Once upon a time …

there was a zebra – actually – a whole herd of zebras – and they were very fashionable zebras. They knew that they looked good on just about any colour background. These were Fashion Zebras, and they were not about blending in. Especially not when there was Iridescent and Metallic Leather to be had! So one day – a whole dazzle of zebras – I kid you not, a group of zebras is a dazzle – google it if you don’t believe me! – headed out to their favourite flowerpatch for lunch. There was lots of variety, and they were …

Texture talk!

I didn’t think that this blog post was ever going to get written! Some of you know that my old desktop crashed, only to be replaced by a new notebook. Unfortunately, my photo editing software doesn’t appear to be compatible with Windows 10, so I needed to search for a quick replacement! No time for research, so after a few misfires, I ended up just using Google’s own photo editor (the one that replaced Picasa). All I can say is that it works, and I was able to download my photos. No other info to share! The real subject of …

Jump into October with an exciting array of classes

If your life is like mine, your October is getting busy! We have Thanksgiving to celebrate (at least for those of us ‘north’ of the border) and some trade shows that BeadFX is participating in. Our early October classes also feature several new classes including two metal classes with Cindy Goldrick and a new chainmaille bracelet design with Marilyn Gardiner. Pamela Kearns has two new projects and Liz Reynolds will teach you how to create your own texture tile for metal clay. Anne Marie Desaulniers and Jen Rosen are both holding encore classes – just in case you missed them …

Chain Gang

Deciding how to hang a finished pendant is a very important part of your jewellery design process. You have to consider several things: weight of the pendant, size, material, colour, delicacy and, of course, cost. In addition, whether you’re framing this work of art for personal wear or sale makes a huge impact – if it’s for sale then cost of the material and ease of replication are likely more important to you. I’ve used informal materials such as leather and ball chain to suit more contemporary designs (these materials are inexpensive and quick, easy solutions for items you are …

InspirationFX: Double Metallic

Double Metallic  by: Dwyn Tomlinson After making the Iridescent Wrap, I decided I needed to confront my fear of committing to the cut, and made this double wide bracelet. Cut the two pieces to the same length, and dry fit before gluing. Apply the glue to one side and glue both pieces, and then do the other half of the clasp once the first side is dry and secure. This metallic “leather” – it is leather on the back and has a prismatic texture on the front that shows gold and silver – depending on the angle of the light …

How to be Stoned and still make a good Impression!

We would not feel so all alone So everybody must get stoned! But that doesn’t mean that you can’t make an awesome impression. Impression Jasper that is! We scooped up a few more of these most excellent pendants sets in Impression Jasper, Lapis, and other stone/colours – and maybe even there will be enough to go around this time. Last time, so many of the staff here fell on them like the rapacious bead vultures that they are, that hardly any of them made it out to be sold! And we apologize for that. But, what the bead vultures want …

Dirty is, as dirty does!

I’ve started experimenting with “dirty pours”, and I think that I’m in love!!!! They’re so much fun, that I’m sure it will become yet another fascinating addiction for me (heh, heh, and perhaps for a few others)! ! As I mentioned in an earlier blog post, you could use either resin or acrylic pouring medium, as the base of your pours. I used pouring medium this week, but I do promise to work with Ice Resin next time. The small measuring cups were overkill, as no measuring was required with the pouring medium, but you will need to remember to …

Don’t miss out on classes with Hannah Rosner

Just a reminder that acclaimed bead and lampwork artist Hannah Rosner is joining us at BeadFX for four amazing classes. You still have time to take advantage of the Early Bird Bonus registration but don’t delay – the special offer ends Saturday, October 1. The class samples for each of Hannah’s classes are in the store now and they are absolutely stunning. To really appreciate the pieces, you need to see them in person – the photos just don’t do them justice! Here are the classes with Hannah: Friday, October 21 Royal Ruffles 10:00am – 1:00pm This has been my …