What did the Groundhog See?

  What did that lil’ furry critter see when he popped his head out of his burrow? Why – he saw a lovely selection of glass beads and flowers! “Oh Yum,” thought the Groundhog – “I should have Czech’ed these out earlier. There was no need to hibernate – I could have spent the winter beading!” And we do have a lovely selection of new Czech glass Flowers and Leaves. Whether you are stringing (the flowers make awesome bead caps, btw, especially in earrings!), doing some beadweaving and need a cool accent, or making a knotted bracelet featuring lots of …

What have we found for you this week?

  If you thought we were going a little clasp crazy – well – you might be entirely justified. Some of it comes down to discovering a neglected box of items, and some of it is because of the fun we are all having with looming! Looming first! We just got these cool BeadSlide clasps for use with loomed or beadweaving pieces that have single row of beads at the end (loomed or square stitch, vs peyote, with its staggered bead pattern). To use, you slide the final row of beads into the tube – there is a gap for …

4 mm Firepolish and Other Stuff

If beading were baking, then 4 mm firepolish beads would be one of those staples that you would always keep in the beading pantry. They are versatile enough to use as the main design element, or as an accent for something bigger and flashier. You can string them with stone, metal, work them in bead weaving projects, wire them, put them on elastic – do whatever with them! We found a stash of custom colors from a now out-of-business company – so not sure we can get more of these, unless we manage to locate the original manufacturer. 22 Fun …

Laser Cut Leather, Druzy Pendants, The REALLY BIG Jig

Laser cut leather – 20 mm and 10 mm strips of leather with intricate cut patterns! Wear as is, or use as a base to weave, stitch or sew on beads to embellish. Freeform Druzy pendants – Agate or Chalcedony druzies – metallic colors – with a horizontal hole – ready to string, or be part of a more elaborate design. A pretty little stash of amber beads – to go with the rest of the chunks and nuggets. Amber is pretty and light weight and warm to the touch.   Labradorite fans – rejoice! Faceted Labradorite pendants and beads! …

Time to Get it Together – in Style

Ok folks – it’s a new year. Time to get it together and tackle the new year with a fierceness that amazes your friends, and possibly completely is at odds with how you feel. But don’t forget the advice of many successful people, act confident to be confident, be the person you want to be, oh, and fake it till you make it. In order for you to clasp the nettle firmly – we have a great selection of clasps this week – fancy clasps that put the perfect finishing touch on your bracelet or necklace, or is possibly the …

2016 in Review!

And so, we begin the countdown to 2017 – ring out the old, ring in the new. Top Ten Fabulous new things at BeadFX in 2016 that you might have missed New Website Of course – one of the most notable things that was new this year was the new website. We updated for a more streamlined look that put more emphasis on the beads and was more responsive and mobile-friendly! No website upgrade of this size would be complete without the occasional hiccup – but you have all been enormously patient and helpful, and we thank you for that! …

Merry Beading to all and to all a Good night!

T’was just before Christmas, and the malls were all hopping. Not a beader was beading, they were all madly shopping. Oh, the beads and the tools were all lined up with care, in the hopes that spare moments soon would be there. The kids were distracted, farmed out with their Gran, it was now the last minute – and a do-or-die plan. Just a few left to go, it’s a workable list. I’m checking it twice so that no one is missed. There’s relatives coming; I’ve baking to do; and wrapping and boxing and cleaning and Whew! We all love …

One of those Days …

    I swear – this is one.of.those.days. Everyone I have interacted with today agrees – it is one of those days when the best plan of action would have been to go back in the house, put your pajamas back on, and go back to bed. If this description fits you to a “T” – then take solace in this week’s crop of new beads – Tee Beads. No – that’s not the kind of bead that you find at the bottom of your tea cup after the cat knocks over your latest project – although, as I said …

Ancient Symbols and the End of the Wait for the Endless Loom!

  Venus and Mars are alright tonight! Swarovski’s offerings of these ancient symbols – Venus (yes – I photo’d them upside down, sorry) – the circle with a cross – used in Astrology for Venus, in Alchemy for Copper, and in Biology for female. The male glyph, a circle with an upward pointing arrow – because, as it was euphemistically explained to me once – “Gentlemen go to heaven” – ha! – represents, Mars, Iron and maleness. What is especially nice is with these smaller ones – 18 mm – we also have mounts with rings so that you can …

Statement Stones!

Unique, bold and expressive! Actually – I’m talking about these One of a Kind (OOAK) stone pendants, not the staff here. These Stone pendants are definitely the place to start for making something that will stop traffic, start conversation and make you the center of attention. These are large and in charge – in charge of being gorgeous! If you are feeling even more adventuresome, we have some freeform polished agate slices. No holes in these – so you will have to be a little more creative in how to hang or secure them – either by making a bezel …