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 …

Pearls that will speak for themselves

This week – it’s pearls. Strands of pearls for your pearly pleasure. And that includes some Big Hole pearls too, for using on cord, leather, wrap bracelets, etc. I don’t think I need to say much about pearls – you know what a pearl is, and you know that you like them!   We just restocked on the Bead on it Boards, and added a dark velvet version (for those working with light coloured beads that disappear on the cream background.)       To go with those pearls? Don’t forget the easy knotter, and for the ultimate traditional knotted …

InspirationFX: Ocean Pearls and Lava Dragons

Get your creative juices flowin ~~~ Ocean Pearls and Lava Dragons Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson I am still having a lot of fun with the elastic bracelets.Bracelets are much easier to make if you don’t need to add a clasp, and they are easy to wear. Easy to wear lots of them at once, actually – just grab a handful and go. Ocean Pearls These Swarovski iridescent blue pearls are really lovely -and the sea turtle is a nice accent. Use the big hole needle – as the hole in the pearls is smallish, and put the tassel opposite the …

InspirationFX: Midnight Lavendar Necklace

Get your creative juices flowing~~~ Midnight Lavendar Necklace Designed by: Anne Marie Desaulniers Lavender and midnight gunmetal, marry to become a darkly delicious necklace. I was originally designing a bracelet, but the muse decided that the piece wanted to be something much grander (thus, more shopping to be done!). The lacy metal beads, jumped into my tray, during one of my grazing sessions in the store. Then I needed to figure out, what the heck I was going to do with them! Wire wrapping was a given, but which accent colour to choose? I didn’t want the piece to be …

Jiggles and Pearls

Get your creative juices flowing~~~ Jiggles and Pearls Designed by: Anne Marie Desaulniers Originally intended as Boho-inspired pendant, and designed to hang on a simple chain (it all started with the fabulous Inter-Change-A-Bail). However, “the best laid plans”, and all of that, made me re-think my original concept. Once the pendant was completed, I surveyed the remaining components, and decided to create a more formal design (the muse wants, what the muse wants!). The jiggly bits remained, so it turned into a fun, casual necklace, posing as something far more serious. A conundrum for sure! Readers beware! You are going …

InspirationFX: Flutterby Stories: Pendant Necklace

Flutterby Stories: Pendant Necklace Designed by: Anne Marie Desaulniers Sometimes designs work up quickly, and others need to percolate a little, as they take their own sweet time. The first time I saw these punched, Vintaj components, I decided that I wanted to make a little book out of them. However, I couldn’t decide what to use for the pages in the folio. Enter Ice Resin! I was working with it a month or so ago, and had some leftover resin, so decided to make Resin Paper. The rest was a story, just waiting to be told! Instructions: Resin Paper: …

Be that Girl with the Pearl

Or the lady with the pearl. The gal with the pearl. The dude with the pearl. The sexually-ambiguous, don’t-force me-into-a-pigeon-hole, free-spirit with a pearl. Pearls aren’t just for royalty anymore – they are for everyone! I think our pearls pretty much speak for themselves – from nuggets to near round, from classic to modern – pearls make a timeless statement. In other news, or new items, we have some additions to the Raku Ceramic beads, and the unglazed high-fire bisque beads too. Also a few fun new metal beads, Also new are the firepolish Micro Spacers – a 2×3 faceted …

InspirationFX: Pearly White

Pearly White by: Rochelle Kilmer It’s getting warm and people are getting married! I have a few friends who are planning on tying the knot over the next couple of years. Such an exciting time in their lives! So I have had weddings on the brain and I needed a creative outlet since it’s not quite yet my turn. And that is how this jewellery set was born. I hope it inspires you as it did me! Earrings Making the links : On an eyepin place a daisy spacer – coin pearl -daisy spacer. Make a simple loop. I used …

Leather, beads and fibre: Totally drool worthy!

Have you ever noticed, that the combination of leather, beads and fibre, is a match made in heaven? I’m personally drawn to the look, despite the thoughts of the runway divas! Leather, an enduring fashion trend, is actually more than just that. It’s something that refreshes the memories of your past. Do you drool, when you think about the letter jacket worn by your first crush? I found leather pants to be a little more daring, but very attractive on the right person. I remember buying my very first leather coat. It was a navy-blue trench coat, knee length, and …

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% …