InspirationFX: Dragonfly Energy Bracelet

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Dragonfly Energy Bracelet by: Dwyn Tomlinson Ever sit and watch dragonflies over a pond on a hot summer day? They move so fast ? they almost seem to disappear and reappear elsewhere. Backwards too ? no wonder they seem magical! Matching colours complement this Black and Gold Dragonfly, but you could pick your favourite colour dragonfly button and choose complementary pearls to go with it! Secret Tip. The metal loop (shank) on the back of the button may be oriented so that the dragonfly lines up with the strands instead of 90 degrees. To …

Beautiful Buttons & Bulk Carrier Beads

Buttons – we have some beautiful new glass buttons to go with our existing glass buttons! The colours of these never fail to amaze me, and the myriad variations – well – as the resident photographer/database goddess – they make me crazy, but as a designer – they are wonderful. 😉 Ok – which one of these Lacy Flower Buttons do you love the most? I’m leaning the the fuchsia / verdigris – because of the contrast – but the others might be easier to integrate into a project. Or these magnificent peacock buttons! Or the Dragonflies? Because even if …

Today is a fine day for chain …

It’s a fine day for chain indeed – or a day for fine chain, if you prefer. We have some ultra-delicious dainty chains – small enough to fit through some beads and pendants directly, petite enough to grace the most delicate of throats and ears, and slim enough to use multiple strands to create an en masse effect. Chain – 1 mm Beading Chain – Bright Silver (foot) Chain – 1 mm Beading Chain – Satin Hamilton Gold (foot) Chain – 1 mm Beading Chain – Antiqued Silver (foot) Chain – 1 mm Beading Chain – Bright Gold Plated (foot) …

What do you do with a pile of beads?

Perhaps I should title this “What’s on my worktable this week?”.  The story begins with a couple of piles of beads.  Where it ends, who knows??? Do your beads talk to you?  Mine do!!  I’m not really crazy, but I do have this awful tendency to buy beads and bits, and then just let them age in the bag, until my muse decides how she’s going to use them.  Does that ever happen to you?  Let start with the red Swarovski leaves…. I’ve been eyeing these leaves, ever since I spotted them on the sale rack at BeadFX. Hmmm, 40% …

Button, button, who’s got the button?

Do you remember playing in your mother’s button box as a child? Reach back, far back, and reflect on the sound and feel of your fingers running throught the coolness of the buttons. Aren’t memories wonderful?  Who doesn’t remember the sweet, sweet smell of apple pie baking, or waking up to the rythmic sound of the percolator (I know, this has nothing to do with either buttons or beads). According to “The Button Craft Book”, by Dawn Cusik, the earliest buttons date back to 2000 B.C.  I’m pretty sure that those buttons were probably made of bone, wood or rock, …