Confessions of a Bead Photographer

I didn’t set out to be a bead photographer, or even a professional photographer at all. I just woke up one day and realized that I had been taking hundreds of photographs a week for some years, which generated our product photos for each weekly update. Which probably qualified me as a professional photographer. Which led to some angst along the lines of “omg – I have no idea what I’m doing.” But that’s another story. The reality is – we were small, we needed photos, I did them. You can still see the oldest photos on the site – …

InspirationFX: Blue Romance

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Blue Romance by: Bonnie Cottingham When the link pads came into the store, I wondered what I could attach to them and how I could use them with leather. The Floral Heart is a sweet charm and I wanted to use it with a bracelet. The pads provide a base to glue it on. I used E6000 to glue the charm to the link pad, and add the rhinestone. Cut the leather into 3 equal pieces Dry fit the three strands of leather into the clasp. Once the fit is good, glue the leather …

InspirationFX: Ring Around the Moon

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Ring Around the Moon by: Pam Kearns We all “ooh-ed” and “aahh-ed” when the new 12 mm Swarovski Crystal Pendants arrived, and I especially love the Crystal Paradise Shine colour – it speaks to me of a cold, crisp winter’s night. I quickly made up some earring and pendant sets for Christmas gifts (don’t tell Wendy andChelsea). So quick – so simple – so elegant! 1. Begin by opening a 4x6mm oval jump ring and slip on a crystal and around link; close the jump ring. Make three of these components. 2. For the …

The Business Chat – Success in just 10 minutes!

OK, the presents have been opened. The turkey is eaten, chocolates consumed, wine drunk and sleeping in slept. And yet there is still more to be done on the holiday festive front isn’t there? So what about your business, is anything being done there?  Running a tiny microbusiness is hard at the best of times, when there is so much other stuff going on in life it’s crazy difficult. There is just too much happening all around in life to be able to concentrate for a large chunk of time on what needs to be done in our business. At …

Happy Boxing Day Easter Egg Hunt

What does the day after Christmas have to do with two men punching each other, I wondered as a kid. My friends did not have a reasonable explanation then. Of course, now we have Momma Google to ask. She tells us that it has to do with the tradition of giving “Gift Boxes” to the servants and tradespeople. Not so much of a thing, these days. 😉 Anyhoo – to keep you amused while we are closed this boxing day, and right through to the new year, for that matter, we have designed a Rainbow of Gems easter-egg hunt sale. …

A Rainbow of Easter-Eggs for Christmas !

With Christmas falling on the Thursday, which is when our new product cycle starts each week, and the store being closed for the next week – we thought it wouldn’t be fair to you or the staff, or, for that matter, the juicy new stuff, to launch anything this week. Besides – you’re all feasting and playing with your new flamboozles and waptrunkers and schmoofizits. However, in case you do need amusement, if you prefer to do your boxing day shopping online say, because the crowds, ugh …, or, you just really need to escape Uncle Jock’s 35th re-telling of …

Leslee Frumin is teaching at BeadFX!

We are proud to host award-winning designer and author Leslee Frumin for two-day’s of classes at BeadFX! Leslee will be teaching a metal/soldering class as well as a beadwork class in February. In addition, Leslee will be the guest of honour at an Open House so you can meet her and see her projects. Registrations are being accepted now! Come and meet Leslee Frumin Friday, February 20 5:00 – 7:00pm  All are welcome! Leslee will have a selection of kits and patterns available for sale. FREE EVENT! Falling Leaf Pendant Saturday, February 21 10:00am – 5:00pm  Fabricate a leaf with …

InspirationFX: Rolo et Coin

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Rolo et Coin by: Rae Huggins Combine Rolo chain with puffy coins for a handsome casual chic look that looks good at the office or at the party. Simple string the coins, metallic squares, cubes and seedbeads (as shown in the picture or add your own touch) on 1 foot of Medium Softflex, Add a crimp, but before crimping, add a split ring ( repeat on the opposite side). I added an extra crimp cover on either side to eliminate gaps in the beading wire. Attach one end of the Rhodium Rolo chain to …

The Business Chat : X – you are here

A while back I found myself in an unfamiliar shopping mall and desperately in need of caffeine. You have to understand, I HATE shopping malls at the best of times. Uncaffeinated is definitely not the best of times. And this mall? It was designed by the same people who build those gerbil habitrails. All I knew was that I kept walking in circles and I couldn’t find the Starbucks that I knew was there. I stomped around getting really frustrated until finally I found a map. I located the Starbucks, my destination on the map, and then … ? You …