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 …

Try on these size 9/0s!

Another 20 colours in the size 9/0 3-cut seedbeads. If you are loving these size 9/0s – just a smidge smaller than the 8/0s, not as small as the 10/0s – then you will be happy to see even more colour choices! And, of course, the 3-cut facets make them just that more sparkly and rich-looking! Rough Chunks of Peruvian Chrysocolla We’ve had these for a while, but they were only available instore. These are one-of-a-kind – handsome chunks of rough, raw, stone. You can wirewrap them, or cut and polish them, depending on your skill level and expertise! Or, …

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 …

Come on Snowflake – show your mettle …

Or, should that be, “show you’re metal?” If last week’s update owed it’s metallic hue to the gleaming glitter of gold, then this week’s theme is the softer, subtler shade of silver and the goth glam of gunmetal. In addition to the above lacey snowflake filigree, we have these rather interesting diamond shaped links, and even more fili-gregious, this rose-window evoking filigree piece, and this dimensional filigree fan piece. These pieces are light enough to be bend around things like cabochons and large stones, so that you can make things with a caged effect – or customizing the shape to …

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Huichol Beading!

We invite you to try Huichol Beading – and to encourage you – we’re offering 25% off all our seedbeads, shaped beads, and, just for fun – the rhinestones too! What is Huichol Beading? And how do you pronounce it? Huichol beading – pronounced wee-CHOL – is a style of beadwork originating with the indigenous people of the mountain ranges of north central Mexico. The technique is simple – take a pea-sized lump of a wax-pitch mixture, knead in your fingers until soft, flatten out to the size of a quarter, and press onto the item to be decorated. Then …

Wooden you know it?

The most requested item we have had lately is for wood. Most specifically – sandalwood beads for mala bracelets and guru beads. And so we now have them – aromatic sandalwood and cedar wood beads, and guru bead sets. You ask – we go find them for you. But also in the theme of wood – we also have some new designs in these lovely, light, laser cut wood pendants. You can use these as is – or alter them with paint or stain (oil-based sharpies work particularly well for adding color.) From the gallery of obscure beads – we …

Pink Flamingos – more birdy beady goodness.

We scooped up another bead-for-charity wall hanging. This one is themed “Flamingos!” You probably remember from childhood nature specials that the Flamingo gets it’s exotic colouring from it’s choice of diet – which just confirms that you are what you eat. (In which case, I’m a left-over Halloween chocolate bar.) Did you also know that the name “Flamingo” comes from the Spanish “flamenco” – meaning fire – and refers to the colour of the plumage. And, that a collection of Flamingos is a “flamboyance.” So we have here, a flamboyance of Flamingos. Ole! Most of the use the same pattern …

Bead Quilt – Part 2

Part two! As mentioned last week, when Marg was at Bead and Button – she bid on and won this awesome  “bead quilt” at a charity auction. The squares are donated by beaders from all over the world. I’m showing this to you one row at a time – up close and personal – so you can enjoy the craftship in each square. The quilt is entitled “Glorious Green” and the theme: Birds. The artist’s name precedes their work.

Bead Quilt – Part 1

When Marg was at Bead and Button – she bought this amazing “bead quilt” at the Bead Social auction for Breast Cancer. The squares are donated by beaders from all over the world. I wanted to show this to you, as it is an amazing and inspiring example – but I want yout to be able to savour the squares and all the work in them – so I’m going to present it to you over a series of weeks – doing one row at a time. The quilt is entitled “Glorious Green” and the theme appears to be: Birds. …