May is Blooming with Classes

A new month is around the corner and I personally love May! The weather is a refreshing change from late-winter/early spring and you feel the anticipation of summer in the air. It is also a great time to try something new or re-commit to an activity you haven’t done in a while. Hot on the heels of our first lapidary class in March, is a new gem faceting class with Boris Kolodny. Visiting instructor Robyn Cornelius brings us three new metalworking classes that all levels of experience can enjoy. You can also discover the fun of freeform peyote a try …

InspirationFX: Simply Green

Get your creativity flowing ~~~ Simply Green Designed by: Anne Marie Desaulniers It’s finally spring, so is it any wonder that I’ve chosen to focus on the colour green? I was planning a fairly complicated bracelet, but when I started stringing the stones, my plan changed entirely. The small brass rounds accented the stones perfectly, and it all came together in a poem of elegant simplicity! Spinal in form, and very, very flexible! Instructions: 1. Cut a comfortable length of Soft Flex wire. I used the length of my wrist, added 2” for ease, and then added another 4-5”. 2. …

Robyn Cornelius returns to BeadFX

Robyn Cornelius’ classes in 2016 were such a hit that we knew we needed to bring her back for another round of classes! If you haven’t heard of Robyn before now, she is an amazing instructor whose jewellery is edgy and fun. Robyn lives in Edmonton and is a part of her family-run business, Bedrock Supply. She is an explorer of materials and techniques, and describes her jewellery as sculptural and colourful, with clever mechanics and rustic finishes. Robyn is able to take novice metalworkers (like me!) through the stages of each project so they leave the class with beautiful …

Be that Girl with the Pearl

Or the lady with the pearl. The gal with the pearl. The dude with the pearl. The sexually-ambiguous, don’t-force me-into-a-pigeon-hole, free-spirit with a pearl. Pearls aren’t just for royalty anymore – they are for everyone! I think our pearls pretty much speak for themselves – from nuggets to near round, from classic to modern – pearls make a timeless statement. In other news, or new items, we have some additions to the Raku Ceramic beads, and the unglazed high-fire bisque beads too. Also a few fun new metal beads, Also new are the firepolish Micro Spacers – a 2×3 faceted …

A little re-organizing

Just did a little re-organizing in the Swarovski section – moved the pendants into their own top-level category, so now it is: Swarovski Beads And Swarovski Pendants The distinction is that the beads have a hole running the length of them, and the pendants have a side to side or front to back hole near the top. So it is not a size thing – the smallish briolettes and even the top-drilled bicones are in the pendant section now. Hope that helps you find what you are looking for – or stumble over something you didn’t know that you needed! …

April bead mat update – Let’s celebrate spring!

Spring is here, and with it comes a return to creativity! Dark winter days fry my brain cells, but the muse knows when she needs to re-energize! It’s well past time to create, and my April Bead Mat Update was due! Good Friday was a perfect day in Toronto (the best day of the long weekend)! What better way to spend it, than to take a trip to the beach, to collect bits and pieces? About time, I say! Good company, sunshine, not much wind, driftwood, stones, friendly puppies, and free parking! What more could a girl ask? To win …

Congratulations Christine Woollacott!

We are lucky at BeadFX to have such high caliber instructors; many whom have taught internationally and are also invited to try products on behalf of manufacturers and give feedback. Enamelling and metal clay instructor Christine Woollacott was a featured artist in the February 2017 issue of Artisan Jewelry Times, an e-zine dedicated to sharing the best of designer and artisan jewellery domestically and internationally. In addition, Christine also has a tutorial in the e-zine for a pair of beautiful earrings and matching pendant. Christine’s article, Styles of Enamelling, focuses on the differences between well-established enamelling techniques such as Cloisonne …

InspirationFX: Hanging Up My Heart

Hanging Up My Heart Designed by: Amanda Pittman If you want a piece of my heart, you have to come and get the key. Good Luck! Instructions: 1. Start by placing a jump ring on your Key charm. 2. Add your eye pin while the jumpring is open. 3. Put your small candy hearts in the bottom of the glass bottle. 4. Put your key in the bottle and bend the eye pin where you want your Key to hang. 5. Hold the eye pin where you bent it use your round nose pliers to wrap the eye pin. 6. …

Let me call you a cab – ochon.

Ok – you’re a cab. We’ve got cabs – lots of cabs. An uber number of cabs, as a matter of fact. If you can’t face puns like that, you need one of these cabs – it will face you. Personally – I think there is something fishy about the whole thing, but then you’ll accuse me of being catty. This whole conversation is for the birds. By Jupiter – we’ve got a lot of cabs – these cabs look like a planet. There is just one of each though – so if snooze, you lose. Kind of like how …

Beading conundrum: Where will this lead me?

To bead or not to bead, that is the question! Spring is finally here, but beading seems to be on the back burner. Will this last?

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Warmer temperatures, lead me to believe that we have turned a corner, but I’m still wary! No garden to dig, but lots of spring cleaning to do! I’m reorganizing my craft/sewing room/studio. Sad to say, goodies from years ago are tempting me to stray from the beading path. I hope that I’ll be able to stand my ground. Fibre is such a tactile temptation, but then so are my paints and papers. Where will my muse take me? What will I do? Stay tuned, as all will be revealed, in future weeks!

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Pam and I represented BeadFX, at the Art Waves show last weekend (for the second year in a row). A small show, and far more painting and craft related, than many of our other shows. An interesting experience!

We tempt artists and crafters to look at our products in a whole new way! You know that beading is just one of the many things we do? We stuff our rafters with knotting, metalwork, metal clay, mixed media, stamping, leather, and wirework supplies. In addition, the lampwork torches burn brightly, during classes and on Monday nights, during Happy Hour Torching. These ladies (and a few gentlemen), loved our samples, demos, mini- classes, and workshop information. It was a valuable exercise! Ice Resin was the hot item last year, and this year it’s Artist’s Concrete! On a personal note, I set a budget for myself, and only spent money on perfectly smooth wooden circles (for a mystery project), brushes, and new paints! Okay, I also bought a canvas roll up type of thing for brushes, but I promise that’s all!!!

It’s been a busy week! Monday, I played with fire, by torch enamelling some metal beads (check out Ann Shewan’s upcoming class). Yesterday, I watched a demo on a new (to me) type of resin and molding material. More on the beads next week, and I’ll report on the rest, when I get a chance to play with the products. Thanks Marg! I just love new stuff!!!

On Sunday, I left the house at an ungodly hour, and met up with the family in Burlington (they were there for a hockey tournament, and staying at a hotel by the lake). I had a short but lovely visit, and even managed to pick up a few gnarly pieces of driftwood (far more than those shown), on a very rocky beach. Great photography props, perhaps a future exercise in sculptural bead weaving, and a few suitable for jewellery purposes. They’ll need to age, until the ideas percolate!

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I plan to do a little beading on the Easter weekend! But then what about painting, stitching, and playing with that new resin? I want to make time for that as well. Not to mention, fitting in another beachcombing trip! Be safe, enjoy the weekend, and make sure that you take a little time to get up close and personal with your beads!