Christmas Continues – 20% off the lock, stock and barrels.

Locking Links, Heart Lock Charm, and Locking Tweezers. And a Locket. Barrels? That actually covers a lot of territory, from Firepolish to Findings As for “stock” – well – it’s all stock, isn’t it? 😉 So check out our stock, lock in the savings, and get a barrel of beads! The Fine Print Some select items excluded. (see below) But some stuff is more than 20% off. And – business accounts get an extra % during the sale. The exceptions are: No discounts on class fees No discount on gift certificates. No discounts on Studio time/lampwork cards, lampwork tools, glass …

Christmas in JULY SALE!!!

20% off darn-near everything!* Plus – a very important announcement about Web/On-line Frequent Beader Points. (Scroll down for details) We are having one of our big fat sales – which is like having a big gift-wrapped present magically appear on your doorstep. You tell us all the time that a package from BeadFX is like Christmas any day of the year! OK, maybe mentioning Christmas before Labour Day is putting you into panic mode – but I’d like to point out that if you are going to make stuff for #handmadeholidays or, let’s face it, yourself – you need a …

A charming little story this week at BeadFX

I was sitting at my favourite watering hole – the Antiqued Gold Anchor. It’s called the Anchor because it is a-weigh down by the water. I was nursing a drink at the bar – poor little drinky-poo – I don’t think it’s gonna pull through. The bar is so old that the bartender is listed in the antiques price guide. I was contemplating the arrow of time, and the damage it had ravaged on my life. You want to talk about the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune? Sister, I could spin you a tale. Suddenly – the door bangs …

Blue Pearls and Rhyolite this week at BeadFX

More of these truly lovely Swarovski light and dark blue iridescent pearls. These fill in the gaps in the sizes from our first shipment of them. These really are beautiful – they have a two-tone iridescent shimmer to them that you really have to see in person. One of the nicest new items to come from Swarovski!   Rhyolite – a cream and green stone with hints of a warm reddish brown. It’s been a while since we had a big stock of this, and it is always a hit. We’re also adding some new colours in the size B …

Backlit GemDuos this week at BeadFX

GemDuos! A new shaped bead – similar to the DiamondDuo. They are pretty close in size, the holes are a little closer to the bottom of the bead in the GemDuos, and while they are a little shallower than the DiamondDuo, the higher placement of the holes in the DiamondDuo means that both will sit at the same height in your beadwork. The principle difference, however, is that the GemDuos do not rise to a point on the top like the DiamondDuos, they have a flatter top. There is an excellent review of them here, showing the same patterns made …

Come on Snowflake – show your mettle …

Or, should that be, “show you’re metal?” If last week’s update owed it’s metallic hue to the gleaming glitter of gold, then this week’s theme is the softer, subtler shade of silver and the goth glam of gunmetal. In addition to the above lacey snowflake filigree, we have these rather interesting diamond shaped links, and even more fili-gregious, this rose-window evoking filigree piece, and this dimensional filigree fan piece. These pieces are light enough to be bend around things like cabochons and large stones, so that you can make things with a caged effect – or customizing the shape to …

All that Glitters is not gold

But it sure looks like it anyway! We have a smallish stash of gold-plated over copper beads – made in India, and perfect for that boho-chic look. Pair with dark coloured wood or stone for a very rich look. We have beads, caps & cones, separators, and headpins. This is all limited quantity stuff – so don’t bookmark the page and promise yourself you will come back for it later – because you know it will be gone by then     Also glittering away are these gold-plated-glass seedbeads – size 8/0 True Cuts, and Size 6/0s! Perfect as spacers, …

Stamp, Pour, and Die

If your creative musings are taking you off in other directions than straight beading – and why not? – then you’ll BEE happy to know – we have more of those options for you! In fact, we have a set of options to take you to the edge and right over the border, and if you are drawing a blank, we’re happy to provide a guide. That’s a set of border stamps, a shaped aluminum blank and a guidebook of stickers – that is! I love stamping on the aluminum – possibly because I tried the brass and copper and …

Huichol Beading!

We invite you to try Huichol Beading – and to encourage you – we’re offering 25% off all our seedbeads, shaped beads, and, just for fun – the rhinestones too! What is Huichol Beading? And how do you pronounce it? Huichol beading – pronounced wee-CHOL – is a style of beadwork originating with the indigenous people of the mountain ranges of north central Mexico. The technique is simple – take a pea-sized lump of a wax-pitch mixture, knead in your fingers until soft, flatten out to the size of a quarter, and press onto the item to be decorated. Then …

Lasers!

Lasers! Back in the 60’s – when lasers were developed – so the story goes – the developers described them as “a solution looking for a problem.” Since then – all sorts of problems have come along that they have been solutions for – but I bet you have never thought of this one! Laser Etched Beads! This is something new – beads that have a coating, similar to AB and the other metallic and iridescent coatings, with a pattern etched into the coating with a laser. The work is so delicate that only the coating is effected – there …