Easy Gifts: Holiday treats!

Making easy gifts, seems to be one of my holiday traditions! But I’m not happy, unless I’m rushing to make something, at the last minute. I do make more complicated gifts, but the easier ones always seem to be my favourites. Why, I wonder? I don’t really like to work on a production line of wee gifties, yet I admit to doing a little of that, during the holiday season. I’m a little late getting started this year, but there’s still time to make a handful of easy gifts! So, let’s start talking about what we can accomplish. Earrings are …

Ice is Nice: But this is way too early!

Yes, ice is nice, but this early in November? Is that really fair? It snowed on Monday, and I’m sure that it will snow again soon! We woke up to -15C temperatures, on Tuesday morning, and I must say, no one was really ready for it. Okay, I do live in Canada, but we’re used to it being a little milder at this time of the year. Snow tire weather is now!!! Yet, The only good thing about “ice is nice” weather, is the fact that it reminds us of the upcoming holiday season. But looking at the slightly crazed …

Swarovski Love: A sparkly affair!

A little Swarovski love is what we need, now that the season is turning. Who turned the switch, and where did summer go? It seems earlier than normal, but fall is certainly sneaking up on us! But is there anything that we can do to hold back the season? Unfortunately, not, but we can always warm up our creativity, by adding a little sparkle back into our lives. I blame the child in us, for our attraction to sparkle. Swarovski love, is certainly not for the faint of heart, but it does give you something to think about. Is sparkle just …

Sparkle it Up!

What does sparkle it up mean to you? Is it for special occasions, when you want a little something extra to lift your spirits? Or is it something that you secretly crave? Bling is very personal! Not everyone is comfortable wearing it, but it always catches your eye. I’ve never been a real sparkle girl, but I admit to making a handful of pieces. I have always felt the pull to bezel a crystal or two, but just haven’t found the time to fit it into my discretionary creative space. This is one of my older pieces, that was made …

We will, we will BEAD YOU

Honey, you’re a gal with some beads string-in’ on your mat, gonna be a great piece some day You got beads on your face It’s no disgrace Beading your stuff all over the place Singin’ We will, we will, bead you We will, we will, bead you Your earworm of the day. You’re welcome. And how may we bead you today? How about the new Swarovksi Iridescent Tahitian Look Pearl? Unlike the old Swarovski Tahitian Look pearl, … (Discontinued, but we have a few left if you want them) which was a dark steel grey, the new Tahitian look has …

Little Gifts – Favourites for all!

I love to create little gifts for the holidays! Do you? Yes, I do create larger gifts as well, but my favourites are always those that you can create in an evening or two. You know the ones I mean!!!! Earrings, stretchy bracelets, simple pendants, and the such! I’ve probably made more than a few of each in the past, but I’ve been so busy lately, that I haven’t been able to concentrate on my little gifts this year. So, let’s wander about the BeadFX website, then focus on a few of the possibilities. Swarovski bling is always a hit …

Ice Is Nice – Swarovski Ice that is!

Thinking of frosting yourself with a little sparkling ice for the winter season? Soon, fall will splash her colours on the trees, frost will glitter in the a.m. – in some places – you’ve already had it this year. So here’s a thought – how about some rhinestones and the settings to pop them into. A little bling for the year-end parties? If you’ve been eyeing the Gita rhinestone settings – we have them for you! We have new choices in settings – and the stones to go with them. From pendants to links to earrings – you can flaunt …

A Sneak Peek at the New Swarovski Update – Part 3

Ok – here we go with part 3 of impressions and tidbits from the Swarovski launch. Next up is the “Metallic Cap Pendant.” This is a pear-shaped drop bead, with a light chrome effect on a large portion of the pendant, over about 1/3 of the top, giving it the appearance of having a metallic bead cap custom fitted. The coating is just on one side, so it looks a bit more ethereal from the back. Still cool, however. Currently – just in Lt Chrome, nothing in gold. Now here’s a thing that has some cool potential. The pointed chaton, …

A Sneak Peek at the New Swarovski Update – Part 2

continued … A new shape in the fancy rhinestones. This is the Imperial cut – which is based on the (fairly) famous Asscher diamond cut. Famous to folks who go around remembering the names of diamond cuts, that is. Here you can see that Swarovski is inspired to create cuts to represent all the famous traditional – and some of the new – diamond cuts. While you aren’t likely to get yourself Swarovski stones for a wedding ring – there is no reason why you can’t have a really nice cocktail ring without breaking the bank. Maybe cocktail ring needs …

Jewelery Trends for 2018!

When I talk about Jewelery Trends for 2018, I really must say, let the bling begin! I’m not particularly fashion forward, but I do like to see what the runways are offering. Their designs are generally exaggerated, but you will be able to get a glimpse of what the stores will eventually be carrying. Modified of course, but still pertinent for all of you fashion mavens! Some of the hi-lights from Trends Jewelry, include “Femininity”, “Pearl Classics”, “Disco”, and “Grunge”. Brooches, especially animal brooches, make a big comeback, as do crosses (I had two customers asking about sterling silver crosses, …