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  • The Doozy of a Druzy June 21, 2018

    There appears to be about as much consensus on the origin of the word “doozy” – to mean something big and spectacular in either a good way, or not – as there is on the spelling of druzy – or drusy.

    FWIW – I like the theory that a doozy was originally duesy – and short for Dusenberg – the top of the line and ridonculously large car from the 20’s. Druzy, or Drusy, is from the German “druos” for “bump.” (So if you drop a druzy on your foot and get a really big bruise – is that a doozy of a druzy druos?)

    For those of you who are still wondering what the heck I am babbling about – a druzy (alternate spelling “drusy” – I just like the version with the “z” because I think “z” is fun and iz underutilized) – a druzy is a mineral formation with lotz of tiny little crystalz on the surface. Mostly they are in cavities and hollows, sometimes the hollow is big enough that you can slice it up and make cabochons – but that explains why a lot of druzies have a slightly curved back, like they were made from the inside of a tennis ball.

    Druzies exploded onto the beading and jewelry scene a few years back, and with the passage of time, have become pretty darn interesting, with the addition of some fabulous metallic coating effects (much like the AB finish on crystal beads) and fashion colour enhancements. Some of what we have are coated, some are coloured, some are not, whichever you prefer is completely up to you.

    We have some that are cabochons (or cabochon-ish – no hole and a flattish back) – and all one of a kind, and part of our extensive collection of cabochons.

    Some are already mounted in a setting, with loops so you can hang, dangle or link to your hearts content. And while we are on that topics – I am going to bring to your attention these two stunning pendants. They are DOOZIES! These are traffic-stopping, drop-dead, gorgeous, and have your name all over them. Or my name. Not sure which.

    Stone – OOAK – Druzy Pendant – Cassiopeia Ocean Druzy

    Stone – OOAK – Freeform Druzy Pendant – Titanium Rainbow Window Druzy

    s44092 Stone - OOAK - Druzy Pendant - Cassiopeia Ocean Druzy s44094 Stone - OOAK - Freeform Druzy Pendant - Titanium Rainbow Window Druzy

    Or – you can peruze our Druzy page and maybe dezign something all druzy all the time.

    We even have some druzy beads!

    s46916 Stone Beads - 16 mm Druzy Window - Golds47495 Stone Beads - 18 mm Druzy Window - Silver Greys50405 Stone Beads - 6 mm Druzy Window - Granite Grey (strand)

    I know, these look like sugar-frosted cookies. Who doesn’t want a cookie? These ones are beads technically – you can see the holes if you look closely at the photos. They actually have holes drilled side to side, so you can string them, stitch them onto things, wire them, OR use them like a cabochon. Woohoo!

    s46658 Stone Beads - Freeform Oval - Copper Druzys47938 Stone Beads - Oval - Antique Gold Druzys54259 Stone Beads - Round Coin - Antique Gold Druzy

    s54262 Stone Beads - Round Coin - Midnight Blue Nebula Druzys47937 Stone Beads - Oval - Imperial Blue Druzy

    So that’s the story – we have some druzies for you to usies. You don’t need an Uzi, just consult your musie, don’t be all woozy, don’t get all boozy, you don’t want to lose-y, just get some DRUZY!

     

    As always – the new stuff is all here!

    Never forget the Manager’s Specials – over 600 specially selected items on sale – with savings up to 70% off!

    Ready to go big or go home? Don’t forget our Full Packs and Designer Packs. Whether you are assembling kits or making the spectacular item of a life-time – we have better deals on bigger quantities!

    Can’t find what you are looking for? Feel free to just email us and ask!

     

     


Our Class News

  • Check out the Summer Classes at an Open House!

    BeadFX’s classes don’t take vacations! We have quite a line-up of classes during July and August that include all media – seedbeading, mixed media, metal clay (base metal and fine silver!), metalwork and enamelling and lampworking. Several class projects are brand new, including beautiful chainmaille bracelet with Marilyn Gardiner and fibre and bead projects with Anne Marie Desaulniers.

    You can see the wide variety of projects yourself at our upcoming Summer Classes Open House on Friday, June 22. Drop in anytime between 5:00 and 8:00pm for a viewing, meet the instructors and have a bite of refreshments. All of the summer classes are on-line now!


    Confirmed instructors for the open house include:
    Anne Marie Desaulniers (mixed media)
    Liz Reynolds (metal clay)
    Lucie Lee (wirework)
    Marilyn Gardiner (chainmaille)
    Pamela Kearns (beadwork)

    Click on the instructor’s name to find out more about them and see what classes they are doing. Not all of our instructors were available for the open house; check out the July and/or August classes with Gillian Clarke, Cindy Goldrick, Christine Woollacott, Catherine Sequalino Poitier, Jenn Jevons, Boris Kolodny, and Iris Rogers Melamed.

Our Latest Inspiration

  • Floating Rocks

    InspirationFX – Get your creative juices flowing


     

    by: Dwyn Tomlinson

    Rock it out with this floating rock creation! This project came together as an act of serendipity – happy coincidence. I had the sterling rocks on my table, thinking about a bracelet (which I also made, actually – sterling rocks with one lampwork bead, on stretchy elastic) and the Kaputt Pendant, with the bail, from the photo that I took for the website.

    And I thought that they looked really good together – and hey presto – next thing you know – I have this!You could make this without the curved tube too – the beads will stay on either side of the bail, so that’s alright. And you could, if you don’t like the floating look, fill in the space from the last rock bead to the clasp with small metal round beads or seedbeads.

    Or, you could try for black beading wire, and use crimps to hold the rock beads to the side and omit the tube bead, and wear it on a black cashmere sweater, and really go for the floating look! The contrast of floating and rock is fun!

    The pinch bail attaches to the Swarovski Kaputt pendant with a gentle squeeze to keep it in place.The bail fits easily over the gold curved tube – yes – I expect it will scratch a little with time. C’est la vie.

    String to the middle of your beading wire, add the sterling rocks on each end, and then leave a length of wire (this is why you are using the good, Extreme Gold Wire), and then crimp the ends, use a wire guardian if you like, and add a jumpring and a chain extender on one side for flexibility and a lobster clasp on the other.

    The rocks, being hollow, are a bit of a b—- to string. I suggest holding them up to a light so you can see right through the hole, and then poking the softflex through, seeing if you are lined up with the hole on the other side. Fortunately, with only 10 of them, it’s not too bad. ;-)You can use gold plated instead of gold filled just as easily if you have the components in your stash already.

     

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