Let it Glow, Let it Glow, Let it Glow!

Oh these beads look silver-lined but they have a secret entwined As soon as the lights are low Then they glow, yes they glow, oh they glow! These are the new glow-in-the-dark beads from Toho – they absolutely look like silver-lined crystal – but after exposing them to light – especially UV (think bright sunlight or black lights – or your gel nail curing lamp!) – they glow loud and proud! You may have seen the ad with the glowing wedding dress – these are those beads. We have size 8/0, in Glow Blue and Glow Green, and Size 11/0 …

Resin play!

Who says that everything needs to be serious? Playtime is an essential part of the creativity process. Some may think that it’s a little frivolous, but I believe that it’s the only way to go! I do so love to play!! I spent a little time on the weekend, experimenting with Ice Resin, Iced Enamels, Iced Enamel Tints, Pebeo Prisme Fantasy paints, nail polish and Ranger Distress Paints. I made some clear resin cabochons earlier in the week, and all I needed to do was embellish them! After spotting a nail polish marbling video, on one of my Facebook groups …

Let’s Celebrate with July classes!

We have a lot to celebrate in July starting with our national holiday Canada Day and helping our American neighbours celebrate Independence Day! Early-month classes include several new projects including Daydreamer Rope, being taught by Pamela Kearns with permission from designer Jill Wiseman. Liz Reynolds is teaching a new introduction to base metal clay and Anne Marie Desaulniers will take you into the bead embroidery world with a new pendant project. Jen Rosen will treat wire-workers with a new brooch project (brooches are so popular now!). As always, we have encore classes you’ll love too! Find out more about the …

InspirationFX: Orbits

Orbits by: Dwyn Tomlinson Here’s a fun little pendant – or make two and make earrings – it’s not that big! The centre stone needs to be 8 mm – I used an 8 mm Margarita in Crystal AB. Even though it has a centre hole – I find that it really doesn’t show much, due to the sparkliness of it! The accompanying planets are PP17 Swarovski Chatons, in Blue Zircon, and we have lots of other pretty colours too. Drop a wee drop of Hypo-tube cement into the centre cup and the surrounding cups, and drop the bead/stones into …

Silkys and SuperDuos and Shipping!

Silky Beads – another new player in the arena of shaped, two hole beads for your bead-weaving pleasure! Silky Beads are square beads with two holes on the diagonal. They lend themselves very nicely to being strung in diagonal patterns, as they nestle together very nicely. They are smooth on one side, and have a raised and cut centre on the other – also adding to their design potential. Lots of design ideas out there on the google! We have 17 colours so far – and I’m sure there are more to come! Also new on the two-hole shaped-bead front …

It’s time to pull the rabbit out of the hat!

Normally I’m pretty good with deadlines, but I seem to be struggling with ideas for this particular blog post. No single theme has popped into my head, so instead I’m going to free associate, wander about a bit, and see what happens. Please forgive me! I was re-stocking some of the hooks in the store the other day, and started wondering why people are not aware of (or have stopped using) some of the older types of beads. I know the instinct is to get in on the frenzy, and quickly snap up the new beads (including all of the …

Jean Power is coming back to BeadFX
for three wonderful classes!

Calling all Jean Power fans! Jean Power is an award-winning jewellery designer, writer and teacher based in London, England. She first began making jewellery in 2001, having already spent many years painting as well as exploring different aspects of fibre and textile arts. While she continues some of these interests, beading, wirework and chain maille are her main love and she tries to use them in conjunction with her other interests. We are so pleased to have Jean back with us, that we are offering a very special bonus for taking her classes. For each of Jean’s classes you register …

Let’s Celebrate July Classes!

We have a lot to celebrate in July starting with our national holiday Canada Day and helping our American neighbours celebrate Independence Day! Early-month classes include several new projects including Daydreamer Rope, being taught by Pamela Kearns with permission from designer Jill Wiseman. Liz Reynolds is teaching a new introduction to base metal clay and Anne Marie Desaulniers will take you into the bead embroidery world with a new pendant project. Jen Rosen will treat wire-workers with a new brooch project (brooches are so popular now!). As always, we have encore classes you’ll love too! Find out more about the …

Creating jewellery with leather has never been easier

By: Cindy Goldrick In the past, I’ve written in this blog about the Jill MacKay leather cutting dies that you can use on the Big Kick to make fun, contemporary bracelets, necklaces and earrings. The good news is that Beadfx has the dies in stock now.  More good news is that Sizzix has released a whole new line of cuff styles, flower and geometric shapes and even a fast tassel cutting die. So much fun! And even better news!! I’m teaching a class, on July 23, on the many ways to use and combine the various cuff and shape dies …

InspirationFX: Mermaid’s Dress

Mermaid’s Dress by: Dwyn Tomlinson When I saw this V-shaped finding – I knew that it had some really fun possibilities. So I sat down with it one day to try out some of those possibilities. I originally had it in mind to hang it with the wide part at the top, and fill in the frame, but then I was messing around, and flipped it over, and this is what started to happen – rows of over lapping beads, forming a scale-like pattern like something a Mermaid would wear! I tried it with both stringing the beads on fireline, …