June 2018 Bead Mat Update: Mixing up my media!

I didn’t think that I had much to include on my June 2018 Bead Mat Update, but I was wrong! You’ll find that I’m a little all-over-the-place this month. Does that mean that I have AADD (Artistic Attention Deficit Disorder)? I’m afraid that I resemble that!!! Do you? First up on my June 2018 Bead Mat Update, is one of my personal UFO2Go items. A cute beaded button (that will be turned into a pin), but originally an unfinished class sample from earlier in the year.. Then there’s the stone, metal, and leather bracelet from last year. Almost finished, but …

Charm & Grace

Metal Charms & a week’s Grace on “free shipping at $50” There is something very romantic about the idea of a traditional charm bracelet – a chain bracelet crammed full of charms to commemorate all the major milestones in life. A gift, perhaps at sweet sixteen, and then religiously adding to it for every special event, birthdays, anniversaries, trips, goals. Very romantic, and a wonderful conversation piece. A treasured collection of memories for reciting to grandchildren as they cuddle in your lap. Buuuuuut – tastes change and so do the meanings of words. A “charm” is a metal (mostly) item …

Mixed Media Jewelery: A journey to the wild side!

I’m absolutely crazy about mixed media jewelery! I do like traditional jewelery, but there’s something about all of the surprising combinations that are possible, if you travel to the darker side. First let’s define mixed media! According to Wikipedia “In visual art, mixed media is an artwork in which more than one medium or material has been employed. Assemblages and collages are two common examples of art using different medias that will make use of different materials including cloth, paper, and/or wood … Many artistic effects can be achieved by using mixed media. Found objects can be used in conjunction …

Check out the Summer Classes at an Open House!

BeadFX’s classes don’t take vacations! We have quite a line-up of classes during July and August that include all media – seedbeading, mixed media, metal clay (base metal and fine silver!), metalwork and enamelling and lampworking. Several class projects are brand new, including beautiful chainmaille bracelet with Marilyn Gardiner and fibre and bead projects with Anne Marie Desaulniers. You can see the wide variety of projects yourself at our upcoming Summer Classes Open House on Friday, June 22. Drop in anytime between 5:00 and 8:00pm for a viewing, meet the instructors and have a bite of refreshments. All of the …

#stretchybraceletobsession

We’ve had so many requests for these instructions – that I’m posting them here again! How about Stretchy Bracelets! Those of you following us on instagram and facebook may have observed that I have something of a #braceletobsession. I’ve been making bracelets on elastic, and wearing them stacked. Ive been finding this a good way to justify my even older obsession with stone beads! You can use them by themselves, add an accent bead in metal or even lampwork, or add a tassel or charm dangle. Make a bunch ? they are fun and relaxing to make and wear! Making …

Call me a Cab / Freedom $50! / 10% Better Full Packs

Over 70 One-of-a-Kind cabochons at affordable prices! If you are looking for an unique focal for your metal-smithing, seedbead or wire wrapping project – we have the Cabochon for you! Genuine stone – each one an individual; hand-cut and polished, and a wide variety for almost any taste! We actually stock a surprisingly large number of cabochons on a routine basis – you won’t find these at your local generic craft store! Some are “calibrated” – that means they are cut to specific sizes (i.e. 30 x 40 mm) that are commonly used in jewelry – and so you can …

Earring Palooza: Let the making begin!

What exactly is an earring palooza? Well, I don’t really know, but as I have nothing else in the queue, I think that we should explore the subject! The definition of palooza is an exaggerated event. So, I guess an earring palooza is a crazy, earring making event? Of course, the logistics would be crazy, but wouldn’t it be fun? Even better if we could dream of holding it at BeadFX, close to all the necessary supplies! I love earrings but seem to wear the same ones over and over. Would that exclude me from the earring palooza? I hope …

Heat up your creativity with a class!

The temperatures are definitely getting warmer and so are the creative opportunities at BeadFX. Mid-June classes offer a range of jewellery-making media including a new peyote class with Pamela Kearns and a new chainmaille weave class with Gillian Clarke! If you’re looking for dedicated work time away from kids, household chores and other distractions, come in for our open sessions! You’ll enjoy cool comfort in the classroom and lots of great conversation as you work on your projects. Lampworkers – there are open sessions for you too! Get help, practise what you’ve learned in class or work on your designs …

15% off and free shipping at $50! One week only!

Freedom 50! Free shipping at $50 – that’s 50% off our usual free shipping at $100. But it will be harder to get there – because everything is 15% off this week. One week only! Plus new stuff – 😉 The new colour of Prometheus clay is in. Called “Jeweller’s Greenish Yellow Bronze” – it is, in no way green, but a very attractive and surprisingly warm and rich shade of gold. I admit that the name “Greenish” put me off until I saw some samples. It is really nice. And if you would rather buy your metal beads than …

Leather and Lace: A Stitch in Time!

What do you think of when I say leather and lace? Does it take you back to the 60’s, the 80’s, or even to one of those other times, when trends from prior periods, get adopted and then shine brightly for a while. As a former teenager (heh, heh), there’s nothing better than an outfit, that includes blue jeans, leather and lace. As a Baby Boomer, I need to state that we still love those outfits, but now they contain spandex! Who invented spandex anyway? That person needs a medal, our undying gratitude, and a whole lot of money!!! True …