More OOAK Stone, New Gift ideas, Resin Pans, Vintage Glass Cabs

Big update this week – 90 new items! We have some more of the one-of-a-kind stone pendants for you this week. This is a nice way for you to get something unique, without actually having to go out for it. Which is not to say you aren’t welcome at the store, but realistically – most of you can’t get here. These two strands of Tigereye, for instance. Stunning. The beads are not what you’d call consistent – some more rounded, some fatter, etc. But the quality, the colour! So you can use the beads individually or tie them together with …

Bezelled Cabochons: What are they?

In the last week, I decided to spend a little quality time with bezelled cabochons? To bead, or not to bead, that is the question! Of course, that’s not really the question, as I have no intention of not beading!!! Yes, I could surround it with a silver, or copper bezel, but for me that would be too much work!! I know! Working with little tiny beads, isn’t really work, is it? I’ve had a love/hate relationship with bezelled cabochons for years. Take this one, for example: I probably started this piece at least ten years ago. A plus-sized Howlite …

Classes + Friends & Family = Perfect Gifts!

Yes, the holiday season is coming upon us faster than we may want. Certainly the projects presented in the classes make great gifts, but so do the classes themselves! While Hanukkah, Christmas and other holidays haven’t arrived as yet, what about gifting a class to a friend or family member so you can both attend and share the fun before the seasonal craziness begins? Best news of all: you don’t need to go to the mall! Register on line for you and your friend/family member or present it as a BeadFX gift certificate. Our late-November classes feature several brand new …

Big Hole Stone, OOAK Pendants, Guru Beads

This week – we are all about those stones. We love all our beads – our collection of crystal, our stash of seedbeads, but oh, those stone beads. Like children – they are all special, but though we won’t admit it, one is a little more special than the others. 😉 Big Hole Stone Beads For leather. For cord. For whatever you want to put them on. Stone beads with larger than usual holes to take a 2 mm cord. Or, how about a Stone Pendant? Each one unique. From Azurite to Amazonite/Red Creek Jasper to Ocean Jasper to Shattuckite. …

Bead-A-Muse: What is this?

What do you think of the term Bead-a-Muse? Or perhaps I should call it Craft-a-Muse? I was actually thinking of writing about collecting beads, in this blog post (and believe me, I do!). However, my ideas tend to be fluid, so somehow collecting ended up as a post about Bead-a-Muse. When I Googled Bead-a-Muse, it came up with a variety of very different images, including dolls, some beaded objects, and a collection of miscellaneous images. Not exactly what I was looking for!!! Here’s my first muse – Fibrella!! Some have even called her my alter-ego! Could it be our inner …

Exercise your Artistic Freedom

Did you know that not all countries recognize ‘artistic freedom’? Fortunately, Canada, the United States and many other countries do recognize your your right to creatively express yourself. Our mid-November classes include several new classes that will get your creativity flowing. Join Liz Kennedy to learn how to set a cabochon in a new metalwork class! Gillian Clarke will take introduce you to ‘warped squares’ and get you on your way to making ornaments for yourself, family and friends. Marilyn Gardiner has a new full-day class to introduce a variety of beautiful chainmaille weaves that you’ll love. Wire wrappers will …

Savage Lampwork & Other Sweet Stuff

Lampwork focal beads by Carol Ann Savage. An artist who, if you were looking for a word to describe her work – Savage is about the last word you would pick. However, her skills are savage. The result is sweet, but the talent is fierce. I encourage you to check out her work and nab yourself a piece. Like many artists – she may do something similar, but it will never be the same, so if you like, buy it before someone else does! Bracelet Blanks Bracelet Blanks for Stamping. New choices in wide, skinny, tapered and colours. From plain …

Things that go bump in the night!

What do you think of, when I talk about things that go bump in the night? It’s Halloween on this side of the world, so definitely a current topic! Image – Wikipidia Okay, maybe not everything goes bump, but there are definitely some scary things out there. Especially on this particular night!! Ghoulies and ghosties, and not to forget creepies and crawlies!!! My skin gets goose bumps, just thinking about things that go bump in the night!!!! Do you suppose there’s a beading genre that celebrates this particular holiday? No, I don’t mean the Mexican Day of the Dead, because …

Holiday Gifts Countdown

Here we are – the end of Halloween and you’re starting to see Christmas and other holiday decorations in the stores. You feel the dread and panic set in! How can I get everything done – and I have no ideas at all about what I want to make for gifts! First – breathe. You have time! Not to worry – we have ideas for you! I’ve looked back through our Inspirations Gallery have pulled out five terrific ideas that you can use as homemade gifts. Many are inexpensive and will make-up nice and quick. Remember – you can customize …

Amos par Puca & Gift Pouches

The new two-hole wedge-shape Amos par Puca beads are in. From the innovative mind of French jewellery designer Puca, these curved-end wedges inspire all sorts of new designs. Just eight of them fit together to make a flower shape – and two side-by-side make a heart! And, of course, combined with other shaped beads, you can get all sorts of interesting combinations. We are galloping up to the holiday season! For those of us who make gifts – thoughtful little presents for very special people – nothing makes a gift more squee-worthy that a lovely little gift bag. Who doesn’t …