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 …

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 …

Ethereal Elegance vs Boho Casual

And More Power To You – Jean Power teaching in September! It’s not really a contest you know. It’s not really a cage match with the “Ele-e-gant Cryst-hal Cabochons in this cow-ner, weighing in at pure bling and a touch of dazzle; and in this cow-ner – a flash from the past, with a dust of rust, the down-to-earth funky Metal Pendants.” Well – it might be. But I’m fairly certain that most of us have dabbled in both ends of design spectrum at one time or another! And – sometimes we even combine the two! And with this week’s …

Note to Self: Do Not Do …

Recently, i was playing with some new stuff – Artist’s Concrete, and I wanted to put it into a mold I had. But the mold did not have a flat bottom, and I knew that it would be tippy, and that I needed to find a way to stabilize it. Easy peasy – I’ll make a snake of polymer clay, make a ring of it, and push the mold onto it and that will hold it flat and steady while the concrete sets. No problem. And because I had another thing I was making with the concrete – a ring, …

Hot Dog – it’s a Hot Flash! 20% off Hotfix and Flat backs.

20% off!  Swarovski Flatbacks (Not Hot Fix)Swarovski Hot FixHot Dog, it’s a   hot flash!   Hotfix & flashbacks er- flatbacks and other rhinestones! Swarovski Rivolis  Swarovski Fancy Rhinestones Rare Finds Swarovski Chaton Mix Swarovski Chaton Rhinestones Swarovski Chessboard Flatbacks      Also – we’ve slashed the prices on these cool, out-of-production Swarovski Crystal letters! I wonder who they were originally made for? Crystal Letters also – Czech 11/0 Seedbeads20% off Czech size 11/0 seedbeads! ends Aug 31 Manager Specials! Copper Brass Gold Antique Silver Vintage Bakelite TWINS 50% off and so much more!

Diamond Duos!!

When you think Duos – you think Batman and Robin, Laurel and Hardy, Fred and Ginger, Holmes and Watson, or Peanut Butter and Chocolate. Or possibly Pinky and the Brain. Anyhoo – there is a new dynamic, dynamite duo on the block – Diamond Duos! Or DiamonDuos – both spellings seem to be in use! These new beads on the board are a diamond shape , flat on one side and faceted on the other, with two holes, running from side to side. With their flat sides, I can already picture them fitting together in pinwheel shapes, stars, flowers and …

What’s on sale at BeadFX?

This week – 20% off Czech size 11/0 seedbeads! The workhorse of beading – not always regular in shape, but such deal. Thousands of beads on a hank! Always worth having around. Manager Specials! Check out what our manager has deemed to be on sale! Metals – Copper Brass Gold Antique Silver Vintage Bakelite TWINS 50% off and so much more!

Concrete and Candy!

We’re cementing our relationships! Getting them on a solid footing. In fact – we could say there is some thing really concrete about them! This is Artist’s Concrete – as used by mixed-media artist Robert Dancik – and is fun and easy to use. You put a tablespoon of the concrete powder in a disposable cup, add a 1/8 teaspoon of water – mix, and add a few drops more water to adjust the consistency. A stiffer mixture (like dough) is stronger, but a thinner mixture (like heavy cream) pours better – so you can adjust to your needs (packing …