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. …

It takes a Head …

It takes a head to get ahead – or in this case – to finish this pendant! Isn’t this fun! You can add a head that you make in polymer clay, or a collaged resin pendant with a face, or a lampwork bead … … or, if you have the sort of twisted sense of humor I have – a Swarovski skull! You can also dress them – make little beaded outfits, hats for whatever you choose as a head, and one hand even has a hole so you can make a little beaded purse to hang from it. I’m …

InspirationFX: Baby Blue and Earrings

Baby Blue and Earrings Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson The soft pinks and blues of the Powder Blue Impression Jasper strike me as very soothing and pretty. I went to town and make a whole suite of items from this lovely stone. (Check out previous weeks for more Inspirations) My first thought was to combine gold-plated metal findings and beads with the Powder Blue Impression Jasper, but I found I did not care for the look. The bright copper metal beads and finding – that was another story, however! The combination is gorgeous! The pinky tones of the bright copper perfectly …

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 …

InspirationFX: Gone Muddin’

Get your creative juices flowing ~~~   Gone Muddin’ Designed by: Rochelle Kilmer   Sometimes life gets hard. It gets sticky, dirty and downright muddy. Sometimes you run. Run away from the mess. But have you ever tried running in mud? To lift your leg, even for that first step. To have the energy to keep going. It’s harder to avoid making an even bigger mess. Sometimes it’s just harder to run! It’s okay. It’s okay to STOP! ???STOP! Breathe. In, out. In, out. Take the mud for what it is. Feel it! Squish it between all of your toes. …

InspirationFX: Snowdrops

Get your creative juices flowing ~~~ Snowdrops by: Pam Kearns This project adds a bit of sparkle! Earrings: 1. On the headpin, stack one 6mm round crystal and the waterlily flower bead, open side down. Start a wrapped loop to finish the component. Before finishing the wrapped loop, slip the loop onto one end link of the 10-link length of medium curb chain. Finish wrapping the loop. 2. On a second headpin, stack another 6mm round crystal and a waterlily bead, open side down. Again, start a wrapped loop to finish the component. Before finish the wrapped loop, slip the …