One Weird Trick to make your Designs Blow Everyone Away!

We just HATE the current trend in writing that uses emotionally-manipulative, attention-grabbing headlines to accompany some sort of meaningless drivel. Everything is “Top Ten this” and “What happened next took my breath away.” Frequently, if you get sucked into reading it, you feel slightly dirty afterwards. So to heck with that – Here’s the Real Headline for today. Is there anything more beautiful than a Pearl? And that’s a ridiculous statement too – because we know that beauty is highly subjective. However, when you are surrounded by piles of our hand-picked pearls – you have to admit, you could make …

One day left! Leather 20% off!

Get the goods! Leather goods! and findings and tools! 10 mm Round Findings and Beads 10 mm Round Nylon Cord 5 mm & 10 mm Flat 5 mm Round Beads / Findings for 2 mm Round Leather Beads / Findings for 5 mm Round Leather Beads for Flat Leather Cork Findings for Flat Leather Lacing Leather Cord Leather Crimps Leather Strips Regaliz / Licorice Leather Second Skin Fish Leather Suede Ribbon Tools

Glass Artist Sara Sally LaGrand coming to BeadFX

What do you get when you mix flame and glass rods? Besides beads? Well, you can also get the amazing artwork of acclaimed artist Sara Sally LaGrand! Sara Sally’s work goes beyond beads and become shaped components of larger art pieces. Her work is fanciful, colourful and brilliant! Sara Sally LaGrand has had the great fortune to study with many gifted teachers both in Italy and the US. She has been melting glass since 1996. In that time she has won numerous awards and has the great privilege to teach workshops all over the US and Europe. She earned a …

InspirationFX: Trash to Treasure 2

InspirationFX Get your creative juices flowing Trash to Treasure 2by: Pam Kearns What do you do with pieces of Regaliz Licorice Leather that aren’t quite long enough for a bracelet – join them and turn them into a necklace! (Or a Pam’s Trash to Treasure bracelet!*)  A combination of Regaliz beads, aluminum wire and a wire-wrapped stone create a focal area. 1. Glue the charm holder in the centre of the green piece of leather. Allow to dry. 2. Wrap two pieces (each about 7″) of 12 gauge wire around the leather on both sides of the charm holder, beginning …

InspirationFX: Jelly Belly

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Jelly Bellyby: Pam Kearns The colours of the LunaSoft Cabochons are perfect for summer jewellery! Using the new LunaSoft Bezels makes it easy to create jewellery with them – here is a quick and easy set you can create! Earrings: 1. Glue one blueberry cab and one raspberry cab to both sides of one bezel. Allow to dry. 2. Place the bezel onto an eyepin; create a wrapped-loop at the top of the bezel 3. Place one crystal on a headpin; start a wrapped-loop and attach to the bottom loop of the eyepin before finishing …

The Business Chat – Consistency is key

Somedays you just want a little treat, something to reward yourself with. Feeling like this yesterday I stopped by my local cheese shop to pick up a tasty morsel. It’s a pretty cheese shop, small, crammed with goodies and everything is beautifully arranged.  Except…. There were no prices on anything. Hm.  Being in a good mood I ignored that fact even though it usually makes me nervous. I discussed a few cheeses with the very nice guy and picked out a very small piece.  “That is $17.00,” he said and I just about fell over. $17????? I was looking for …

Diane Dennis is having a Trunk Show at BeadFX!

NEWSFLASH! Direct from 2014 Bead and Button: Come on out and meet instructor extraordinaire Diane Dennis! Friday, June 204:00 – 7:00pmBeadFX Diane will have her patterns and kits for sale. Diane will be teaching two classes on Saturday, June 21 and a class on Sunday, June 22.Spaces are still available! For complete details, see the class listings for the Starfish Pendant and Puttin’ on the Ritz. All are welcome!

Chexx, Chexx, Chexx, 1 – 2 – 3, testing, testing

Testing your design skills! The “shaped-bead” mania is sweeping the world – with new shapes for you to weave into your designs being invented all the time! This week – check out the Chexx – from – you guessed it – Czech Republic. These 6 mm little square-lets have two holes, centered on approximately 3 mm, and are fairly fattish – 3 mm deep. We have 25 different colours/finishes to entice you! You’ll have fun “testing” how to incorporate them into your designs. Just when you thought there were no new colours in firepolish – we get some that have …

One day left to save – 25% off stone!

Nothing like the heft and coolness of stone beads – 25% off! One day left only!   African Turquoise Agate Amazonite Amethyst Angelite Artistic Jasper Aventurine Azurite Big Hole Bloodstone Blue Goldstone Blue Green Quartz Blue Tigereye Bronzite Cappuccino Jasper Carnelian Cherry Quartz Chrysocolla Crazy Lace Agate – Green Crazy Lace Agate – Natural Crazy Lace Agate – Purple Dalmatian Jasper Dog Tooth Amethyst Dragon Blood Jasper Dragon Vein Agate Dumortierite Flower Jade Fruitcake Garnet Goldstone Green Aventurine Green Goldstone Hematite Hematite – Magnetic Ice Obsidian Impression Jasper Iron Zebra Jasper Jade Jasper Labradorite Lapis Lazuli Lava Stone Leopard Skin …