Get Your Questions Answered at Techniques Night

BeadFX carries a wide array of products. Some of the products are self-explanatory and easy to understand and implement. Some are not. At our free Meet the Techniques event, you can see how some of the lesser-known products are used and have your questions answered. The demos will not replace a class, but it may spark an idea or inspiration on how you can use a product in your own designs. Meet the Techniques Friday, February 24 5:30 – 8:00pm BeadFX staff members will demonstrate and talk about some of the lesser-known products that we carry including: The Jool Tool …

Making a Glass Bead

Ever wonder what it looks like to make a glass bead? This was shot by, and of one of our instructors – Dwyn “DragonJools” Tomlinson. It’s just a little bead with some dots – nothing fancy – but if you are interested – we have classes! And if you think it looks as scary as all heck – then remember to buy lampwork beads from the artists that make them – so you don’t have to. 😉

InspirationFX: Hard Sun

Get your creative juices flowing ~~~ Hard Sun by: Rochelle Kilmer The sun beats down on Death Valley, Sand dunes ripple as the flood planes bake in the heat Stones sail mysteriously over the Racetrack Player inscribing lines in the cracked mud. Here a radiant copper ring shines with Topaz Gold sun beams. Suspended below is an unglazed ceramic donut mimicking the Earth below. -Written by Erin Singleton Making the Pendant – 1) Place 1 – 8mm Topaz Gold bead on a headpin. Make a wrapped loop. Repeat this again with another bead and headpin. 2) Place 1- 8mm Topaz …

What have we found for you this week?

  If you thought we were going a little clasp crazy – well – you might be entirely justified. Some of it comes down to discovering a neglected box of items, and some of it is because of the fun we are all having with looming! Looming first! We just got these cool BeadSlide clasps for use with loomed or beadweaving pieces that have single row of beads at the end (loomed or square stitch, vs peyote, with its staggered bead pattern). To use, you slide the final row of beads into the tube – there is a gap for …

Creative hands, make happy work, on a winter’s day!

One of my favourite quotes, is this one by Timothy Attwood: “Creative mess equals creative thought”. Hands (along with other tools, like our imagination), interpret this mess into our jewellery, and art projects. Never take them for granted! They’re not always pretty, and don’t work the way they used to, but they certainly do come in handy (if you pardon the pun)! I thought that you might be interested to see some of the hands, that were put to work, in my Freeform Peyote class, last Sunday. Not all of the photos turned out! I could blame my own hands, …

Break Winter’s Hold with a February Class

February is the border between winter and spring. ~Terri Guillemets, “Years,” 2002 We’ve gone past the Winter Solstice and the days are (finally!) getting longer. If you’re getting cabin fever or need to be with like-minded friends, come on out for a class. In early February we have Sureka Sriharan with a new seedbeading class and Christine Woollacott is teaching how to create a sterling silver bezel for a rounded cabochon. Of course we have several encore classes including bead crochet with Bonni Poch, Crystal Intelligence with Sylvia Diveky and freeform peyote rings with Anne Marie Desaulniers. Mark your calendars …

4 mm Firepolish and Other Stuff

If beading were baking, then 4 mm firepolish beads would be one of those staples that you would always keep in the beading pantry. They are versatile enough to use as the main design element, or as an accent for something bigger and flashier. You can string them with stone, metal, work them in bead weaving projects, wire them, put them on elastic – do whatever with them! We found a stash of custom colors from a now out-of-business company – so not sure we can get more of these, unless we manage to locate the original manufacturer. 22 Fun …

Fibre facts and frivolous fancies to catch your interest!

Fibre is my first love! Sewing, needlework, quilting, and textile art, are part of my past. They’ve pointed me, to this sparkly place; where I can mix my media; follow trends; and end up with a cohesive piece of work. I’m very lucky! Fibre is textile, and textile is cloth. According to Wikipedia – “A textile or cloth is a flexible material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibres (yarn or thread). Yarn is produced by spinning raw fibres of wool, flax, cotton, or other material to produce long strands. Textiles are formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting, …

Feed Your Creative Spirit

How are your January resolutions? Are you taking time for yourself? Refresh and rejuvenate your creativity with a class or two. January wraps-up with three new classes and several encore classes. Pamela Kearns has a new SuperDuo project being used with permission from the terrific new book Learn to Use Two-Hole Beads by Teresa Morse. Jen Rosen has a new wire wrapping project for earrings. Christine Woollacott will introduce you to the new FYI Fine Silver Metal Clay. Check out the classes with Deborah Beesley, and Kelly Garland for more opportunities! Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled January …

Pretty pretty porcelain!

Ceramic beads – I bet most of you think of them as “cheap” and mass produced. But nothing could be further from the truth if you do a little sleuthing. There are some beautiful, handmade, one-of-a-kind, ceramic beads being created around the world, just waiting to be added into your beautiful designs.  Ceramic, or porcelain beads, have been around for thousands of years and have been unearthed in graves from China to North America. Clay is easily shaped into beads of any size and can be air-dried, sanded and painted. The first beads created by humans were likely air-dried.  Then …