Fast curing resin

Yes, I said fast-curing! Don’t believe me? Well here it is: Amazing Casting Resin. And it IS amazing. It comes in a formula that dries clear and it also comes in a formula that becomes opaque white when it cures. You can paint it, distress it, drill holes in it and colour it in various ways.  It’s easy to use. You take a mold and warm it in the microwave for one minute. Then you mix the two-part Amazing Casting Resin. You will find it heats up quickly. Your open working time with it is very short — less than …

InspirationFX: Lotus Sun

Lotus Sun   by: Kelly Garland This bright sunny piece will lift your spirits and it’s super easy on the pocketbook! This necklace incorporates a couple different techniques which also offer different options if you’re so inclined. Beadfx carries a wide range of colour choices for in both the Glider Paste and Swarovski Rivoli selection. All the findings are brass which is a strong metal that offers a nice aged gold look. Directions  Before we put these components together we’re going to color the sunflower with gliders paste and glue in the Swarovski Rivoli. These should sit for a couple …

Stone the Crows!

Stone the Crows! No crows were harmed in the making of this update. They, were, however, mightily offended. Hence – the complete absence of crows. No crows whatsoever. Lots of stones, though. It’s as clear as Crystal quartz – we have some lovely stones this week! If you are looking for something very different and mysterious – we have this one of a kind carved White Jade Pendant. I say mysterious because I can’t actually figure out what it is carved to be. A headless tiger climbing up an anatomically correct heart is my best guess – feel free to …

Rings and things and resin!

I started thinking about what I was going to write this week….and then….absolutely nothing!!! Don’t you hate it when that happens? Nothing funny or bright or even remotely interesting crossed my thinking path. Were my creative neurons on strike? What to do, what to do? Then I started reflecting on what was going on around me, and came up with a few ideas! The first one is freeform related (see last Wednesday’s post), and has to do with my obsessive need to try out everything that interests me. Karen Williams posted some delicious little Valentine rings on her Baublicious blog. …

March into Spring with
Terrific Classes

The coming of March it means that Spring is finally just around the corner! If you’ve been suffering from cabin fever, then break the monotony and come on out for a class or two and get those creative juices flowing again. We have a number of NEW classes in the first half of March. Pauline Peskoff, a new instructor with BeadFX, is teaching a bracelet and earring set that is perfect for daytime wear or glammed up for evening wear. Metal enthusiasts will love Iris Rogers Melamed’s updated spinner ring. Liz Reynolds is teaching a 2-day metal clay class using …

InspirationFX: The Cuff Stuff

The Cuff Stuff   by: Dwyn Tomlinson This is a fun and simple project – it just requires a bit of patience to glue the ends on. I made it with a scrap of leather from my stash – in a colour that is, of course, now sold out. The key is to use one of the leathers with a hollow core down the centre. I used the mini-regaliz – but you could use the full size, or even two pieces of the 5 mm hollow. First, as always with any project that requires gluing – dry fit the ends …

Souvenir bead caps

If you’re like me, you’ve always been fascinated by shiny things and that includes coins from other countries. I remember collecting interesting and odd-shaped coins when I was little (I have a vague memory that some cereal company had coins of the world as a giveaway) and people would give me coins from their trips. I guess I forgot about my love of coins for a while until recently when Kate Richbourg was here teaching a class on making your own bead caps and one of the options was using foreign coins. It made perfect sense – they have visual …

InspirationFX: Eye of Horus

Eye of Horus    by: Rochelle Kilmer A mini history on the ancient Egyptian God Horus and how he influenced the making of this bracelet. Horus is the son of Osiris and nephew to Set. After Set murdered Osiris, Horus and his mother Isis set to work putting the dismembered Osiris back together and reviving him as lord of the underworld. According to one story, Horus sacrificed one of his own eyes for Osiris. In another story, Horus loses his eye in a subsequent battle with Set. As such, the Eye of Horus symbol is connected with healing and restoration. …

Late-Breaking News:
March Break Mini Classes!

We’ve had a great response to Mini Classes so we are running some more!  Join us at BeadFX for a daily Mini Class during March Break! These classes are for everyone – whether you’re a student enjoying March Break or an adult wanting to take their own March Break. Each one-hour Mini-Class will feature a design by Starman Trendsetters and will include the wonderful and trendy 2-hole and/or 4-hole shaped beaded in the Czech-Mates Beading System. The Mini Classes are $15 + HST and will include all of the materials needed to complete the project. Youths, age 12 years and …

So, how do those beads fit together?
2-Hole Bead Primer

2-hole beads are now a mainstay at bead sores – including BeadFX! There are lots of books featuring how to use these wonderful beads and beading magazines that show amazing eye candy with all of the shapes available. It can, however, be confusing as to what all of the beads are and which ones fit together. We’ve put together the following information about the 2-hole beads that BeadFX carries, including a list of which beads seem to line up together. Note: our methods are totally unscientific! We simply lined up beads on two parallel headpins. Stitching through the beads should …