Catch BeadFX ‘at the show’!

I love going to trade shows that deal with beads, art products and crafts! They are a hub of energy, creativity and inspiration. And, it gives us a chance to meet established customers and greet new customers. Fall is the time for trade shows and two that BeadFX participates in all of the time are sponsored by local beading societies: Toronto Bead Society Fall Bead and Jewellery Fair Friday, October 14; 1:00pm to 6:45pm Saturday, October 15; 11:00am – 5:00pm Central YMCA 20 Grosvenor Street, 2nd Floor, Toronto (north of College, west of Yonge) Admission: $7 for one day; $10 …

Be Inspired by our Classes!

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting and autumn a mosaic of them all.” –   Stanley Horowitz Autumn colours are glorious and certainly provides inspiration for all kinds of jewellery and creative ideas. Our instructors have pulled out all the stops for their mid-October classes. Pamela Kearns has a new wire macrame project and Kelly Garland is teaching a new sterling silver ring design. We also have a new instructor – Ann Shewan who is sharing how to drill pebbles! If you want to know more about semi-precious stones and other gems, then come out to …

Attention: All Seedbeaders

“Good morning ladies and gentleman and all the ships at sea. This is Bead McBeady with a seedbeady update. This just in: New colours of both Toho size 15/0 seedbeads and Miyuki size 15/0 seedbeads. The Miyukis all appear to be of the Duracoat variety, while the Toho’s are some of the more exotic colours, like the Gold Lustre Green Tea, the Higher Metallic Pandora, and the Metallic Cosmos. We have it on good authority that seedbeaders everywhere have been waiting for these with bated breath. Later – we will have an interview with famed scientist Dr. Fritz Katz who …

BeadFX Shenanigans!

I bet you think that we spend all of our time, playing with beads! No so!!! Two big events, and a road trip, over the last few weeks, made for a burst of early fall shenanigans. We started with the introduction of new Swarovski products (at our evening launch), towards the end of September. Next, Pam and I took our travelling road show of products, to the Needle Arts Fair, sponsored by The Cataraqui Guild of Needle Arts, in Kingston, Ontario (last Saturday), and then back home, to participate in our Sunday, Artist’s Trunk Show. Whew! A very busy couple …

In a pickle

By Cindy Goldrick Firescale is the residue layer of oxides that forms on the surface of metal when it’s heated. At high temperatures, oxygen mixes with the copper to form cuprous oxide and then cupric oxide. Pickle is, at its most basic, a liquid that allows you to quickly and easily remove this oxidation from your metal, especially if you’re soldering bezels and need clean metal for further soldering steps. There are many kinds of pickle. The one you’re likely most familiar with is a sulphuric acid that’s often sold under the brand-name Sparex. It is a dry acid compound …

InspirationFX: Maritime Wharf

Maritime Wharf by: Erin Singleton When these polished pearl nuggets first arrived in the store all I could think of was seaweed spreading across the floor of the Bay of Fundy at low tide. I needed to make something that reminded me of the swirling tide pools and fishermen’s nets draped across the shore. Pearls, urchins and barnacles all come together in this piece. For the focal I’ve created a section of 12-strand spiral kumihimo. A few googled diagrams and a YouTube video later and I was ready to begin with a pattern that reminded me of a nautical rope. …