August 2018 Bead Mat Update: Just playing around!

I almost hate to write my August 2018 Bead Mat Update, because that means that the summer is almost over. It’s still stinking hot in Toronto, but I wonder how long that will last? Kids go back to school, adults breath a sigh of relief, traffic jams increase, and the bead goes on!!! BeadFX customers start gearing up for the holidays (I can’t believe that I just wrote that), and the workshop season shifts into high gear (our Back To Class Open House is on September 8th)! It’s still warm outside, but we’re all itching for a change of pace. …

Lets Explore Stringing: Or at least check out the possibilities!l

Don’t you think that stringing is the beads knees? When you’re just starting out, stringing is one of the first things that most people learn. It’s simple yes, but is it really? I don’t know how many people have come into the store, asking why their crimps don’t hold. The first thing I ask them, is what are you stringing the beads on? Quite often, the answer is Fireline, but let me tell you, that is not the answer I wanted to hear! Yes, there is pearl knotting with silk, but again that’s not what I’m going to be discussing …

InspirationFX: Jack-O-Lantern

Get your creative juices flowing ~ ~ ~ Jack-O-Lantern Designed by: Erin Singleton With 3 days to go before Halloween it’s getting pretty hard to tell if your neighbours have been decorating or were the victims of a grizzly murder. In the evening, ghosts sway from tree branches while jack-o-lanterns flicker their orange glow from porch after front porch. To help get in the spirit, without all the cobwebs and caution tape, we’ve come up with this ghoulish necklace. A Swarovski skull dangles from a strand of matte black river stone while bead caps and bicones mimic the orange fire …

InspirationFX: The Sassy Tassel Bracelet

~~~Get your creative juices flowing The Sassy Tassel Bracelet by: Dwyn Tomlinson I initially started making these from gemstone strands that come with silk tassels – then I realized that with the silk tassels we have for sale – you can get the same fun look with other beads! You can use a simpler clasp if you like, but I think that it really makes the piece, although a small magnetic clasp might be easier if you struggle with bracelet clasps. Check our Manager Specials for clasps. The bracelet is straight-foward stringing. Reserve two beads for the tassels. (For the …