November 2020 Bead Mat Update – Lots to say about nothing!

My November 2020 bead mat update, has lots to say about nothing! But there’s certainly lots to do, so don’t worry about the state of this blog post.

Toronto has gone back into lock down, for 28 days (count back to Monday), but that doesn’t mean that we’re not allowed to bead!!! Our retail doors have shut temporarily, but our on-line business is open 24/7. We’re ready to go, and have a 20% off almost everything in the store, sale on right now. No, we don’t fill your orders 24/7, because that would be crazy!! But the BeadFX computers are always at the ready. For local customers, we do offer curbside pickup (after you receive notification that your order is ready, but don’t forget to check current hours). The rest of you will need to decide on one of our convenient shipping methods.

Did you hear that we had snow!!! Very pretty, but way too early for Toronto!

November 2020 bead mat update

I’ve been in a bit of a creative slump, but did manage to pull a few small projects out of the hat.

First up on my November 2020 bead mat update, is this little star that I made out of Crystal Lane Twisted Bead Strands (Bead Mix). I mixed “Glory of the Snow”, and “Silver Brunia”, but there’s a large selection for you to choose from. Find the Snowflake Ornament (wire armature) here. I used the small one.

November 2020 bead mat update

That’s just the start of another BeadFX “Inspiration”, because as you can see, there’s still lots to play with!

Then, in a “what if” moment, I wondered what would happen if I used Lumiere Lusters (Jet Age Powders), to decorate a glass Christmas ball? It’s a similar technique to my latest “Inspiration”, so it shouldn’t be too difficult for you to work out how to do this yourself. Supplies include a jar of Jet Age Powder, Aleene’s Tacky Glue (available at local retailers), Vintaj Glaze (Gloss), a clear glass ornament (craft stores), and a small paintbrush. Don’t make the mistake of using the Matte Vintaj Glaze, because it will dull down your ornament (ask me how I know?).

November 2020 bead mat update
The photograph doesn’t do it justice, because it’s really pretty cool!! I will make more.

Despite the glittery flakes, the glaze gives the glass a watery, vintage appearance. But you know that I won’t leave it there, don’t you? More experiments will follow!

Just for fun, here are some of my bead soup mixes. Everybody loves leftovers!

Who knows what these will become? Any ideas?

I’ve been making myself some new mask chains, but the last one is giving me grief! The link is too small for the split ring, but I will persevere. If the first end worked, then why won’t the second? Crazy!! Made from Gemstone, and Stainless Steel chain.

November 2020 bead mat update
November 2020 bead mat update
November 2020 bead mat update

I bought these Swarovski Pearls (Rouge) last week, just because I fell in love with the colour! No ideas in mind yet, but I’m sure they won’t mind being relegated to the stash.


That’s it for my November 2020 bead mat update, but it’s not the end of my November creating. I have nowhere to go on the weekend, and I’m feeling re-energized, so I might as well play!! How about you?

Keep safe, social distance, wear a mask, and wash your hands!

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