Ack – We’ve gone Moldy …

one more day of 20% off Findings !* Is there anything scarier than opening a container of something that you just found in the back of the fridge that you completely forgot about. Should you just toss it without opening it? No, you pluck up your courage, peel back the lid and yes, just as you thought – a Van Gack! landscape of multi-hued molds greets you, along with a aroma reminiscent of London circa 1858. All the ghouls and zombies at your door for Halloween have nothing on that kind of fear. However, that ain’t the kind of molds …

This and That: Random thoughts!

This and that, what’s new, and lots of other things!!! Oh no! She doesn’t know what she’s going to write about today, but she’s just going to do it anyway! Okay, I’ve done this before, but not all that often, so please forgive me. If you care to follow, yet are prepared not to judge, just read on!! I was planning to write about jewelery trends, started researching the subject, then decided that I’d rather push the topic to another week. My brain started to hurt, just thinking about it!! My first this and that, is what’s kinda new in …

Moving into November

So, Halloween in just around the corner; autumn leaves have changed colour and some parts of Canada and the United States are already experiencing snow. What’s next? Well, the holidays! Now is the time that many people are thinking of what holiday gifts they need to buy for family, friends, teachers and colleagues. How about hand-making a gift instead? It won’t necessarily save you money, but it will be more personal and thoughtful than a store gift card. It will be unique because it won’t be available anywhere else. It is an opportunity to share your special talents and skills. …

Our Findings say … Save 20%

Findings are those little bits and pieces that we use to put our creations together. You might like them plain and simple and to take a backstage approach, or you might like them flashy and bold and a dominant part of the design. You might want heirloom quality, or good enough. Anyway you like it, we have ’em. And this week, 20% off. Christmas is coming. Hey – it is snowflake ornament season! These are one of our most popular seasonal items! These six-spoked wire armatures for making snowflake ornaments are fun and easy to use. The finished ornaments make …

October 2019 Bead Mat Update: Fiddling around a bit!

My October 2019 bead mat update involves both work, and discretionary spending. Other than that, I haven’t been all that creative this month! But I certainly hope that changes soon, because how can I be a bead muse, if my inspiration is suspiciously missing? Yet no real loss, as I’m positive that it will change shortly!!! Last weekend, Amanda P. and I represented BeadFX at the Grand River Bead Society, annual show and sale, in Guelph, ON. The show was great, the weather wonderful, but the traffic on the 401 was miserable! Yet we still had fun, as it’s always …

The Kids move home …

The Quarter Tila and Half Tila beads have moved back in with their parents, the full Tilas. Just when you think you can rent out the kid’s room, they move back in. Look for a filter to appear on the page shortly so that you can see just one size if you like, but this way, you can pick coordinating and matching colors more easily. In addition to bead-weaving projects, these dainty two-hole beads make great stretchy-bracelets.

OOAK – Pyritized Ammonite Negative

Wow. Just wow. This is not a fossil – rather it is an ancient imprint of the place where an ammonite shell once rested. A fossil footprint, so to speak. The imprints became impregnated with pyrite (hence the term pyritized), giving us a gleaming metallic impression of where a shell once sat in the mud. Wouldn’t you like to have one of these one-of-a-kind items? Now THAT is something different. Also, stunningly different. This amazing Specular Hematite cabochon. You might have to see this in person to see the wow factor. This one takes my breath away, not in a …

InspirationFX: Falling Leaves

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Falling Leaves by: Rosemary Beasley When I saw the two strands of the “freeform” tiger iron, I was inspired by their “leafy” shape to make a necklace inspired by the fall season. The tiger iron is streaked with slate, rust and little hits of mustard yellow making me think of November skies and falling leaves. The glass leaves and 2mm pearls add a lightness contrasting with the darkness of the tiger iron. Components Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need! Need some help with some of the techniques? …

Change is Good: But how will you deal with it?

Change is good, but it’s also a way to show that we’re evolving. Yet, what does that have to do with anything? The changing of the seasons is sign of renewal, and regeneration. Don’t we need to do this as well? I know that many of us resist the “change is good” scenario. Yet without it, we probably won’t grow into our potential. But don’t you want to grow into your potential? I know that I harp on you about classes, but that’s one way to grow as a beader, or knitter, metal worker, fibre artist, weaver, etc. I love …

BeadFX classes – all treats, no tricks!

Well, maybe some tricks – like how to make designs ‘pop’, tips about seed beading, working with cement, making loops with headpins, etc. Definitely lots of treats such as learning new skills and meeting like-minded people! Late-October classes showcase a wide range of techniques and projects. Anne Marie Desaulniers has two new brand new classes sure to get your creativity pumping! We also welcome Alberta bead artist Carolyn Cave who is presenting two classes featuring lots of texture with some two-hole beads. Of course, you can give yourself dedicated time to work on your beading and chainmaille projects in the …