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. …

Discovering more about… Chainmail

Chainmail – the name evokes thoughts about knights of the roundtable, dragons and jousts! But what exactly is chainmail? Chainmail was the earliest form of metal armor worn by the average soldier during the Middle Ages. It was a flexible armor which was made from interlinked metal rings. It is believed that the word ‘chainmail’ was an English combination of two words. ‘Chain’ meaning a series of metal rings or links fitted into one another to make a flexible ligament and ‘mail’ from the French word “maille” which is derived from the Latin “macula” meaning “mesh of a net”. Chainmail is …

Getting to know…Marilyn Gardiner

Marilyn Gardiner Marilyn Gardiner is a welcome fixture in the Toronto GTA beading world! As an established artisan, Marilyn has brought beading and chainmaille to many of us through her easy-to-understand kits and classes that lead her students to exquisite jewellery. Being creative was a family tradition in Marilyn’s family. “My grandmother did embroidery and rug hooking,” explains Marilyn. “My mother was an excellent seamstress and made all my clothes, including my wedding gown.” In addition to on- and off-loom beadweaving and wirework, Marilyn crochets and has worked with stained glass.   Marilyn has always loved jewellery and, while working, …