InspirationFX: Jelly Bean Dream

Jelly Bean Dreamby: Anne Marie Desaulniers      This little twisted treat is the result of a challenge from Rochelle, to make an Easter “Inspiration”.  Certainly not my normal style or colour range, but a temptation just the same. My childhood memories of Easter, include a colourfully decorated dining room table, liberally sprinkled with jelly beans, baskets and strips of cellophane (not to mention chocolate!).  This bracelet brings sweet, sweet memories of times long past! Jelly Bean Dream – Four Strand Super-Duo BraceletInstructions: – Add a stop bead to 2 arm lengths of Fireline (approximately 2 yards ), leaving a 6″ …

The Madness Continues!

Another week of the sale that needs no introduction – our annual March Madness thank-you-to-you for being so awesome! Because our customers rock! and bead! and roll! and stitch! and wire! and hammer! and … just everything. 20% off everything* in the store. (*Some select items excluded. Because they are already such a fabulous deal. But some stuff is more than 20% off. Whoa nelly there are some good deals! Like these 60%! off items!) And here’s something special – registered businesses get an extra 5% off during the sale over their regular discount! OK – sale rules: The exceptions …

What’s on my bead mat today?

My muse has been a little ornery these days, but I seem to have put a little crimp in her snit! I can’t really identify the problem, but I just didn’t feel like doing anything creative. Does that happen to you? I filled my time with reading and such, and while I’ve always loved doing this, I’m afraid that it cannot always compete against a full on burst of creative energy! If the scientists studied this carefully (and I know they have), I’m sure that they’d find out that creativity stimulates either your endorphins, or some other chemical in your …

Getting to Know…Genevieve Habib

You haven’t met Genevieve Habib as yet, so let me introduce you to our newest instructor! Genevieve is a bead artist living in the Niagara Region and has an incredible passion for beading. As an instructor, she is bringing us her enthusiasm for the Hubble stitch! Genevieve’s background was filled with creativity and skills passed to her by family members. Eventually, after a career in teaching theatrical costuming in college and high schools, she was ready for retirement. “I rediscovered a bag of beads rummaging through my costume drawers while cleaning out stuff to make room for retirement and files …

Riveting made easy

I taught a leather cuff bracelet project this weekend at Beadfx that featured rivets as a main structural and design component. And riveting has never been easier! So I thought I’d share how easy it is to use Metal Complex compression rivets on today’s blog. Here’s a picture of the cuff — well, several versions of it: The compression rivets I used have rounded caps and come in two pieces that look the same on the top and bottom, except that one cap is slightly longer than the other so they fit together snugly. There are various sizes too. The …

InspirationFX: Golden Light

Golden Light   by: Dwyn Tomlinson These earrings are lighter than air, lighter than light, lighter than the kiss of a golden sunrise, which is what they most resemble!Using these bead frame settings, without any backs, is the secret to making these big, statement earrings that are comfy to wear. The colour combinations are pretty much limitless – so make several pairs!To assemble:Hold the rivoli in the bead frame – with the edge of the stone inside the channel, and gently squeeze the frame shut at the base of the loop. Micro-tip pliers or needle-nose pliers work. If you have …

InspirationFX: Dog Tooth Double Ladder Bracelet

Dog Tooth Double Ladder Bracelet by: Bonnie Cottingham When BeadFX got the stone buttons I knew I could use them for ladder stitch bracelets.Now it was a search for the right beads! This week, new stone beads came in and my search was complete. The only trouble I had was deciding which size and shape to use. Making ladder stitch bracelets there are quite a few techniques for the ladder stitch braceletsMany can be found on YouTube or through your Pinterest page. Each bracelets shown uses a different technique to make it. The double- wrap natural bracelet uses two strands …

How Much Difference Does a Bead Size Make?

Actually, quite a bit! As many of you know, I love seed beads and working with these small gems of colour. As we get new sizes and shapes of seed beads, Marg often gives me some and says, “See what you can do with these!” This time it was the Mini-Duo’s turn to be played and experimented with. According to the manufacturer, the MiniDuo has the same overall shape as the SuperDuo only smaller. They don’t look that much different – not enough to make a huge difference – so I thought. Think again! Here is an example of the …

Let the Madness Begin!

Here it is – the sale that needs no introduction – our annual March Madness thank-you-to-you for being so awesome! Because our customers rock! and bead! and roll! and stitch! and wire! and hammer! and … just everything. 20% off everything* in the store. (*Some select items excluded. Because they are already such a fabulous deal. But some stuff is more than 20% off. Whoa nelly there are some good deals! Like these 70%!-off items!) And here’s something special – registered businesses get an extra 5% off during the sale over their regular discount! OK – sale rules: The exceptions …

A budding fascination!

What is Assemblage Jewellery? I’m jumping out on a limb here, but my definition would be jewellery that is made out of recycled &/or repurposed elements (and perhaps a few new ones). Raid Granny’s jewellery box, pull out your Mom’s old earrings, and then visit the local thrift store for some interesting bits! After that, use a combination of glue, stringing, wirework, and perhaps rivets, to combine the various elements into a unique piece of jewellery. Have I actually done this? Well no, but it’s certainly something that interests me! It’s my belief that old is just as interesting as …