2 mm Glass Pearls …

We’re expanding our range of small beads – this week – it’s 2 mm glass pearls! And not just classic pearl colours, but other colours too! Great for accenting your bead weaving projects – or bead embroidery, anyone? And how about some more colours of Pip beads? Some pretty pastels perhaps? And while they don’t have a fancy, catchy name (yet!) like the Rullas and Pips and the Superduos, we’re thinking you might find some interesting ways to use these Top Hole Rounds … a round bead with the hole made closer to one side instead of in the middle. …

Just a little more than a day …

Midnight – April 29 – these opportunities go away … 45% Swarovski Key Bails (the pendants on sale too) 20% Gold Filled Wire 50% Satin Moosetail (XL 3 mm Rattail)     30% Asian Knotting Cord 35% Bone Beads 40% Squarelets 30% Bead Frames   35% off Bakelite Beads & Shapes 50% off Feathers! 50% off Thai Silver   50% off Metal Plated Leaves   30% off Lampwork Bead Accessories   30% off Swarovski Sew On Stones 30% Roving & Felting Tools   30% off Spikes 30% off Daggers 50% off Lantern-inspired Lucernas 35% off Simplicity Spacers 70% off Swarovski …

May Classes are Blooming!

Bring on those May flowers! Classes are already blooming here at BeadFX. Our intrepid and innovative instructors have caught Spring Fever and have come up with wonderful classes to get your creative juices flowering. Of course we have several NEW classes this month. Deborah Beesley will teach you how to create earrings using wire; Angela Peace has a brand new knot that doubles as a great bail. Metal clay Artist Christine Woollacott  is teaching how to do Cloissoné enameling on art clay silver and has also lowered her class fee to make it even more attractive! Our mixed media guru …

Metal Clay Addiction Self Help Group

No. Not really. Because none of the Metal Clay Addicts actually WANT to stop! But they DO get together here at BeadFX on the 4th Monday, every month, in the evening (from 6:30 onwards). (So, like, tonight! If that’s not enough lead time for you – put it on your calendar now for next month!) They are a casual group – lots of laughing and swapping stories as well as techniques, ideas, textures, molds, new products, and they welcome anyone – whether you have taken a class or are just mucking about on your own.  Bring your clay and your …

What goes around…

I was at the Creativ Festival this weekend. I’ve been attending it since the early 90s, when my passions also encompassed needlework of all kinds. The Crochet Crowd channelled the 70s in their amazing handmade display and it got me thinking about my early crafting days when I would try anything and my female mentors and family would share their knowledge of everything from weaving on peg boards to crepe paper flower decoration to crochet to macrame to corking. My desire to learn all of these crafts and more sprang from both an artistic place inside me as well as …

The Business Chat – What is that?

When I was a kid there was no shopping on Sunday, anyone else remember that? Boy times have changed. Now I can sit in my sweatpants drinking tea 24/7 and buy not just from my local store but from people all over the world.  Browsing over oodles and oodles of amazing creations online sucks up more of my time that I like to admit. However I think of this not as time wasted, oh no, it’s “research”. It’s important to know what’s going on in my handmade community.  And there is SO much to be seen online isn’t there? Etsy.com, …

InspirationFX: Crystals On Me Eye-Wear

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Crystals On Me Eye-Wear by: Rae Huggins So you’ve take a Crystal Clay class or perhaps you want to Crystal Clay. It’s fun and quick and the instructions are crystal clear. In order to bling up your eye-wear, use enough clay to cover the area you need to on your glasses. Follow the instructions that are included in the package and you’ll be on a journey filled with a world of complements. Enjoy!!! (Also good if you need to repair a pair of broken sunglasses – because summer is a’comin’ – I promise!)You can …

Last Week of Spring Cleaning

This is it folks LAST WEEK to scoop up these bargoons 45% Swarovski Key Bails (the pendants on sale too) 20% Gold Filled Wire 50% Satin Moosetail (XL 3 mm Rattail)     30% Asian Knotting Cord 35% Bone Beads 40% Squarelets 30% Bead Frames   35% off Bakelite Beads & Shapes 50% off Feathers! 50% off Thai Silver   50% off Metal Plated Leaves   30% off Lampwork Bead Accessories   30% off Swarovski Sew On Stones 30% Roving & Felting Tools   30% off Spikes 30% off Daggers 50% off Lantern-inspired Lucernas 35% off Simplicity Spacers 70% off …

It’s all about that shape …

It’s a Rulla around here – everything has a shape, but you don’t have to have a point, to have a point. Sometimes, it better to just roll with it, look for smooth curves, barrel along and go with the flow. Or, pause, and contemplate the Infinity. The Infinity of beads – as numerous as stars in the sky. Actually on a cloudless night in a dark location, you can see about 5,000 stars – and we have many, many more beads than that. Infinity comes in many sizes, but around here, Infinity is a new addition to the two-hole …

Metal Clay Lovers Unite!

If you are a metal clay lover, then I have great news for you: Open Metal Studio: Metal Clay is back! This is your opportunity to come in and use BeadFX’s Metal Studio to work on projects under the helpful eyes of our new facilitator Liz Reynolds. As many of you already know, Liz teaches our Hadar Clay classes, and she is very knowledgeable about all of the metal clays that we carry and will help you with tips and techniques to make your projects the best they can be. Open Metal Studio: Metal Clay is not a class; you …