Designing for others

It’s easy to design for yourself, or to design in your own style. What happens when you have a special request for a style you don’t normally create? Or a customer who has very specific colour requests. It can be very difficult to get inspired when working on a project that just isn’t you. Today’s post is not entirely altruistic on my part. It’s my turn this week to create our weekly inspiration, and I have still not been able to get out of my creative slump. Now that I’ve posted this, I’ve just set myself up to be forced …

More on “Standard Colours”

Last week, I talked about “standard” colours in Czech-made firepolish and pressed glass. Maybe “classic” would have been a better term – but they were the colours that you find in most lines of glass beads. These following colours are what I think of as the “2nd string” of colours, they add more colours and expand the colour palette and options but are pretty common and easy to find. Montana Blue (a dusky, grey blue – named for Montana Sapphires.)Black Diamond (because “grey” just sounds boring)Light Sapphire (a lighter blue) Light Amethyst Capri (a dark aqua) Garnet (a very dark …

Amazing Paperweights

Paul Stankard is arguably the premier paperweight maker of all time, and unquestionably in the area of botanical representations. To look at his paperweights is to know awe: the intricate detail of the flowers, roots, bugs, bees – the delicacy of the stamens, the fine fuzz on the bees, the antennae – a moment of nature, frozen for eternity. How does he get those flowers and insects inside the glass without burning them up? The secret is: they are made of glass too. They are tiny perfect sculptures, he makes them all by hand – and then encases them with …

Tag team classes!

Heather Bell Dennison and I had a bit of a play day yesterday. We’re working on creating some intensive multi week classes in metal clay. Coming soon, we’ll be hosting a 4 week ring class. Resin in metal clay, and fine silver fusing classes. These will probably start in the fall, once we have all of the projects finalized. I’ve included a few pics below, please excuse the quality. As usual, I forgot my camera, and was forced to use the camera on my cell phone 🙂 This one below is the rough clay not yet refined. Once refined and …

Sneak Peek at Next Week

What have I been slaving over this week? Well, apart from getting the database updated from the inventory results, new stuff coming up: Preciosa Crystal. A flat-out competitor to Swarovski, Preciosa makes beautiful crystal beads and pendants that are very price competitive. Currently they are campaigning extensively in the bead magazines to promote their product – you might notice some of their advertisements. We are adding more of these, and reorganizing the pages they are on to make them easier to find, separating them out from more generic machine-cut crystal. They are known as machine-cut because they are faceted after …

Website Updated

We’ve taken our items count from the inventory and imported the data into the website – so right now, the website is about as up-to-date as it ever is! You see, because we have a store, and a website, and a point of sale system that doesn’t yet talk to our website – it’s very difficult to get the website synced up with our actual inventory! Today is the closest we get! We are working on integrating the systems, but there is a lot of testing to do and code to write. We hope in the near future to be …

Blog Roll and other sites I like

Whew…It’s really been a whirlwind couple of weeks for me (and everyone else here at beadFX) between our sale, inventory, and some weird mystery illness that my kids picked up.I’m just starting to sort through my heaps of emails, phone messages, paperwork that’s starting to topple over my desk and onto the floor! By next week I should be somewhat back to normal….except I don’t think I know what normal is 🙂 While I’m getting myself reorganized, and somewhat less disorganized. I’ve put together a list of some of my favourite beady websites and blogs. I hope you enjoy them. …

Inventory is Over!

Finally, after 11000 product numbers, 300 inventory pages, 275 man-hours and 7 lbs of elastic bands, our annual inventory is finished! A giant thank you goes out to all our staff, family and friends that got roped into helping us count for the last two and a half days. And boy, do we have a heck of a lot of leaves and flowers! After counting just shy of 1000 crabapple leaves, I started to think it might be faster to count the leaves on the crabapple tree in my yard! Megan has decided, after completing page after page of botanical …

Woven Starlight: Necklace by Marg

Check out the latest creation by Marg, in our gallery. Marg doesn’t get a lot of time to make new jewelry, but when she does! boyohboy! This features a Swarovski rivoli, sterling wire and rhodium plated size 15/0s. Marg says that it is not finished (wowsers! there’s more!) but: I haven’t finished the rest of the necklace because I haven’t quite mastered the technique of doing tubular bead crochet with size 15 beads. I can barely see the 15/0’s, never mind seeing which way they are oriented! More detail pictures and Marg’s full comments are here in our gallery!