Components to die for…and I’m not kidding!

A messy keyboard is not a pretty thing! Whenever I surf the Internet, &/or flip through magazines, I drool over exciting new components! Cabochon, pendant or bead – who cares? I’m not a purist, and I believe that you should experience anything your little heart desires. Art jewellery is generally viewed as its own entity! Not all makers, sell finished jewellery! They make components to sell to consumers, and other artists. A nice production line, and the revenue it generates, is very seductive! Perhaps you don’t want to spend time and effort, developing components of your own, but you want …

DIY Beads!

Sure BeadFX has tons and tons of pre-made beads, but haven’t you ever thought about making your own? I bet that you’ve lusted over artist-made beads, but aren’t you just a little curious about how they’re made? DIY beads come in many different flavours. I’ve personally experimented with paper, Tyvek (think Fedex envelopes), fabric, threads, epoxy clay (Apoxie Sculpt & Crystal Clay), polymer clay, wool felt, acrylic felt and various types of wire (some successful and some not). My beads have been varnished, glued, baked, wrapped, painted, gilded, mica powdered, heat distressed, coated with resin, soaped up, watered down, and …

Fun, Friendship and Sharing at Happy Hour Torching

The term “Happy Hour” usually refers to a time of pre-dinner cocktails and drinks with friends and co-workers. In BeadFX’s case, “Happy Hour Torching” is a gathering of like-minded lampworkers who get together twice a week over a torch and colourful rods of glass. “Happy Hour Torching has been going on for about three years,” says Malliga Nathan, BeadFX’s Studio Manager. Malliga, a lampworker herself, often joins in on Thursday evenings. Carol Cooper facilitates Happy Hour Torching and is available to answer questions and give tips and tricks to new lampworkers. “Lampworking is an artform and lampworkers are, by nature, …

Lampwork Beads @ beadFX

Stephanie has been busy organizing all of our artist made lampwork beads. She’s set up the display table by artist, and even has everything neatly labeled! The display table looks fabulous, and now it’s far more clear as to who made what. 🙂  Last weekend,  I snapped some quick shots on my phone, and just uploaded them to Pinterest. We’ve posted more pics of the beads there. Follow us on Pinterest to keep updated. A big apology to those of you who shop online – these are only available in the retail store at this time as all of the …

Congratulations to Amy Waldman Smith!

Everyone at beadFX is proud of Amy Waldman Smith, one of beadFX’s lampwork instructors! FIRST PLACE WINNER: Bead Dreams 2012 – Lampwork Beads Cool Blue Ottoman Beads Amy has been making glass beads since 2001 and was first asked to teach beadmaking in 2003 and has been teaching on a regular basis ever since. Amy’s attention to detail, form and symmetry are the foundations of her work. Intrigued by the possibilities of creating in glass, Amy’s work continues to evolve and change. Amy’s beads have been seen in numerous exhibits across North America and can be found in publications including …

Looking Forward to Class … with Jeri Warhaftig

I’ve signed up for 4 days of classes with Jeri Warhaftig – to be held at the newly re-designed studio at beadFX. As I was the re-designer – I’m looking forward to seeing how well the space is going to work! A few years ago – ok, quite a few- I think it was 2006 – I bought a bead at auction at the ISGB gathering. I managed to lose the maker’s info – but I was pretty darn impressed with the bead. It was – is – I still have it – cobalt blue, iridescent like carnival glass, and …

Happy Friday

A linky love Friday for you. Some of my favorite flameworkers today for you. This is only a few links – I have hundreds of favourites of course. Any lampworkers reading today – please feel free to post your link in the comments. I know I’m leaving out a ton of really talented Canadian Beadmakers – so post away! http://www.anastasiabeads.com/enter.htm Shari Slonski Dwyn of course! Amy Waldman-Smith Lezlie Winemaker Lucie Weir Amy Johnson Stephanie Sersich