InspirationFX: Simplicity in Red – Two

Simplicity in Red – Two Designed by: Anne Marie Desaulniers Though minimalist in style, this set will create quite the impact! A compliment to the “Simplicity in Red” necklace, that was posted a few weeks ago. As the holidays tend to be busy, it’s important to have something simple, to accessorize either that little black dress, or a cozy sweater, and pair of jeans. A fairly economical solution, as you will be using many of those leftover components from the earlier “Inspiration”. You will need to buy another package of the lovely Scarlet faceted rounds though! Instructions: 1. For Bracelet …

InspirationFX: A Bevy of Christmas Ideas

A Bevy of Christmas Ideas Need a quick “something-something” but still want it to be personal. A couple of the elves at BeadFX have come up with some ideas for Christmas presents that are both quick to make and inexpensive. Get your practice in opening and closing jumprings with these projects. Ruby Hex Bracelet Designed by Anne Marie Desaulniers Macho Instant Chainmaille Bracelet Designed by Rosemary Beasley Bling Bracelet Designed by Rosemary Beasely *I put the chatons in the cups of the bracelet UPSIDE DOWN since I liked how the chatons sparkled better ;). Call me crazy but it worked. …

InspirationFX: Jack-O-Lantern

Get your creative juices flowing ~ ~ ~ Jack-O-Lantern Designed by: Erin Singleton With 3 days to go before Halloween it’s getting pretty hard to tell if your neighbours have been decorating or were the victims of a grizzly murder. In the evening, ghosts sway from tree branches while jack-o-lanterns flicker their orange glow from porch after front porch. To help get in the spirit, without all the cobwebs and caution tape, we’ve come up with this ghoulish necklace. A Swarovski skull dangles from a strand of matte black river stone while bead caps and bicones mimic the orange fire …

InspirationFX: Laredo Lariet

Laredo Lariet Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson You – sometimes you sit down to make one thing, and a different piece of jewelry happens! I was going to make a necklace with tassels, but then I had these beads on the table and the next thing you know, I’m using them instead! The basic idea is the same – the very fine chain and the silicone-filled slider bead to make the clasp. Just be sure that you put the slider bead on BEFORE you add the beads dangling at the end. Don’t ask me why I think it is very important …

Steel Yourself …

Oh, thou mighty bead-adorned warrior of creativity! Gird thyself with chains of stainless steel – that thou might slay the mighty monster of mundanity! Wrestle with the dragon of conformity – smight with fiercesome blows of awe-inspiring and blinding brilliance. Declare yourself – oh mighty crafter – artisan to the gods – creativesmith and crafter Coil thy neck and wrists in steel with the hue of gold – that the sun might weep with envy Stand ye on the mountain tops – where the moon and the night sing duets in praise to the craft and creativity and weave ye …

InspirationFX: Dragonfly Meadows

Dragonfly Meadows Designed by: Rochelle Kilmer Blue skies, where the dragonflies fly. Above meadows green, calming and serene. Sit. Stay for a while and watch the dragons flutter on by.? A light breezes gently moves thru the long grasses; blowing the clouds above. Sweet heat leaving butterfly kisses across your skin. Cicadas making their music, and a gentle hum envelops you. Be present. Stay in the moment. Making your necklace: First I started by making all the separate components, then I laid them out and started piecing the necklace together. Please take full advantage of your artistic license and change …

InspirationFX: Fire & Ice

Get your creative juices flowing~~~ Fire & Ice Designed by: Bonnie Cottingham There is a heart of fire glowing from within this cool milky stone. Silver, like ice, shimmers against the contrast of the fire opal. Necklace: Cut the beading chain into 2- 12inch lengths, 1- 10 inch length, 1- 14 inch length. Starting with the 14 inch piece of chain, string on the 30mm Fire Opal Coin bead to the centre, place crimp on either side and flatten with a pair of pliers. Cover the crimp with a crimp cover. You can choose your own placement of the 8mm …

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 …

InspirationFX: Chained in Copper

Get your creative juices flowing~~~ Chained in Copper Designed by: Rochelle Kilmer Plain and simple. Dress it up or dress it down. Little black dress? No problem!? Jeans, blouse, dress, or even your pj’s! ?I love the look of this chain and just had to do a necklace with all of it. 🙂 Well not all of it – I left some if you want to make one too! I found some corrugated copper circles that paired nicely and off I went to designing the necklace. Instruction: 1) I attached the 2 sizes of corrugated circles together with a 4x5mm …