Chain Gang Leashes – for Masks!

BeadFX Inspiration – Anne Marie Desaulniers We’re all this for the long run, and mask-wearing is not going away any time soon! I don’t know about you, but I’m always losing my favourite masks, so why not leash them firmly, and chain them to our necks? Dwyn calls them leashes, but I call them chains, and “never the twain shall meet!” (I think it is because she has dogs on the brain.) As makers, it’s our responsibility to start a mask-jewelry movement! Perhaps not as useful for the occasional user (grocery store, drug store, etc.), but for those of us …

BeadFX Inspiration – Glitzy Pincushion Ring

Once upon a time – we had a weekly inspiration project – something to help you get inspired. Time has moved on, old computer systems don’t necessarily survive upgrades, roles change and somehow, somewhere – in the hustle and bustle – the weekly inspirations slid to the bottom of the priority heap. Sad, but true. But, we are constantly coming up with great ideas – so we are going to breathe life back into the inspirations – not necessarily with step-by-step projects – but with ideas, suggestions, and inspiration – for you to take, and make your own. Without further …

InspirationFX: Falling Leaves

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Falling Leaves by: Rosemary Beasley When I saw the two strands of the “freeform” tiger iron, I was inspired by their “leafy” shape to make a necklace inspired by the fall season. The tiger iron is streaked with slate, rust and little hits of mustard yellow making me think of November skies and falling leaves. The glass leaves and 2mm pearls add a lightness contrasting with the darkness of the tiger iron. Components Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need! Need some help with some of the techniques? …

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 …

Something a little different

Bugles. Long, skinny glass tubes. Ever think of using them this way? Standing on end. Spotted this at the wholesaler the other day – not sure who to credit, but is that ever a cool idea. Big fat bezel finding, not sure what the base is – epoxy clay or polymer clay? –  and bugles pushed in, and some seed beads and rhinestones. Reminds me of sea anemones. Big Fat Bezels Rhinestones Seedbeads & Bugles

Falling Leaves

by: Rosemary Beasley When I saw the two strands of the “freeform” tiger iron, I was inspired by their “leafy” shape to make a necklace inspired by the fall season. The tiger iron is streaked with slate, rust and little hits of mustard yellow making me think of November skies and falling leaves. The glass leaves and 2mm pearls add a lightness contrasting with the darkness of the tiger iron. Components http://www.beadfx.com/inspirations/inspirations.php?id=878

Concrete & Rubies

Concrete & Rubies by: Anne Marie Desaulniers These Matte Crazy Lace Agate stones have been living side byside, on the BeadFX wall, just under the pearls. Ignored for months, but thenthey suddenly started clamouring for their potential to be reached! Concretegoes with everything, and my July birthstone is ruby!! Add some sparkle, then whatbetter way to marry the two, than with a chic and comfortable wrap bracelet. Apiece of this type, could even be worn as a short necklace, but I far preferthis variation as a standalone bracelet! Instructions: Dump all of your beads, into a nice pile on your …

Flora-Meta-Pendant Necklace

Flora-Meta-Pendant Necklace by: Anne Marie Desaulniers I was wandering through the metal aisle, and thesecomponents just started screaming at me! They’re all botanical based, and who doesn’t like flowers and leaves?So, a simple pendant necklace was made! This one is for those times, when you don’t want to wear something splashy! Like when you’re wearing a t-shirt and jeans! Do you think that the piece looks like a little flora person? Entirely unintentional, as I didn’t even notice, until it was finished! Tools Used: Chain Nose Pliers (2) Round Nose Pliers Flush Cutter Instructions: Insert1-3″ Ball Headpin, into 1-Czech Flower. …

Meditation Beads

Meditation Beads by: Dwyn Tomlinson Beads can be soothing and meditative from sorting and organizing to stringing and wearing. This set came from the happy combination of colours that just called out to me. The impression jasper is such a lovely colour and turquoise is always beautifully accented by shades of red. And, of course, black looks great with everything. 😉 By now, you should be familiar with my current obsession with simple stretchy bracelets. Use the elastic-needle to quickly make them up. I tie the opelon doubled for larger beads like these in a surgeon’s knot, and then cover …