OOAK – One of a Kind

One of a kind items. We know that it doesn’t make a lot of sense from a business perspective to put “One of a Kind” items on the website. We know that people shop on other sites – like etsy – for one of a kind items. But we also know that you trust us, and some of you like to get all your stuff in one place. And gosh darn it – we live in a big country, and it’s not possible for all of you to get to the store. 😉 Plus, our buyer is a genius. So, …

Closed Monday Aug 6 – Civic Holiday

Monday is the Civic holiday. Civic is an ancient word meaning “generic and inoffensive to everyone.” Apparently. Because there was no word for “gosh darn it, we need a day off in August to enjoy what fleeting moments are left of the summer before the great wroth of the winter storms descend upon us.” So maketh ye merry, enjoy the weekend, and remember – our trusty computers get no time off at all, and will be on duty and standing by on Monday to take your orders – especially as we currently have 20% off seedbeads right now. Cheers – …

Once Upon a Frog …

Once upon a time – there was a frog, and he considered himself to be a rebel. He didn’t want to be turned into a Prince, and avoided Princesses who came paddling up in a canoe to visit the pond, or sailing up in a sail boat by diving into the deep and murky end of the pool. Where the wild and scary things were. He definitely did not like spiders and snakes, and anyway, that ain’t what it takes, he thought. One day, he was sunning himself on a floating lotus plant, dreaming about getting a motorcycle and a …

Huge Price Reduction on Carrier Beads

Huge price reduction in bulk bags of Carrier Beads – better prices from our suppliers mean better prices for you! 500 gram bag is now $34.80 Cdn – which is approx 780 in a bag – making them about 4 cents a piece! Excellent for kit designers, teachers, anyone writing a book, or anyone with a #braceletobsession. Share with a friend – split a bag between you!   Finding – Acrylic Carrier Beads – Clear (500 grams) Finding – Acrylic Carrier Beads – Black (500 grams) Carrier Beads are the base (core) for Peyote (Gourd stitch) strips that are then …

Karo Bead Wrap

This project is by Martina Junova – designing for Preciosa-Ornela – the manufacturers of the Karo bead. This is a nice simple design that highlights the square shape and variety of colours in a Boho-Chic design that is simple to do, easy to vary, and can be adapted to the materials you have on hand.     Find the Karo beads here: http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=947_1286 And in the event that you don’t have any 10/0 rocailles (seedbeads) on hand: http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=858_202 The Ripple bead, for the closure is here: http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=947_954 Lots of cord choices: Waxed Cotton or maybe something else appeals? http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/index.php?main_page=index&cPath=864 And …

Karo Beads & Druzy Cabochons

At the opposite ends of the beading spectrum, we have the tight cohesive look of small beads and clever designs taking advantage of the intricate shapes of the different beads in an almost mathematical approach, and at the other end is the loose and free-form approach of the using whatever and whenever, free-form shapes and flowing forms. And yet – somehow – these two aesthetics manage to merge in pieces that use free-form cabochons and intricately crafted beaded bezels. Whether your style is precise and controlled, or serendipitous happenstance – we have the beads to make you happy. This week …

Trend Spotting – Top 3 Trends we see right now

Sometimes, the coincidences pile up so fast you think to yourself – there’s a trend here. And I’ll tell you what we are seeing in terms of what people are interested in right now in jewelry crafting!   Matte – Matte finish comes and goes, and right now – it’s in. Matte, particularly in stone – which adds an extra step to the process – as the stone is polished, and then matted. I’ve always been fond of matte in particular colours – i.e. Black – I like the contrast it provides – and rose quartz looks particularly nice in …

Yule love 20% off

Yule love 20% off Summertime, and the beading is easy There’s a sale on, and I feel so fine I feel rich, and my beads make me good-looking So hush little darling – I’m stocking up on beads Don’t miss our Christmas in July Sale! 20% off the whole store! 20% off everything* in the store. *Some select items excluded. Because they are already everyday low prices. OK – sale rules: The exceptions are: No discounts on class fees No discount on gift certificates.? No discounts on Studio time/lampwork cards, lampwork tools, glass and lampwork supplies. No discounts on special …

Copper Pipe Pendants

We initially published this post back in 2010 – it has been far and away our most commented on post ever. We share it with you again for those of you who haven’t seen it before! Initial post by Jennifer Tough A while back I picked up a book by Stephanie Lee called Semi-precious Salvage. I just love her designs, as I’m quite enamored with the vintage-y, rough, dug out of the dirt look. Mixed media jewellery is quite intriguing to me – and I plan to explore it more over the next little while. I’m really just scratching the …

Jingle Bells … Christmas in July!

It’s hotter than Hell out there … Hell, California that is. Also, Hell, Norway; Hell, Cayman Islands; and Hell, Michigan. Although Hell, Arizona is pretty close. Which means that hiding in the basement beading is looking like a pretty good option right now. And it also means, while you are hiding from the heat, that you can take advantage of our Christmas in July Sale! 20% off the whole store! 20% off everything* in the store. *Some select items excluded. Because they are already everyday low prices. OK – sale rules: The exceptions are: No discounts on class fees No …