Stick it good

Glue is an unsung yet essential part of jewellery-making but, just like any essential tool, there is a different glue for every job. Today, I thought I’d share a bit about what holds it all together, which glue is best for which job and offer some thoughts on my favourites.  Strictly speaking, glue is an adhesive used for bonding, fastening and binding things together. Some are activated by pressure, some by heat, some by exposure to the air, some by contact and yet others by mixing two parts together.  Hundreds of years ago, man made glue from all manner of …

InspirationFX: Green Turtle Earrings

Green Turtle Earrings by: Dwyn Tomlinson These “turtleback” stone mounts are light and airy and pretty in their own right. They take any 12 mm stone or cabochon or – yes – even a bead. I dropped in a pair of 12 mm coin beads. I pushed the 4 prongs into place (using flat nose pliers) to hold the bead – thinking that I would probably have to glue it in – but lo – the prongs are holding the beads fine! I’ve even dropped them a couple of times, and no issues. But a little dot of glue wouldn’t …

What is this Finding?

What is this finding? And, more to the point – what will you do with it? When we were in Tucson at the beginning of the year – we had a meeting with a vendor who was showing us their new items for the year. They had a pendant that I picked up and looked at, and immediately wanted to change! Typical me. This is the result. A rather dainty, but large, V shaped frame – with holes down the sides, and 3 little cups on one side of the front. What my vision was when I handled it – …

Put this on your calendar – Toronto Textile museum …

Put this on your calendar – the Textile Museum of Canada will be featuring “Worlds on a String” – Beads, Journeys, Inspirations. Date: June 15 – October 23, 2016 I’m putting this on my calendar right now. What is not clear is if this is connected with the Diana Friedberg documentary – World on a String.  I have emailed the TMC to ask – I’ll post more info when I get it.   Update: The exhibit curator emailed me back and said that there is no connection to the Diana Friedberg documentary and that the similarity in names is a …

Wire + beads + paper, oh my!

I’m absolutely delighted to introduce you to the work of Sally Prangley, sculptor, basket maker and totally whimsical artist! I was introduced to Sally’s work, a year or so ago on Facebook (I’d give you a link, but Blogger is being cranky today), and I’ve been following her with ever lovin’ delight, ever since. Her art has clean lines, uses simple, colourful and inexpensive material, and is a definite treat to the eyes! I’ll borrow some of Sally’s words by saying that her “Wire Baskets blend traditional basketry and wirework techniques”, and include wire, found objects, paper and beads (although …

Coiling crazy!

By: Cindy Goldrick Third time’s the charm. I know, it’s an inside joke for me. I started this blog twice yesterday and lost it both times during the upload from my iPad. So today, I’m working from a different device and hoping it all works out. I know many of you have a wire coiling device somewhere in your stash. You either bought it and played with it for a while or you bought it and never took it out of the package. I know this, because lots of my wire work students have confessed this fact to me over …

Coming to a Show Near You!

Trade Shows are part of the busy life of any company who wants to connect with existing customers and share their information with potential customers and students. BeadFX has already been busy participating in several shows this year. Although it takes a lot of time and effort to organize our participation, I love the creative energies that shows produce and the chance to meet new people! Early in April we attended and did demos and quick classes at Artwaves – a show designed for folk painting, mixed media and general crafts.  We just finished up two other shows this past …

InspirationFX: Marshmallow

Marshmallowby: Erin Singleton A warm breeze blows through the rushes. The sun glints off ripples in the water as a dragonfly darts overhead. Dream of warmer days with the airy necklace. Initially inspired by Aleksandra Lysenko’s Shadows of Flowers, these beaded beads stitch up quickly and can add texture to almost any project. To create the beaded bead, begin by cutting a length of fireline around 2 feet in length. Now string the following sequence of beads 6/0, ripple, 6/0, 6/0, ripple, 6/0, 6/0, ripple, 6/0, 6/0, ripple, 6/0 and centre on your fireline. Form a circle by passing your …