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: Fire & Ice

Get your creative juices flowing~~~ Fire & Ice Designed by: Bonnie Cottingham There is a heart of fire glowing from within this cool milky stone. Silver, like ice, shimmers against the contrast of the fire opal. Necklace: Cut the beading chain into 2- 12inch lengths, 1- 10 inch length, 1- 14 inch length. Starting with the 14 inch piece of chain, string on the 30mm Fire Opal Coin bead to the centre, place crimp on either side and flatten with a pair of pliers. Cover the crimp with a crimp cover. You can choose your own placement of the 8mm …

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 …

The Business Chat – Raising prices

I think silver wholesalers need to install defibrillators in their shops for all those heart attacks that happen when shoppers look at the current prices. People, have you seen what happened to silver in the past month??? And could the timing be worse? Seriously, right before the holiday shopping season? ARGH! What’s a jewelry designer going to do? Are you raising your prices or not? This was the major topic of conversation in the aisles last week as precious metals hit record-breaking highs. The bottom line is that in order for your bottom line to be healthy, or at least …