Sample Sale On Saturday

I know, normally I post some helpful tip on Monday about making jewelry. But, have you ever wondered what actually happens to all those items that we make, and display in the store? The Inspirations? The samples? The demos? The how-to stuff? Well, it accumulates. Piles up. Fills drawers. Boxes. And, it’s now time to share the wealth. This Saturday, one day only, we will be having a “sample” sale – a sale of our samplers, our one-off creations made to showcase a particular bead or technique. Some of them we don’t have on display any more because they are …

Happy Friday!

Get your flu shot! My family is still battling some nasty bugs. The flu that took us down last week has now morphed into pneumonia for my poor husband, I’m dragging his butt to the doctor today. Men think they’re invincible. He’s horrendously sick, but when you suggest the doctor, of course he says he’s perfectly fine, and healthy as a horse – then starts in on a hacking fit – sigh So I’m cocooning at home this weekend to get some stuff done around the house, and my daughter wants a craft weekend. I’m not sure yet exactly what …

Swarovski Re-Branding – What used to be Swarovski is now CRYSTALLIZED

We received the following communication from Swarovski earlier this week – which is announcing, in short, that Swarovski wants to create more of a distinction between it’s crystal ornaments business line – the Swarovski stores and the crystal figurines and their own line of jewellery, and their components business – the beads, pendants, rhinestones and other beady items. As such – we are being told to change the way we present our Swarovski-made items. Rest assured, that when we now talk about CRYSTALLIZED(TM) – we are still referring to the same quality and sparkle that you have come to adore …

Something Old Something New….

There is excitement in the air here at Beadfx and it is not the thrill of the upcoming season either, it is buzz of exciting new and old classes!! We have a beautiful new project coming up December 20th with Laurie-Anne Clinton, from Unicorne Beads, the YoYo Leaf Bracelet. The Bird’s Nest ring has become the talk of the town lately, so we will be offering that workshop again Thursday December 11th from 4-5:30pm. This is a great day to come by because it is also Open Beading Night from 6-8pm. Please remember that Open Beading Night is a free …

Metal Clay Playday

Yes, a playday for adults. Once a month or so, a group of metal clay addicts get together to work on projects in the company of other metal clay addicts. We make stuff, we chat, we eat. We probably gab and goof off a lot more than actually make stuff, but that’s part of the fun. If you’ve tried metal clay before, and would like to join us, please have a look at the class schedule and see if there is a date coming up. We’d love to have you join us!

Making Glass Beads – Making a Dichroic Glass Bead

OK – here it is – had to shorten it and try a bunch of stuff to make the file small enough to upload. But, ‘tiz done. Only took a day to shoot and two full days to edit. Anyone want any video edited – I’m charging an arm and a leg – per minute. For those of you who have never seen “lampwork” beads being made – I hope you find this useful and educational. For those of you who do make beads – I hope that you get something out of it too.

Seedbeaders get Respect (Finally!)

So, you’ve spent the year, on and off, making a truly fabulous and elaborate seedbead creation. You know the type – a big, frothy concoction with bezel set stones and every stitch you can name in it. You can’t count the hours you’ve spent on it – You gave up around 500 and you know that it was only a third done then. You’ve invented half of it, had to pull parts out and start again. But now it’s done, and you’ve worn it for the first time to rave reviews – but then your non-beady friends want to know …