One of those Days …

    I swear – this is one.of.those.days. Everyone I have interacted with today agrees – it is one of those days when the best plan of action would have been to go back in the house, put your pajamas back on, and go back to bed. If this description fits you to a “T” – then take solace in this week’s crop of new beads – Tee Beads. No – that’s not the kind of bead that you find at the bottom of your tea cup after the cat knocks over your latest project – although, as I said …

Ancient Symbols and the End of the Wait for the Endless Loom!

  Venus and Mars are alright tonight! Swarovski’s offerings of these ancient symbols – Venus (yes – I photo’d them upside down, sorry) – the circle with a cross – used in Astrology for Venus, in Alchemy for Copper, and in Biology for female. The male glyph, a circle with an upward pointing arrow – because, as it was euphemistically explained to me once – “Gentlemen go to heaven” – ha! – represents, Mars, Iron and maleness. What is especially nice is with these smaller ones – 18 mm – we also have mounts with rings so that you can …

Statement Stones!

Unique, bold and expressive! Actually – I’m talking about these One of a Kind (OOAK) stone pendants, not the staff here. These Stone pendants are definitely the place to start for making something that will stop traffic, start conversation and make you the center of attention. These are large and in charge – in charge of being gorgeous! If you are feeling even more adventuresome, we have some freeform polished agate slices. No holes in these – so you will have to be a little more creative in how to hang or secure them – either by making a bezel …

Rainbow Thursday! The Sale Continues!

We love black – black makes everything pop! But why stop at Black Friday? Let’s give all the colors a chance! Our pre-Christmas sale continues – with 20% off the whole rainbow of nearly everything – and some stuff is a lot more! New this week are many more items in our Bulk items and deals on web-only items not stocked in-store. Such as Bulk SuperDuos! Bulk Delica 11/0s, and more coming! If there is something you’d like to see sold in large quantities like factory packs, be sure and let me know! Remember the Miyuki Crochet Thread? Now available …

Survey Sez: 20% Sale!!

Pretty much anything I say now is irrelevant, like a beagle spotting a squirrel, the entire population of folks with ADOS (Attention Deficit Oh, Shiny) reading this have just gone on high alert. It’s DefCon 4 Martha, start the car, fire up the ‘puter – BeadFX is having a pre-Christmas Sale! It’s lovely having the survey back up and online, and fabulous reading your responses. More on that later – but a number of you suggested that one way we could help you out with your goals for a #handmadeholiday is to have a sale. I know you were sorta, …

Chain + Metal Beads

Some great new chain this week – chain that will inspire you. If you are trying to think what to make for the guy in your life, how about a nice, rugged stainless steel bracelet or neck chain? With matching jumprings and lobster claw clasp, you can put together a very striking look for the person – man or woman – that likes a non-fussy look. We also have some really striking chains that are highly decorative. For instance – this Fishbone chain – use a short segment as a decorative element with other chains – makes a truly stunning …

We’re so excited

Two weeks into our new website and we’re still excited about it. So many new capabilities. Also – vast amounts of time spent looking for stuff that we’re pretty sure should be here somewhere … . Such is the path of the upgrade! One of the new capabilities will be to resurrect the monthly survey/prize draw that we used to do! In fact – let’s do one now! How this works is, you answer some questions, sign up for our weekly emails if you haven’t already (or not, your choice), and at the close of the survey period – we …

New! New! New!

What’s new this week? Well, some , some pinch beads, a new colour of metal clay, some new beading thread, and, oh yeah – the entire website!!!!!   Yes – a new look, that is fresher, cleaner, faster, more streamlined, and easier on the eyes. Easier to use on mobile too! New features like shopping by colour! Of course – as with anything this complicated – there are a few things that seem to be not quite what we expected. So please, if you find something weird, like pictures overlapping or showing up gigantic, or if you can’t find something …

This is Not A Costume!

Well – look at this! (Gesturing to the website around me) – brand new website! This is not a costume – the look has changed but – well – now that I think about it – it sort of is like a change of clothes – because inside is all the same great beads and tools and supplies and stuff, but outside, well – let’s just say we decided to slip into something more comfortable! Cleaner, more relaxed, more focused on the beads. We hope you find this to be more streamlined, faster, easier on the eyes and easier to …

Big Wire – Big Crimps

New this week, Big Braided Wire, and crimps to join the ends. Here’s a cool idea – you can join the ends of this heavy, braided wire with crimps, to make a bangle bracelet!   It’s easy to do – size the wire to fit your wrist – it needs to go over the widest part of your hand – so 9-10 inches, and slide one of these large crimps halfway onto the end, and crimp, and then slide the other end of the wire into the crimp and crimp the other half! Easy peasy. (If you are adding beads …