InspirationFX: Scarabaeus Flash

Scarabaeus Flash   by: Anne Marie Desaulniers I fell in love with the new Swarovski pearls, as soon as I spotted them on Lee’s neck!  As a rabid collector of shiny objects, I felt that I was justified in buying them. Besides, I was working the Swarovski Launch, so needed something sparkly to wear.  After all, I didn’t want to letdown my peeps! My style is to work intuitively, so once I settled on the shape of the pearls, my muse led me the rest of the way, adding rivolis, wire, spacers and chain, to the mix. My intent, is to wear …

A Wind-swept isle …

Picture this – a wind-swept hill on green promontory of a land so rich and fair that life itself seems blessed. A lonely figure stands there – facing out to sea – the wind streams up to meet her from the shore below – carrying the cries of sea birds, the scent of rotting seaweed, and something else – the scent of change. And like the wind and the sea itself – there is no turning it aside. Cultures come and go – but their art lives on, because without their art – we’d never know they were here. Can …

Designing your way out of a paper bag!

Doesn’t it just drive you crazy, when you try to think up a new design, but then find that you’re in a total creative slump?  You have the time, you have the materials,  a deadline is looming, and then nothing!! So what the heck do you do? Tearing your hair out, isn’t productive, nor is shutting yourself away in the dark, wailing out your misery!   So, let’s explore some techniques, to unlock your ideas….. 1.  Go for a walk!  Use your camera, to take shots of anything that inspires you.  When you return home, relax, indulge in a snack, …

InspirationFX: Sunset After The Storm

Sunset After The Storm   by: Lee Metsalo The colourway for this bracelet came to me while driving to the cottage one Friday evening after a rainstorm.  The setting sun was filtered through the remaining clouds.  Trees and lakes were shrouded in mist.  Occasionally the Canadian Shield popped through and made an appearance.  And everything glowed with the remaining light glistening on the wet ground.  I like adding a couple of dangles to the ends of my bracelet, but you can use the memory wire end caps too. Tools used:  heavy duty wire cutters suitable for memory wire, round pliers, flat pliers   Components Go …

The Business Chat – Tell me your secret!

Here’s a direct quote from yesterdays email. “I need some help from you. You seem to have the answers, your business is exactly like I want. I’ve been making and selling my scarves for almost a year now and frankly, I’m just not making as much money as I thought I would. I did 2 shows and they were OK but not great. I built a website 2 months ago but haven’t sold anything! What am I doing wrong? Why am I not doing as well as you seem to be doing?” Do you know how many times I hear …

Mini-Duos and More!

They are tiny, they are adorable, they have two-holes – they are Mini-SuperDuos! Or just MiniDuos – to save space. Same great shape, but about 4×2 mm and approximately 20 in a gram. Twenty colours to start – but I’m sure there will be more! Also – because you love them so much – the cute 2×4 mm Farfalle – a few new colours here too! And while we are here on the topic of shaped beads – how about some new Tilas? If you want some thing out of the ordinary – we have these interesting spearhead shapes … …

Finding inspiration

Inspiration is a funny thing!  Always present in your dreams, but once awake, disappears like smoke! How can we corral something that ephemeral?   Why is it so hard? Let’s start with the definition, according to Google:   “1. the process of being mentally stimulated to do or feel something, especially to do something creative. 2. the drawing in of breathe; inhalation.” In other words, inspiration is a mental stimulation of your creativity, and is as natural as a breath of fresh air! I’m often asked, where I get my ideas?! While seldom stuck for an answer, I find this …

So, how do those beads fit together?

As a seed beader, I love when we get new beads — all colours and all shapes! Recently we’ve added several new 2-hole shapes that are begging to be included in designs, but did they all fit together? The answer is a cautious yes – depending on how you’re going to use them. To check the fit, I used two headpins and slid on some beads. What I found was: 1.The ’tile’, ‘brick’, ‘triangle’ and ‘Chexx’ square fit very well together. 2. The ‘lentil’, ‘Twins’, ‘SuperDuos’ and ‘Piggy Beads’ fit well together, but their holes were a little closer together …

InspirationFX: Orbitting Glitter Bracelet

Orbitting Glitter Bracelet   by: Pam Kearns The new Silver silk Galaxy wire mesh is really quite amazing. This little piece was left over from the necklace used in a previous inspiration and wanted to be bracelet (yes, they talk – you know what I mean!). Because the construction of the wire mesh is like Viking Knit, you can pull it through a drawplate to narrow it down which also lengthens it. You can also re-widen the mesh by using a knitting needle pushed in from the end. I used both of these techniques in this bracelet.1. The starting length of the Silver silk Galaxy piece …

InspirationFX: Captured Pearls

Captured Pearls   by: Pam Kearns No it’s not the popular chainmaille pattern; this necklace uses a new product to BeadFX: Silver Silk Galaxy. This wire mesh is great to ‘capture’ beads within it or to go through beads as a stringing materials. Structurally, it is like Viking Knit so you can pull it through a drawplate to narrow it down (which makes it longer). Likewise, I found that inserting a knitting needle down the length of the pushed open the diameter. For this project I filled the mesh with 8mm Swarovski pearls.  To start, trim the mesh down to …