Cool Off During the Dog Days of Summer
with an August class

Most people think that the “dog days,” are those summer days so devastatingly hot that even dogs would lie around on the asphalt, panting. Originally, the phrase actually had nothing to do with dogs, or even with the lazy days of summer. Instead, it turns out, the dog days refer to the dog star, Sirius, and its position in the heavens. Either way, the dog to the left has the right idea – deck yourself out in some bling and it won’t matter how hot you feel – you’ll look cool! Our mid-August classes have lots to offer with several …

A sweet and breezy necklace for summer

By Cindy Goldrick I’ve been working on my Now That’s a Jig! a lot this summer and it’s such a joy to use and design on. Watch for my fall classes that feature this amazing tool. There’s a Jig in the Beadfx metal studio that you can try out any time if you ask! Here’s a quick and fun Jig project that can be completed in under an hour and customized to match any outfit. It’s also a great way to use up or feature a few extra pearls or glass beads.  I’ve got two versions for you.  Here’s the …

InspirationFX: Flowers and Sun

Flowers and Sun  by: Lee Metsalo Hooray Summer!  Now that all the ankles have come out to play, they need to be adorned!  This pretty anklet would look just as good on sashaying down the beach as it would hanging out at your local patio sipping your bevvy of choice. This is easy to assemble – just link the pieces together with jump rings.  As shown, this one is 10″ long, about 2-1/2 flowers per inch, so you can decide how long yours will be.  Hmmm…. maybe a necklace……. Tools Used: 2 pairs of Flat Nose Pliers Components Go to …

Christmas in August SALE!!!

20% off most everything* in the store. Business customers get 25%. We are having a big fat sale – which is like having a big gift-wrapped present magically appear on your doorstep. Customers tell us all the time that a package from BeadFX is like Christmas any day of the year! OK, maybe mentioning Christmas before Thanksgiving is putting you into panic mode – but I’d like to point out that if you are going to make stuff for #handmadeholidays or, let’s face it, yourself – you need a running head start. The most valuable thing that goes into your …

The sky’s the limit!

Did you ever look at a blank page, and wonder what the heck you were going to write on it? Creativity seemed to leave the building, as your brain froze in terror! Think back to the teenage years? Remember the horror? Similar things can happen, when you’re looking at a pile of beads, or other supplies like empty bezels, white dominos, glass tiles, or metal pieces. What to do, what to do? The beads can be shuffled around, until you find something pleasing to the eye, but what about the rest of those blank promises? Clues, I know clues! Lots …

InspirationFX: Caribbean Waves

Caribbean Waves by: Bonnie Cottingham Swimming along the Caribbean Waves. Sunlight sparkling as far as you can see. There are pieces of jewelry that bring back memories of past vacations, they bring up pictures in your mind.This bracelet encompasses all my vacations into one piece. Sun, Sand, Water! I started this bracelet by cutting the chain into 7″ lengths. (Use your own wrist measurement to get the length of chain)1)Using the beading wire and a crimp attach one of the ends of the chain. 2)Next  fold the end of the 8″ piece of 5mm leather (use your own wrist measurement …

Hannah Rosner teaching beadweaving and lampwork classes at BeadFX

Acclaimed bead and lampwork artist Hannah Rosner is joining us at BeadFX for four amazing classes! “I specialize in handmade jewelry, purses, glasswork and lampwork beads. I teach beadweaving and lampworking techniques, and many of my tutorials are available thorugh my website. I have been lampworking since 1992 and beadweaving since 1986. I have had the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the best beadmakers and flameworkers in the US.I began teaching both lampworking and beadweaving in 2000 and have taught at bead stores and bead societies across the US.” — Hannah Rosner Here are the classes with …

Light as air charm bracelet

About four years ago I designed this bracelet featuring felt balls and it is still in “heavy rotation” in my jewellery collection. I get so many compliments on it that I decided I’d offer a quick online tutorial on how to make one of your own.  Materials (for an 8″ bracelet): – 68 felt balls in coordinating colours (you can dry felt your own or check out wool supply stores or craft stores to source them) If you don’t have felt balls, substitute 10mm beads – 3 or 4 large coordinating crystals (I used Swarovski crystals) – 22 – 25 …