The Key to Classic Designs!

Pearls and Stones – what could be more key? Well, um, how about some keys? 😉 These vintagey-antiquey keys are a fair size – dare we say “lifesize” and would make a cool pendant on a chain, or paired with some stones or maybe a locket (we have just one of those left!) or something else from our page of Vintage Style. Segueing directly into stones … we got more of these lovely mounted stone pendants and links. Most of these are small enough to be used as earrings – albeit biggish ones, or as a rather dainty pendant. Lapis, …

Where do you hide your beads?

Are you right up front about your purchases, or do you need to smuggle them into the house under the cover of darkness (even from yourself)? An awful lot will fit into the bottom of your purse, or you could even hide them in a grocery bag. It’s not something to be ashamed of so stand up, be proud, and own your craft! You need it…..you want it…..and you deserve it!!! Okay you’ve got them past the front door, but now what do you do with them? Do you allow your beads to season in the bag, or are they …

You’ll love our April classes!
No Fooling!

You won’t be an April Fool with a BeadFX class! Our instructors are knowledgeable and creative and know how to make a class fun and interesting. We have NEW classes in the first half of April. Lampworkers will love Kim Fields’ class where you will be learn how to make sculptural beads. If you’ve wondered about how to stamp, you’ll want to take Kelly Garland’s new class. Christine Woollacott is helping you take your kiln enamelling skills further by using Prometheus metal clay as your base in a two-day class. Beaders will enjoy learning from Pauline Peskoff and learn how …

InspirationFX: Bringing Spring Home

Bringing Spring Home   by: Rochelle Kilmer With the last few days being cold, rainy and icy, I haven’t been in the brightest of spirits. I was upset with Mother Nature for giving me a warm taste of Spring, then to turn around and take it back so suddenly. I am already missing the warm rays of sunshine licking at my face, rubber boots squelching in the mud as the earth begins to thaw. What happened to make Mother Nature so angry to start spewing cold winds and icy droplets? I may not be able to find the answer, but …

Transfer photos onto two-part epoxy clay

I taught this class recently at Beadfx and West Toronto Beading Guild and it’s a super simple and fun way to custom make pendants that reflect your unique style and special photos.  You can use pre-made bezels of any size, shape, depth and metal. Or you can use bezel wire, a hole punch and some rivets and wire to make any shape to fill with clay.  Here’s a couple of examples I made while on my retreat in France this past fall. Thanks to Debbi Simon for sharing this technique! You can use Swarovski Ceralun, Crystal Clay or Apoxie Sculpt. …

Feed your inner hunter

while munching on your chocolate bunnies*. Never mind the eggs – Go trawling through our Manager Specials! 30 – 70%  savings! (*you have to supply the chocolate) Filigree Alphabet Cubes 2 hole squares 2 hole blocks 2 hole flat square tiles   Fire Polish Swarovski Bicones Clasps Hot Fix Swarovski Bezels Gumdrops and more!

Amber, Wood, and Vintage Goodies!

Now that you’ve had a chance to get all stocked up with our big annual sale – you’re probably thinking that you don’t need any more beads. Well – let’s see about that. 😉 First up – I want to show you these pendants – I’m pretty excited about these. I was wandering through a tent at Tucson – in search of wonderful stuff to bring back for you – and I spotted these. At first – I thought they were embossed leather – but no – they are wood! Not just any wood, but cherry and walnut and maple …

Give what you’ve got!

Okay perhaps not everything, but it would be nice if you could consider giving a little to underprivileged youth. BeadFX is gathering jewellery donations on the behalf of the Corsage Project, a non-profit initiative to help high school students, who cannot afford to go to their own school proms. “In 2000, the Corsage Project was created in partnership with the Children’s Aid Foundation to help young women attend their prom by providing them with a new dress, accessories and a mini makeover – all free of charge. In 2010, the program expanded to provide formal wear to young gentlemen” (information …

Join us for a class with metalwork artist Robyn Cornelius

We are proud to present four classes with metal artist and instructor Robyn Cornelius! Robyn owns and operates Little Rock Jewellery Studio in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. She is an explorer of materials and techniques, and describes her jewellery as sculptural and colourful, with clever mechanics and rustic finishes. She has a degree in Jewellery and Metals from the Alberta College of Art and Design. Robyn as the ability to break what seems to be the most complicated project into workable steps that all can understand. I’ve had the opportunity to take two classes with Robyn at the Bead & Button …

Make your own earwires on the Now That’s a Jig!

By: Cindy Goldrick Earwires come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Here’s a quick overview of the most common earwires. Kidney — these can be short or long but, as the name says, they are shaped like a kidney bean.    Shepherd’s hook — I often mix them up with fish hook earrings, and I think the main difference is that they look a little more rustic and don’t have embellishments like fish hooks earwires do. Fish hook — often they have a hammered flat section and a hollow metal ball embellishment. French hook — circular fish hook style. …