Happy Flowers make me Happy

I finally realized why these happy flowers make me happy. They remind me of icing flowers – the sort you see on birthday cakes and frosted cupcakes. And there is not much happier than a frosted cupcake. I usually eat the icing and share the cake part with the dog. Assuming it’s not chocolate. Chocolate’s no good for dogs. Anyway – if you want self-indulgent prettiness in a more durable form than buttercream, these hand-made polymer clay flowers are just the ticket. Share the happiness! Rings make people happy too. These are sized, sterling silver bands. You can stamp on …

Nervous about being in a classroom with others?
Think about a Private Class!

Not everyone likes to be a part of a class but are still eager to learn a new jewellery-making technique. Some students feel they need more attention than they may receive in a larger class. Others find the commotion of a class to be distracting, making it difficult to learn. If you find yourself in this situation, then perhaps a private class is a solution! Most instructors are happy to offer private classes to students who, for their own reasons, are not comfortable in a classroom full of students. Also, perhaps the class you want to learn isn’t on the …

Inspiration Monday: Messy Chic

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Messy Chicby: Rochelle Kilmer Rochelle does love her some turquoise! This uber chic, uber casual bracelet could be done in any colour, using any beads. This is 8 strands on a 5 loop clasp – so two strands are attached to some loops. The strands do NOT match up, first loop to first loop, but criss cross to create a more random look. The strands are not exactly matched for length, and the Econoflex has been kinked for an even more random look. (Scrunch it and fold it to put kinks in it. Or use …

The Business Chat – Is consignment worth it? A business case study.

Getting your work into a store on consignment is really really easy. It a great situation for a business owner, inventory with no costs! Of course they want your work! But is it the best situation for you, the maker?  A couple of weeks ago I was approached by a small local gallery that wanted to carry my work on consignment. I talked to you about the questions I had for the store before decided if it would work. After visiting the store and doing a quick business analysis I decided no. When I mentioned it to a colleague her …

It has a dragon on it …

If it has a dragon on it, or if it’s blue, I’m in. If it is Blue AND has a dragon – I’m pretty much done for. There isn’t really a way I can NOT buy it. So you can blame me for these. Cabochons with Dragons on, some are Lapis. Or Black. Black is good too. Hence the Onyx dragon cabochon. Horses too – in the absence of dragons – I’ll settle for a horse. Black Onyx carved horse. Not really a cabochon given that cabochon really seems to imply some sort of symmetry of shape. That aside – …

One more day – 25% off Interesting Focals, Daggers and Druks

Why daggers and druks? We just like saying “Daggers and Druks!” Try it! Daggers and druks! Daggers and druks! Like “Kibbles and Bits.” Remember that? On Sale this Week – 25% off Interesting Focals Bakelite Bone Cinnabar Cloisonne Decoupage Wood Also Dagger Beads Small Medium Large   and Druks 3 mm 4 mm 6 mm 8 mm 10 mm 12 mm 25% off! All our Sales start on Wed Midnight. and run to the following Wed midnight.

September continues with more classes

September is chock full of classes, especially in the second half of the month! With you kids (and grandkids!) back to school, get yourself back to class too! Monday, September 16 How to Start and Run a Successful Microbusiness Instructor:Catherine Winter 5:00 – 9:00pm You’ve read her Sailor Girl posts in BeadFX’s blog, now come out and learn from her in person! Tuesday, September 17 Loomwork Series (3 weeks) Instructor: Maria Rypan 6:00 – 9:00pm If you missed her session earlier in the year, now is your chance to learn how to do loomwork and read a pattern! Thursday, September …

Monday Inspiration: River Pebbles

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing River Pebblesby: Dwyn Tomlinson Make your own treasure from the simplest of stones. These matte-finished tumbled stones look like the un-assuming pebbles that you might find on the beach on in a stream. Dress them up with a bit of gold – and voila – a  casual chic bracelet that will work fine for the office, and then happily go to dinner too. And, because there were beads left over – you can make earrings too! Plus an extra pair to keep or give away.   Components Go to our components list for this project and …