Are you a knitter? Come Frolic with us!

BeadFX is proud to be participating in the 2015 Knitter’s Frolic marketplace organized by the Toronto Knitter’s Guild. This exciting show has been running for 18 years and is the premiere event for knitting, yarns and other fibers. We will be bringing lots of seedbeads, findings, kumihimo needs, and much, much more! We’ll also have the ever-popular Fleegle Beader needles in all three sizes (0.8mm, 1.0mm and 1.3mm) which is THE best way of adding beads to your knitting (if you’re not stringing them on in advance). 2015 Knitter’s Frolic Saturday, April 25 9:00am – 4:30pmWorkshops by the Toronto Knitter’s …

Taking it to the wall

I love metal and metalworking. I love paint and colour. I have a new (old) house with tall and oddly-sized walls to fill. I am thrifty. Therefore I’ve created my own wall art to suit my colour scheme and show off my skills. Here’s a quick and easy tutorial on creating one of a kind pieces you can easily make at home with some basic art supplies and metal working tools. Loosen up and have fun with it! You will need: 6″ x 6″ prepared canvases (available at any art supply store) Brushes Acrylic paints Sheet copper — 24 or …

The Business Chat – 10 steps to generate buzz

Guess what happened this week? I looked at the calendar and realized that my first summer craft show is in 10 weeks!!! EEEEEKK! Boy did that start a bit of a panic attack! There is SO much to do. There’s inventory to be made, a new booth to be built, photos to be taken and packaging to order.  All of these tasks will get me and my work into a beautiful booth and looking lovely.  Wait – there’s something missing. Not only do I have to make and display the work, I have to take care of the most important …

InspirationFX: Like a Rock

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Like a Rock by: Lee Metsalo Yes, I like rocks.   They’re all unique and attractive in their own ways. Some are pretty colours.  Some have patterns in them like paintings. When I need a break from the computer, I visit this section of the store:  Stones The rocks just need a simple setting to let them shine.  You can dress them up sparkly or masculine by adding a few beads on the sides. Simple to construct:  Pinch the bail into the hole at the top of the pendant (or use a headpin with a …

Spring cleaning sale …

On Sale this Week More Spring Cleaning    35% off Bakelite Beads & Shapes     50% off Feathers!     50% off Thai Silver     50% off Metal Plated Leaves spring cleaning sales – continue to April 29!   Also Spring Cleaning … 30% off Spikes 30% off Daggers 50% off Lantern-inspired Lucernas 35% off Simplicity Spacers 70% off Swarovski Crystal Letters rhinestones! 50% off Vertical letter cubes 50% off Big Bold Swarovski Fancy stones

Ooooh, Aaaah, oooo … @ BeadFX

that’s the sound we’re hearing the most of around here – because this update is a doozy! Or, should I say, Druzy?  Because we have a spectacular update this week – with amazing, yummy, fabulous items, and we’re going to start off this guided tour with Druzy cabochons. Or Drusy, if you prefer. Or even Drusie – because apparently not even I can spell it consistently!  We have a wonderful new selection of Stone Cabochons this week, including window druzies, that’s the kind with the smooth stone with a “window” of crystals, or just all over crystals.  Next – we …

The Secret of Shooting Earrings

Here’s a tip for those of you who want to take pictures of earrings. Heavy cardstock or matt board, centre cut out. Attach a stand or something to hold upright. Nylon line stretched across, held with clips or tape in TWO places. One to hang the earring off, the other to stabilized the earring, stop them from swinging for 15 minutes, twisting, or turning to an awkward angle. The earrings hang from the top line, and rest against the bottom one. So you get this …  retouch out the lines, or increase the lightness to get them to disappear.   …

April Classes make the Grade — No Fooling!

April — practical jokes, lots of rain, the budding of flowers. There is lots to enjoy during this first real month of Spring. A new month brings new classes such as Pamela’s Bombay Cuff or Sureka’s Embellished Rivoli Pendant. Deborah brings us a free-form Puzzle Lace Necklace; Anne Marie will teach how to alter metal washers to create jewellery components; Jen will teach us how to create the beautiful Eye of the Dragon Ring and Angela teaches a new take on the classic Plafond Knot. We have lots of returning classes too including Iris‘ Hot Connections 1 class (an afternoon …

Inspiration

Welcome to the spring solstice! I’m Cindy Goldrick, and I’m welcoming you to my new spot in the blog role at Beadfx. Many of you will have taken classes with me at Beadfx over the last four years. Or you’ve met me through my role as Programming Coordinator or Chair of the Toronto Bead Society. You will know that my passion is metal and wire, but you might also know I love beads of all kinds. You might not know that I moved to St Catharines a few months ago and am creating and teaching full time! I’m a spring …

Jewelry on Display!

We added a couple of new ladies to the staff – whose sole jobs are to greet you as you come in the door, and show off some jewelry!  We haven’t named them – yet – but here they are ready to greet you at the door!  Now THAT’S a necklace! But the real fun was the trip to go buy them. Darlene Martin of Bijoux Bead put me onto Recycled Displays in Toronto. I have to say – if you sell jewelry, at shows or elsewhere, if you need a mannikin for photography, whatever you want – or if …