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 …

Growing Pendants, Bezels, Flowers

The stunning new Swarovski “Growing” Pendants – inspired by crystal-encrusted druzies are here. Swarovski has really hit a home run with these – they are really quite wonderful! The largest of the Rhombus has a open space in the center – making it even more of an homage to natural stone! By themselves, with a bail – they will make a wonderful pendant, the smallest of the rectangles will make stunning earrings – or you can bead or string something to accent the colours and texture. Bezels – more bezels for your resining pleasure. Our Anne Marie is addicted to …

InspirationFX: Simplicity in Red

~ ~ ~ Get your creative juices flowing ~ ~ ~ Simplicity in Red Designed by: Anne Marie Desaulniers There are times when life gets complicated, and you need a little simplicity in your life! Dress it up, or dress it down, it’s very wearable! It’s also my reaction to the new Swarovski colour “Scarlet”. I simply love it! Instructions: 1. Cut a generous length of 20-gauge wire (approximately 7 inches) 2. Make a wrapped loop on one end. 3. Add 5 – 8 mm SW Faceted Rounds 4. Make a wrapped loop on the second end. 5. Cut excess …

A study in contrasts …

This week – we are all about the contrast. I’ve been watching a lot of Bob Ross videos lately (The Joy of Painting series on PBS in the 80’s and 90’s – if you haven’t watched them – don’t let what you’ve heard put you off.) Anyway – one of the things he says repeatedly is that you have to have the dark to show the light. Or vice versa. The point is, that you need contrast to emphasis your design, your image, your story. Creativity is about contrasts. (Good article here about creative people and how they sometimes make …