The Business Chat – Who are you selling to?

My first day of grade 9 was terrifying. I was too skinny, really short and younger than everyone else. Speaking of everyone else, wow, there were so many kids! All I remember was a sea of bodies all dressed in different styles and hanging out in so many little groups. It was overwhelming. Of course as time went on I figured it out, I weeded out who I liked, who liked me, and what style worked for me. It did take time though.  Starting to sell your work is like going into grade 9. There is a sea of customers …

Get Ready for a Wave of Purple

Ok – get ready for a wave of purple – a world awash in pinky-purple. Pantone’s Colour of the Year for 2014 is … drumroll please … Radiant Orchid. Those of you who adore purple can indulge yourself in your favourite colour – and tell people that you are “in fashion.” Those of you whose favourite colour lies elsewhere on the spectrum – well – just grin and bear it – maybe next year will be “your” year. 😉

The March of the Seedbeads and Good Riddance to 2013

Good Riddance to 2013 – as I sit here and type this all again – having just had a power failure and having not been able to replace the UPS for my computer – due to Toronto being pretty much closed for the last two weeks! The ice storm of 2013 hit us hard – closed the store early for the holidays – good thing beads don’t go bad without power! Actually beads never go bad – you can always count on your beads. Literally, as it happens. 😉 Most of our staff were without power for at least a …

Getting to know … Dawn Liu-Smyth

Dawn Liu-Smyth Although the craft has been around for hundreds of years, felting has taken off in popularity. Dawn Liu-Smyth, a local Toronto artist, has been in the forefront of this explosion and has taught at the 2012 and 2013 Creative Festivals. BeadFX has been fortunate to call upon her as a regular felting instructor. “I was inspired by a British Felt artist and bought a small needle felting kit from her at an arts fair,” says Dawn. “I soon discovered that I had little patience for needle felting. I started experimenting with wet felting and never looked back.” “I …

InspirationFX: Trash to Treasure

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Trash to Treasureby: Pam Kearns We were in a staff meeting, discussing what to do with left-over “scrap” pieces  of Regaliz leather – ends of rolls, etc. When I spoke up and said they were still useful, I was given the challenge of creating a piece of jewelry with those scraps. Bet you don’t have staff meetings quite like that! Here is my challenge response – from Trash to Treasure – using too-small and left-over pieces of Regaliz leather. The same approach would work for flat and round leather too! By gluing the small pieces …

InspirationFX: Painted Desert

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Painted Desertby: Lee Metsalo Soft, silky colours of sage and ochre – like paintings of the desert. This necklace showcases the beauty of the Wildhorse Picture Jasper. This is a simple stringing project. Use crimps to secure, and wire guardians and crimp covers for a very professional looking finish.   Components Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need! Need some help with some of the techniques? Check our tips page.

The Business Chat – Stop cheaping out.

“Wow, if I only had that tool! I just know I’d be able to make my work so much faster and better. Maybe I’ll have the money later.” “I’d love to learn how to do that! It would be great to be able to improve my work skills.  But it’s $60, I just can’t afford it.” “My own website? I know I need one, but it costs money to get hosting, and I just can’t afford that. Someday.” If I had a nickel for every time I hear something like this I’d be able to afford everything that I want …

Some Spikey Earring Ideas

Hey – here’s some ideas to spike your creativity – I’m trying to drive home a point, no need for the cone of silence, just pointing the way … these ideas are 24 karat (with a k) gold-plated. Swarovski Elements Bead – 18 mm Graphic (5520) – Ruby plus Glass Beads – 17 mm Spikes – 24 Karat Gold-Plated One spike, …    Two spike … Spike plus Metal Link – ID 18 mm Smooth 2 Loop Rivoli Setting – Bright Gold plus Swarovski Elements – Rhinestones – 18 mm Rivoli Cut (1122) – Rose Glacier Blue