Learn to break the rules!

Are you a rule breaker? Are you one of those people who, if they give you an inch, you take a mile? Alternatively, do you live within the rules and not venture out of the ‘box’? Does the word ‘freeform’ make you squirm with fear! My first venture with freeform anything was a big step. As a seed beader – especially with peyote – I felt comfort knowing that my beads would line up with perfect precision. I knew what to expect when I was planning the next row, and then the next.  I have since discovered that freeform peyote …

20% off – Czech Seeds, Kumi-stuff, Carrier Beads

In case you missed it –  wouldn’t want you to miss a sale! BTW – if you see something sold out – feel free to email us and ask when we will have it back in. We might be able to get it in a day or so. Sale – one week only – June 13-19 – Selected Czech Seedbeads and Kumihimo tools and findings. Czech 16/0 Seedbeads Czech 15/0 Charlottes Czech 13/0 Seedbeads Czech 11/0 Seedbeads Czech 10/0 Seedbeads Czech 9/0 Seedbeads Czech 8/0 Seedbeads 7/0 Matubo Czech 6/0 Seedbeads Czech Larger Seedbeads Czech Charlottes Czech 12/0 Cut Czech …

10+ and QCC at BeadFX

(and 20% off Czech seedbeads and Kumi stuff for one week only) Silver-Filled 10+ Wire from ParaWire You asked, we answered. Ok, our first answer was “huh? Whut?” But then we looked it up, and decided that the folks who were asking were on to something! “ParaWire’s 10+ silver-filled wire is the perfect replacement for working with solid silver wire. 10% fine silver content, making it behave just like sterling silver wire – solderable, and patina-able – but for a fraction of the price of sterling or solid fine silver.” Well – hot damn! Sounds like a winner to me. …

Denim Dreams: What do they mean to you?

I believe that denim dreams are a state of mind! We wear them, we love them, but do we accessorize them? Now, that is the question? I know that denim dreams come in many colours, but I’ll refer to the blue variety, for this blog post! I grew to love it in my school days, so that’s what I’m going to talk about today!! Today’s denim is a heck of a lot more comfortable (but we were kids, so what the heck did we know?), and you can even buy them with ragged holes!! In my day, you needed to …

Summer Starts Now!

We’ve been waiting for this since the middle of January! Effective June 21, we are officially in summer! Late-June classes range from mixing your materials for a fun boho necklace to adding colour to titanium metal! Get experience doing wire wrapping with a statement pendant or learn how to do sliding knots to create casual summer-style bracelets. You can also explore bead mosaic and how to apply beads on a curved surface. Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled June 21 – 30: Friday, June 21 Sliding Adjustable CordsInstructor: Angela Peace6:00 – 9:00pmAdjustable sliding knots have lots of applications …

An Appetite for Apatite?

This week, we ask the questions that no one wants the answers to. We want to know, do you have an appetite for Apatite? The rich selection of tranquil blues; do they call to you? Or are you Mooning for Moonstone? Soft subtle shimmers of peach moonstone – it’s peachy keen! Or are you obsessed with Obsidian? Got your eye on some Green Eye Dzi beads? Agape for more Terra Agate? Dead Serious for Dead Soft sterling wire? 14ga baby – that is 1.65mm momma! Whoa! Orrrrr, wait for it, are you quartz sure you are ready for this? Tanzanite …

Mix it up!

When I say mix it up, what do you suppose I mean? I’m not really sure, but it’s a subject that we’re going to explore! I call myself a Mixed-Up Media Artist, and that’s because I like to play with just about anything. Beads, paint, alcohol inks, stitch, fabric, resin, concrete, paper, stones. Also, enamel, polymer clay, felting, metal, rusty objects, and even driftwood. But is there anything else out there that I’m missing? Well, I’m not really into knotting (except for pearls), have never done any lampwork, and have had minimal experience with wire wrapping, metal clay, and metalwork …

Carve out creative time for yourself!

There are so many demands on our time that it can be stressful to maintain hectic schedules. Sometimes you just need to take a step back and say, ‘I need to do something for me’. Recharging your batteries is required just to keep up! Our mid-June classes feature an array of jewellery making techniques from seed beading with Pamela Kearns, to chainmaille with Marilyn Gardiner and working with cement with Ann Shewan. In the midst of all the classes are open sessions where you can come in, relax and enjoy coffee and conversation as you work on your projects. As …

Pearls, Pearls, Pearls

Any night, and I need a sight My beading pattern and a magnifying light Handful of findings and a snack to bite But what I need to make it right are those Pearls, Pearls, Pearls Long Pearls and Baroque Sticks Pearls, Pearls, Pearls Random Shapes and Colour Mix Pearls, Pearls, Pearls Get a strand or maybe six Trick or Treat – Pearls are so sweet In the cold, or in the heat Freshwater Pearls – they can’t be beat But they’re the best strung up so neat! Pearls, Pearls, Pearls 😉 Cheers! Bulk Bags of Carrier Beads. A lifetime supply! …

Late Breaking News: Of the publishing kind!

I should have shared this late breaking news earlier today, but I simply forgot to include it in my earlier blog post! Dwyn wanted me to call it a “Hot Flash”, but I just wasn’t going there!  LOL! I’m excited to announce that two of my articles, that include six different jewelry pieces, have been published in the Summer edition (out in June), of the Belle Armoire Jewelry magazine!!! This is a high-end, beautifully photographed, artsy, teaching, mixed media, jewelry magazine, and it fits right into my wheelhouse! The publisher is Stampington & Company. I simply love this magazine, and …