So long 2015!

We (the store) are closed for the week between Christmas and New Years, reopening on Saturday, Jan 2, 2016. We (the website) will remain open, of course, 24/7. πŸ˜‰ Well – another year done and dusted and just about put to bed. This week – we round out the year with a big collection of Tierracast metal connectors and charms and separators and stuff! If you are looking for the ultimate in multi-hole connectors – check out this bad baby! 12 strands! Woohoo! If you are into the mixed media these days – resin and clay and epoxy clay – …

What’s on my bead mat?

Or perhaps I should say, “what’s on my bead mat”, and rolling around in my head, this week? I had a lovely, quiet holiday, and find that when I have time on my hands, my hands just naturally turn to creative pursuits. During the holidays, I watch sappy movies, eat more snacks than normal, and search for projects to play with. Although, I do start new projects, I confess that I love to dig into some of my UFO’s (unfinished objects)! Not just components (stash), but projects that I’ve started, and haven’t found the the time, or inspiration to complete. …

InspirationFX: Kumi Ladder Bracelet

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Kumi Ladder Bracelet    by: Pam Kearns We often talk about the products we carry and wonder how we can use them in ways that may be different or unexpected and we were specifically talking about the 1mm wire lace. It’s not a product that I’ve regularly used so I wondered how it would do up as a basic 8-strand kumihimo – it’s wonderful! The thin braid it creates has a nice shine to the finish and you can sew through the braid. I was able to get a 39″ length of braid from the …

Christmas at BeadFX!

‘Twas just before Christmas and all through the store, Erin was packaging just one Delica tube more. Anne Marie and Malliga were putting out stock Beads and some mats and some semi-precious rocks. Lee was getting the mail ready to go β€œMan, this is going incredibly slow!” Bonnie was checking the orders with care So that customers soon would receive all of their fare. Amanda was counting the beads by the score And in the process, dropping lots on the floor. Rae and Kelly are with customers much Helping them choose colours, sizes and such Rosemary in the studio was …

Holiday hours

We (the store) will be open until 3 pm Christmas Eve (Dec 24th) and then we (the store) will close for the week between Christmas and New Years, reopening on Jan 2, 2016.   We (the website) will remain open, of course, 24/7. πŸ˜‰ Happy Holidays! Be safe. Be good, and if you can’t be good, have fun.

Reflections on an exploding stash!

Santa Baby, I’ve been a very bad girl this year!! I purchased tons of stuff, with absolutely no idea, what I was going to make! Sure, I whipped up some class samples, and made an Inspiration or two, but did I really need all of those pearls? I ask you, would you? Then, let’s chat about the paint I purchased. Yes, I absolutely needed the Pebeo Fantasy paints, Adirondack, Alcohol Inks, Ice Resin, Iced Enamels, Gilders Paste, Mica Powders, and Spectrum Noir markers, for workshops I was teaching, but did I need so darned many of them? Not to mention …

Bringing the World to Our Classroom
2016 Visiting Instructors

BeadFX is very fortunate to be able to attract high-calibre instructors to teach in our store. This coming year we will have several instructors with specialties in various jewellery-making mediums including lampworking, beadwork and metalwork. While we haven’t yet arranged all of the details as yet (projects, costs, etc.) we do have the dates when the instructor are coming. Mark your calendars now and plan to join us! Details about the classes will be up on our website as quickly as possible. Kim Fields – lampworking Sculptural Bird Beads Saturday, April 9 & Sunday, April 10 Kim Fields began making …

InspirationFX: Hammered Shine

Hammered Shine    by: Anne Marie Desaulniers I should actually call this necklace “What If?”, because it’s the end result of asking myself a series of questions.  1.  “What if” I textured some smooth metal circles, with the skinny, rounded end of my Chasing Hammer?  – lay ring flat on a steel block or anvil, and strike gently with hammer, until satisfied with the texture. Remember to texture both sides of the ring.  2.  “What if” I joined the circles with Swarovski 4mm Bicones links, made with wire wrapped loops, on both ends? – see “Tips & Techniques” page for instructions  3.  “What if” I made something symmetrical …

InspirationFX: Christmas Time

Christmas Time by: Bonnie Cottingham & Malliga Nathan Being with Family and Friends Tinsel and Garland on the Trees Glistening Snow, Carols on the Radio Driving through the Neighbourhood at night; looking at the Colourful Lights on the Houses, Cards that Cover you with Glitter! These are the Things I look Forward to during the Holiday Season. Need a quick gift idea to give the Sparkle of the Season? These earrings go together quickly! Run a small bead of glue E600 along the edge of the bezels. Give it a few minutes to set up. Press the Rhinestones into the …

Claps and Japser!

If there are two words that take the prize for my having to backspace and correct them it is clasp and jasper. So – what do we have this week? Lost off claps and japsers. Lots of new clasps this week! From multi-strand to fancy to all the metal colours – a big update of clasps! Check out the clasps, you might find exactly the one you want, or the one that inspires you to start something new! And Red Porcelain Jasper. This has warmer colours, a bricky-red and greys instead of the mauvey overtones of the other Porcelain Jaspers. …