InspirationFX: Peachy Keen Jelly Bean

Peachy Keen Jelly Bean Designed by: Chelle Kilmer I wanted to take a twist on something classic. Pearls are classic and I love them. Natural and organic freshwater pearls, Swarovski pearls in their near perfectness, even teeny, tiny, glass pearls! Have you checked out our 2mm glass pearls? They come in the most amazing colour selection and such a perfect size for almost every project. I truly believe there might actually be a pearl for every occasion! But this time around it was the twisted Swarovski pearls that caught my eye! A soft, warm, peachy glow beckoned me over to …

Sparkle Pumpkin Inspirations

So, I’m innocently pinning the latest beadFX Inspirations to our Pinterest page… Here’s the latest from the wonderfully wacky and creative mind of Rochelle: I thought, just for the heck of it, let’s see what comes up when I search sparkle pumpkins… WOW!!! Quite a lot, actually! Here are some Halloween or Autumn time inspirations for you. We have Swarovski crystal flatbacks! We have sequins! We have beads! We have chain! We have MetalFX (mica powder – super fine “glitter”)! We have glue! You will need your own pumpkin! To see the original sources for all these beautiful pumpkins, please …

A Sparkly and Spooky Halloween

A Halloween special brought to you by our friends at Swarovski! Everyone can use a little sparkle. Don’t scare off your friends and neighbors this Halloween, show them your sparkle! Your creativity could win your own “treat bag” of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS! Get inspiration and contest information here.   1st Prize: $500.00 worth of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS2nd Prize: $250.00 worth of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS3rd Prize: $150.00 worth of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS There will also be a random drawing from all entries so everyone from the novice crafter to the advanced designer can have the chance to win! SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS are available at your local …

Captivating Cupchain

If there’s one thing I love, it’s Swarovski crystal. The cut, the colour, the sparkle. Nobody does it like Swarovski. And here at beadFX, there are so many different Swarovski products, from round stones and fancy stones, beads, pendants and pearls, to flat back and hotfix rhinestones and my latest favourite, Cupchain! So what can you do with the cup chain? I bought some preexisting bangles from a store that caters to women who are a little…. Fluffy shall we say. At least my hand span is larger than most.  I measured the outside diameter of the bangle: 10 inches, …

How To Crystallize Your Nails with Swarovski Elements

As Wednesday’s newsletter said “Well – we are always about instant glam, and long slow glam that takes weeks to make, and every kind of glam in-between!” Just how far can we take the glam? From the top of our head, to the tips of our toes – and spreading outwards from our fingertips. Nail art is very trendy right, and crystallized nails are so hot they are icy! You sometimes see Dwyn’s perfectly manicured nails in product shots with a funky black or deep burgundy nail polish on. This week, she’s rocking a French Manicure. I think she should …

Let’s Be Clear – or Not: Transparent vs Opaque

There are some beady terms that we tend to take the definition of for granted, but I’d like to just pause for a moment to “make clear” what is meant when we rattle off terms like “transparent,” “crystal,” etc. These definitions are pretty standard – but can be confusing if you are just getting started. When someone refers to a bead being transparent, it means you can see through it – but it is not necessarily colourless. In some cases, it’s darn hard to see through, because the glass is a very dark colour, but transparent glass beads can be …