InspirationFX: Easy Charm

Get your creative juices flowing~~~ Easy Charm Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson Easy and charming – just the thing for making a very personal gift for someone in not too much time. People appreciate the time and the thought and energy that goes into a gift versus a store bought gift, and the more mature they are, the more they appreciate it. (Which is to say – the kiddies probably still want video games and gift cards.) While this is similar to Anne Marie’s ‘Say It Like It Is’ bracelet, it is just a little different, and you can steal ideas …

New Toho Demi Rounds

New this week – these size 8/0 and size 11/0 Toho Demi Round seedbeads. Jonesing for a bargain? 33% off these beads! Explore a new shape! Pellet Beads – try them with soutache! Infinity Bead – Figure 8 is great Ripple beads – make a splash! Rizos – rice is nice! Thorns – you have a point! So, go here to see all the new stuff. Don’t forget our inspiring projects, professionally presented classes, helpful advice, and witty prose. 😉

Getting to Know…Carolyn Cave

When Carolyn Cave’s book Beautiful Designs with SuperDuos and Twin Beads arrived at BeadFX in I eagerly opened it up and saw lots of wearable designs that I instantly fell in love with. I had the opportunity to meet and talk to Carolyn when we were both teaching at Bead and Button in 2015 and again in 2016. I knew she would be a fantastic addition to our visiting instructor roster at BeadFX! The result? Carolyn is teaching four classes at BeadFX: Constellation Beaded Bead and Pendant (April 28; 10:00am – 1:00pm); Octagana Bracelet (April 28; 2:00 – 5:00pm); Atlantea …

Expired: We never do this – 24 hour opportunity!

We never do this – overlap a sale and new stuff because – well – you all are usually too busy shopping to pay any attention to the new stuff. Which makes me sad. 🙁 Beads get lonely too you know. However – due to my screwing up the announcement of the sale end date and extending the sale by a day as a result – you have a very limited window to actually get these new size 8/0 and size 11/0 Toho Demi Round seedbeads on sale – for one measly day only. So – one last day of …

Components to die for…and I’m not kidding!

A messy keyboard is not a pretty thing! Whenever I surf the Internet, &/or flip through magazines, I drool over exciting new components! Cabochon, pendant or bead – who cares? I’m not a purist, and I believe that you should experience anything your little heart desires. Art jewellery is generally viewed as its own entity! Not all makers, sell finished jewellery! They make components to sell to consumers, and other artists. A nice production line, and the revenue it generates, is very seductive! Perhaps you don’t want to spend time and effort, developing components of your own, but you want …

BeadFX welcomes two very talented and inspirational instructors in April

Canada has a wealth of impressive artists and instructors in the jewellery-making field. In April, we are extremely pleased to offer series of classes with two well-known and high-calibre Canadian instructors: lampwork artist Karina Guevin and seed beading artist and author Carolyn Cave. Karina Guevin joins us from Montreal and will be teaching a three-day class featuring sculptural and glassblowing techniques. Her playful flamework jewelery and sculptures inspired by nature has been recognized with a Francois-Houde Award and grants from the Canadian and Quebec Consul for the Arts, La SODEC, and a Gilles Verville grant in visual art. Guevin is …

InspirationFX: Pearly White

Pearly White by: Rochelle Kilmer It’s getting warm and people are getting married! I have a few friends who are planning on tying the knot over the next couple of years. Such an exciting time in their lives! So I have had weddings on the brain and I needed a creative outlet since it’s not quite yet my turn. And that is how this jewellery set was born. I hope it inspires you as it did me! Earrings Making the links : On an eyepin place a daisy spacer – coin pearl -daisy spacer. Make a simple loop. I used …

The Sale Continues – 20 – 70%

Happy Dance – the madness continues! Our annual March Madness customer appreciation sale. 20% – 70% off nearly everything! Click here now to dive right in! Normally our sales end on Wednesday night, but because I apparently can’t read a calendar, this one ends next Thursday night, March 23. One extra day of craziness! But before you go … Class Updates We have one spot left in this very exciting class in April (21 – 23) – with lampwork artist Karina Guevin. Karina’s work is light and airy and ethereal and steps off the plank of beadmaking and onto the …

What’s on my bead mat – March, 2017?

My bead mat has been a buzzing this month, with both old and new friends! It’s impossible to choose a favourite project, so I’ll just let them speak for themselves. I started out the month with a couple of resin classes. One impromptu evening session, and a second scheduled workshop. I’ve already shown photos of my students work, but here are a couple of examples of my own work. A floral pendant, started in a previous class; another pendant, this time starring tiny stones; an acrylic and resin tile; and finally, a couple of metal clay pieces, too fragile to …

Play with Us in March

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let‘s party!” – Robin Williams Yes, Spring is almost here and it’s time to come out and play! March wraps up with some new classes as well as the start to a new Creative Play Series. Angela Peace has two new classes in which she will teach the traditional method of knotting pearls and working with French wire. She is also teaching how to create cords – a must for displaying your favourite pendant. Liz Reynolds is teaching how to make bails using metal clay so you can create beautiful pendants that will work …