New Opportunities for Metal Aficionados!

Do you like working with metal? Have you taken a soldering class and are looking to be able to do more? Do you dream about rolling mills and dapping blocks? If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, we have news for you! In addition to several new metal courses, we now have two open metal studios! Metalsmithing Basics: Introductions to Sawing and Piercing Wednesday, January 30 6pm to 9pm Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed Learning how to use a jeweller’s saw will open up endless possibilities in jewellery design and construction. In this class you will first learn …

Totally Random

Short on inspiration? Look no further than our Pinterest boards! Here’s a great idea, and so inexpensive. Paint an old dresser, and remove the drawers. The depth of a dresser is perfect for storing organized bins of craft supplies. Source: bhg.com via beadFX on Pinterest We love the colours on this Vintaj piece. Gilders paste is a perfect accent for any of your metal beads. Source: vintaj.com via beadFX on Pinterest Ode to the Dremel: Make a Pendant with Texture and Rivets, No Soldering Required – Jewelry Making Daily Source: jewelrymakingdaily.com via beadFX on Pinterest And last but not least …

The Business Chat – how useable is your online store?

Early last December my phone rang with an area code I didn’t recognize. It was a lovely woman from New Brunswick who wanted to order jewelry. I do have an online store however this woman had never bought anything online and couldn’t quite figure the whole thing out. We had a great conversation and after 45 minutes I had walked her through the process and the order was placed. She was very happy with herself for finally buying something online and I was very happy that she could purchase more in the future.  I don’t know about you but I …

The Joy of Metal Clay: Three Dimensional Printing

About two years ago I was at a technology and innovation fair with my family and I saw something that gave me pause.  It was a 3-D printer in actually printing out someones computerized design.  It was rather mesmerising and it made be stop and think about the possibilities. Anyway to my surprise on of the most recent discussions on the metal clay forum  was the topic of computer assisted design which morphed into the topic of 3-D printers.  A three dimensional printer is a printer that will print an object into three dimensions rather than the traditional two dimension of the printers most …

Hearts Afire

Valentine’s Day is less than a month away! Don’t wear your heart on sleeve, wear it on your neck, your ears and your wrist! beadFX has a huge selection of heart shaped beads available from pressed glass to Swarovski crystals. You can find all the Swarovski hearts here ——> http://www.beadfx.com/catalogue/swarovskihearts.php 10 mm Faceted Flat Heart 10 mm Faceted Heart (6202) – Indian Pink 17 mm Crazy 4 U Heart (6260) – Crystal AB 17 mm Devoted 2 U Heart (6261) – Crystal Astral Pink 17 mm Miss U Heart (6262) – Crystal 18 mm Dove Heart (6226) – Crystal 18 …

Goody, Goody Gumdrops!

When we say we have Eye Candy – we really mean it! This week – it’s our special Gumdrops – with extra pizzaz and a side of sizzle! These snub-nosed bullety beads are like spikes, but less – spikey. Less “hey-you’ll-put-an-eye-out-with-that!” and more “mmmmm – candy.” They are currently on the page with the spikes for now, as we are re-vamping the website, and in order to not have the new one we are working on get out of sync with the existing one – we’ve had to stop adding new pages to the old one (this one, that you …

New Colour Palette Creator

I spend a couple of hours a week on Pinterest, browsing crochet and beading patterns, looking for wirework and beading tutorials, but most of all I like cruising around for interesting colour palettes. One of the most popular picture and palette websites is www.design-seeds.com. I found a new site this week via Pinterest. It’s brought to us by the paint company Sherwin Williams. It’s called Let’s Chip It. This FREE service allows you to hover over a picture on the internet and see what the colour palette is, using between four and ten colours. All you need to do is …

Has your New Year’s resolution been to learn more about beading and jewellery making techniques? Great news – you can keep your resolution! We’ve been busy putting lots of new and exciting classes up on the the website. There’s still time in January to catch classes including… Jewellery Making 101 with Pamela Kearns Thursday, January 4 Do you want to create jewellery for yourself but have no idea where to start? Join us for this ‘newbie’ course and discover just how easy creating jewellery can be. Participants will make a couple of pairs of earrings and a bracelet. You’ll learn …

Adjusting Brightness and Contrast

Last week, I showed you a variety of photography backgrounds, and I mentioned that none of the images had been adjusted, and that some of the backgrounds look grey, even though they are actually white. Here’s something really important to know about cameras and how they work. Cameras try to average the picture to an overall 15% grey.  That’s really important to know – so say that a couple of times in your head. OK – what that means is, the camera is not nearly as flexible as the human eye, and it just can’t deal with dark darks and …

The Joy of Metal Clay: A Subtittion for Scracth Foam?

The last couple of weeks I have been blogging about using Scratch Foam for making your own textures. Being the practical and frugal gal that I am, I began to wonder if there was any substitution for Scratch Foam. OK, it really isn’t that expensive (I think I paid under $3 from Art Clay World for a package of six large sheets) but some of us may not want to wait for a shipment to arrive or just want to try out the technique out before ordering it online. Plus it is more ecofriendly to recycle.   I began to wonder if readily found household items could work as a …