TierraCast and Restock on Flying Stones

First the restock! Fancy Jasper (also known as Rainbow Jasper) restock – we haven’t had this in awhile. The translucency and glossiness of this stone kicks it up a notch from most jaspers. Restock on the Terra Agate that is so beautiful and was such a hit in April that it flew out the door! And restock on the Dzi beads – which also flew out the door! Are you at peace now – one with the universe now that you can get those beads you missed? Repeat after me – Ohhhm – Watt? Is meditating too shocking? Well – …

Woven Jewelry: Would that I could!

Woven jewelry fascinates me! I’m talking about artsy jewelry pieces, that have more in common with basket weaving, and knotting, than anything traditional. My friend in Australia, took a week-long class with Mary Hettmansperger. I saw the photos, then immediately rushed out to order as many of her books as I could find (thank you Amazon!). Mary comes from a weaving background, so it’s only natural that she would be a master at woven jewelry. She’s even written a book on it, “Fabulous Woven Jewelry: Plaiting, Coiling, Knotting, Looping, & Twining with Fiber & Metal”. Doesn’t that sound interesting? Believe me, …

June: Gateway to Summer Classes

I don’t think there is a busier and more anticipated month than June! Graduations; block parties; barbecues; and weekends at the cottage. Not to mention all the festivals and special events that abound! And, of course, we are getting ready for summer vacations. So what’s a person to do when they want to get away from it all? How about:1. Coming out for a class for something new! Once learned, many techniques are perfectly portable to take to the cottage.2. Treat your visitors to a class. Bringing a summer guest to a class with you will give you both a …

It’s good to be the Queen!

Hem, hem, hem. Ay very warm welcome to you all. Ay hope you all are planning to have ay fabulous holiday weekend – to celebrate my natal day, day of birth, the day of glorious me. I am amused. I am so amused, I am here to say – 20% off Swarovski Crystals and Pearls. So that you too can make yourself some queenly goodies. Just this weekend, May 17 – 21 – save 20% off Swarovski Crystal Beads and Pendants, and Pearls, both fresh and imitation. Rule Britannia! Rule BeadFX. Long Live the Beads! P.S. Also, Diamonds are very …

Moth-Man sighted at BeadFX

Oh my – the cater-pillar of society has transformed into the Goth Moth! What an amazing focal piece this is! We have a bunch of really awesome pieces this week – very limited quantities, so you know you won’t be seeing them on every neck on the street – BUT – you might have to wrestle the staff to get to them. Art Nouveau Lives! The sensuous spirit of Art Nouveau is alive and well and hanging out in the garden, all wrapped in vines and flowers. I just washed my hair and can’t do a thing with it! Really …

Playing Around and Finishing Up: True or False?

I’ve been playing around, but not finishing up all that many projects. It’s not because I don’t have any U.F.O.’s (unfinished objects), but rather that my mind has been occupied with other things. I do have stash enhancing projects! That’s what you call making stuff, that you add to your stash, to prepare for making other stuff, at some later date!! I’ve been doing that a lot! When spring calls, and I’d rather spend time out of doors, I tend to work on simple things. Like Gelli printing (mono-printing with a commercial gelatin-type plate), paper decorating, fabric altering, and all …

“May” all things be possible!

May is a month of celebrations – some very serious, such as Mother’s Day, and Cinco de Mayo, and some that are just plain wacky – such as ‘Star Wars’ Day (May the Fourth Be With You.) Late-May celebrations includes Victoria Day in Canada and Memorial Day in the United States. The best part is enjoying a long weekend with friends and family. To be honest, I’m finding that May is racing by; June seems to be right around the corner. Join me by living in the present and enjoying what is here and now – including upcoming classes with visiting …

Mighty Amazon-ite and other Mighty-Fine Stones

The Amazon-ite twins, Matte and Glossy, ready to leap to the jewelry rescue – saving you from lack-of-inspiration. The soothing soft sea foam colours would make a crab happy. Small in size but mighty in deliciousness … these are mites of beads – like these 4mm Lapis Lazuli or these Tourmaline Mixes Not just the Amazon is mighty though – these 14.5mm Black Rutilated Quartz beads are large and lovely. As are these 11x15mm Tumbled Nuggets – Green/Brown Prehnite And these: Stone Beads – 10x14mm Oval Barrel – Prehnite (strand) And These: Stone Beads – 7.5-10mm Nuggets – Citrine (strand) …

Beading Surfaces: What do you use?

When I talk about beading surfaces, what do you think of? I started beading the traditional way, with needle and thread (peyote, square stitch, right angle weave)! Then I branched out to stringing, done with crimps, and beading wire. Was that enough for me? Heck no! I joined the Bead Journal Project in 2008 (or so), then started beading on a heavy weight stabilizer, called Peltex (it stiffens the bills of baseball caps). Then, I discovered Lacy’s Stiff Stuff, Flexi-Firm, stiffened felt, and Good Felt! All good beading surfaces, but there’s more! I beaded on (or around) small beach stones, …