25% off Seedbeads & Shaped Beads!

 In case you missed it – “We have a SALE on this week!” We have a big, fat, one-week sale – 25% off Seedbeads and Shaped Beads! So, all the Czech seeds, all the Japanese seeds, all the new 2 Hole beads – except those selected beads that are already on sale for even more off! This sale is just one measley week – so don’t miss out! (Ends May 25). No back orders, no rain checks,  no frequent beader points awarded on sale items, etc.

Pop-Up 25% Seedbead Sale …

Just a few new things this week – repackaged Ceralun and Red Lightning Agate! The Ceralun – the Swarovski house-brand of 2 part epoxy clay is now in smaller – 20 gram – packages! This means you can get more colours for the same price, store less of it, and have less left overs! We like the Ceralun because of its rich colours and it’s workability. If you are not familiar with 2 part epoxy clay – it is like an adhesive that doesn’t run all over the place! You take an equal part of component A and component B …

Challenge to create!

I had to laugh when I spotted yesterday’s post (be sure to scroll down), because both Cindy Goldrick and I, decided to write about exactly the same subject matter this week. The challenge we both participated in (and I teased you with last week) on Carmi Cimicata’s blog. I probably could have dreamed up something else, but my post was almost finished, all I had left to do was transfer it from Word to blogger, and then add a few photos. Okay, so I’m lazy, but the muse wants, what the muse wants! Carmi found some almost forgotten components, in …

Always up for a challenge

By: Cindy Goldrick I often take part in blog hops and other bead challenges. I do it for a variety of reasons: first, I’m always happy to draw attention to my work and my business, which is important for a teacher and designer; and second, I love nothing more than a challenge and a deadline to meet. I suppose a third reason is that I get a virtual introduction to the interesting work of other designers.  So a few weeks ago I received a letter containing a pretty bezel from Carmi Cimicata, who manages social media for John Bead. Bezels …

Have a class or two with Carolyn Cave: Canadian SuperDuo Queen!

We have an amazing array of talent in Canada and sometimes they don’t get the attention they deserve. Carolyn Cave is one of those artists may be flying under your radar, but, if you like seed beading, she is someone whose work you will love! We’re proud to have Carolyn join us at BeadFX to teach 6 half-day classes that feature a variety of beading stitches. A self-taught bead artist living in Alberta, Canada, Carolyn enjoys the endless creativity derived from stringing and stitching “little, round, shiny things with holes in them”. This is both a frustrating and exhilarating way …

InspirationFX: Sun Drops

Sun Drops   by: Malliga Nathan These delightful drops of sunshine will go perfectly with your upcoming summer glow! A few helpful hints here: Make the top loops of each strand larger in order to attach them directly to the connectors . But if you don’t want to do that just make regular sized loops and attach them with the jump rings. (I really just did it this way because I was running low on jump rings. )  Also due to the small size of the chain, I used the 24 gauge wire to make a wrapped loop. I then …

Like a Firework …

An explosion of light and colour that makes everyone smile and say “ooooooo.” Well – fireworks might be an apt metaphor for the jewellery that you make with these pendants – but literally – when I show them to people – that’s what they say: “It’s like fireworks inside!” These are some German glass pendants with some serious sizzle of colour inside. Two sizes, three colour choices. With a front-facing hole – all you need is a bail … These new crystal pave bails might be gilding the lily in this case – but you never know. You might have …

What’s on my bead mat? May edition!

I just realized that I’m cheating a little, because I didn’t actually take photos of the pieces on my bead mat. I forgot!!! It doesn’t matter, because each has been on said bead mat, at least once during the month. You wouldn’t want to see it right now, because it’s very messy, full of beads, and just waiting for me to either cram them back into their tubes, or get frustrated and mix up some bead soup! You know how it goes!! You’ll notice that while the purple doll is still naked, I’ve actually made progress on my green one, …

Planting Spring Seeds of Creativity
with more May Classes

This is the time of year when garden centres get busy – rich topsoil, lots of gardening tools and, best of all, plenty of seeds that promise full blooms and delicious vegetables. Classes are like that too! Our instructors plant seeds of know-how with a promise of beautiful jewellery. Yes, we need to cultivate and give ourselves some practice in new techniques but, when you have a wonderful finished piece that you’re proud of, you know know the effort was worth it! May classes continue with Liz Reynolds who will show you how to add colour to metal clay without …