A Walk Down the Crystal Lane

New this week – Crystal Lane bead mixes. Listen – we know you are probably thinking more about the long weekend, and all that it signifies (end of summer, back to school, relief from the heat and bugs; your choice), so this is a simple little update.* These coordinated strands come in wide range of colorways – and consist of five strands of beads, with three strands of glass pearls in 4mm, 6mm, and 8mm, plus two unique glass bead strands. Each strand is about six inches long – so that’s 30 inches of beads. *What the heck – let’s …

Intuitive Design: Taking a risk!

Is intuitive design, outside of your comfort zone? Do you know, or only suspect that this is the case? I’m bold enough to tell you that intuitive design, is my preferred way of working. Do I work without a net? Of course, but it’s the only way to go!! Okay, there are definitely other ways of working, but I’m more comfortable with this one. I never really thought about it, but then I became heavily involved in the Bead Journal Project (BJP). Oh, I had played around with freeform, and techniques in my Fibre Art Studios days (a long-gone, Greater …

Fall Classes: Full Steam Ahead!

Where does the time go? It didn’t seem that long ago that we were celebrating the start of summer. Here we are again starting a brand new season! Our Fall line-up of classes kick into gear with our Back to Class Bar-Bead-que event on Saturday, September 7. Mark your calendars now to drop by and see the fabulous array of classes that our creative instructors have planned for us. And yes, there really is a barbeque happening so be sure to enjoy a bite of summer on us! Our early to mid-September classes will get you into the learning mode …

Delicious Little Bon-Bons

Today’s selection consists of some bite-size, tasty little beads with yummy textures. May I present an appetizer of some adorable little mush-butts – mushroom button beads – if you please? The menu is ripe with contradictions – these are shaped like the delicate petals of a flower, but colored like exotic granite. And if you are fond of Eggplant, well – good for you. I’m not going to fight you for it. The color yes, but not the actual vegetable. 😉 If you have an etch to scratch, then these beads are etchy. Would you like some cutlery with that? …

August 2019 Bead Mat Update: All mixed up!

My August 2019 bead mat update is about how mixed up I get! When I’m creating that is, but that’s not what it’s all about! Resin (Ice Resin), Coral branch fringe, Twinchies (2” x 2” little pieces of art), and small mixed media tags don’t have much in common, but I’ve been working on all of them! Does that make me strange, or just quite suited to my mixed-up media title! We had a blast at my resin class! But then, we always have a blast in that class. Collage, and resin are perfect companions, but this time, I even …

Cat’s Eye, Chakra, OOAK Cabs, Bit of a Hurry

Sorry folks – working on something BIG and suffering from a bit of a time crunch, so brace yourself, the update is coming atcha at the speed o’ light! Hang in there. Cats Eye & Eagle Eye This lovely shimmery natural Cat’s Eye is a far-cry from the man-made fiber-optic beads that are also called Cat’s Eye. Nothing wrong with those, they are pretty and fun, but this is the original, the inspiration, so to speak. And this will look amazing in your own handmade jewelry, whether you are making something office chic or evening elegant. Or for just making …

Sparkle it Up!

What does sparkle it up mean to you? Is it for special occasions, when you want a little something extra to lift your spirits? Or is it something that you secretly crave? Bling is very personal! Not everyone is comfortable wearing it, but it always catches your eye. I’ve never been a real sparkle girl, but I admit to making a handful of pieces. I have always felt the pull to bezel a crystal or two, but just haven’t found the time to fit it into my discretionary creative space. This is one of my older pieces, that was made …

Looking Ahead to Fall Classes

Yes, there is still summer to enjoy BUT, once Labour Day passes, BeadFX will have an abundance of new classes for you! Mark your calendars now to attend our annual Back to Class event on Saturday, September 7; 11 – 3pm. You’ll be able to see for yourself the wonderful projects being taught and the creative instructors who are presenting them. By we are planning something very special to happen the same day. Click here to find out more! One of the highlights is visiting instructor Kaska Firor who is presenting six new wirework classes. Kaska’s projects are all beginner/advanced …

An Ocean Trip

Oh book me a ship, for an ocean trip acrost the navy sea to an isle so fair, that turtles swim there though ever so far it be An island with charms to fill a seastar’s arms and shells both large and wee We’ll drop anchor there, and with nary a care, Nap under the coconut tree. Website tweaking We are doing some tweaking and fine-tuning to the website in order to make it easier to find what you are looking for. With 50,000 products, even I have days when I look at something and can’t remember that we have …