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 …

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 …

Shells & Stones

Don’t be Shellfish – it is time to shell-ebrate. Keep clam and shrimply carry on. There is no winkling out of this one. Now, when a sea snail gives up it’s shell, is it faster, or more sluggish? You can flex your mussels, it’s oh-fish-al, you will have a shell of a good time. Sure, you are trying to think of a blistering come-back, some pearl of wisdom, the mother of all comments – but it is just de-pendant on what you sea. Perhaps, you are just feeling in the pink, the flower of your youth, with a rosy glow. …

Worms!!!

Big Fat Shiny Ones Long thin sparkly ones Itsy-bitsy,  ir-ri-des-cent worms We’re not actually selling worms. What we have are Vintage Sequins, still on the strand. I am told that folks doing Tambour like them best this way, for ease of use. You don’t have to be tambouring though toappreciate these. Although the pink figure 8 double sequins on the strand do look disturbingly wormy. Water Buffalo Horns These elegant and earthy beauties are made from recycled Water Buffalo Horns. They are light, and clack and tinkle against each other with a rather elegant sound. As always – all the …

Journey to the Amethyst Mountains

Generally, at this time of year, we are off to Tucson, Arizona – tramping over acres of dusty parking lots, pawing through boxes, wandering through tents, and generally being overwhelmed by the staggering amount of stuff being offered for sale. This is the nature of the annual Tucson bead shows, which is a month-long extravaganza of selling, buying, meeting up with old friends, vendors, sellers and instructors, searching for best deals and rare items. But not this year. So, instead – let us journey in our minds to the magical, majestic purple Amethyst Mountains – which is a land of …

D’accord – da cord, da cord!

Thin nylon cord – .8mm – you can get size 8/0 seedbeads onto this! This is a nice, slender nylon cord for knotting, finger knotting, macrame, braiding, etc. Being nylon, the ends will fray out, so keep a lighter handy to just fuse the end when you cut it. Strong, lightweight, color stable. Yeah, is d’accord. Other than that, a few odds and ends of cleaning up and adding items that have come in. We added more of the half-moon beading boards – I was surprised at how many of you were fighting over these when they first came in, …

Pearls & Sinew

Leather & Lace, Silk & Steel, Velvet & Iron – If you want to talk about contrasts, grace and strength, beauty and determination, elegance and toughness – you can add Pearls & Sinew to the list. I immediately get a picture in my head of a very proper older lady, thin as a rail,backbone straight as a poker, with eyes the color of a storm cloud and a fierce determination to protect those which she considers to be her own. Her friends, her family, her land. There is a pack of dogs at her feet, a snooty cat at her …

The Cab-oniferous Period

Back in the caboniferous period, before the evolution of the button, mighty cabs ruled the earth, crashing through the jungle, terrorizing all who encountered them. However – the evolution of the button, with its fancy-schmancy metal loop on the back, put paid to all but the hardiest of this now elusive species of adornment. These days, those lovely, shank-less button cabs – so beloved of bead embroiderers, embellishers and other beady folk are an elusive species. But we managed to find some for you. Of course, with any round-up of creatures as rare as this, a few stragglers are bound …

New Beads for a New Year

New Beads for a New Year Well – here we are. 2021. Still collectively holding our breath, I think. Around here – a new year means new beads. And this week – the new beads are just luscious! We have some new Dagger Beads! Some with “etch” texture, and other with other interesting effects, such as Celestial or Granite.   As an antidote to the daggers, the Mushroom Button Drops, which are as round and organic and grounded as the daggers are ethereal and flippy-floppy. I personally love the way daggers move and lay like  scales or feathers, and then …

Out, damned 2020! Out, I say!

As years go – it’s time this one went. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this past year. But it has not been an idle year for us. We bravely leapt into the world of online classes – we learned lots of good stuff about doing that. The big take-away was – a cable provides better connectivity than wi-fi.;-) We found that now we can take our classes to everyone, regardless of geography! Some of our instructors took to it like ducks to water – happily offering classes from where ever they are in the world, without the …