We will Rock you

We will rock you – rock your world – rock you like a hurricane! Oh we have the rocks and stones to make your heart beat faster. How about this Labradorite Cabochon? AAA grade Labradorite, in stunning 30 x 40 mm cabochons. Each stone is a masterpiece, as it shimmers, schillers, and scintillates. In fact, I might be so bold as to say, it is not only AAA grade, it is effing-Eh grade. If you need a smaller spot of colour – and if you are going smaller – you could always use more, right? – How about these 6 …

May is Blooming with Classes

If April showered us with creativity, then May is blooming with a garden full of NEW classes! In early May we welcome – not one – but two visiting instructors! Robyn Cornelius joins us from Alberta and brings us four metalworking classes that incorporates a variety of techniques to create wonderful projects. Fibre artist Amee K. Sweet-McNamara brings us three imaginative ways to use soutache and incorporate bead embroidery into glorious statement jewellery. We have other NEW classes too. Pauline Peskoff is bringing us two classes using shaped beads and Genevieve Habib is teaching our first Hubble stitch project! Love …

Colour-up! It's finally Springtime!

There are so many ways to add colour to your handmade jewellery. For those of you who work with seed beads and shaped beads, it’s easy to add to your colour palette. For those of us who work with metal, there are many options to colour copper, bronze and silver to create fresh, vibrant jewellery. Here are some of my favourite metal colouring options: Alcohol inks There are a few “lines” of alcohol inks on the market: Adirondak, Vintaj and SLK Ice Resin inks are my favourites. They can be layered, mixed with glazes or resin or smeared on then …

InspirationFX: Pip, Pip, Hooray !

Pip, Pip, Hooray !by: Anne Marie Desaulniers My inspiration for this piece was another challenge from Rochelle, this time to work with the very popular Czech Pip beads, in the satin finish. Despite my initial misgivings, I decided to give it a go! I easily collected four strings of beads in my favourite colours, and then let them sit and percolate for a couple of weeks. I searched the Internet for inspiration, but ended up making a very simple pattern. All of the flowers were all made, before my muse whispered in my ear, and told me what to do …

The Shape of Beads to Come

Once upon a time – beads were round and had a hole in them. One round bead, one round hole. It was very zen. What is the sound of one bead rolling across the floor? If a bead falls in the forest, will a squirrel find it and wear it and become king of the squirrels? But then, there came shapes. And multiple holes. And now – there is an explosion – a multitude of shapes, a panoply of holes. An array, a collection, a range. The mind boggles. Boggle at these – Czechmates 2 Hole Crescents! This gently curved …

Amee’s Soutache Classes Just Got Sweeter!

Amee K. Sweet-McNamara As Class Coordinator, I have the wonderful opportunity to really get to know our visiting instructors. Amee K. Sweet-McNamara is very much looking forward to coming to teach in Canada (her first time!) that she wants to give an extra reward to her students: Register for any of her  classes by   Sunday, May 1  and receive a free 45-yard bundle of Soutache cord compliments of Amee herself! This is in addition to Amee offering her class kits at par for our students! Haven’t done Soutache or bead embroidery before? Not to worry! Two of Amee’s classes …

DIY jewellery storage!

If you’re anything like me, your jewellery storage leaves something to be desired! I use a combination of bowls, boxes, tins, bags, jewellery boxes, and any available doorknob space. Everything is jumbled together, and it’s generally too much of an effort to root through the mess!! Probably my most organized solution is a hanging jewellery organizer (complete with plastic pockets on both sides), gifted to me by my sister. It keeps my earrings organized, when I actually remember to return them to their proper place. No photo of course, as it currently resides on the inside of my linen closet …

On Behalf of The Corsage Project:
Thank You So Much!

Earlier we had posted about The Corsage Project and how they provide dresses, jewellery and other accessories for free for economically-challenged high school students so they can go to their prom in style. BeadFX volunteers, staff and customers were busy creating lots of blingy pieces of jewellery which were picked-up by Corsage Project volunteers to be sorted in time for the Boutique Ball. Well, the Boutique Ball has been held and they were thrilled with the assortment of jewellery that were provided through BeadFX! Through your generosity and hard work, more than 125 young women will have beautiful jewellery. Many …

Yes! breaking the rules feels good

II’ve been teaching jewellery classes for over five years now and one thing I’ve noticed about my students is that they fall into roughly two categories: those who like their jewellery big and bold and those who don’t. Often, we big-boned girls like our jewellery big and bold, since that suits our body type and we can, as they say, “pull it off.” But I’ve seen lots of tiny women pull off big and bold jewellery magnificently. And that’s down to personality. An example of someone like this we all know is Iris Apfel.  I say, be yourself and wear …