Ice Is Nice – Swarovski Ice that is!

Thinking of frosting yourself with a little sparkling ice for the winter season? Soon, fall will splash her colours on the trees, frost will glitter in the a.m. – in some places – you’ve already had it this year. So here’s a thought – how about some rhinestones and the settings to pop them into. A little bling for the year-end parties? If you’ve been eyeing the Gita rhinestone settings – we have them for you! We have new choices in settings – and the stones to go with them. From pendants to links to earrings – you can flaunt …

A Sneak Peek at the New Swarovski Update – Part 3

Ok – here we go with part 3 of impressions and tidbits from the Swarovski launch. Next up is the “Metallic Cap Pendant.” This is a pear-shaped drop bead, with a light chrome effect on a large portion of the pendant, over about 1/3 of the top, giving it the appearance of having a metallic bead cap custom fitted. The coating is just on one side, so it looks a bit more ethereal from the back. Still cool, however. Currently – just in Lt Chrome, nothing in gold. Now here’s a thing that has some cool potential. The pointed chaton, …

A Sneak Peek at the New Swarovski Update – Part 2

continued … A new shape in the fancy rhinestones. This is the Imperial cut – which is based on the (fairly) famous Asscher diamond cut. Famous to folks who go around remembering the names of diamond cuts, that is. Here you can see that Swarovski is inspired to create cuts to represent all the famous traditional – and some of the new – diamond cuts. While you aren’t likely to get yourself Swarovski stones for a wedding ring – there is no reason why you can’t have a really nice cocktail ring without breaking the bank. Maybe cocktail ring needs …

Jewelery Trends for 2018!

When I talk about Jewelery Trends for 2018, I really must say, let the bling begin! I’m not particularly fashion forward, but I do like to see what the runways are offering. Their designs are generally exaggerated, but you will be able to get a glimpse of what the stores will eventually be carrying. Modified of course, but still pertinent for all of you fashion mavens! Some of the hi-lights from Trends Jewelry, include “Femininity”, “Pearl Classics”, “Disco”, and “Grunge”. Brooches, especially animal brooches, make a big comeback, as do crosses (I had two customers asking about sterling silver crosses, …

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: Peachy Keen Jelly Bean

Peachy Keen Jelly Bean Designed by: Chelle Kilmer I wanted to take a twist on something classic. Pearls are classic and I love them. Natural and organic freshwater pearls, Swarovski pearls in their near perfectness, even teeny, tiny, glass pearls! Have you checked out our 2mm glass pearls? They come in the most amazing colour selection and such a perfect size for almost every project. I truly believe there might actually be a pearl for every occasion! But this time around it was the twisted Swarovski pearls that caught my eye! A soft, warm, peachy glow beckoned me over to …

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 …

Snake Wind and Snake Berry

We’re not above the occasional fart joke around here – and I have to admit, when I saw that these beads were called Snake Wind, well – I’ll just let you imagine what streets my mind wandered down. Snake, however, is actually the name for the finish that gives it the darkened edges to the facets, giving the beads a distinctive scaled look. The Berry mix is obvious – and Wind, well, why not? They are part of the new 4mm fire polish beads this week, including the Nebula finish, and these metallics. And this Fuchsia! I have to admit …

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: Dragonfly Stack

Dragonfly Stack Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson The greens and golds of these remind me of those big zoomy dragonflies from when I was a kid. The Scarabeous green is a bright metallic insect green at some angles -and at some angles and lighting, more gold or purple highlights. They are fascinating to play with. Combined with the gold stardust beads! Just fabulous! I wanted to play with a new product – the Elastic Cord Needle. I thought for sure that this was going to be a swing and a miss in terms of new products (you should see the pliers …