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. …

InspirationFX: Dragonfly Stack

Dragonfly Stack Designed by: Dwyn Tomlinson The greens and golds of these remind me of those big zoomy dragonflies from when I was a kid. The Scarabeous green is a bright metallic insect green at some angles -and at some angles and lighting, more gold or purple highlights. They are fascinating to play with. Combined with the gold stardust beads! Just fabulous! I wanted to play with a new product – the Elastic Cord Needle. I thought for sure that this was going to be a swing and a miss in terms of new products (you should see the pliers …

Sweet, Juicy Nib-Bits

  What could be a better way to celebrate the summer than with sweet and juicy nib-bits? Not nib-bits of corn, but this new bead shape. It is a two hole wedge shape new from Matubo and designed by Nela Kabelova. The shape is, in fact, a little reminiscent of candy corn!   Also new this week are some fancy metal buttons that remind me of Plumeria blooms. Buttons, in addition to their use for actually fastening things, are great for toggles and can also be used in other ways – as decorative elements or connectors. They are particularly nice …

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 …