Book review: Metalsmithing Made Easy

One of the best teachers and writers I know is the amazing Kate Richbourg. She is an expert at breaking down the steps in metalworking to ensure no tears and great results. Her first book, Simple Soldering: A Beginner’s Guide to Jewelry Making (Interweave, 2012) is an indispensable guide to soldering. If you don’t have it, order it today. You won’t regret it.  A few months ago Kate’s second book from Interweave was released and it picks up where her first left off, but can also stand alone: Metalsmithing Made Easy. This book will hold your interest if you sit …

Time to Get it Together – in Style

Ok folks – it’s a new year. Time to get it together and tackle the new year with a fierceness that amazes your friends, and possibly completely is at odds with how you feel. But don’t forget the advice of many successful people, act confident to be confident, be the person you want to be, oh, and fake it till you make it. In order for you to clasp the nettle firmly – we have a great selection of clasps this week – fancy clasps that put the perfect finishing touch on your bracelet or necklace, or is possibly the …

Plan to reduce, reuse, recycle and create in 2017!

Although I do not make New Year’s resolutions, the words reduce, reuse, recycle and create, are ones that I’d like to adopt for 2017. Yes, I know that I already preach about reusing, recycling, and creating, but what’s all this reducing about? No, not the diet thing, but rather a conscious effort to reduce visible clutter!   Over the holidays, I decided that enough, was enough! It was time to start organizing the archeology dig, I call my studio/sewing room. The bags, boxes and storage totes, had obviously staged a coup, and there wasn’t any room for me to work …

Meet the Teachers this Saturday!

Did you know that BeadFX holds, on average, about 25 classes per month and has several open sessions that you can bring your projects and work with the assistance of a facilitator? Also, we have almost 30 instructors – in all facets of jewellery making – who teach at BeadFX. That’s a lot of expertise in one place! Plus, we host classes with visiting instructors from across Canada and around the world. Kick off the New Year by finding out all about the new projects scheduled for next few months and meet the instructors who are teaching them.   Meet …

InspirationFX: Dainty Heart

Dainty Heart by: Dwyn Tomlinson I’m a big, bold statement kind of person, and so, when I try to make anything dainty and delicate – I struggle! But I thought this was pretty successful, so maybe you can find some inspiration in it for making a gift for someone who likes their jewelry light and delicate! This faceted ball chain is a “cut above” the usual ball chain (pun intended) – with a facet cut into each ball, much like a true-cut or charlotte bead. To secure the end, the tiny 2 mm rhinestone chain end crimps work very well. …