Project of the Week: Have a Heart

Brand new this week are delightful wire form sets that will ring in your holiday spirit! Today and for the next two weeks, I’ll bring you a project using one of the wire forms. The wire of the forms is made from brass and has been work hardened so that it keeps it’s shape. The wire is approximately 21 gauge so beads can slide onto the wire through an opening in the form. You can then close the form using various methods. Today, let’s see what we can do with the heart form! We’re going to use some Swarovski rivolis …

Project of the Week: Pip, Pip Hooray Knotted Necklace

This week’s project uses components from Anne Marie Desaulnier’s fabulous inspiration, Pip, Pip, Hooray! pendant and earring set. I love the texture that Anne Marie achieved by creating the flower components using pip beads and then stacking them. In this version, I separated the flower components and let them stand with silver beads between them along some leather. To separate the components, I used knots – sort of like an illusion necklace – to space them along the leather. To get started, create 16 flower components. Anne Marie’s instructions on how to do them are below. You will need a …

Transformation Necklace

by Anne Marie Desaulniers Inspiration came in a flash for this one, and the results totally transformed a fairly simple bead. Brushed Silver Beads have been a constant at BeadFX for quite a while, but I never considered working with them. However, the possibilities are endless, when you consider embellishing them. That’s what this project is all about. It is going to be light on instructions, but heavy on imagination and creativity. I will tell you how to make one bead, then it will be your task to decide on the length of your necklace. Mine ended up as 39” …

Project of the Week: Twinkling Trees

Brand new this week are stunning little glass trees that are made even more special as they have the same colour coatings as Swarovski crystals. Of course I just had to do something special with them! This week we have two projects. Moonlight Pendant This easy and quick pendant is reminiscent of a tree covered in snow lit by the moon. I’ve mixed metals just to give an extra sparkle at the top of the tree. 1. Open a 4x5mm oval jump ring and slip it into the hole of the tree. While the jump ring is open, also slip …

Project of the Week: Quick Connection Earrings

We recently launched a new way to connect findings to beadwork – Stitch-in connectors! When I saw them, I thought of another idea: as a neat way to create some dangle earrings. Since four connectors are included in one package, you have enough for two pairs of earrings! These earrings are quick to make and are easily personalized to suit various tastes and wardrobes. You can also increase the bicone size to 4mm or substitute 4mm pearls and fire-polish beads. Gingerbread Buddy Earrings Place a 3mm bicone on each of two fine headpins. Start a wrapped loop, taking it to …

Project of the Week: Stretchy Mask ‘Chain’

Masks aren’t going away anytime soon, so we need to make them as convenient as possible. We’ve already shared a mask chain designed by Anne Marie Desaulniers using real chain, but here’s something a little bit different: what if we used stretchy cord and beads? Sort of like a big stretchy necklace! The mask is folded in half and attached to the chain using an extra large lobster clasp. Folding the mask in half helps to keep the interior of the mask clean. This style is easy to wear and ‘kid-safe’ because it will stretch if tugged or inadvertently caught. …

Going Batty: Necklace & Earrings, & Skull Earrings

BeadFX Inspiration – 10/30/20 – Anne Marie Desaulniers How could I possibly not make a Batty necklace, at this time of the year? When I first spotted our new Bat charms, I immediately thought about resin, then had to decide what I would make out of them. Of course, a necklace immediately came to mind, and it definitely needed to have movement! Earrings, of course, as well, and the Sugar Skulls, just because they are cute! I don’t really have the best feeling about bats,* because I once spent the night in a cabin, with a bat dive bombing through …

Project of the Week: Fly Me a Pink Kite

We recently introduced some new earring frames, including an intriguing kite design. This week, let’s create a pair of earrings with them! The frames are made from stainless steel which makes them very strong and stable, but the colour isn’t exciting. We’ll add a shot of colour using some basic wirework using some non-tarnish 24 gauge wire that wraps around the frame. To reinforce our colour choice, we’ll add some sparkle with Swarovski crystals. Pull and cut 2′ of non-tarnish 24ga wire. Create a bend about 1″ from the end of the wire and wrap it around one of the …

Be Chain My Mask!

by Anne Marie Desaulniers I spotted someone wearing a mask chain, and decided to give it my own personal spin! We all need to dress up, at times, and this would be the perfect addition to your accessory wardrobe. After we’re free from masks (at some far, distant time in the future), just remove one of the lobster claws, and you’ll have a simply elegant necklace to wear. This chain/leash is a little more work than my earlier ones, but trust me, it’s worth it!! Supplies: – do feel free to make it your own, by changing up the colour, …