Beads & Jewelry Making Supplies and …
Jewelry making supplies are our specialty. Over 25,000 products are here to help you make beautiful jewellery using all of the latest tools, techniques and beads from around the world. We carry everything for making your own jewelry, including all the glass and crystal beads for making jewelry to the large selection of stringing materials and findings components to make it sparkle. We have knowledgeable, experienced staff to help you make your project a success. All of the Beads for Making Jewelry that you can imagine – and hundreds more to keep your creative side busy.
We have an impressive selection of Swarovski Crystals in hundreds of styles, sizes and colors. Swarovski Elements Pendants & Swarovski Crystal Pearls are also here in most colors too!
Do you need Miyuki Delica Cylinders Beads or Miyuki Seedbeads (round)? We have over 2,000 colors, sizes and package sizes to fill all your project needs. Toho Seedbeads are our second huge selection of Japanese Seedbeads,
Czech seedbeads from both Preciosa-Ornela and Jablonex are stocked in hundreds of colors and 6 sizes.
How do I put it all together
We have most Stringing Supplies including needles in Griffin Silk, Fireline, SoftFlex beading cable, C-Lon Beading Cord & Thread and dozens of others including Hemp Cord, and we have several types of stretchy cord for those easy and simple projects too. And all those metal pieces to hold everything together to tie it together like clasps & connectors.
What can I do with Natural Semi-Precious Gemstones
Jade stones, Laboradorite, Amazonite and another 70 Natural stone beads are in our selection, many from Dakota Stones who provide beautiful quality stones at a reasonable price.
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Latest News and Updates:
- Cat’s Eye, Chakra, OOAK Cabs, Bit of a Hurry August 15, 2019
Sorry folks – working on something BIG and suffering from a bit of a time crunch, so brace yourself, the update is coming atcha at the speed o’ light! Hang in there.
Cats Eye & Eagle Eye
This lovely shimmery natural Cat’s Eye is a far-cry from the man-made fiber-optic beads that are also called Cat’s Eye. Nothing wrong with those, they are pretty and fun, but this is the original, the inspiration, so to speak. And this will look amazing in your own handmade jewelry, whether you are making something office chic or evening elegant. Or for just making yourself feel better about vacuuming.
As a matter of fact, here IS some of the man-made Cat’s Eye. Ok, not liking the term “man-made.” “Human-made” isn’t cutting it for me. Synthetic? Artificial? Created? Suggestions?
Someone asked us the other day about buying stone beads by the each, instead of the strand. Well, we have found they can be a problem to handle that way: the beads tend to get damaged or get spilled and scatter all over the floor, run under the table, get eaten by the dog, stepped on and create a nasty crunching sound. However, because we are so accommodating, 😉 we have these Chakra Banded strands, comprised of Amethyst, Lapis, Blue Apatite, Green Aventurine, Citrine, Carnelian, Red Garnet and Crystal Quartz. You’re welcome.
Do the Twist! Fiber Craft Beads
We are going to be at Twist – the Fibre Festival in Quebec. (Aug 14-18, Saint-Andre-Avellin, come on out and see us!) Everything is better with beads, and if you want some larger beads to embellish your knitting or crochet – these 7mm beads with a 2.5mm hole might be just the ticket. They would also work for leather cord and kid-friendly projects.
More colors in the GoodFelt Beading Foundation. These are a stiff felt that you can use as a base for beading around a cabochon or large focal piece.
And speaking of Cabochons … Here’s the good stuff
We have some stunners … there are some very nice cabs in the update from a private collector. These are OOAK (One Of A Kind) cabochons, including stuff I had never seen before. Rosarita (Gold Slag) … a by-product of the gold refining process in Alaska in the 50s and 60s. Trace amounts of gold would be lost and end up melted in with the sand from the refining process, producing a beautiful colored – essentially a glass – colored with the gold. Nowadays, the process doesn’t leave enough gold in the sand for it to color it, so this material is limited to old caches. Look at that color!
And More! (Yes, that’s a Trilobite.)
And a lovely selection of Mookaite cabs
Some stone butterfly wing cabs …
And yes – best for last, your fave and high on my list, Labradorite. (Labradorite is growing on me – maybe because we have been getting such amazing specimens!!!)
Have fun browsing! I gotta run – working on a bunch of new stuff for some upgrades to the site to make it easier – I hope!!!!! – to find stuff.
Oh, and don’t forget the Manager’s Specials – over 550 specially selected items on sale – with savings up to 70% off!
Can’t find what you are looking for? Feel free to just email us and ask!
Our Class News
- Looking Ahead to Fall Classes
Yes, there is still summer to enjoy BUT, once Labour Day passes, BeadFX will have an abundance of new classes for you! Mark your calendars now to attend our annual Back to Class event on Saturday, September 7; 11 – 3pm. You’ll be able to see for yourself the wonderful projects being taught and the creative instructors who are presenting them. By we are planning something very special to happen the same day. Click here to find out more!
One of the highlights is visiting instructor Kaska Firor who is presenting six new wirework classes. Kaska’s projects are all beginner/advanced beginner but you wouldn’t know it by looking at them – they are absolutely beautiful!
Help us welcome a new instructor! Joyce Lam is a graduate of the George Brown jewellery program and brings us two beginner level classes that will make you comfortable with sawing and hammering texture. We also welcome back Darija Radic to our roster of metalwork classes and will host more metalwork open sessions!
While Canadian beadwork artist Carolyn Cave is visiting Ontario, she is joining us to present two new seed beading classes fresh from this year’s Bead and Button show. Barbara Colautti and back again to share her love of polymer clay and help you explore how you can include this malleable medium in your own designs!
There is so much more to share about classes with Angela Peace, Iris Rogers Melamed, Anne Marie Desaulniers, Liz Kennedy, Pamela Kearns, Deborah Beesley and many more! Our September classes are now on-line now and we’re busy getting October, November and December classes up too. Registrations are being accepted for all classes.
Our Latest Inspiration
- Photo to Beaded Pattern
A fun little tool from Miyuki to convert your photos to beading patterns
We’ve seen a number of beading-pattern-makers over the years – by and large, they seem to not be much fun to use, and try to do too much.
This, by contrast, does Miyuki Delicas, Peyote or Square stitch. That’s it.
You can also use the Square Stitch option to create patterns for looming.
The software is online, and runs in your browser, so nothing to download – except the pattern afterwards if you want.
They have instructions in English here, but I’m going to run you through a brief intro here too.
First, you will need to click on Peyote or Square to start, depending on which you want the pattern to be.
Next, you will see a screen that asks you to input dimensions
The maximum size is 370 x 370 mm. I had a fairly large image, and so I scaled it down by dividing the size so that it was a lot smaller.
However, if you just playing with it, just enter the 370 in the height and width boxes. Where there is text in a box that is grey, it is a suggestion, not a default value, and you need to enter it yourself.
Number of colours – well, as Miyuki themselves say,
The larger the number of colors used, the more delicate expression will be.
Fair enough, but there does come a point at which, needing to buy 2 beads of a colour is ridiculous, even in my humble opinion.
So you can start with a low number of colours as Miyuki suggests, about 20 or so, and adjust afterwards. One of the things that I like about this software is that you can go back and forth and change things, instead of needing to have it all correct before you start.
Click on import, and navigate to your saved jpg on your computer. Click ok.
From here, you have some options to resize and scale and crop. Click on the blue line to resize, and use the scroll wheel on your mouse, or the zoom icons, to zoom in and out.
And click ok.
Now you get to modify the number of colors, with a preview of what it will look like. You can reduce or add to the number of colours by clicking on the rectangle above or below. Keep selecting a lower number of colours until the quality of the image falls off.
When you think it is ok, click ok and go to the next screen.
It will spin it’s wheels for a bit, and then give you a preview, that you can review or edit.
Pretty awesome, huh?
From here, you can edit the individual beads.
Use the eyedropper icon to pick up colours from beads. Use the paintbrush to apply the colour.
The coloured droplets let you switch to the full Delica colour palette to pick whatever colour you want.
I don’t see anything that looks like a search and replace, however, so to get less complicated colour choices, just go back a step.
I do think that starting with a less complicated image is probably a good idea too. Running your image through a filter an image editing software can make the image less complex. Look for a filter or process called “Posterize”, “Cartoon” or “Simplify” to get a smoother image.
Or, click the back arrow and select a lower number of colours.
When you are done, click ok, and it will ask you if it is ok?
And then pop up the slightly scary warning …
Don’t worry – it will give you the number again on the next page. You can write it down or cut and paste.
You do have the option to download a pdf, which is a good thing, as I haven’t actually seen any of the emailed notifications from them, but maybe they take awhile.
If you use the pattern online, it will actually keep track of rows for you, which I think is a lovely feature.
Here I was playing with a much simpler image – beading a picture of beads is very meta.
Here are the pdf patterns if you’d like to have a closer look. The “shopping list” is at the end, and lists the standard delica number, the quantity and the grams.
And, btw, you are free to go ahead and use these patterns if you want – if you manage to bead up a picture of my wonderful old dog, do send me a pic and let me know! (Because you know I’m never going to get around to it … )
The Dude – (my old German Shepherd) Complex 19031501260367278629
The Dude – (my old German Shepherd) Simplified 19031501474795333579
Black Beads 19031504040304327490
If you get stuck at the “simplify the image” thought and need a hand there – fire me an email and I’ll see if I can’t help you out.
This is a far from comprehensive tutorial, but I don’t think it needs it. The program is fun to use and play with. It’s not like you can do anything wrong, so just click and have fun!