InspirationFX: I Want Candy

~~~Get your creative juices flowing~~~ I Want Candy Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson The stretchy Candy Bead bracelet that TJ showed me last week got me inspired to try my own. It turned out really quite pretty and easy. All these fancy-dancy shaped two-hole beads are pretty intimidating to the ordinary bead stringer like me, but this was ok. Take the long big hole needle – I finally had to retire my old needle and get a new pack – I have to say – I really like these! – thread your elastic, and string a Candy bead alternating with a …

InspirationFX: Simplicity in Red – Two

Simplicity in Red – Two Designed by: Anne Marie Desaulniers Though minimalist in style, this set will create quite the impact! A compliment to the “Simplicity in Red” necklace, that was posted a few weeks ago. As the holidays tend to be busy, it’s important to have something simple, to accessorize either that little black dress, or a cozy sweater, and pair of jeans. A fairly economical solution, as you will be using many of those leftover components from the earlier “Inspiration”. You will need to buy another package of the lovely Scarlet faceted rounds though! Instructions: 1. For Bracelet …

InspirationFX: A Bevy of Christmas Ideas

A Bevy of Christmas Ideas Need a quick “something-something” but still want it to be personal. A couple of the elves at BeadFX have come up with some ideas for Christmas presents that are both quick to make and inexpensive. Get your practice in opening and closing jumprings with these projects. Ruby Hex Bracelet Designed by Anne Marie Desaulniers Macho Instant Chainmaille Bracelet Designed by Rosemary Beasley Bling Bracelet Designed by Rosemary Beasely *I put the chatons in the cups of the bracelet UPSIDE DOWN since I liked how the chatons sparkled better ;). Call me crazy but it worked. …

InspirationFX: Dragonfly Stack

Dragonfly Stack Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson The greens and golds of these remind me of those big zoomy dragonflies from when I was a kid. The Scarabeous green is a bright metallic insect green at some angles -and at some angles and lighting, more gold or purple highlights. They are fascinating to play with. Combined with the gold stardust beads! Just fabulous! I wanted to play with a new product – the Elastic Cord Needle. I thought for sure that this was going to be a swing and a miss in terms of new products (you should see the pliers …

InspirationFX: Simplicity in Red

~ ~ ~ Get your creative juices flowing ~ ~ ~ Simplicity in Red Designed by: Anne Marie Desaulniers There are times when life gets complicated, and you need a little simplicity in your life! Dress it up, or dress it down, it’s very wearable! It’s also my reaction to the new Swarovski colour “Scarlet”. I simply love it! Instructions: 1. Cut a generous length of 20-gauge wire (approximately 7 inches) 2. Make a wrapped loop on one end. 3. Add 5 – 8 mm SW Faceted Rounds 4. Make a wrapped loop on the second end. 5. Cut excess …

InspirationFX: Hidden Underwater Treasures

Hidden Underwater Treasures Designed by: Rochelle Kilmer Well, I think it is safe to say that summer has come and gone now. Fall blew us right into winter. Windy, chilly, snowy – not yet but I can feel it coming. I can’t help but dream of the water and sandy beaches. Or more so lately, I have been thinking about all the hidden gems people have found in the deep, dark depths of the water. Old ships, bicycle tires, messages in a bottle, pearls, jewellery, diamonds, coral reefs, sharks, octopus… There is a whole world down there many of us …

InspirationFX: Mocca Honey Bunny

Mocca Honey Bunny Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson This delicious, super sparkly bracelet is quick and easy to make, beautiful, if a little on the pricey side. It looks like a spiral pattern, but that’s just a result of alternating colors. Use a big eye needle or a twisted wire needle. String alternating colors. Make it about an inch longer than your ideal length, as the size of the beads makes the bracelet smaller on the inside than you might expect.   Components Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need! Need some help with …

InspirationFX: Jack-O-Lantern

Get your creative juices flowing ~ ~ ~ Jack-O-Lantern Designed by: Erin Singleton With 3 days to go before Halloween it’s getting pretty hard to tell if your neighbours have been decorating or were the victims of a grizzly murder. In the evening, ghosts sway from tree branches while jack-o-lanterns flicker their orange glow from porch after front porch. To help get in the spirit, without all the cobwebs and caution tape, we’ve come up with this ghoulish necklace. A Swarovski skull dangles from a strand of matte black river stone while bead caps and bicones mimic the orange fire …

InspirationFX: Nile Waters

Get your creative juices flowing ~ ~ ~ Nile Waters Designed by: Rosemary Beasley The starting point for this necklace was a strand of the little ‘tooth’ shaped pieces of s56460 5×15 Flat Chips Impression Jasper. The aqua/turquoise tones represent the water of the Nile River and the sandy veining the sand of the surrounding deserts. The 2mm fire polish beads were added to give a hint of sparkle, like the sunlight bouncing off the waves.Although I have never taken a cruise down the Nile, this is how I imagine the Nile to look. Maybe someday I will have a …

InspirationFX: Laredo Lariet

Laredo Lariet Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson You – sometimes you sit down to make one thing, and a different piece of jewelry happens! I was going to make a necklace with tassels, but then I had these beads on the table and the next thing you know, I’m using them instead! The basic idea is the same – the very fine chain and the silicone-filled slider bead to make the clasp. Just be sure that you put the slider bead on BEFORE you add the beads dangling at the end. Don’t ask me why I think it is very important …