. Remember, always twist a jumpring open sideways. Add the first …

Keep on Beading …

Well – after the mayhem of the past few weeks – shows and sale and etc., you’d think it would be a good time to just sit down with some beads and do something beady and soothing. Well – for you – sure! That’s a great idea. For us – no – we are still crazy and trying to deliver as much beady goodness as possible to you! So what do we have that is new this week?  Well – how about new 4 mm Firepolish? Because just when you thought there could not possibly be any more colours in …

Free E-Book of Jewelry Designs – featuring Swarovsk Crystals + plus contest

Download this free PDF e-book from Swarovski with some lovely patterns and designs for jewelry to make (the Tangerine Dream earrings on page 15 are totally yummy.) Browse the innovative designs and sometimes outrageous use of crystals for ideas and inspirations for your own creations, or just use this designs outright! The designs are based on interpretations of four themes: Classic, Romantic, Progressive and Glamour. From the book: In the Classic theme we are revisiting the concept of nostalgia and past care-freeness.In the Romantic theme we are rediscovering our most primal and ancient forms of existence.In the Progressive theme we …

‘Tis the Season – to Treat Yourself!

December is coming up quickly and we’ll all soon be in the midst of holiday preparations – running to the mall for gifts, baking those family-favourite goodies, cleaning our homes from top to bottom to get ready for guests and just trying to get too much done amidst our usual activities and chores. Whoa, slow down! We need to take some time for ourselves too! I invite you to come an take a class during December and take three hours to catch your breath, sit down with fellow beaders and jewellery makers, and simply get away from all. We have …

InspirationFX: Winter is Coming

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Winter is Comingby: Rae Huggins It’s Coming! It’s coming and soon it will be finally here. Are you excited or are you upset? Whether or not we like or accept it – it’s not gonna change. It seems as though it just ended and we already feel its presence. Yes it’s coming but I’m not fretting cause I’m gone step out in style and represent. It’s coming, yes winter is coming. This necklace was made using simple wire wrapping and dangles were attached to the base of the second White Howlite stone. String it …

InspirationFX: Classy Christmas Trees

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Classy Christmas Treesby: Pam Kearns Sometimes it’s a struggle to find holiday jewellery that is a little more subtle and doesn’t scream typical Christmas. But, I think you can wear these earrings with everything including that little black dress to that special holiday event or party! The concept of the design is simple — use various sizes of spacers to create the basic shape stacked onto an eyepin. I’ve topped it off with a crystal rondelle and sparkling Swarovski bicone. From the eyepin, I’ve dangled a briolette — just for more sparkle! The spacers …

THe Business Chat – How to NOT sell your work

Black Friday, cyber Monday, Christmas, Hanukkah, ‘tis the season people. The customers are shopping! And we’re selling! Or trying to sell. Yet all around me, I see crafters who seem to be doing their best to not sell their work.  Selling means customer service and being nice to people, that’s all there is to it. Some artists are starving for a reason, they sabotage themselves by bad behaviour.  Here is a short list of how not to sell your work. Ignore the customer who walks into your booth. One reason customers come to a craft show and not shop at …

The sale continues …

Our Falling for Beads sale continues! – 25% off EVERYTHING (some exceptions) in the store. Our wonderful selection of almost 25,000 individual items, all hand-picked for quality and value from Size AA C-LON to Zipper Pulls … The fine, fine print:  What: almost everything, with a few exceptions. No discounts on class fees    No discounts on Studio time/lampwork cards, lampwork tools, glass and lampwork supplies.    No discounts on special order merchandise, or special bulk orders.    The discount cannot be combined with Art Clay large volume or instructor discounts.   No discount on gift certificates.   Some individual items ARE excluded. Some metal clay items, some tools, and …

Celebrate the Season with three Holiday-Inspired Classes
at our Holiday Class Bash!

Santa has arrived in Toronto and radio stations are busy playing Christmas music – festivities must be around the corner! On Friday, December 12, BeadFX is offering something just a little bit different — three exciting and new classes in three hours. Students will take all three classes, going from one instructor to the next to create and take home three projects. Each project will help decorate your home, your tree or yourself! Register for this holiday event by calling the store at (416) 751-1911! Friday, December 12 6:00 – 9:00pm $55 + HST per student Each student will complete …