Miyuki Spacer Beads

Beads in spaaaace! Beads from Space? No, wait, Spacer Beads! Small beads to fill in the gaps! Three types of spacer beads from Miyuki – thinner and smaller and designed to fill in those nooks and crannies in your designs to make all the bigger beads work so well. First up – the 3mm Spacer beads – and then the 2.2mm Spacer Beads And finally – the 2.8mm Triangle spacer beads. All available in coordinated colorway of about 30 metallic and earthy tones to blend nicely and accent your design. So, one or two of you may be asking, how …

Dream a Little Dream of Beads!

If dream a little dream of beads is a little vague, then I need to tell you what I’m dreaming about. It’s all there, but like all dreams, it won’t be easy to explain. I’m in a transition phase with my art. I feel stalled, and need to give myself a good kick in the pants! I want to start a new project, but my muse is lusting for something more complicated, so I’m at an impasse. Darn that muse! It feels like I’ve been drifting along, with no particular focus. Have you ever had that happen to you? I …

Hot Tip …

The Thread Zap – if you are not already familiar with it – is a nifty little tool for cutting off threads with a neat, tidy end – particularly those very tough threads like Wildfire, Fireline, and Nanofil. But – is it a one-trick pony? Is that all it does? Well – no. You can cut Satin Rat tail and Asian knotting cord – leaving a nice tidy end without having to go back and heat seal it to prevent fraying, with a flame or lighter. And – you can use it – as I just discovered – to make …

Something Radical

We are bringing you something completely radical for a bead store – this week we have … glass beads. I know, I know – it’s a stretch for us. What are we thinking? Well – I just want you to know that we are on the bleeding edge – the forefront of new and innovative technologies – bringing you untried and untested ideas so that you too can craft designs so forward-thinking that long after we are all dust – folks will be saying – “wow – they were so far ahead of their time.” Fancy Fire polished faceted beads. …

What’s Old is New!

What’s old is new, at least to some of you! I’ve been bouncing around a bit, so I thought that you would like to see some of my work from the early days. This post will be a mix of the old, and the new! I’ll start out with the new, then talk a bit about some of my older projects. If you’ve seen them before, my apologies, but I’m hoping that some are old enough, that they will be fresh inspiration. I designed this bracelet, in response to the new Polymer Clay, Vinyl Heishi beads that Dwyn introduced a …

Fall is on the way

With Fall on the way it’s time to start getting cozy and take some classes at BeadFx. Our September classes are exiting. Pamela Kearns, Liz Kennedy and Anne Marie Desaulniers have seed beading, resin and metalwork classes for you to keep busy in September. We Also have Happy hour torching on Monday nights. Space is limited please sign up here. We also have Virtual Bead tea every Wednesday 1:30-3:30pm. Bead tea is a free session where you can chat and ask questions about a current project your working on. you can sign up here. The classes in September are both …

The Virtual Bead Tea

Our “Virtual Bead Tea” is a weekly, free, online get-together to bead and banter, every Wednesday afternoon starting at 1:30. Join in the discussion, or just bead along with company and like-minded folks. Recent topics range from beaded mathematical models to testing the durability of various coatings. If you are on the fence about virtual classes, or not sure if your tablet/phone/computer can handle it, sign up for a Bead Tea and see if you like it! It’s absolutely free – log in, get comfy with your current project, and share and socialize online! Ask questions or give advice – …

Come see the Lab

It was cut out of a slab I see you quiver with antici … pation Yes folks, it is International Labradorite Week. Tell your friends. I made it up. We have for you this week a truly stunning selection of Labradorite cabochons, in amazing colors. We have faceted cabs … oh my! We have carved cabochons and colors to make you weep And, if that were not enough, we have Labradorite beads to complement them (although I have to say – the beads, being smaller, are not quite as colorful as the cabochons.) And, if by some chance, you are …

Still Playing Around!

Of course, I’m still playing around. But what else would you expect? It’s too much fun to do otherwise, so I’ll just keep myself happy, amused, and out of trouble! Labour Day has come and gone! Nights are cooler now, so could fall be far away? I had four days off last weekend, and took full advantage of that extra creative time. No, I didn’t design any new classes, but I am thinking about it. I read, shopped, stitched, and I’m still playing around with my Jet Age Powders. It’s relaxing, stress relieving, creative, and just plain fun! I fully …