Christmas Continues – 20% off the lock, stock and barrels.

Locking Links, Heart Lock Charm, and Locking Tweezers. And a Locket. Barrels? That actually covers a lot of territory, from Firepolish to Findings As for “stock” – well – it’s all stock, isn’t it? 😉 So check out our stock, lock in the savings, and get a barrel of beads! The Fine Print Some select items excluded. (see below) But some stuff is more than 20% off. And – business accounts get an extra % during the sale. The exceptions are: No discounts on class fees No discount on gift certificates. No discounts on Studio time/lampwork cards, lampwork tools, glass …

Birds and beads: A spicy mixed up post!

The focus this week, is on birds and beads, but please excuse the pun! My “Fly Away Home: Birdhouse Pendant class” ran last Friday, and I thought that you might like to see the results. Five lovely students, good glue, flying paper scraps, all mixed up with a ton of creativity! We had a lot of fun, but let’s have the results speak for themselves. The evening was full of colour, laughter and imagination! Students pieces (Note: the screw eyes still need to be attached, for hanging): Shhh, don’t tell! Ideas for display include (but are not limited to) holiday …

Spread your Creative Wings

You can cultivate creativity – you don’t need to be ‘born’ with it. According to WikiHow, broadening your knowledge is one way of fostering creativity. For example, you have an idea for a bracelet that you want to create. If the bracelet is metal, do you need to know how to solder? If it is made of beads, what beads will work best and how can you assemble it? Like many people, you head to YouTube to check out the techniques. Yea, you found something! Unfortunately, the video isn’t in focus; the sound is muffled and you can’t ask questions. …

Christmas in JULY SALE!!!

20% off darn-near everything!* Plus – a very important announcement about Web/On-line Frequent Beader Points. (Scroll down for details) We are having one of our big fat sales – which is like having a big gift-wrapped present magically appear on your doorstep. You tell us all the time that a package from BeadFX is like Christmas any day of the year! OK, maybe mentioning Christmas before Labour Day is putting you into panic mode – but I’d like to point out that if you are going to make stuff for #handmadeholidays or, let’s face it, yourself – you need a …

Bead therapy – Solutions for everyday woes!

Do you ever find the need for a little bead therapy? I don’t always require it, but do think and dream about it, on a regular basis. It allows me to see the world in a better light, and helps to keep my sanity in check! Everyday beading is therapeutic, but really not what I mean, when I mention bead therapy. Do you bead regularly? Would your TV watching experience be complete, without a beading needle in your hands? Do you spend more time choosing beads (that would be me), or clothes for a vacation? This sounds like everyday beading! …

Stash Management

“Ohhh, I like this colour!” “Gotta have it!” “I don’t know what I’ll do with this yet, but it’s coming home with me!” Any of this sound familiar? If you’re like me, you have a stash of stuff at your home that is taking over your living room, back bedroom, dining room table, the basement, the crawl space under the stairs – any everywhere else you’ve managed try and get stuff out of the way. And of course you don’t have just one creative outlet! How about the fabric stash and the yarn stash? Now, this isn’t a discourse about …

InspirationFX: Erin’s Mopal Bracelet

Get your creative juices flowing ~~~ Erin’s Mopal Bracelet Designed by: Pam Kearns This purple is like mopal. A mopy Opal. Erin likes mopal. We made a bracelet. We named it Erin’s ‘Mopal’ bracelet. THE END 1. Pull wingspan of fireline; thread needle with both ends of the fireline so that the thread is doubled and the ‘end’ is a loop. Attach the fireline to either side of the cuff’s cutout usinga lark’s head knot (with the fireline loop under the side of the cutout, bring the ends over the cutout and through the loop).       2. Centre …

A charming little story this week at BeadFX

I was sitting at my favourite watering hole – the Antiqued Gold Anchor. It’s called the Anchor because it is a-weigh down by the water. I was nursing a drink at the bar – poor little drinky-poo – I don’t think it’s gonna pull through. The bar is so old that the bartender is listed in the antiques price guide. I was contemplating the arrow of time, and the damage it had ravaged on my life. You want to talk about the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune? Sister, I could spin you a tale. Suddenly – the door bangs …

Stretchy bracelets and other fun stuff! Calm the creative mind with a little exploring!

Mentioning stretchy bracelets and other fun stuff, is a funny way to introduce a blog post, isn’t it? Do you remember that I wrote about the bracelets a couple of weeks ago? But that’s not all I did last weekend! My muse was so active, that I hardly had time to rest! Let’s start with the bracelets! While rummaging through my stash, I discovered a few strings of forgotten stones. I knew that they would be perfect for stretchy bracelets and other fun stuff! I made the paper beads a few years ago, but the tumbled nuggets, were purchased recently …

Mid-July classes offer so many choices!

Chainmaille! Seed beading! Mixed Media! Wire wrapping! Metal Clay! Enamelling! Knotting! All this and more are offered in mid-July. Anne Marie Desaulniers brings us a new mixed media class that incorporates a wide range of techniques including collage and drilling. Take your wire skilled to the next level with Lucie Lee, a new instructor with BeadFX. Pamela Kearns continues her Seed Bead Boot Camps with two more techniques and Gillian Clarke shares how to do chainmaille basics – a perfect class for novices! If you’ve wanted to learn all about micro-macrame knotting but not had a chance before now, you’ll …