Back on the Chain, Gang

More surprises that come from cleaning up … we had a bunch of these a while back, sold it all out – well apparently – we had more and I missed it. So, you get a second chance. Some folks call it rosary chain, but you can use it for much more than that. It looks great for layering … make a bunch of chains at various lengths, and then stack with other pieces to get yourself the layered, multi look. And – there are bigger varieties too – bigger stones, more chain. One stone and a segment of chain …

Savage Lampwork & Other Sweet Stuff

Lampwork focal beads by Carol Ann Savage. An artist who, if you were looking for a word to describe her work – Savage is about the last word you would pick. However, her skills are savage. The result is sweet, but the talent is fierce. I encourage you to check out her work and nab yourself a piece. Like many artists – she may do something similar, but it will never be the same, so if you like, buy it before someone else does! Bracelet Blanks Bracelet Blanks for Stamping. New choices in wide, skinny, tapered and colours. From plain …

Rhombuses and Ooak Lampwork Dragons, oh my!

Two very exciting new items this week – which to talk about first? Ok – the Rhombus beads! The Rhombus bead is a larger than usual 2-hole bead – designed by Lena Gillespie for the Canadian manufacturer and wholesaler – John Bead. It is a a parallelogram with opposite equal acute angles and opposite equal obtuse angles, and four equal sides. They fit together like puzzle pieces and because they are a larger size – they work up quickly. They are fun to play with! And, of course, my burning question is … can you make a stretchy bracelet out …

Aqua Impression Jasper and a Revolution in Applying Glue!

I can’t decide which of these I’m more excited about – the new Aqua Impression Jasper – which is just soooo pretty – or the utterly fascinating Glue Looper! The Glue Looper is a revolutionary way to apply glue and adhesives. I’ve never seen anything like it. It first came to my attention with a video in an email from one of the beading magazines – with some handheld video from one of the bead shows – showing a demo of using it. I was gob-smacked. I encourage you to watch that video first. Now – if you watch this …

Congratulations to Amy Waldman Smith!

Everyone at beadFX is proud of Amy Waldman Smith, one of beadFX’s lampwork instructors! FIRST PLACE WINNER: Bead Dreams 2012 – Lampwork Beads Cool Blue Ottoman Beads Amy has been making glass beads since 2001 and was first asked to teach beadmaking in 2003 and has been teaching on a regular basis ever since. Amy’s attention to detail, form and symmetry are the foundations of her work. Intrigued by the possibilities of creating in glass, Amy’s work continues to evolve and change. Amy’s beads have been seen in numerous exhibits across North America and can be found in publications including …

Stainless Steel Artistic Wire for Lampworking

You could call them headpins – but – um – big much?  Uh, yeah – everything I make is super-sized. Ok – the point is not the glass-tipped tiny headpins, I was thinking more of making things on the ends of wire and twisting them into bunches. Bugs, flowers, birds, etc. Anyway – what I wanted to find out was, could I use the new Stainless Steel Wire from Artistic wire in the flame and melt glass onto it. Was it, in fact, real stainless steel? First up, I emailed Artistic Wire and asked them if it was really stainless …

Lampwork Studio Progress

A number of folks have asked about the progress of the lampwork studio – especially after they have seen the store and how exciting that is! It looks like it will be another week for the lampwork studio – here is a picture of how it looked at the beginning of last week. The vent hoods have been hung – and since then – the torches have been mounted on the tables and the new table covered in metal. The “booster” – that blue box temporarily sitting on the end of the table in the picture – has been relocated …