The cat’s away — da mousies gonna hide stuff

Shhh!! The cats are away! 😉 I think they delayed their departure thinking “someone” might be plotting something, so this note isn’t on the usual email day. But I have a question for you. Can we hide over $120,000 of inventory in your stash? I promise to make it worth your while! How about 30% off! Does that entice you? First up – if the cats find out – they might throw stones at me! So – stone beads – 30%! (Cat-ochons and Pendants too!) Hey – you’ll need some bezels to go with those stones. Bezels 30%! It might …

InspirationFX: Copper Crystal Floats

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Copper Crystal Floats    by: Kelly Garland A long time ago while visiting Los Angeles I picked up a fabulous floating necklace that I still wear, years later. So when BeadFx started carrying Softflex solid coloured beading wire, l set about to make something similar to my beloved piece. I’ve always loved the Swarovski ‘Copper Crystal’ colour and because the jewellery gods were in alignment, it just so happens the new Softflex line includes a copper choice that is a perfect match. It also works with all of the BeadFx bright copper findings like crimps, …

It’s Etchy! It’s Shiny! It’s the Etchy and Shiny Show!

It’s an unfortunate Sequins of Events, but some like it Rough and Etchy, some like it Spiky and Shiny! And Sew-on, and sew-on, and sew-on. I’d Love Knot to go there. I’d rather be dancin’ in the Crystal Moonlight and hope that Momma don’t take my Light Chrome away. Puns like this are going to get me band (around the sun). Check out all the new items here or click on a link above! Go forth and create and be happy!

Beading on the wild side!

There’s beading and then there’s beading! Most of us start out learning the basics of stringing. Others start with bead weaving, loom, wire or metal work. There’s nothing wrong with sticking with these options, but wouldn’t it be fun to be a little more adventurous from time to time? Traditional peyote stitch (also known as the gourd stitch), is an off-loom weaving technique, and may be worked with either an even or odd number of beads per row. The free form version of this stitch is very organic, as it bends and even breaks many of the rules of traditionsl …

Fall in Love with our February Classes

February has some well-known observances and events including Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, and the Super Bowl. It is also the month that, while the shortest, feels like it will go on forever! Not to worry – bundle up and come out for a class or two and be with other like-minded jewellery-making enthusiasts while you learn a new technique. Our intrepid and creative instructors are offering classes that cover a wide range of jewellery-making techniques. New this month is a St. Petersburg Chain bracelet with Pamela Kearns that uses 2-hole beads. Angela Peace is teaching a new micro-knotted earring design. …

InspirationFX: “Leaf” My Leftovers Alone!

“Leaf” My Leftovers Alone! by: Anne Marie Desaulniers A sweet, little floating wrap bracelet, made with leftover pearls, from my “Rosaline’s Journey” necklace. The pearls were paired with sterling rounds, a single leaf, and then finished it off with a sparkling clasp.  Light, lovely and simple in design, yet incredibly fast and easy to construct! The steps are as follows: Part 1: – Wrap beading wire, around your wrist, twice (but not too tight). Remember to leave a little extra room for the loops, and don’t forget that you will be adding a clasp. – Add a large crimp to …

What's an "omnicrafter"?

If you’re making jewellery, chances are you also have a stash of wool at the end of your couch and you knit at night while the TV flickers in the background. Those of us drawn to create, design and make are rarely limited to one medium: or, if we are, we’ve probably gone through several other crafts before settling on our most satisfying creative outlet.  At any given time I have: wool and needles for working on a small project close at hand (I need to get better before I tackle something bigger since I just recently taught my leftie …

InspirationFX: Rosaline’s Journey

Rosaline’s Journey    by: Anne Marie Desaulniers Once upon a time, there was a pendant leaf called Rosaline. She was buried,in the depths of the BeadFX cupboards, but yearned for just one chance, to dance in the light! She escaped from the dungeon, only to find herself incarcerated on the sale rack! Sure, she was able to hang about, making a few new friends, but still it wasn’t enough for this ambitious soul! She was sad,that no one was aware of her true potential, so she set out on her journey again. Finally, I spotted her, and stopped in my …

This week is buttoned up!

Cute as a button – that’s what these are – we have just two of these – semi-vintage Minaudiere clutches. We’ve had a few of these in the past – and they never made it to the website or the store, because the staff here keeps snapping them up for their own use! These are blank metal purses. They are not lined, and they are undecorated. A pursa rasa – so to speak. These are similar to the kind that Judith Leiber uses to make her fabulous multi-thousand dollar purses, encrusted with rhinestones and coloured stones. (These may, in fact, …