The Sparkle Report: Quilting

Here at BeadFX, we attract lots of multicraft afficiandos: knitters, crocheters, sewers and quilters, just to name a few.  Today is the last day of the 20% off Swarovski Hotfix sale and Kim Workman came in to take full advantage! Kim is a member of the York Heritage Quilter’s Guild. She’s currently working on a Spiraling Line Star quilt designed by  Jan P Krentz wanted to brighten up the darker spots of the quilt. Actually, it was her son’s idea, but who can refuse sparkle? Not I, and obviously, not Kim!! There are still two more layers to be made which will …

Old Shoes Made Again

I’ve always wanted to bling out a pair of shoes for the store and finally found the perfect pair to do so.  These are satin and faux patent leather pumps that I “found” at my apartment building. Gotta love it when people move out and leave stuff behind. Brand new never been used Scarpino pumps.  Rochelle and I worked out a colour scheme for each section of the shoe. We’re going with an ombré look in blues. Starting at the back of the shoe with Swarovski Crystal SS20 flatbacks, I’m going to apply Crystal, Light Sapphire, Crystal Blue Shade, Denim …

Get Gluing!

I don’t profess to be as good as The Crystal Ninja, Kellie DeFries, when it comes to gluing, but with her awesome tools, you can do some amazing things!!     I bought a pair of Roxy sneakers in a silver black colour and knew I wanted to add more sparkle to them. Because that’s how I roll. The sparklier, the better. And nothing sparkles quite like Swarovski flatbacks. Well, other Swarovski products do!!   Using supplies from Kellie’s Professional Glue Kit, I filled a syringe with Gemtac and started laying down glue dots. Not a line of glue, individual dots. Then …

Sparkle Pumpkin Inspirations

So, I’m innocently pinning the latest beadFX Inspirations to our Pinterest page… Here’s the latest from the wonderfully wacky and creative mind of Rochelle: I thought, just for the heck of it, let’s see what comes up when I search sparkle pumpkins… WOW!!! Quite a lot, actually! Here are some Halloween or Autumn time inspirations for you. We have Swarovski crystal flatbacks! We have sequins! We have beads! We have chain! We have MetalFX (mica powder – super fine “glitter”)! We have glue! You will need your own pumpkin! To see the original sources for all these beautiful pumpkins, please …

Captivating Cupchain

If there’s one thing I love, it’s Swarovski crystal. The cut, the colour, the sparkle. Nobody does it like Swarovski. And here at beadFX, there are so many different Swarovski products, from round stones and fancy stones, beads, pendants and pearls, to flat back and hotfix rhinestones and my latest favourite, Cupchain! So what can you do with the cup chain? I bought some preexisting bangles from a store that caters to women who are a little…. Fluffy shall we say. At least my hand span is larger than most.  I measured the outside diameter of the bangle: 10 inches, …

Designer Spotlight: Kellie DeFries

Crystal Ninja owner and Award-Winning Master Designer Kellie DeFriesleads a team of highly skilled artists in today’s best crystallization processes. For years, Kellie has provided her creativity and expertise to the world’s best crystallization companies. Many have turned to Kellie for her amazing designs, flawless technique, and world-class customer service. An accomplished artist with exacting standards, Kellie is sets the industry standard for excellence in the use of flatback Swarovski crystals.  As the Chief Designer for the US division of Bling-My-Thing, Kellie received her crystallization certification after extensive training in BMT’s Berlin studios. BMT is the only company backed by Swarovski in Europe, and Kellie is the only licensed artist for BMT in the United States. She personally takes …

Sparkling Hearts Necklace for Mother’s Day

Sparkling Hearts Necklace Jewelry, designed by CREATE YOUR STYLE TEAM, Austria   If it takes just one heart to let the world know the wearer is loved, imagine the story told by a necklace featuring six rows of them! Let her feel the love this Mother’s Day with a waterfall of sparkling hearts in warm tonal shades of brand new Light Silk color and Crystal Rose Gold effect. A gift of hearts straight from the heart.   You can find the directions for this spectacular necklace at www.create-your-style.com  Supplies List: 6mm Swarovski Crystal Pearls 18 mm Swarovski Heart Pendant Chain, silver, …

Heart Jewellery Videos from Swarovski

In keeping with my last blog about all the Swarovski crystal hearts that are available in the store, I thought I would bring you some videos made by Swarovski Create-Your-Style. Each of these videos show projects that incorporate hearts in the design. Packed with detailed step-by-step instructions, valuable trend information and useful tips on the best methods of application, an expert CREATE YOUR STYLE trainer demonstrates how to make beautiful designs using romantic Heart Pendants from the SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS assortment. Key to My Heart Necklace Swinging Hearts Earrings

How To Crystallize Your Nails with Swarovski Elements

As Wednesday’s newsletter said “Well – we are always about instant glam, and long slow glam that takes weeks to make, and every kind of glam in-between!” Just how far can we take the glam? From the top of our head, to the tips of our toes – and spreading outwards from our fingertips. Nail art is very trendy right, and crystallized nails are so hot they are icy! You sometimes see Dwyn’s perfectly manicured nails in product shots with a funky black or deep burgundy nail polish on. This week, she’s rocking a French Manicure. I think she should …

Grab Your Sunglasses!

From the runway to the street, neon colours are blazing a trail across the world and burning up retinas everywhere! . While gathering items to merchandise the Fall/Winter Swarovski Innovations pre-launch neon pearls, I discovered that beadFX is full of neon coloured items. How do you wear or use these colours? In beadwork, you have a lot of options. You can go all in and use all neon colours like Dwyn’s eye searing inspiration bracelet Summer Party. You could also use them with a grounding colour such as black or white. I’m working on another Double Duty Spiral bracelet (Bead&Button, …