Gettin' Jiggy with it again

By Cindy Goldrick I spent the weekend playing with my Now That’s a Jig! which was developed by the amazing Brenda Schweder. For those of you who don’t know, this wonderful tool allows you to easily wrangle wire into and around shaped pegs of all styles.    Here’s a picture of the NTaJ! set-up to create a neckwire. I use this configuration as the basis for a soldered bezel necklace I’m teaching this fall.  This weekend I was making my version of Brenda’s Kinetic Links necklace (see pic further down). I learned about this pattern on one of Brenda’s Facebook …

InspirationFX: Stretching Coral

Stretching Coral  by: Rochelle Kilmer                 As we fall into the autumn weather, you can’t help but notice the warm, rusty colours emerging in the leaves on the trees. But I’m still longing for the warm, summer months. Bright blues, greens coming to life in the underwater sea world. Coral comes in so many colours and textures as do the leaves on the trees from month to month. Leaves rustle in the breeze, as coral is swayed by the deep, rushing under current; both breathing living creatures. Needing to breathe, drink water,and eat food to survive. No different than us …

Silk inside, Stamps, and Opsimaths

It is a busy, busy, busy update this week.  Freakin’ huuuuge in fact. I mean huge. Oh, where to start! How about 54 new colours of Delicas? A whole bunch of hot off the press colours, including the Silk Inside and the Transparent Lusters. Maybe you’d like something more in the instant gratification category – how about a bit of finger bling? These crown bezel rings are adjustable for size, just slide to the right size, and then bend the tabs over to lock into place. They take the 14 mm rivolis – or, for that matter, any 14 mm …

First Look: Aluminum Stamping Blanks, Mandala multi-component stamps and the best stamping tip ever!

 I have to admit – I was deeply, deeply skeptical about the idea of aluminum blanks for stamping on with metal. Aluminum can look singularly unlovely – IMHO – and I figured it would scratch like crazy. However – apparently I was wrong. OK – first up – the hottest stamping tip of the century – and I discovered this rather serendipitously. I’m sure someone else has discovered it independently – but I found this out as a result of having an untidy workspace. So there, neat-freaks. The recommended surface for stamping metal is a steel block sitting on a …

What’s on my bead mat – September edition!

The kids are back in school, but the weather seems to be stuck in summer mode. A cooling trend has been predicted, but today was still quite warm. Strangely enough, we all seem to need the cooler weather to get our rears in gear, and start thinking about learning new things. Do you think it’s because we think fondly of school days, and still tend to slack off during the lazy days of summer? Please excuse the sorry state of my bead mat, because I’m using my original, and it’s apparent that it needs a good cleaning! However, I’m excited …

Jean Power’s Classes Wrap-up September

September is my favourite season – the best of fruits and veggies, cooler nights and the start of the Fall colours. I don’t want to rush the month but I, for one, can hardly wait to take a class with Jean Power! And, there are lots of other classes being offered at BeadFX too, including a NEW cordmaking class with Angela Peace; a tubular peyote class with Pamela Kearns; two Art Clay Silver classes with Jenn Jevons; and an introductory lampworking class with Amy Waldman. Also starting in September is a new Open Metal Studio that Kelly Garland will lead. …

How to: Copper Cuff

By Cindy Goldrick Since last week’s blog was a “How To” I decided to offer another one this week. I designed this cuff over four years ago and I still love it and wear it a lot. It has an Etruscan (or maybe Celtic?) feel to it, and looks like you plucked it from a horde on display at a museum.  Here’s how to make one of your own.  Start with a sheet of 30 gauge copper from which you will measure and cut a piece from it that measures 2.5″ high and a length suitable for your wrist. Mine …

InspirationFX: Dragonfly Dreams

Dragonfly Dreams by: Anne Marie Desaulniers Building on leftover stash items, from my “Dragonfly Links“ necklace, this pendant necklace showcases the flitting movement, of the humble, yet elegant dragonfly. Beaded dangles and chain, hide between other dangles, and then peek out at you when you least expect it! Dreamy, casual, and easy to wear, with a definite Boho Chic flair! It brings to mind lazy summer days, cutoff denim shorts, loose, gauzy tops, and bare sandy feet! I’ve always been attracted to simplicity in design, and despite the number of components, I feel that I’ve really pulled it off with …

Surprise!!!!!! 25%-off sale!

This is us – jumping out from behind the couch in your darkened living room! Surprise! It’s a surprise happy-birthday sale in celebration of our Fearless Beader’s Birthday – Sept 7 is her birthday – to be sure and say Happy Birthday if you see her! And meanwhile – you get the gifts – one week plus one day – 25% off! So we’re making this announcement a day early! Like our other super special sales – a few rules apply – by now you probably know what they are, but scroll down to read them if not. In the …

What the heck is a dirty pour?

You may or may not know this, but one of my leisure activities is to troll the internet for unusual art activities. I belong to several resin and alcohol ink groups, and the latest one I joined, “Let It Flow”, introduced me to the “dirty pour” term. Just like in the old blogging days, one Facebook group leads you to another group, and the cycle is endless. It’s fun, it doesn’t hurt anyone (other than discretionary time), and you are always learning. What exactly is this strange and wonderful term? It has nothing to do with either bad language, or …