Beyond AB – Other Bead Finishes.

Now that you know what an AB and Matte bead is, let’s look at some of the other exotic treatments. Most of these coatings are applied to only one side of the bead, making transparent beads more reflective because of the mirror-like properties of the coating, and making opaque beads more dramatic, sometimes, even making them “reversible” – completely different from one side to the other. First of all, some of the common, and not so common, bead finishes that you will find on Fire polish and pressed glass beads. Some are common on many colours of beads, and some …

Bead Finishes: Aurora Borealis is AB

AB Iris Matte Rainbow Azuro Zairit Volcano CapriWhat the heck are all these terms? Sounds like a magical incantation more than anything else! Well, as you know, there is a lot of magic in beads, but in this case – we are talking about bead “finishes” – which is a treatment to “modify” the existing colour. It is a light coating that is applied to the bead as part of the manufacturing process, and is very durable. The coating application is pretty high-tech, usually involving high temperatures and evaporating salts, and not really a reproducible home process. By the way, …

Birdsnest Rings

Every now and again I teach a basic wire wrapped ring class called “Birdsnest Rings”. This is a fairly simple project, and once you get the hang of it, you’ll be whipping these out like crazy. Trust me, all of your friends will want one! Materials required: 22 gauge Artistic Wire, or 22 gauge dead soft sterling silver wire Fabulous assortment of Swarovski, or semi precious beads Wire cutters, and flat, or chain nose pliers Ring Mandrel Ring Sizer Needle File Coated flat nose pliers (optimal) Instructions: Cut a length of wire to 2.5 feet long, and gently straighten your …

Cool Beady Site

Just dashing out the door, but wanted to share this cool beady site I found: www.bead-media.com Down to earth, detailed advice and stories – I particularly like the Fussy Opinions section – it’s entirely possible that I harbour a few fussy opinions of my own on the topic of beads (well, on a few topics, actually!) Cheers!

Organization

As some of you may know, I’m really not known for my organization skills. My desk is a perpetual disaster zone, and everything I touch becomes an unorganized mess. However, every now and again the lack of order drives me into a frenzied organizing clean up day. I can feel that moment coming on. 🙂 I really want to tackle my jewelry. As a beader, lampworker, and metal clay addict, I’ve accumulated a “lot” of jewellery. Most of which I never wear, but it always wonder – If I had it organized and close to hand, would I wear it? …

It’s All in a Name

I love the internet – sometimes it seems like all of human knowledge is out there, waiting to be picked, like an apple tree loaded with apples – far more than you can consume! For instance – last weekend I bought, despite my determination not to, some more perennial plants. More plants means more digging and gardening and I have quite a few, so I’m trying to enjoy the ones I have for a bit. But, there it was, this spectacular tree peony, with a blowsy white flower the size of a dinner plate and crinkly petals so thin you …

Destructive Testing

We got in some new leaf shapes, and they are very cool: large, but light. One of the things that concerned me, though, is that I was a little worried that they were fragile, that they might bend and break or tear. We certainly don’t want to be selling items that are easily broken or destroyed, for the same reason that we don’t want to use them! If you’re going to make the effort to use something, the least it can do it last! I mean, really! So, I selected a leaf at random to be my victim! I started …

Please Re-Leave Me!

Please Re-Leave Me! We got leaves for you this week – all kinda leaves. Plated Leaves – these very cool plated leaves in Sterling silver and Copper are actual, electroplated leaves – so no two are identical. If you bend them, you might hear the leaf cracking inside, but don’t worry, it’s not about to fall apart, the leaf inside is dried out, but not part of the structural strength. I even tore one open to find out! They are tough! Maybe you’d like leaf-themed clasp for your creation, try this lovely copper clasp! But, wait, there’s more! Cast sterling …

New Swarovski Stuff

This summer’s new colour from Swarovski was Mocca and new items in that colourway arrived today: 4mm bicones, 2 sizes of donuts, big 10mm rounds and pendant drops. Also picked up more colours of the 3-branch coral pendants. These will go nicely with the sterling coral pieces that we stock. One last item is several more colours of the new Swarovski pendant butterflies. Oh, and I almost forgot the new brown Swarovski pearls in 4, 6, 8 and 10mm. Nice colour – like melted dark chocolate. These will be showing up on the BeadFX website as soon as they are …

Kate McKinnon Classes

Well, Kate’s now gone back home. What an incredible 5 days. I didn’t get a chance to post yesterday due to sheer exhaustion. She is by far the best instructor I have ever come across. Kate has a saturation style of teaching. She freely gives up everything she knows. No secrets. If you ever have a chance to take a class from her (and we do hope to bring her back next year) … sign up, it is worth every penny and then some. All of the students in the class were itching to try out all of the new …