Don’t forget to check out the Manager’s specials

On sale to make room for new stuff. Wire Lace (Woven Wire Ribbon) 50% off – wire you waiting?  Soutache Cord – 50% off   Once there was a dude with a mustache, who burned it off eating succotash. He made one a-new, with a cord or two, of our fabulous half-off Soutache.  Rivets ‘n’ Stuff (Selected items) – 50% – Absoolutely riveting Cali beads – 50% off. Bow Beads – 50% off  (Bow, a bead, a half-off bead.) Link Beads – 50% off (Cam shaft beads?)

Project of the Week: Spring Leaves

Last week we celebrated the start the coming Spring by creating a Sun Pendant. This week we celebrate the leaves and budding flowers with a fun and colourful pair of earrings! These earrings feature the new Monstera Leaf charms. Normally these charms are antique silver but we are adding colour using nail polish, giving them an enameled look. A short length of fine curb chain dangles with lots of spring colour using 4mm beads. I used some leftover Swarovski crystals in colours from my stash but 4mm fire-polish beads, pearls or druks would be just as fun. Let’s get started! …

Pegasus Descending – Wire Collage – Pendant or Cabochon

BeadFX Inspiration – Anne Marie Desaulniers A while back I made a similar pendant, with a dragonfly as the focal. By the time I got it done, there were no more dragonflies to be found in the store, and it looked like it would not be possible to re-order. So, I had to backburner the project. A couple of weeks ago, I spotted the Pegasus pendant, and decided that it would be a good substitute! On the original, I wire wrapped in a selection of charms, but for this one, I decided to use a combination of silver beads, and …

There once were some gals with beads on their necks

In honor of the latest craze … There once were some gals with beads on their necks They ran a store called BeadFX The orders came in and the orders went out Oh ship, my beady gals, more! Soon may my bead order come to bring me beads and stuff and fun One day when the beading is done, I’ll get to get some more! Every week is treasures new Glass and crystal and metals too Findings, tools and ideas anew And stuff I can’t ignore Soon may my bead order come to bring me beads and stuff and fun …

Bead Shopping in the time of COVID – Mar 03 2021

Time Marches on. We’re about a year now of this brave new world. Who knew? We prefer to be conservative with everyone’s health for the moment. At that time, we will let you know dates and times. Hang in there. In the meantime, we are still able to pick and ship your orders, and Curbside pick up is available Mon – Friday: 11-6.   Please place your order online. We pick orders in the order we receive them. We are happy to combine orders to save the shipping.   Phones are being answered Monday through Friday (11 am – 6 …

Rocking with the Beads!

Rocking with the beads means that I’m captivated by my latest project. But, I’m even plotting another one, because we all know that I have a fickle muse! I wonder what I will get up to next? My killer orb! I love it, but the dark blue absorbs all the light, and the project is quite obsessive. If the weather is nice on the weekend, I will take an outside shot! My third focal section, and I’m already planning the fourth! I love everything about intuitive bead embroidery. Does it show? My bankbook, and BeadFX knows this, because this is …

Learning has nothing to do with Luck

Patience. Perseverance. Practise. While St. Patrick’s Day is coming up soon, a leprechaun’s luck isn’t going to help us learn new skills (although his pot of gold would pay for a lot of classes). We all learn and process information in different ways. For myself, I learn best by seeing a technique done, and then trying it myself. I need visual reference, whether it be illustrations, viewing a video or seeing the instructor’s hands as s/he demonstrates it. Others require written explanations that go with the illustrations with step-by-step guidelines to do a new technique. Still others need to hear …

Sun Pendant

Spring is coming so let’s celebrate by bringing the Sun into our wardrobe! This week’s project features brick stitch using the 42mm Wire Hoop and cube beads in two sizes: Miyuki 4mm cubes and 1.8mm cube. The finished pendant measures 2 3/4″ across; you can make it smaller by using a smaller hoop and/or smaller beads. With this technique, you will see the thread; choose a thread colour that blends with the hoop colour if you don’t want it to stand out too much. Pull a wingspan of thread and thread your needle. Tie the thread with a double knot …

Bugs N’ Roses

Welcome to the Jungle – the hot, steamy Thai jungle with it’s beautiful, iridescent Sternocera beetles! Not only did we get some re-stock on the amazing green-blue wings, but also a small stock of the rarer copper-colored wings. The Sternocera beetle is known for it’s habit of attempting to discuss tax policies with the trees – hence it’s reputation as a wood-boring beetle.   Crystal Roses!   You might think I have an Axel to grind,what with all these sweet amethyst crystal rose cabochons. Crystal Roses are what they are called, and they are a cluster of crystals – we …