Swallows Swoop and Dragonflies Zoom!

Summer time, and the living is beady, Swallows swoop, and the dragonflies zoom The colors are rich, and the patterns are easy, So indulge in these Czech beads – you’ve plenty of room! Yes – indulge yourself in more of these wonderful Czech-made glass beads with pressed patterns of Swallows, Dragonflies, Starbursts, and even a Nautilus! If, however, you are casting around looking for metal buttons – why – we have some of those too! Buttons aren’t just for holding your clothes on, although they are great for that – but make fine clasps – with a loop of seedbeads …

What’s on my bead mat – June edition!

June has been an interesting month! The Canadian crew is back (exhausted) from the big Bead & Button show, but what have I been doing lately? Surprisingly, not all that much in the beading line! Other things kept distracting me, thus keeping me from my normal state of beaded bliss! Sigh! I did work on a couple of potential BeadFX “Inspirations”, and added wire to a Freeform Peyote beaded bead. I’m not that happy with the wire or accent beads, so I expect to make a few changes and/or modifications in the future. After abandoning her for a couple of …

Reminder: Take a class with SuperDuo Superstar Carolyn Cave

Join fellow Canadian and instructor Carolyn Cave as she guides you through exciting projects featuring SuperDuos and other shaped beads! Carolyn is featuring designs from her book, Beautiful Designs with SuperDuos and Twin Beads. With several classes aimed at beginners, this is an excellent opportunity to learn from a celebrated instructor and designer. Classes are $80 + HST each; however, if you register for two or more classes, the class fee is reduced to $75 + HST per class. Click on the class title and more information about the class will open in a new window. Friday, July 22 NEW …

Back from the Bead and Button Show

By: Cindy Goldrick It was another great year in Milwaukee at the Bead and Button Show. I saw many of my Canadian friends and lots of my US friends and made some new friends along the way as well.  I could post pics of all the goings on, but I know that what you really want to see is the stash of goodies I brought back with me, right? So here goes… I adore vintage metal stampings. So I was sad that Metalliferous, who carry bins of them, wasn’t at the show this year. But I found lots of them …

InspirationFX: Pink Princess

Pink Princess   by: Rosemary Beasley  The headpiece was inspired by all the pretty pictures of bridal head dresses this season and that one of the Pantone colours for 2016 is rose quartz. Tips:  I coated the tip of the Opelon elastic with clear nail polish to cut down on fraying and so that I could trim the end into a tip that would make it easier thread through the beads. When a strand is knotted onto a jump ring, glue the knot to prevent it from becoming undone then cover the knot with a crimp cover to hide.   …

Something new in something old!!

I know – you are sitting there at your kitchen table / desk at work / driving in your car and thinking to yourself: “If only there were some new colours in the round beads.” Well – you were thinking that, right? No? Well – now you don’t have to think about it – see how much effort I just saved you? Because we actually have some of the exciting new colours and finishes that we have seen be developed in the past few years in seedbeads, now available in 8 mm rounds, and a couple of smaller sizes too. …

Dreaming of Bead&Button!

Don’t you hate when you start dreaming about something wonderful, that others are experiencing first hand? Bead&Button Show (see logo below), the largest consumer jewellery and bead show in the world, is currently in progress (June 3 – 13). Many of my colleagues and friends are in attendance, but alas, I am not! Do I have bead show envy? Perhaps! A handful of our BeadFX instructors, including Amy, Christine, Kelly, Marilyn and Pam (did I miss anyone?), are also teaching at the Milwaukee show! How exciting!!! They join an army of world-class instructors, including many that have led workshops in …

Summertime and the Living is Creative!

One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by. ~Jeannette Walls, The Glass Castle Not only do we have more light to read by, but think of all the other creative things we can do with the longer days! We have lots of new classes in the latter-half of June that you’ll love to try. Pamela Kearns has a new way to bust your bead stash by beading round a cord. Iris Rogers Melamed has a new metalsmithing class for metalwork lovers. Wireworkers will enjoy learning a new wire wrapping project with Jen Rosen …

Fun with fold forming

By: Cindy Goldrick I’ve written about fold forming on this blog in the past and noted several good online tutorials found on Charles Lewton-Brain’s site, at ganoksin.com and on Rio Grande’s You Tube channel.  I’ve been fold forming metal for many years and I just love the annealing, quenching and banging rhythm I find in the midst of this work. Last week, I decided to fold form a series of charms for sale at upcoming shows.  So I took a sheet of 6″ x 6″ copper sheet I bought at Beadfx and divided it into 24 1″ x 1.5″ pieces. …