Golden Summer

Ah yes – it is officially summer. Sweet, soft summer breezes; late evenings with friends. Lazy days and sparkling light off the water. Summer is golden – especially when you live where the winter seems to try and kill you. To celebrate summer – how about the rich look of gold? Bead caps and cones – use in your jewelry to bring multiple strands together, or to accent a single bead, or even a bunch of special beads. Or make a statement with these fine focal pendants! Or take a look at this! This solid cast bead is heavy and …

June 2019 Bead Mat Update: Blue, with a dash of red!

Time for my June 2019 Bead Mat Update! I haven’t actually been doing a lot of beading, but I have a suspicion, that’s about to change!! I need to do some beading, but then there’s also Stitch Meditations, Ice Resin, and that giant package of Quick Cure Clay. What’s a girl to do? I’m not ready to expose my Quick Cure Clay to my blog readers yet, but it should be ready for a July unveiling. All I can say right now, is that it’s interesting to work with, is sticky, smells a bit, yet takes colour really well. It is …

Country-wide Fireworks kick off the Summer Classes!

July is just around the corner, and we have lots to celebrate including Canada Day and, for our southern neighbours, Independence Day. Enjoy the parties, fireworks and picnics! Our early-July classes feature four new projects! Gillian Clarke combines beads and chainmaille for two bracelets while Christine Woollacott will teach you how to create custom findings for your designs and how to create a simple post setting that you can use in a myriad of ways. Liz Kennedy and Anne Marie Desaulniers are presenting encore seed beading and metalwork classes – in case they didn’t work with your schedule before now! …

Steel Yourself

Steel yourself. Stainless is coming. A fresh new wind of change is blowing! Are you looking for a durable, low-maintenance, tarnish-proof, hypo-allergenic metal choice for making fun, durable jewelry? Beach jewelry. Travel Jewelry. Kids jewelry. Tough jewelry. Or you just like the look of it! There are plenty of reasons to look at Stainless Steel! With over 60 new items added, we think we have a pretty good line-up of stainless steel findings and beads and chains for your beading dreams. Headpins & Eyepins Jumprings Clasps Chains Beads Crimps and Ends Caps Bails Earrings And other useful stuff. With now …

Fun with Freeform!

The fact that I have fun with freeform, is probably no surprise to most of you. I bead it, I stitch it, then sometimes even combine the two! It’s an intuitive way of working, that allows you to create, without following a traditional pattern. It is a fairly free way of working, but still requires a certain amount of order. Without that, there would be chaos! This one, entitled “Worms”, is a little chaotic, but it was an experiment, that just kept on giving. I still love it!! When I create, I let my mind flow free, but I’m always …

Learn to break the rules!

Are you a rule breaker? Are you one of those people who, if they give you an inch, you take a mile? Alternatively, do you live within the rules and not venture out of the ‘box’? Does the word ‘freeform’ make you squirm with fear! My first venture with freeform anything was a big step. As a seed beader – especially with peyote – I felt comfort knowing that my beads would line up with perfect precision. I knew what to expect when I was planning the next row, and then the next.  I have since discovered that freeform peyote …

10+ and QCC at BeadFX

(and 20% off Czech seedbeads and Kumi stuff for one week only) Silver-Filled 10+ Wire from ParaWire You asked, we answered. Ok, our first answer was “huh? Whut?” But then we looked it up, and decided that the folks who were asking were on to something! “ParaWire’s 10+ silver-filled wire is the perfect replacement for working with solid silver wire. 10% fine silver content, making it behave just like sterling silver wire – solderable, and patina-able – but for a fraction of the price of sterling or solid fine silver.” Well – hot damn! Sounds like a winner to me. …

Denim Dreams: What do they mean to you?

I believe that denim dreams are a state of mind! We wear them, we love them, but do we accessorize them? Now, that is the question? I know that denim dreams come in many colours, but I’ll refer to the blue variety, for this blog post! I grew to love it in my school days, so that’s what I’m going to talk about today!! Today’s denim is a heck of a lot more comfortable (but we were kids, so what the heck did we know?), and you can even buy them with ragged holes!! In my day, you needed to …

Summer Starts Now!

We’ve been waiting for this since the middle of January! Effective June 21, we are officially in summer! Late-June classes range from mixing your materials for a fun boho necklace to adding colour to titanium metal! Get experience doing wire wrapping with a statement pendant or learn how to do sliding knots to create casual summer-style bracelets. You can also explore bead mosaic and how to apply beads on a curved surface. Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled June 21 – 30: Friday, June 21 Sliding Adjustable CordsInstructor: Angela Peace6:00 – 9:00pmAdjustable sliding knots have lots of applications …

An Appetite for Apatite?

This week, we ask the questions that no one wants the answers to. We want to know, do you have an appetite for Apatite? The rich selection of tranquil blues; do they call to you? Or are you Mooning for Moonstone? Soft subtle shimmers of peach moonstone – it’s peachy keen! Or are you obsessed with Obsidian? Got your eye on some Green Eye Dzi beads? Agape for more Terra Agate? Dead Serious for Dead Soft sterling wire? 14ga baby – that is 1.65mm momma! Whoa! Orrrrr, wait for it, are you quartz sure you are ready for this? Tanzanite …