Frosted & Glazed – but these ain’t no doughnuts

Fifteen new colors of Miyuki Seedbeads – the new line of Frosted Glazed Rainbow colors – in four sizes – 15/0 Miyuki Seedbeads 11/0 Miyuki Seedbeads 8/0 Miyuki Seedbeads 6/0 Miyuki Seedbeads Aren’t they yummy? And with matching colors in four sizes – think of the design possibilities there. Increase and decrease sizes and all the textures and patterns. How cool is that going to be? I don’t think I need to say more – I will let these speak for themselves. We haven’t got these packaged yet – so if you are racing to make an appointment to come …

Bead shopping in the time of COVID-19 – This Week – July 8

Hot enough for you? I hope you are somewhere cool, an air-conditioned space of some sort, or by a lake, or in another province. Here, we are in the middle of “Toronto doing an imitation of Death Valley.” Ugh. The air-conditioning in the store is working though. 😉 Hours: Open for in-store Shopping – Wednesday – Saturday 11-6. Reservations preferred. Wear a mask | Social distance | Hand sanitizer at the door. Closed Sunday. Monday & Tuesdays, we will be in-store picking and shipping. Curbside pick up available 11-6. No in-store access. Shipping: Canada Post states on their website: “Customers …

Hot Jewelry Trends: Spring/Summer 2020!

Hot jewelry trends, for summer 2020 (spring is already a done deal)! It’s just too darned hot to think, but that doesn’t mean that I can slack off! Toronto is melting right now, but at least I have air conditioning. I’m better off than many! There’s no sign of it stopping either! Rain/storms by the weekend, but it warms up again next week. Yes, a few degrees cooler, but still! I don’t normally complain about sunny weather, but it’s not quite the middle of July, and the grass is already getting fried! What will August bring? Now about the hot …

Mid-July classes are HOT!

The temperature is rising and so is the creativity in our mid-July classes! Gillian Clarke, Pamela Kearns, and Laurier Poirier (BeadFX’s newest instructor!) are bringing you amazing virtual classes. If you’ve ever wanted to create a beaded box – Gillian will show you how! Pam will show you how to create a bead mosaic using an ancient technique developed by the Huichol people of northwest Mexico. Laurie will have you creating a season’s worth of wire rings – perfect for yourself, friends and family! For the first time since March, we are offering an in-studio class with Liz Kennedy. Join …

Real Beads This Week

Some real beads this week – traditional beads like flowers and leaves and firepolish donuts. Pretty novel, for a bead store, right? These pretty flower beads inspired me to do this: I am going to mount it in a shadow box – although, I have to admit – I kind of want to go berserk and keep going with it from here. The pendant stone is the Poppy Jasper Square Donut – Rosemary rejected this one as being damaged, so I decided to have a go with it. For the embellishment, I grabbed some Delicas – 10/0 Japanese Cylinders – …

Happy Canada Day 2020!

Happy Canada Day 2020 to all of you! It doesn’t matter if you live in Canada or not, because if you’re reading this blog post, you’re an honorary Canadian!! 2020 is a year that most of us would like to forget, but that won’t happen, so we need to make the best of it. Instead, let’s focus on what’s good in our world! I won’t get into the political end of things, but we have family, friends, a fabulous health care system, and a government (both Federal, and Provincial), that is supporting us through these difficult times. We can get …

July kicks-off BeadFX’s Virtual Classes

We are living in a virtual world right now, at least until it is considered safe and healthy to gather as a group. Our enthusiastic instructors are eager to get back to joining you in a class to share their knowledge and creativity – this time in virtual classes! Virtual classes will be a little different – not better, not worse – than physical classes. You will be able to talk to the instructors and see them demo while you are following along working on your projects in real time. You’ll be able to ask questions and get answers. You’ll …

Oops, I did it again!

Oops, I did it again! Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the bead store … I found some more stone pendants … I know, I know. You have all these good intentions, resolutions to use the beads you have, resurrect projects, … but then I go and show you this Holy Aphrodite of Labradorite-y! Is that yummy or what? Because this one, meh … heh heh heh. Not! No? How about … ? This is Shattuckite. Shattuckite is a melange of Chrysocolla, Azurite and Malachite, with a soupçon of copper-bearing Cuprite. For those of us …

June 2020 Bead Mat Update: Beads, stones, and fibre!

June 2020 bead mat update, is a mix of many things, but all of them are colourful! When I think June, it’s the end of school, and the beginning of summer, but that’s gone all wacky on us this year. Summer started early, with a series of hot spells, yet no school days, except the home school variety. It’s definitely a different start to the vacation season. Speaking of vacations, the cottagers will still be heading north (or wherever), and the rest of us will probably be vacationing in place. Sigh! Speaking of hot spells, I’m still waiting for my …

Are You Ready for Virtual Classes?

The world has changed in so many ways! Staying in and working from home has forced everyone to re-think and re-imagine how to accomplish what used to be simple tasks. Now, not only are our children learning from home, we are too! BeadFX is starting virtual classes beginning in July using Zoom. There are lot of advantages and opportunities to taking a virtual class:– you can attend from anywhere in Canada, the United States or other parts of the world– you are in the comfort of your own home, with your beading supplies– you don’t need to worry about going …