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 …

InspirationFX: Fired Up Spikes

Get your creative juices flowing~~~ Fired Up Spikes by: Rochelle Kilmer It’s Date Night! And I needed something quick to go with that little black dress! Red is a spicy colour and always adds a seductive pop! Who doesn’t like a little spike to go with those Crystal Magma pumps! A long dangle needs no necklace! Instructions: 1) Cut your carnelian chain in half. Make sure to have a loop at each end. 2) Open a 9mm jumpring and place it in the hole of the Crystal Red Magma Spike. Close jumpring. Do this for the other spike. 3) Open …

InspirationFX: The Sassy Tassel Bracelet

~~~Get your creative juices flowing The Sassy Tassel Bracelet by: Dwyn Tomlinson I initially started making these from gemstone strands that come with silk tassels – then I realized that with the silk tassels we have for sale – you can get the same fun look with other beads! You can use a simpler clasp if you like, but I think that it really makes the piece, although a small magnetic clasp might be easier if you struggle with bracelet clasps. Check our Manager Specials for clasps. The bracelet is straight-foward stringing. Reserve two beads for the tassels. (For the …

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 …

Expired: We have your heart! 20% off!

Only a month to Valentine’s Day and even if you are well past the point of hoping for a van to pull up outside your house and start off-loading a Rose-Bowl-parade-float’s worth of flowers from a secret admirer, you can still have fun with your favorite shape. Not my favorite shape, but … say – doesn’t everyone have a favorite shape? (Mine’s a starfish. Maybe there should be a St. Starfish’s day?) In any case, we have Hearts of Glass, and Crystal Hearts at 20% off until Valentines! We have your heart – your mind and soul will follow!   …

Laser Cut Leather, Druzy Pendants, The REALLY BIG Jig

Laser cut leather – 20 mm and 10 mm strips of leather with intricate cut patterns! Wear as is, or use as a base to weave, stitch or sew on beads to embellish. Freeform Druzy pendants – Agate or Chalcedony druzies – metallic colors – with a horizontal hole – ready to string, or be part of a more elaborate design. A pretty little stash of amber beads – to go with the rest of the chunks and nuggets. Amber is pretty and light weight and warm to the touch.   Labradorite fans – rejoice! Faceted Labradorite pendants and beads! …

2016 in Review!

And so, we begin the countdown to 2017 – ring out the old, ring in the new. Top Ten Fabulous new things at BeadFX in 2016 that you might have missed New Website Of course – one of the most notable things that was new this year was the new website. We updated for a more streamlined look that put more emphasis on the beads and was more responsive and mobile-friendly! No website upgrade of this size would be complete without the occasional hiccup – but you have all been enormously patient and helpful, and we thank you for that! …

Ancient Symbols and the End of the Wait for the Endless Loom!

  Venus and Mars are alright tonight! Swarovski’s offerings of these ancient symbols – Venus (yes – I photo’d them upside down, sorry) – the circle with a cross – used in Astrology for Venus, in Alchemy for Copper, and in Biology for female. The male glyph, a circle with an upward pointing arrow – because, as it was euphemistically explained to me once – “Gentlemen go to heaven” – ha! – represents, Mars, Iron and maleness. What is especially nice is with these smaller ones – 18 mm – we also have mounts with rings so that you can …

Colour your Art!

I’ve never really been a trend follower, but sometimes it’s interesting to see what the runway gods predict that we will be wearing in the coming seasons (colours, styles, etc.). It always seems to be open to interpretation. After all, we are artists in our own right, and as such originals, so there is no real need to blindly follow the masses! Perhaps I should soften that approach! When I Googled jewellery trends for 2017, it gave me both fall/winter 2016, and spring 2017. It appears that we will all be wearing rhinestones and sparkly stuff (thank you Swarovski), oodles …

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% …