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 …

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 …

BeadFX Inspiration – Glitzy Pincushion Ring

Once upon a time – we had a weekly inspiration project – something to help you get inspired. Time has moved on, old computer systems don’t necessarily survive upgrades, roles change and somehow, somewhere – in the hustle and bustle – the weekly inspirations slid to the bottom of the priority heap. Sad, but true. But, we are constantly coming up with great ideas – so we are going to breathe life back into the inspirations – not necessarily with step-by-step projects – but with ideas, suggestions, and inspiration – for you to take, and make your own. Without further …

InspirationFX: Falling Leaves

InspirationFXGet your creative juices flowing Falling Leaves by: Rosemary Beasley When I saw the two strands of the “freeform” tiger iron, I was inspired by their “leafy” shape to make a necklace inspired by the fall season. The tiger iron is streaked with slate, rust and little hits of mustard yellow making me think of November skies and falling leaves. The glass leaves and 2mm pearls add a lightness contrasting with the darkness of the tiger iron. Components Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need! Need some help with some of the techniques? …

Photo to Beaded Pattern

A fun little tool from Miyuki to convert your photos to beading patterns We’ve seen a number of beading-pattern-makers over the years – by and large, they seem to not be much fun to use, and try to do too much. This, by contrast, does Miyuki Delicas, Peyote or Square stitch. That’s it. You can also use the Square Stitch option to create patterns for looming. The software is online, and runs in your browser, so nothing to download – except the pattern afterwards if you want.   They have instructions in English here, but I’m going to run you …

Something a little different

Bugles. Long, skinny glass tubes. Ever think of using them this way? Standing on end. Spotted this at the wholesaler the other day – not sure who to credit, but is that ever a cool idea. Big fat bezel finding, not sure what the base is – epoxy clay or polymer clay? –  and bugles pushed in, and some seed beads and rhinestones. Reminds me of sea anemones. Big Fat Bezels Rhinestones Seedbeads & Bugles

Falling Leaves

by: Rosemary Beasley When I saw the two strands of the “freeform” tiger iron, I was inspired by their “leafy” shape to make a necklace inspired by the fall season. The tiger iron is streaked with slate, rust and little hits of mustard yellow making me think of November skies and falling leaves. The glass leaves and 2mm pearls add a lightness contrasting with the darkness of the tiger iron. Components http://www.beadfx.com/inspirations/inspirations.php?id=878

Link Bead Necklace

Had some inquiries about the Link Bead necklace that I tossed a picture of up on Facebook.     The pattern for a bracelet is here: http://blog.johnbead.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/Link-bead-LR-copy.pdf The pattern for the bracelet calls for 3 x 24 beads, and says it is 8.5 inches, but figure a part of that is the clasp – so say the bead portion is 7 inches, if you wanted to do a 21 inch necklace – then you would need about 225 beads. A tube is about 40 beads. The necklace is an ombre effect, shading from white to clear to cream to antiqued …