InspirationFX: Sassy Brassy

Get your creative juices flowing~~~ Sassy Brassy by: Anne Marie Desaulniers Inspired by the colour and texture of the Matte African Turquoise stones, I quickly pulled together the brassy components for this necklace. Far more symmetrical than I normally design, but easily paired with either a little black dress, or your trusty t-shirt and jeans! Instructions: 1. Insert one 1.5 inch eyepin, into 1 stone bead. 2. Then insert the straight end of eyepin (with stone attached), into channel and hole on the One-Step Looper (Note, you could also just add a simple loop on the end, using chain nose …

Start a new thread

Well – hasn’t the meaning of that changed in the last decade or so? If you told some one to start a new thread 20 years ago – you would have been talking sewing! And now it’s an online conversation. However, our crazy sale-making manager doesn’t care, and we have actual beading thread, on sale, 33% off!, in selected colors and sizes.? So go scoop yours up now before they are all gone! Save

Fill the Cuff with Stuff and Donut miss these Stones

You were just admiring the cuffs on the cover of the new Beadwork magazine, and thinking to yourself, where can I get my hands on those cuffs, or those cuffs on my wrists, to be more to the point! And Lo! Here these are – Nunn Designs cuff blanks – in Antique Gold and Antiqued Silver!   But wait – there are more wonderful items this week! Like the new Swarovski Iridescent Dark Blue and Light Blue Pearls. These are really beautiful – I think you will like them a lot. Great new stone stuff too – Stone Donut Pendants …

Finishing dilemma! Now what do I do to fix this?

Do you question your own creative ideas? Do your components overwhelm you with a finishing dilemma? Its natural! All your components really need is time, and a little haphazard fondling! Take my flame enamelled beads, for example (finished in Ann Shewan’s-Painting with Fire workshop last Sunday). I made a whole wack of them, but now what do I do? Is it too early to consider them a finishing dilemma? Perhaps, but I do have a few preliminary ideas. The majority of the beads are in my favourite blue/green (with a little raspberry thrown in for good measure) colour scheme. I …

May is Blooming with Classes

A new month is around the corner and I personally love May! The weather is a refreshing change from late-winter/early spring and you feel the anticipation of summer in the air. It is also a great time to try something new or re-commit to an activity you haven’t done in a while. Hot on the heels of our first lapidary class in March, is a new gem faceting class with Boris Kolodny. Visiting instructor Robyn Cornelius brings us three new metalworking classes that all levels of experience can enjoy. You can also discover the fun of freeform peyote a try …

InspirationFX: Simply Green

Get your creativity flowing ~~~ Simply Green Designed by: Anne Marie Desaulniers It’s finally spring, so is it any wonder that I’ve chosen to focus on the colour green? I was planning a fairly complicated bracelet, but when I started stringing the stones, my plan changed entirely. The small brass rounds accented the stones perfectly, and it all came together in a poem of elegant simplicity! Spinal in form, and very, very flexible! Instructions: 1. Cut a comfortable length of Soft Flex wire. I used the length of my wrist, added 2” for ease, and then added another 4-5”. 2. …

Robyn Cornelius returns to BeadFX

Robyn Cornelius’ classes in 2016 were such a hit that we knew we needed to bring her back for another round of classes! If you haven’t heard of Robyn before now, she is an amazing instructor whose jewellery is edgy and fun. Robyn lives in Edmonton and is a part of her family-run business, Bedrock Supply. She is an explorer of materials and techniques, and describes her jewellery as sculptural and colourful, with clever mechanics and rustic finishes. Robyn is able to take novice metalworkers (like me!) through the stages of each project so they leave the class with beautiful …

Be that Girl with the Pearl

Or the lady with the pearl. The gal with the pearl. The dude with the pearl. The sexually-ambiguous, don’t-force me-into-a-pigeon-hole, free-spirit with a pearl. Pearls aren’t just for royalty anymore – they are for everyone! I think our pearls pretty much speak for themselves – from nuggets to near round, from classic to modern – pearls make a timeless statement. In other news, or new items, we have some additions to the Raku Ceramic beads, and the unglazed high-fire bisque beads too. Also a few fun new metal beads, Also new are the firepolish Micro Spacers – a 2×3 faceted …

A little re-organizing

Just did a little re-organizing in the Swarovski section – moved the pendants into their own top-level category, so now it is: Swarovski Beads And Swarovski Pendants The distinction is that the beads have a hole running the length of them, and the pendants have a side to side or front to back hole near the top. So it is not a size thing – the smallish briolettes and even the top-drilled bicones are in the pendant section now. Hope that helps you find what you are looking for – or stumble over something you didn’t know that you needed! …

April bead mat update – Let’s celebrate spring!

Spring is here, and with it comes a return to creativity! Dark winter days fry my brain cells, but the muse knows when she needs to re-energize! It’s well past time to create, and my April Bead Mat Update was due! Good Friday was a perfect day in Toronto (the best day of the long weekend)! What better way to spend it, than to take a trip to the beach, to collect bits and pieces? About time, I say! Good company, sunshine, not much wind, driftwood, stones, friendly puppies, and free parking! What more could a girl ask? To win …