Backlit GemDuos this week at BeadFX

GemDuos! A new shaped bead – similar to the DiamondDuo. They are pretty close in size, the holes are a little closer to the bottom of the bead in the GemDuos, and while they are a little shallower than the DiamondDuo, the higher placement of the holes in the DiamondDuo means that both will sit at the same height in your beadwork. The principle difference, however, is that the GemDuos do not rise to a point on the top like the DiamondDuos, they have a flatter top. There is an excellent review of them here, showing the same patterns made …

Resin rocks! Exploring the possibilities!!

Resin rocks, does not necessarily mean rocks made out of resin, but wouldn’t they be cool? It’s more a comment about all of the amazing surfaces that you could either make, or cover in resin. Okay, let’s talk about real resin rocks (heh, heh….is that like natural dyed?)! Find a nice, flat bottomed rock, and then make a mold out of it, with 2-part Silicone Putty. Mix up some resin; colour it either natural or wild; then pour into the mold. Wait 12 hours, and remove your faux rock from the mold (it cures completely in 72 hours)! Why you …

Introducing: BeadFX Comprehensive Summer Courses!

If you’ve said to yourself ‘I REALLY want to learn all about that!’ but haven’t had the time to take several individual project-based classes, then our new initiative for this summer will be perfect for you. Several of our instructors have created intensive, multiple day courses so you can gain as much as possible knowledge and experience about a particular technique or medium as efficiently as possible. Included with the classes will be multiple projects that you can choose from to learn and hone your skills. Coming from out-of-town to visit Toronto and want to add to your vacation fun? …

InspirationFX: Flutterby Stories: Pendant Necklace

Flutterby Stories: Pendant Necklace Designed by: Anne Marie Desaulniers Sometimes designs work up quickly, and others need to percolate a little, as they take their own sweet time. The first time I saw these punched, Vintaj components, I decided that I wanted to make a little book out of them. However, I couldn’t decide what to use for the pages in the folio. Enter Ice Resin! I was working with it a month or so ago, and had some leftover resin, so decided to make Resin Paper. The rest was a story, just waiting to be told! Instructions: Resin Paper: …

Come on Snowflake – show your mettle …

Or, should that be, “show you’re metal?” If last week’s update owed it’s metallic hue to the gleaming glitter of gold, then this week’s theme is the softer, subtler shade of silver and the goth glam of gunmetal. In addition to the above lacey snowflake filigree, we have these rather interesting diamond shaped links, and even more fili-gregious, this rose-window evoking filigree piece, and this dimensional filigree fan piece. These pieces are light enough to be bend around things like cabochons and large stones, so that you can make things with a caged effect – or customizing the shape to …

Stretchy bracelets and glittery bits! Are they simple, complicated, or just plain fun?

What do you think when you hear the words “stretchy bracelets and glittery bits”? Are they just for kids; part of a simple, crafting exercise; or a party favour? Just plain fun; or a quick way to inject more colour into your life? Either simple or sophisticated, it’s your choice, and you be the judge!

I’m not normally tempted to make stretchy bracelets and glittery bits, but should I be? I design fast and easy projects (see the BeadFX “Inspirations Gallery”), so why avoid making something so incredibly simple? I need to try this!

stretchy bracelets and glittery bits
Joy – Dwyn Tomlinson – BeadFX Inspiration

 

My vow is to make at least one of these bracelets in the next few weeks. How can I possibly write a blog post about something that I’ve never made, and don’t really know that much about? The internet, of course! It’s the answer to everything! Plus, I work in a bead store, and people kept asking me how to make them, so I had to do a little research. You know, because that’s just what I do!!!

Fairy Magic – Dwyn Tomlinson – BeadFX Inspiration

You Tube is probably the first place to check out (tons of videos), but I like this blog post from The Spruce. There’s just something about simple written instructions, that seem to sink into my brain easier!

They use another type of stretch cord, but you could substitute any of the ones found on our website. Their example is made with seed beads, but I’m more likely to substitute other stones and beads. Stay away from bugle beads, and anything else that’s likely to cut through the elastic.

Stretchy bracelets and glittery bits
Purity – Dwyn Tomlinson – BeadFX Inspiration

 

I wonder how many bracelets I will make, and what they’ll look like? Single, double, or wrapped? Semi-precious stones, Czech fire polish, or hand made lampwork, polymer clay, or ceramic beads? Should I throw in a few metal beads? What type of bead should I use to hide the knot (or do you really need to hide it?)? A surgeon’s knot for safety, and then a drop of either G-S Hypo Cement (I love the precision applicator!), or E6000 to prevent slippage.

Make a colourful armload of these stretchy bracelets and glittery bits! Stack them, layer them, and just plain enjoy them!! No design headaches and dilemmas allowed! Make them, wear them, and when you’re tired of them, cut them apart and re-make into something else! This is the summer of simple, uncomplicated colour and fun!

June offers more opportunities before summer kicks-in

Where is the time going? It seems that we were just discussing summer as a ‘concept’ – and now it is almost here! July and August here we come! But, let’s not rush the season – we have lots more classes and opportunities in June. June wraps up with a new metal clay class with Liz Reynolds. We also have classes for seed beaders with Pamela Kearns and wire enthusiasts with Jen Rosen. If learning pearl knotting has been on your radar, then you’ll want to connect with Angela Peace‘s class! Fine silver metal lovers will be able to explore …

Floating Display Frames

I just want to rave on about these floating display frames. I didn’t get a lot of space to talk about them the other day when we rolled them out – so I just want to show you them in more detail – because I think these things are the bees knees. The first time I saw them was in a Swarovski promotional package – there was one of their big, honking crystal pendants, floating in space. Ok, I thought – that’s cool, but a vacuum formed package is kind of a luxury for the regular person like me. Then …

All that Glitters is not gold

But it sure looks like it anyway! We have a smallish stash of gold-plated over copper beads – made in India, and perfect for that boho-chic look. Pair with dark coloured wood or stone for a very rich look. We have beads, caps & cones, separators, and headpins. This is all limited quantity stuff – so don’t bookmark the page and promise yourself you will come back for it later – because you know it will be gone by then     Also glittering away are these gold-plated-glass seedbeads – size 8/0 True Cuts, and Size 6/0s! Perfect as spacers, …

Colouring your creativity! Exploring a world full of possibilties.

Before I talk to you about colouring your creativity, perhaps we should discuss what creativity means to you? Is it only one colour, or perhaps all of the colours of the rainbow? Only you can answer that question! Let’s start by defining creativity! I know that I’ve probably talked about this before, but just for fun, let’s discuss it again! According to Wikipedia: “Creativity is a phenomenon whereby something new and somehow valuable is formed. The created item may be intangible (such as an idea, a scientific theory, a musical composition or a joke, or a physical object (such as …