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  • Time to Fly a Kite! January 18, 2018

    It’s time – time to soar, time to be up, up, and away. Time to get some perspective, rise above the crowd, go where the wind takes you … in short – go fly a kite! The new kite beads are here – two hole beads with a diamond shape that fit together in cool ways.

    s57357 Czech Shaped Beads - 2 Hole Kite Beads - Violet Rainbow s57356 Czech Shaped Beads - 2 Hole Kite Beads - 24 K Gold Plated (5 grams)s57367 Czech Shaped Beads - 2 Hole Kite Beads - Laser Etched - Jet Crazed

    Also new this week – some more of the metal beads on strands. In Bright Copper,

    s57437 Metal Beads - 20 mm Puff Lentils - Brushed Copper (strand)s57442 Metal Beads - 16 mm Puff Hearts - Brushed Copper (strand)s57449 Metal Beads - 2.65 mm Round - Bright Copper (strand)

    and bright Gold Plated, these reasonably-priced metal beads give you a chance to really go to town with your designs. They are hollow, and plated copper, so they are not too heavy to use the whole strand!

    s57452 Metal Bead - Big Hole - 13 mm Ornate Rondelles - Bright Gold Plated (strand)s57453 Metal Bead - Etruscan Round - Bright Gold Plated (strand)

     

    As always – you can view all interesting new stuff on the website here.

    And don’t forget our Manager’s Specials! Some super special savings on hundreds of items, up to 70% off!


     

    BeadFX is pleased to be the primary sponsor of Bead-Treat – the Bead Retreat. Treat yourself to a weekend of classes and camaraderie in May. More details at beadtreat.com

    BeadTreat

     


Our Class News

  • Beat cabin fever with a February class

    I’m not a fan of February, but I know that as the days start getting longer, winter is beginning to give up its grip. The weather tempts me to stay in evenings but getting out for a class keeps my creativity flowing and keeps cabin-fever at bay. I invite you to come out for a class in February to ward off the winter chill!

    There are lots of different classes in February including a new polymer clay class with Bonni Poch. If you prefer metal clay, then drop by for Liz Reynold‘s class. We’ve got lots of seed beading classes with Pamela Kearns and Anne Marie Desaulniers. Metalworkers will enjoy Iris Rogers Melamed‘s latest soldering class and you can even learn how to make your own glass beads with Deb Muss. If you’re into bead embroidery, then try tambour embroidery with Catherine Sequalino Poitier. Working on a project and need assistance? Come in and give yourself dedicated project time at Happy Tour Torching, Open Bead Night, Afternoon Bead Tea or the Open Metal Studio: Kiln Enamelling.

    Here are the classes scheduled February 1 – 10:

    Thursday, February 1
    FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    1:00 – 3:00pm
    Be among the first to see the new weekly products!


    Saturday, February 3
    Nature’s Mood: Bead Embroidered Pendant
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    10:00am – 2:30pm
    Chase the cold away with a beach-inspired pendant!


    Hollow Forms in Metal Clay (2 days)
    Instructor: Liz Reynolds
    11:00am – 6:00pm (continues Sunday, February 4; 12:00 – 5:00pm)
    Discover how to make metal jewellery from clay!


    Sunday, February 4
    NEW Polymer Clay: Mokume Gane and Simple Canes
    Instructor: Bonni Poch
    11:00am – 4:00pm
    Explore the design possibilities of polymer clay!


    Monday, February 5
    Happy Hour Torching
    Facilitator: Carol Cooper
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Work on your lampwork beads with friends!


    Wednesday, February 7
    Open Metal Studio: Kiln Enamelling
    Facilitator: Christine Woollacott
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Get tips and assistance from Christine as you work on your kiln enamelling projects!


    FREE Open Bead Night
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Bring your UFOs and PHDs for dedicated beading time!


    Thursday, February 8
    FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    1:00 – 3:00pm
    Enjoy coffee and great conversation with beading friends!


    Even-Count Peyote Boot Camp
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Discover how to create a fabric of beads!


    Friday, February 9
    Introduction to Crochet de Luneville/Tambour Embroidery
    Instructor: Catherine Sequalino Poitier
    6:00 – 9:00pm
    Learn how to embroidery beads to fabric like haute designers!

     


    Saturday, February 10
    Fire and Glass: Learn to Lampwork
    Instructor: Deb Muss
    10:00am – 5:00pm
    Deb will get you making glass beads for your own designs!


    NEW Discovery and Creation: Applique work with Crochet de Luneville/Tambour Embroidery
    Instructor: Catherine Sequalino Portier
    10:00am – 5:00pm
    Create an applique using this haute couture design technique – perfect for a pin!


    Hot Connections 1: Intro to Soldering
    Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed
    10:30am – 4:30pm
    Learning to solder sterling silver is your first step into the world of metalwork!

    Click on the class/open session title to see all the information, including applicable fees and full course description. You can also go to www.beadfx.com and click on the February class calendar to see all of the month’s opportunities.


Our Latest Inspiration

  • InspirationFX: Peachy Keen Jelly Bean

    Peachy Keen Jelly Bean

    Designed by: Chelle Kilmer

    I wanted to take a twist on something classic. Pearls are classic and I love them. Natural and organic freshwater pearls, Swarovski pearls in their near perfectness, even teeny, tiny, glass pearls! Have you checked out our 2mm glass pearls? They come in the most amazing colour selection and such a perfect size for almost every project. I truly believe there might actually be a pearl for every occasion!

    But this time around it was the twisted Swarovski pearls that caught my eye! A soft, warm, peachy glow beckoned me over to their corner of the store. I couldn’t resist their call. From there, well let’s just say the rest is history!

    Please note, we DO have these pearls available in the store, just not online yet!

    Swarovksi 8x9mm Curved Pearl??? Peach?? $6.85/10 pieces

    If you are interested in ordering them, please do not hesitate to inquire with us about getting them added to your order.

    Making the Dangles

    • Place 1 curved/twisted pearl on a ball headpin. Make a wrapped loop. Do this 4 times in total.
    • Place 1 curved/twisted pearl and 1- 6mmSwarovski pearl on a ball headpin. Make a wrapped loop. This one is the centre dangle. *If you wanted all your dangles with the round pearl you can do that, or if you don’t like the extra pearl, make 5 dangles in Step 1. It’s all in the eye of the beholder.
    • Set aside for stringing

    Stringing Peachy Keen

    • Cut approx. 10-12 inches of Softflex. Put a bead stopper on one end. This will stop your beads from sliding off, but also allow you access to both ends while designing a pattern.

     

    • String on your beads.

     

    The pattern I choose as follows left to right: 5mm sterling round, 2x 6mm Swarovski round, 1x 6mm White Opal Brandy crystal, 3x 6mm pearl, dangle, 3x 6mm pearl, dangle, 1x crystal, 1x 6mmsterling bead, 1x crystal, CENTRE dangle (with round pearl), 1x crystal, 1x 6mmsterling bead, 1x crystal, dangle, 3x 6mm pearl, dangle, 3x 6mm pearl, 1xcrystal, 2x 6mm pearl, 1x 5mm sterling bead.

     

    • Make sure your bead stopper is on one end and is secure, when you begin to crimp the ends.
    • On the end without the stopper, string on a crimp tube.
    • String on your clasp; in this case I put the Softflex through the jumpring that came with the lobster claw.
    • Loop the end of Softflex, back down through the crimp and a few beads; this secures the clasp to the bracelet.
    • Flatten the crimp tube with a pair of flat or chain nose pliers, when you are happy with the size of loop.
    • Trim the tail of Softflex, as close the bead it is coming out of. Careful not to catch a piece of the Softflex your bracelet is strung on.
    • On the other end, remove the bead stopper and string on a crimp. As well as a jumpring or split ring for the lobster claw to attach to.
    • Loop the end of Softflex back down through the crimp and a couple of beads. This time make sure that there is soft, flowing movement throughout the bracelet before you flatten. If the beads are too tight, they will rub and crack against each other. I like to bend it into a circle,like I was putting it around my wrist, to make sure it’s loose enough. But too loose, and it will show a lot of Softflex between the beads.
    • When your happy with it, flatten the crimp.

    Now your Peachy Keen Jelly Bean!

     

     

     

     

     

    Components

    Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need!

    Need some help with some of the techniques? Check our tips page.