InspirationFX: Golden Pearls and Swirls

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Golden Pearls and Swirls by: Lee Metsalo The beads that inspired this are the Uber Curly Pig Tails.  Isn’t there a myth about a golden pig somewhere?  These curly beads got dressed up to go out today.  They add texture to a necklace, and are a lot of fun!This is a simple stringing project.  I started out with 30” of Softflex, as I didn’t really know how long the finished necklace would be with the swirly pig tails.  As shown here, it is almost 24” long.  I won’t lie and say the Softflex behaved …

Pearl-a-bration! 20% off Pearls

Bead up something Bridal! Classic Refined or Funky Summery Outrageous!  Pearls Pearls – is there anything more elegant and timeless than a pearl? Pearls have adorned royalty for thousands of years – their status as a “natural” gemstone making them even more rare and mysterious. Advances in imitating and culturing pearls have taken them from the lofty reaches of royalty to the humble throats, ears and wrists of everyone, everywhere. Whether you are looking for genuine pearls, grown in the water in farms by clams and mussels, fun glass “fashion” pearls, or deluxe Swarovski simulated pearls – you can be …

2 – 4 – 6 – 8! What do we appreciate! Siiiiize 8/0s!!!!!! Let’s hear it for Team Miyuki! As they head out onto the field at BeadFX, let’s give a big cheer for the size 8/0s. 11/0s are heaven and 6/0s are quick, but if you want to be outstanding in a field – then 8/0s are GREAT! From exotic players like Aqua Fuchsia Lined Lustre, Matte Black Grey AB, and Sparkling Pewter Lined Crystal to dependable classics like Red, Orange Yellow and, of course – Black Seventy-four new colours to choose from … dive on in!

one more day – 30% of buttons and lampwork beads

30% off Czech Glass Traditional Buttons and Sparkling Swarovski Crystal Buttons Buttons Button, button – who’s got the button? Buttons make interesting closures for bracelets and necklaces. A button and a loop of seedbeads are an excellent clasp. And we have findings for turning some of our lovely buttons into brooches and pendants. Czech Glass Findings Metal Polka Dots Swarovski Crystal 30% Handmade production Lampwork Lampwork Beads Handmade by artisans around the world. Lampwork beads are made one at a time by melting rods of glass onto a steel core. Czech Handmade Focals & Pendants USA Handmade

Around the Metal Studio: The mandrel sisters

As I continue the tour of the BeadFX Metal Studio, I just want to remind you that great classes take place in the studio all the time, and when the studio isn’t in use for classes, you can rent the space and play with all of these great tools on your own time. This is particularly wonderful if you live in an apartment or condo and can’t bang and pound on metal and wire. Costs are reasonable and you should call the store to determine availability. In the studio you will have everything you need at your fingertips. Now to …

Slip into Summer with June Classes

June? Wasn’t it just a couple of weeks ago we were shoveling snow? Yes, June is just around the corner. School wrap-ups, graduations, and getting ready for vacations. At BeadFX, we not winding down. In fact, we’re gearing up for the best summer of classes yet! June kicks off with classes in a variety of mediums including classes in three types of metal clays. Dwyn covered in a previous blog the differences between the three types of clay: “All three types – Art Clay Silver, Prometheus, and Hadar’s Clay – are “metal” clays – they are a very finely ground …

The Business Chat – Stalking for answers

“How often should I blog?” “Which social media platforms should I use?” “Should I do any of the Thanksgiving craft shows?” “How can I double my sales this summer?” Here is my answer. I have no idea. You are unique. Your work is unique. Your goals are yours alone. This is your business that you are running. Your situation is unique and special and only you can decide what you should be doing. I can help you with how to set up a blog. I cannot tell you if you should be blogging. No one can. What if you hate …

InspirationFX: Cirque du Spring

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Cirque du Spring by: Lee Metsalo When we got this assortment of brushed beads in, I visualized them assembled into different patterns, mostly architectural shapes from different countries.  But as I moved the pieces around, I also saw circus acrobats, and thus, this pendant was born.  Can’t you envision this dancing to your favourite Cirque du Soleil soundtrack?Tinned copper is silver coloured, but not silver. It is not as shiny as the silverplated, but less expensive and good for practicing with. Artistic Wire is a copper cored wire that bends easily and holds its …

20% off Leather and Leather stuff

20% off leather, and stuff to go on the leather. Like the findings and the beads designed to go on it! Leather is hot – smokin’ hot. Leather cord, Licorice Leather, flat leather – leather can look polished, chic, earthy, funky, or all of the above. We have leather and beads and findings for all your leather needs! 1.5 mm Leather Cord 2 mm Leather Cord Beads / Findings for 2 mm Round Leather 3 mm Leather Cord 5 mm Round 5 mm Polyester Cord Beads / Findings for 5 mm Round Leather 5 mm & 10 mm Flat Beads …

Cheerios! 15/0s! Prometheus!

Cheerios! The beadfest of beaders! Guaranteed not to go soggy in milk! For years we carried lovely glass rings that we dubbed Cheerios – and they were a big hit with the chain-mailers – because adding these into the chainmail designs gives you a lovely effect! They are great for linking in general, dangly bits and linking beaded beads and other beadweaving elements. Unfortunately – our supply dried up, and it took us a while to find a new source. Imagine our delight when this Spring in Tucson, we were talking to a supplier about something else entirely when our …