Come in out the cold for a class!

Late-February is jam-packed full of classes to brighten the dullest month of the year! Whether you’re a beginner or confirmed enthusiast in beading, metalwork, mixed media, metal clay, fibre or chainmaille, there is a class for you! Our open sessions are a perfect time to give yourself the gift of dedicated time to work on your own projects and get inspiration and assistance and meet new friends. Join us for a class or open session scheduled February 21 to 28: Thursday, February 21 FREE Afternoon Bead TeaFacilitator: Pamela Kearns1:00 – 3:00pmEnjoy coffee and conversation as your work on your projects! …

Argh Matey – There be Pyrites

These be One-Of-A-Kind Pyrites, not like Pyrites were ever exactly popped out of a mold. This one is Big Louie Ben Grimm Lady Black The Squibb Ultima Thule, or Peanut Head. These are cabochons – for want of a better word. They have no hole, and are flat and polished on one side, but this side is cooler. IMHO. But, speaking of Cabochons, we do have more new this week. 😉 Most excellent for wire wrapping. We also have some Mixed Boxes of Findings. Good starter packs or for traveling. And if the assembling of your project requires the application …

Snowmaggedon and Related Activities!

I know that Snowmaggedon in Toronto (Tuesday), seems tame to places like Winnipeg, Ottawa, and Montreal! But, where ever you are, when it snows all day, mixed with wind, ice pellets, possible freezing rain, then rain, it’s a real mess! There’s too much traffic on the streets for proper snow removal, and not everyone who has a license, knows how to actually drive!!! When you pile ice, on top of snow, on top of older snow, you just get a real mess! I’m glad that I wasn’t scheduled to work on Tuesday, but the troopers at BeadFX did make it …

Discovering: Chainmaille

When you think of chainmaille, you automatically think of knights and dragons and jousting tournaments. The use of this flexible armor has a much earlier history and dates back to the 4th century BCE. It is believed that chainmaille was invented by the Celts and was adopted by the Romans after they realized its potential after fighting the Celts. In addition to Europe, other cultures including Japan and Persia used chainmaille as protection in battle. In Japan, chainmaille was known as Kusari and was used in samurai armor in the 1270s. Persia’s use of chainmaille is lesser known but was …

On a Crafty Note – lots of dots

These are “Easy Cut Resin Trim Sheets”. These are a plastic carrier sheet with small (under 2 mm, about 1.7 mm) raised dots of colour. In some, there are rows of similarly sized rhinestones as accents. Not sure what to do with these, but we thought we’d make them available for you, so they are only on-line. (We’ll get some samples into the store.) They were apparently designed to be iron on, but we have it on good authority that gluing is a better way to go. They are very flexible, you could easily apply them to fabric as trim …

Baroque Cabs, Rose Quartz, Are you being Sardonyx?, Ocean Jasper

It was a dark and stormy night. A bad night to be out in it. But I drive a cab. So I’m out in it. I spend all my money on ornate 17th century art and then decorate my vehicle with it. I’m a baroque cab. I have so much stuff, I only have room for me and one passenger. I’m a “two-hole” cab. C’mon on all you Uber dudes, I’d like to see you make puns like that. I look out the window and see this dame I know. Rose Quartz is her name. She’s a one-of-a-kind. She’s soaking …

Beading Be Darned!

 My beading be darned blog post, was born out of both panic, and necessity! Wait! It’s Tuesday, I need a blog post for tomorrow, but I don’t know what I want to talk about!!! While driving home from BeadFX, my muse popped the words, “beading be darned” (okay, she used another word, but I cleaned it up), right into my stream of consciousness! What does that mean? Could it mean one thing to me, but another to you!!! It doesn’t matter, because I don’t really have time to think up something else, so I’m just going to fly with it!!! …