Project of the Week: Ginko Dangles

The new frame findings are fun to work with and there are some many ideas that you can achieve with them. This project features the triangular frame with a top hole for a dangle. They are easy to do, using only one row of brick stitch as a base for beads to dangle from. The resulting pair of earrings are fairly large, making it perfect as an accompanying pendant. Needed for this project: (in brackets are the colours I used – personalize it to your own style!)Earring Frame – Triangle – Stainless SteelSize 6/0 Japanese seed beads for base row …

Just a Quick Reminder! 20% Off

 Sale ends Sep 30! (Next Wednesday at midnight) The forecast is for bargains – 20% savings, for nearly 100% of our stuff!* Time to stock up on beads and stuff, and maybe even start to think about making hand-made gifts. Yes – Christmas is coming. *Almost everything. Some select items excluded.  Sale – Fine Print Feel free to place multiple orders and we will combine them to reduce shipping. We do anticipate that shipping will most likely be delayed by a day or two from our usual timeframe. So click on a link and go crazy! Categories Beads   Seed Beads   …

Collecting Collections: But that’s not all!

Collecting collections, seems to be my way of life! I make no apologies, because it’s something that I love to do. I’m not only collecting collections, I also make collections, because I love to work in series. So, this blog post is going to be a little bit of everything, but don’t worry, it will be over fast! Much faster than the actual work, the collecting, then figuring out what to do with it all! I worry that my collections will eventually come to an unhappy ending. But let’s not talk about that!! I really don’t have enough space for …

Project of the Week: Handsome Ahoy

When we introduced nylon cord, Dwyn Tomlinson saw the great potential in this fun material. Her inspiration, Handsome Ahoy, was a perfect example of an easy-to-do project that could be worn by either a man or a woman. Let’s add a splash of autumn colour to the bracelet! I’ve used even-count flat peyote strips zipped around the brass beads and the end caps. The colours of size 11/0 Miyuki Delica beads are:db2102 Maize (DC)db2109 Opaque Sienna (DC)db2125 Light Amazon Green (DC)db2104 Opaque Kumquat (DC)The thread I used was Toho One-G Once picked the colours, I needed to figure out the …

I Be-Leaf it is Fall …

I Be-Leaf it is Fall … The air is crispthe morning coolsteam rises off my heated pool Tis time to putthe plants to bedand excavatethe leaves instead. If falling leaves,make you sad, 🙁here is newsthat’s not so bad  🙂 Don’t be blueand don’t be bentour beads on sale – 20%! Time for a sale! 20% off (almost) everything.* Time to stock up on beads and maybe even start to think about making hand-made gifts. Yes – Christmas is coming.   Sale: Fine Print* *Almost everything. Some select items excluded. (see below) Feel free to place multiple orders and we will …

Bead shopping in the time of COVID-19

We are open for in-store shopping, four days a week, Wed – Sat – 11-6. Hours: Open for in-store Shopping – Wednesday – Saturday 11-6.  Please Wear a mask | Social distance | Hand sanitizer at the door | Sign in for contact tracing Limited number of customers in store We reserve the right to insist customers who do not wish to observe these simple requests to shop online instead Closed Sunday. Curbside pick up available Mon – Sat: 11-6.   We will call you when your order is ready. Shipping: Canada Post continues to be slow. Sigh.   Phones …

Neither Here nor There!

Neither here nor there is another funny title for a blog post. That’s because I’m in one of those moods, where I really don’t have all that much to say. Okay, I always have stuff to say, but I guess the spirit just hasn’t moved me yet. So, let’s just get going! My weekend was a working one, with me writing to a deadline. I met it, so all is good! But what that means, is that my creativity had to take a back seat. Of course, that doesn’t mean that I didn’t do anything, just not as much as …

Back to Class was a Blast!

Thank you to everyone who joined us for our first virtual event! It was thrilling to meet so many people, especially those who tuned in from beyond Toronto! The learning continues in September with more classes – several of them brand new! Diane Whiting joins us virtually from California for two exciting classes that are full of sparkle and style. Gillian Clarke is sharing her expertise with beaded Kumihimo as well as some new chainmaille designs. Jenn Jevons will teach you all about Art Clay Silver – a terrifically versatile medium that ‘magically’ turns into fine silver! Liz Kennedy has …

Project of the Week: Going Batty!

Welcome to a new BeadFX feature! In addition to the inspirations, we are presenting a complete project – with instructions and fully illustrated! Some of the projects will be brand new, based on new or existing products; others will be re-vamped inspirations featuring up-to-date products and options. Our first-ever project is: Going Batty Pin This fun pin, designed by Pamela Kearns exclusively for BeadFX, features our new bat component. The component has been filled with Crystal Clay; colour added and, when dry, completed with dangles. A pinback completes the project. Materials needed: 1 Charm Pendant – Open Bat, antique bronze2″/5cm …

Chain Gang Leashes – for Masks!

BeadFX Inspiration – Anne Marie Desaulniers We’re all this for the long run, and mask-wearing is not going away any time soon! I don’t know about you, but I’m always losing my favourite masks, so why not leash them firmly, and chain them to our necks? Dwyn calls them leashes, but I call them chains, and “never the twain shall meet!” (I think it is because she has dogs on the brain.) As makers, it’s our responsibility to start a mask-jewelry movement! Perhaps not as useful for the occasional user (grocery store, drug store, etc.), but for those of us …