InspirationFX: Scarabaeus Flash

Scarabaeus Flash   by: Anne Marie Desaulniers I fell in love with the new Swarovski pearls, as soon as I spotted them on Lee’s neck!  As a rabid collector of shiny objects, I felt that I was justified in buying them. Besides, I was working the Swarovski Launch, so needed something sparkly to wear.  After all, I didn’t want to letdown my peeps! My style is to work intuitively, so once I settled on the shape of the pearls, my muse led me the rest of the way, adding rivolis, wire, spacers and chain, to the mix. My intent, is to wear …

InspirationFX: Sunset After The Storm

Sunset After The Storm   by: Lee Metsalo The colourway for this bracelet came to me while driving to the cottage one Friday evening after a rainstorm.  The setting sun was filtered through the remaining clouds.  Trees and lakes were shrouded in mist.  Occasionally the Canadian Shield popped through and made an appearance.  And everything glowed with the remaining light glistening on the wet ground.  I like adding a couple of dangles to the ends of my bracelet, but you can use the memory wire end caps too. Tools used:  heavy duty wire cutters suitable for memory wire, round pliers, flat pliers   Components Go …

InspirationFX: Orbitting Glitter Bracelet

Orbitting Glitter Bracelet   by: Pam Kearns The new Silver silk Galaxy wire mesh is really quite amazing. This little piece was left over from the necklace used in a previous inspiration and wanted to be bracelet (yes, they talk – you know what I mean!). Because the construction of the wire mesh is like Viking Knit, you can pull it through a drawplate to narrow it down which also lengthens it. You can also re-widen the mesh by using a knitting needle pushed in from the end. I used both of these techniques in this bracelet.1. The starting length of the Silver silk Galaxy piece …

InspirationFX: Captured Pearls

Captured Pearls   by: Pam Kearns No it’s not the popular chainmaille pattern; this necklace uses a new product to BeadFX: Silver Silk Galaxy. This wire mesh is great to ‘capture’ beads within it or to go through beads as a stringing materials. Structurally, it is like Viking Knit so you can pull it through a drawplate to narrow it down (which makes it longer). Likewise, I found that inserting a knitting needle down the length of the pushed open the diameter. For this project I filled the mesh with 8mm Swarovski pearls.  To start, trim the mesh down to …

InspirationFX: Peacock Scarabaeus

Peacock Scarabaeus   by: Lee Metsalo When this series of Swarovskis arrived, we were comparing them to all sorts of things: aurora borealis, beetles, and peacocks made the list. When I saw the ring base, I saw peacock tails – as they move in the sunlight, the blues and greens shimmer and move. As you wear this ring, the crystal sparkle in various shades of blue and green – pretty! I got different opinions of which glue is best for flatbacks, so I’m going to try a few projects with different glues. For this, I used an aging tube of …

InspirationFX: The Last Stitch of Summer

The Last Stitch of Summerby: Malliga Nathan It may be the final week of summer, but you don’t have to change over your wardrobe just yet! The sun is shining and it is a balmy 25º so celebrate with this fun and vibrant bracelet. Quick to assemble and light on your wrist, you do not want to miss out on the last burst of sun!! 1. Start by cutting two 7 to 8 inch pieces of chain, making sure they are the exact same length. I found deciding on the length to be tricky. I cut 6.75 inches of chain …

InspirationFX: Pointed Pastel

Pointed Pastel   by: Rochelle Kilmer A necklace suited for all seasons! The subdued pastel colours of the donuts demanded attention.Pairing with the daggers and gold metal beads made the colours pop without being too overwhelming. I also wanted a bit of structure to the focal part of the necklace so I used wire as the stringing material, allowing it to hold the curvature of my neck. If you aren’t into soft pastels, there are lots and lots of colour options in the donuts and daggers! Just have fun and play! 1)     Cut 8 – 10 inches of 22 gauge wire …

InspirationFX: Charmed by Bubblegum & Lollipops

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Charmed by Bubblegum & Lollipops by: Pam Kearns What drove this necklace was the colour! It is a fun colour and I decided to play up the fun aspect with lots of bright colour beads. I lengthened the lucite chain by adding the large 20mm jumprings and complemented them with the very large lobster clasp – nothing small and dainty here! The majority of them are attached to the necklace using wrapped loops of the 20gauge wire. Make sure that the loops are large enough to hook onto the lucite chain before completing the …

InspirationFX: Double Headed Serpent Belt

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Double Headed Serpent Belt   by: Rochelle Kilmer While scrolling through Facebook one day, there was a postabout this beautiful Aztec sculpture from the 15th/16thcentury. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Double-headed_serpent This Double Headed Serpent became the inspiration behind mybelt. I used the gorgeous, turquoise scaled Regaliz leather forthe body of my serpent and Swarovski rivoli end caps for my heads. Before gluingon the end caps, I strung two charm holders onto the leather and attached a jumpringto the loop on each; this is where I connect the spring ring clasp for myclosure. The leather is a little bit hard …

InspirationFX: Of Sand and Surf

Of Sand and Surf   by: Lee Metsalo If you could capture a walk along a tropical beach in a necklace, would this be it?  Sparkling waters in various shades of blue.  A few sand dollars. A few marine plants or glimpses of marine critters. And silver sand glinting in the sun.   This is a simple necklace where each beaded component is closed with wrapped loops, and then linked together with the jump rings.  The join of the two strands is linked with two jump rings for a bit of added durability.  Make this as many strands, or as …