Beading Be Darned!

 My beading be darned blog post, was born out of both panic, and necessity! Wait! It’s Tuesday, I need a blog post for tomorrow, but I don’t know what I want to talk about!!! While driving home from BeadFX, my muse popped the words, “beading be darned” (okay, she used another word, but I cleaned it up), right into my stream of consciousness! What does that mean? Could it mean one thing to me, but another to you!!! It doesn’t matter, because I don’t really have time to think up something else, so I’m just going to fly with it!!! …

Do What You Love

February is known for its holidays (such as Groundhog Day) and regular events (Super Bowl and Academy Awards), but nothing is as iconic as Valentine’s Day. The day’s historical origins are varied and are linked to romantic relationships. As a single person, I’m turning it focus on what I love to do – such as beading and other activities. Certainly there are lots of classes to do BeadFX! Polymer clay, enamelling on fine silver metal clay and wire working take the spotlight in our mid-February calendar. We are also pleased to announce that Open Bead Night will take place every …

The Bead Bus has arrived …

The Bead Bus has arrived in Tucson – our fearless beader is on her annual crusade to the heart of bead land – pouring through the pearls, crunching through the crystals, and forging through the fossils (also, the stoney bones of long-dead reptiles) to bring back the best. Should you have any particular requests, please let us know at info@beadfx.com

Smoke Gets in your Eyes & Hearts are Wild

They asked me how I knew, My love of beads was true, I, of course, replied My stash is vast and wide I will not be denied. They said some day you’ll find A craft to change your mind. But when you think you might, Then you realize Smokey Quartz has grabbed your eyes If the Smokey Quartz doesn’t grab your eyes, maybe the Lepidolite will. Need more pink? Picture Australia – no, wait – Australian Picture Jasper! Poppy Jasper Links! Earring Starter Kits Here’s a nifty and useful thing – a starter kit for earrings. Maybe you are doing …

January 2019 Bead Mat Update: Stitch and Bead!

My January 2019 Bead Mat Update came much too fast! Snow must have clouded my brain, because I almost missed writing it!! During the month of January, I’ve had a nasty cold, received some interesting news, and have started on my 2019 Stitch Meditation journey! I’ve also re-connected with the Bead Journal Project, and have been helping  to breathe new life into the project! I’m a Moderator, on the Stitch Meditation Group, and an Administrator on the Bead Journal Project (BJP) Facebook groups. Stitch Meditations have really taken off, so an awful lot of time has been spent approving new members. …

Come out of winter hibernation with a class

Finally, the days are getting noticeably longer and I’m beginning to get more interested in ‘the outside’. Leave it to me to stay curled up with my beads! Classes have definitely kicked into full gear and early-February has some great opportunities including a new class with Ann Shewan; a new bead embroidery class with Anne Marie Desaulniers and a new wirework class with Lucie Lee. We are also thrilled to have Jen Rosen back with two wire classes that are perfect for ‘newbies’. As always we have lots of encore classes in case you missed them before now. Mark your …

Something a little different

Bugles. Long, skinny glass tubes. Ever think of using them this way? Standing on end. Spotted this at the wholesaler the other day – not sure who to credit, but is that ever a cool idea. Big fat bezel finding, not sure what the base is – epoxy clay or polymer clay? –  and bugles pushed in, and some seed beads and rhinestones. Reminds me of sea anemones. Big Fat Bezels Rhinestones Seedbeads & Bugles