Aqua Impression Jasper and a Revolution in Applying Glue!

I can’t decide which of these I’m more excited about – the new Aqua Impression Jasper – which is just soooo pretty – or the utterly fascinating Glue Looper! The Glue Looper is a revolutionary way to apply glue and adhesives. I’ve never seen anything like it. It first came to my attention with a video in an email from one of the beading magazines – with some handheld video from one of the bead shows – showing a demo of using it. I was gob-smacked. I encourage you to watch that video first. Now – if you watch this …

September 2017 bead mat update: Freeform in all it’s glory!

My September 2017 bead mat update, is all about freeform! Two of the projects are freeform, and I’m recycling fabric scraps in the other. That’s sort of freeform, isn’t it? I love anything that’s either freeform &/or intuitive. No intuitive this month, but boy did I return to freeform! I simply cannot teach a class, without working right alongside my students! That’s the only way I teach! I’ll show them what to do, by demonstrating the technique, on my own project. Then I’ll proceed to the next steps, while letting everyone work at their own pace. At the end of …

Giving Thanks for a Creative Life

Here in Canada, our national holiday of Thanksgiving takes place the second Monday of October and celebrates the harvest. The typical Thanksgiving dinner consists of turkey, mashed potatoes, other autumnal veggies, and delicious pumpkin pie (with lots of whipped cream, of course)! It is a time that friends and families get together for food, fun, and more food. We remember the good things in life and give thanks for them. Personally, I’m thankful for being able to live a creative life – the opportunity to express myself with beads and lots of colour. I can’t imagine what life would be …

InspirationFX: Midnight Lavendar Necklace

Get your creative juices flowing~~~ Midnight Lavendar Necklace Designed by: Anne Marie Desaulniers Lavender and midnight gunmetal, marry to become a darkly delicious necklace. I was originally designing a bracelet, but the muse decided that the piece wanted to be something much grander (thus, more shopping to be done!). The lacy metal beads, jumped into my tray, during one of my grazing sessions in the store. Then I needed to figure out, what the heck I was going to do with them! Wire wrapping was a given, but which accent colour to choose? I didn’t want the piece to be …

Bead the Raven

Once upon a midnight bleary, whilst I beaded to music eerie Poring over many a pattern and book from the beading store Whilst I beaded, nearly napping, accidentally sometimes stabbing The bead tray slips and I am grabbing, grabbing with my finger sore Argh I mutter, my finger sore, And now all my beads are on the floor Ack, my beads – I will lose them and there will be no more There will always be more beads – but sometimes, just not the beads you want. And sometimes, you accidentally buy the beads you already have – which is …

Favourite bead styles: Working in and out of your comfort zone!

Do you ever bead outside of your comfort zone? We all have our favourite bead styles, but what have you done to challenge that? I just seem to keep beading variations of the same theme. My early bead education, included stringing, and a range of traditional bead weaving stitches. I quickly abandoned them for mixed media, freeform and intuitive beading. Do you think that it’s time that I returned to my roots? Okay, perhaps not entirely, but it would be interesting to see what I could do with traditional stuff! I confess that two, three, and four holed beads, intimidate …

Betty Stephan will give you a new way to look at beads!

If you think ‘bead embroidery’, what do you envision? A decorative applique for clothes? An embellishment on a quilt or other needlework surface? How about a pendant or bracelet? Guess what – they are all right! Betty Stephan takes bead embroidery to the next level through her application of beads in conjunction with findings and other embellishments to create pendants, bracelets and components. In each of her three upcoming classes at BeadFX, she will show and inspire you to, not only try bead embroidery, but to experiment and take it outside of the proverbial ‘box’ to do even more. Betty’s …

‘Tis the Season for Fall Shows!

The action at BeadFX doesn’t just happen in the store, on the web, or in classes – it happens at trade shows too! Fall is an active time of consumer trade shows – and all of the shows we participate in are open to the public. And because you can use beads and more in so many more application beyond jewellery, we go to shows that let us stretch the imagination of those who visit our booth! This fall’s show sponsors include two well-known bead societies and two textile specialty shows. We hope you’ll drop by and say ‘Hi’! Here …

Love Colour? Love Metal? You’ll love Marti Brown!

Even if you’re not a metalworker, but love the colours of blue, fuchsia, Caribbean green (and lots more!) then Marti Brown’s classes will expand your design and technique tool box. All levels of metalwork – from complete novice to experienced – will gain knowledge about working with anondizing Niobium. Marti’s classes will cover adding colour to wire and sheet metal by using an anondizer as a power source to provide an electrical current that runs through a bath of solution and your work piece. During the anodizing process, a transparent oxide layer forms on the surface of the metal, and …

InspirationFX: Baby Blue and Earrings

Baby Blue and Earrings Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson The soft pinks and blues of the Powder Blue Impression Jasper strike me as very soothing and pretty. I went to town and make a whole suite of items from this lovely stone. (Check out previous weeks for more Inspirations) My first thought was to combine gold-plated metal findings and beads with the Powder Blue Impression Jasper, but I found I did not care for the look. The bright copper metal beads and finding – that was another story, however! The combination is gorgeous! The pinky tones of the bright copper perfectly …