Jill Wiseman teaching at BeadFX

You’ve seen her work in the beading magazines, watched her on You Tube, and drooled over her designs in her books. Now come on out and have a class with this extraordinary designer, author and instructor! BeadFX is pleased as punch to have Jill Wiseman come all the way from Texas and teach three wonderful classes. Those who have taken a class (or two!) with her have shared how incredibly patient she is and how much fun her classes are! Alternate Angles Bracelet Friday, September 2510:00am – 5:00pm Cubic right-angle-weave doesn’t have to be scary! In this class students will …

InspirationFX: Chunky Rose

Chunky Rose by: Rae Huggins Simply string the stones and spacers on heavy softflex – you can follow the picture or do as you please. End it by adding a large hook clasp and a large swivel link. Enjoy the compliments you’ll surely receive when you step out in style with Chunky Rose.   Components Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need! Need some help with some of the techniques? Check our tips page.

Colouring on metal – Enamels

I’ve taught a class in the past that reviews the many ways you can colour metal: inks, paints, nail polish, pastes, flame and on and on. Recently I went back to enamelling and fell in love with it, and the possibilities this technique offers, all over again.  I’m looking forward to offering some new enamelling classes at BeadFX in the coming months that feature new ways to add texture and interest to your pieces using enamels. Watch for that info on the classes pages of Beadfx.com. This weekend, July 4, I’m teaching a beginner enamelling class. Learn the various methods …

InspirationFX: Black Lightning

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Black Lightning by: Rae Huggins Black lightning and I’m no fool Necklace: I saw these beads and thought a necklace would be elegantly cool On the leather you have to string and add a knot after each one Wrap gold beads on them, make coil ends with wire, add a clasp and now you’re all done. Earrings: Super simple to make and super quick. A gold metal bead was placed on the headpin followed by the focal glass bead. Add another  gold bead and add a wrapped loop – please don’t forget to add the …

Glam Zombie @ BeadFX!

Goth grows up, and grunge goes glamorous. These are handmade (in India) – limited quantity pendants set with genuine diamonds – mostly cognac and chocolate diamonds. You will note that the diamonds are “mine-cut” – informally cut and do not necessarily dazzle, and those of you are students of cut stones will know that the warm brown and yellow hues are amongst the most common of diamonds. However – when is the last time you bought yourself a diamond pendant? These have a quiet sophistication that is very elegant – and whether you make something simple or elaborate – a …

Raise the flag high and wave proudly!

July is just around the corner, complete with Canada Day and, for our southern neighbours, Independence Day! Both are great opportunities to show our patriotism.  Oh right – July classes! Yes, we are very proud of our July classes from the variety of techniques offered and the high calibre of our instructors who share their expertise. In fact, classes are scheduled each and every weekend and during several weekdays during the summer so there is no reason to be bored. We also love when young people come and take classes. We do require that youth younger than 14 years of …

Tropical Punch – Welcome Summer!

Blog hops are great. They are a way to get more exposure to your blog and give you a chance to be part of an online event that really pulls together your community. I was invited to participate in a blog hop using the Tropical Punch components, which are lucite beads and matching pieces such as polyester pipe and flower petals, that conjure the colours and excitement of Brazilian style.  I had a dream and saw my finished piece in my mind’s eye, then couldn’t wait to create it. Sometimes the vision and completed project don’t match but this time …

A big helping of Rizos, and a side dish of computer failure angst

This week’s update is late – well – the update is fine, it all happened on time because it was all prepared ahead of time. But the actual writing about it is late. Late for the first time in 15 years. But, it’s just beads, you know. No one died, nobody’s private data got compromised, the website and the inventory systems are just fine, thank you. The big picture is – the only person truly inconvenienced is me. I – however – am contemplating moving into a tent and living off the grid at an undisclosed address in the middle …

FREE Meet the Techniques Special Event!

Do you wonder about some of the products  that we have in the store and how to use them? Wonder no more – join us for an exciting and FREE evening full of demonstrations and fun! Meet the Techniques Wednesday, July 15 6:00 – 8:00pm   BeadFX staff members and guests will demonstrate and talk about some of the less-known products that we carry including: The Jool Tool Mirrix Looms Big Kick, including embossing and etching dies ICE Resin Enamels and Inclusions Leather punches and Rivets Swarovski Hot fix tools Wire tools including coiling gizmos and jigs Metal tools including …