Friday, April 18, 2014

On Sale this Week: Please - Let it be Spring

25% off

so tired ...
winter ...
must have
flowers &

 s35914 Glass Flowers - 12 mm Pressed Wild Flowers - Lapis (1)
leaves ...

s38509 Glass Leaves - 10 x 12 mm Large Vertical Triangle Leaf - Kawartha Highlands (25)

oh, and tools
must have
more
pliers.
20% off.
Pliers good!

s28817 Tools -  Looping Pliers - Wubbers (1)

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Iced Enamels!

s39060 Iced Enamels -  Relique Powder - Turquoise (15 ml)Enamels: Classic. Colourful. Versatile. But the process: Messy. Dusty. Dangerous to Breathe. s39074 Iced Enamels -  Medium -  (1 oz)Needs a kiln or torch. Pickle. Soldering. Do you love the look, but are intimidated by the process?

So what if we told you about an enamel that didn't have all of that? That was quick and easy to use. How about Iced Enamels? New from Susan Lenart Kazmer (the Ice Resin lady) comes Relique Powder - a "cold" enamel.

Cold enamel means that it is not a glass powder that require firing. Instead - this is a shredded resin that melts when exposed to moderate amounts of heat (like a gentle heating with a heat gun.)
The basic idea is that you paint this medium onto the metal item of your choice, sprinkle on the Iced Enamel, heat gently until it fuses together, and then add a protective coat of Ice Resin. Easy peasy.
So easy - I can do it! (See example above - my first try!)


s39139 Pendant Bezel - Small Hobnail Heart - Brass (2)s39134 Pendant Bezel - Large Hobnail Shield - Antique Silver (1)And, now that you have that to play with - how about some bezels to fill up? A great selection of bezel pendants and links in a wide variety of shapes and sizes and in two colours!





s39039 Bracelet Blank - Size 8.5 Wide Channel Bangle - Copper Plated (1)And if those aren't "foundation" enough for you to build on ... we have some new bracelet bangle and cuffs for you to play with! The bangles - well - polymer clay, epoxy clay, resin, paint ... glue in leather - If I had any skills39030 Bracelet Blank -  Cuff with Bezel Edge - Goldplated (1) at all with circular peyote stitch - I would say a delica dragon pattern worked around the bangle would look awesome! As it is - it will probably be the cuff for me and epoxy clay - I have an idea for a pegasus bracelet ... . The bangles come in sizes, and they all come in brass, silver and copper. The copper is cool - haven't seen these in copper before!



s39162 Tools -  Easy See Crafters Tape - Yellow (Spool)
If you are going to try tackling a pattern for peyote stitch or loomwork, and constantly losing your place is making you crazy, try some transparent, removable tape! Like removable highlighter, just stick this over your current place in the pattern, and then peel off and move as you progress. Great for when you have to put a project down to do something dull and pedestrian, like feed the family or go to work. Also good if you actually wind up watching the t.v. show that you are sitting and beading in front of ... . ;-)

You may have noticed, we're doing a bit of re-organizing on the site too - to make it easier to find stuff. Like the Leather, which is now all together in its very own section, along with the beads and findings that fit on the leather! And the Stone Beads and Pendants are now easy to find at the top level, as are the Metal Beads. And more will happen soon too - must be wishing-for-spring-cleaning!!
Speaking of spring - a happy Easter to you all. The store will be closed Friday and Sunday for the holidays, but open on Saturday and Monday! The website, of course, never closes! ;-)
So anyway - Click on a link or image above, or get started with all the new items here and get creating!



Tuesday, April 15, 2014

just one day left ... 30% off Sale-a-brate the Ceedbead!


30% Off Czech Seedbeads

65043002 Czech Seedbeads - 10/0 Seedbead - Transparent Harlequin Green/Yellow (hank)

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Fibre and Beads Meet at the Knitter's Frolic!


I'm always amazed at what people do with beads, especially when it's outside the realm of jewellery. While I can't knit beyond the very simple stuff, like scarves, I do like to do kumihimo and have taken a couple of felting classes.

I absolutely love what this show has to offer! If you like to work with any kind of fibre - yarn, silk, roving - then this show is for you! And yes, BeadFX will be there!

Toronto Knitter's Frolic is held over two days, but the Marketplace takes place only on the Saturday. Workshops take place on both days.

Dates: Saturday, April 26 & Sunday, April 27

Frolic Marketplace: Saturday only; 9:00am - 4:30pm; Admission: $5.00 at the door
Frolic Workshops: Saturday: 9:00am - 5:00pm; Sunday, 10:00am - 5:00pm

Location: Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre (JCCC), 6 Garamond Court

Getting There: TTC access via 100 Flemington bus from Eglinton or Broadview subway station. For out of towners, HWY 401 to the Don Valley Parkway, south on the parkway to the Wynford Drive exit, west on Wynford to Garamond Court. Turn right and then left into the JCCC parking lot. Wheelchair Accessible. Limited parking available – TTC recommended. For those who will be driving please check the Parking Map which indicates inexpensive parking lots close to the JCCC.

Vendors at the Marketplace include 1 Stop Alpaca Farm, AB Originals, Adirondack Yarns, Alpaca Avenue, BeadFX, Busy Hands Knitting & Gifts, Cabin Fever/Shelridge Farms, Camilla Valley Farm, Cottage Craft Angora, Creative Yarns, Cynthia Blanton Studio, Dye Version, Eweknit, Feather Your Nest, Gateway Fibreworks, Gemini Fibres, Georgetown Yarn, Grand River Yarns, Hopeful Shetlands, HummingHill Alpacas, Indigodragonfly Designs, Infiknit, Knitca, Knit-O-Matic, Lady Slipper Alpacas, Linda’s Craftique, Mary’s Yarns, Needle Arts Book Shop, Northern Custom Design, Pierre Thiran, Rain City Knits, Raventwist, Rose Haven Farm, Roving Winds Farm, Seaspun Yarns, Serenity Knits, Shall We Knit, Sheeps Ahoy, Sheppard Handmade, SOAK, Soaring Studios, Stoddart Farm, Sweater Kits, Sweet Fiber Yarns, Sweet Paprika Designs, The Black Lamb, The Knit Cafe, The Needle Emporium, The Purple Purl, The Woodlot, The Yarn Store, The Yarns of Rhichard Devrieze, Turtlepurl Yarns & Notions, Unraveled, Unwind: Yarn House, Waterloo Wools, Wellington Fibres, Zig Zag Stitches!

Dr. Knit Sessions Saturday in the Marketplace: Knitting ills and ailments diagnosed and cured! Rent Dr. Knit for 15 minutes and get her expert advice. No questions too simple, no problems too large! Sit down with Dr. Knit from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and 1:30 to 5:00 p.m. and discuss your questions one-on-one, $5 per session (all proceeds to the Canadian Cancer Society Relay for Life).

For detailed information on the workshops and registration forms can be found on the Downtown Knit Collective's website: www.downtownknitcollective.ca/wp

Monday, April 14, 2014

InspirationFX: Digging for Treasure


InspirationFX

Get your creative juices flowing



Digging for Treasure
by: Pam Kearns
My first exposure to looking for and collecting fossils came through a trip to Rock Glen Conservation Area (near Arkona, Ontario) as a 12 year-old Girl Guide. Since then, I’ve had a fascination with fossils and other "old" things that people dig up.
When we introduced Turritella Agate, I was thrilled to see the fossils in the stone pieces. I matched them with Smoky Quartz which picks up the colour perfectly. The Vintaj Dragonfly is very "ancient-looking" too because it seems like the husk of a dried, preserved dragonfly.

The necklace is a combination of wire-wrapped loops connecting the Turritella beads and brass rings. The Smoky Quartz nuggets are strung together and connected to the ovals before finishing the crimps. If you forget to add the oval before finishing the crimp, just attach them with jumprings. Instead of using crimp covers, I used the bighole beads to cover the crimps.




















 

Components

Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need!
Need some help with some of the techniques? Check our tips page.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

InspirationFX: Tribal



InspirationFX
Get your creative juices flowing

Tribal
by: Pam Kearns
The "archeology" beads we've been getting in intrigue me – they look old and evoke feelings of living on a deserted island. I matched them up with some carved bone beads and a pendant which help me get to the island too. The metal adds a bit of sparkle to the mix.

The necklace is done as a basic stringing piece and the beads are kept symmetrical. The pendant is hung on a head pin and looped at the top so that it hangs below the beads on either side. The piece is meant to hang a little higher; you can lengthen it by adding more chain to the back.





















 

Components

Go to our components list for this project and to buy what you need!
Need some help with some of the techniques? Check our tips page.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

The Business Chat - How to succeed in 10 minutes


ARGH! There are just not enough hours in a day! If only we could shut the door and focus for a whole day on getting our little crafty endeavours up and running all would be well. Too bad life just doesn’t cooperate. What’s a craftista to do? 

If we wait until we have a large chunk of uninterrupted time in order to do those little business tasks that need to be done, well, you know what is going to happen. 

Nothing.

Grab 10 minutes twice a day and get small things done. Small things add up to big things. One step at a time gets you a lot of places over time so stop making the excuse that you just don’t have the time. You can find 10 minutes. 

Here’s a list of what to do with your 10 minutes. 

  • Spiffy up your product descriptions. The better and more inviting your online descriptions are the more likely people are to fall in love with your work. Take 10 minutes and redo just one description..
  • Write a little story about how you create your work.
  • Read a couple of your favourite blogs and leave a comment on each one. (how fun is this business “chore”?)
  • Add a couple of pins to your boards in Pinterest.
  • Find some groups to join on Flickr. Join them. Upload some photos if possible. Leave comments on other peoples photos.
  • Brainstorm some ideas for blog posts. You can flesh these out later. With 10 minutes just come up with the bones.
  • Research some craft shows you have been thinking about.
  • Update your status on Facebook or Twitter. Leave comments for others too!
  • Learn something new. Technology changes so fast it’s hard to keep up. If you don’t know what something is, spend 10 minutes learning it.
  • Research supplies. Maybe you could save some money by looking around. If you don’t yet have postcards, go and find out how much they cost. Need new business cards? Check out the prices.
  • Want some publicity? Make a list of blogs or magazines you’d like to see your work featured in. Now go and find out a name to contact.
  • Catch up on some of the craft forums you follow, read new messages and respond! Responses are about building relationships.
  • Doodle. Seriously, if you don’t have online access then grab a pencil and paper and doodle ideas or sketches. Draw a new design. Play with your logo.

Sometimes we don’t get started on little things because we know we’ll just get carried away and lose track of time. The idea here is that you just use 10 minutes. If you’re afraid of losing yourself, use a timer. When your 10 minutes are up, put this away and go back to whatever. 

Remember little steps add up to giant leaps.

Friday, April 11, 2014

HeartBleed Bug

Everyone is talking about the "Heart Bleed" bug - and as everyone who uses the internet is exposed to it - let's talk about it.

First of all ... was BeadFX affected?

No. (While we do use open source software - the way it was implemented made it so that we are not affected. But we are monitoring this for new developments.)

Should you change your password?

Yes.

Why?

Because, if you, like most people, re-use your password in multiple places, and one of those OTHER places is affected, your password is out there. And then it doesn't take much for a hacker to start throwing files of hundreds of thousands of passwords at a server, hoping for one that works.

The caveat is, that if the site you change your password on hasn't fixed the problem yet - you will still be at risk. You're going to hate this, but you should be using different passwords on all sites ... . Yeah - that sucks, doesn't it? I have a list of 267 websites that I have passwords on.


For a little clarification - Heartbleed is a bug - not a virus, trojan horse, worm or anything malicious. It is an accident, much like a typo in a dictionary - where everyone is now running around trying to figure out if they have been using the wrong spelling of supercalifragilistic for the last three years (with an a or a i?). The possibility is that someone may use that accident to capture secure data as it moves between your computer and it's destination. The reason why this is a big deal is that the "code" (computer programming) that has this accidental problem is in use in a lot of of places (possibly 60% of the internet!), and not everyone is going to be able to jump on it and patch it (fix it) right away.

Anyway - here are some resources for you for further information:

A list on Mashable of popular sites and whether you need to change the password, and whether it is safe to do so yet.


 A recent article in the Globe and Mail.

 A good guide to safer computing, also Globe and Mail.

And finally - a list of the worst passwords of 2013 - don't use one of these. ;-)

And something to think about - this is one of a number of services that manage your passwords for you - LastPass. I haven't tried it - but it certainly bears thinking about. 

Happy password changing! 



This week's sale - celebrate the seedbead!

 

30% off

 

Celebrate the
Seedbead!



30% Off Czech Seedbeads

65043002 Czech Seedbeads - 10/0 Seedbead - Transparent Harlequin Green/Yellow (hank)

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

All Hail the Mighty Seedbead!

So tiny, and yet - so powerful. If you feel a little like maybe the seedbead could be your friend, if only you knew how - then sign up for a class with Carol Cypher, who is coming from New York state to teach three different classes on April 25 (Dragon Cuff/Shakti Necklace) (Two, 2! separate projects!), April 26 (A Bevy of Beaded Bezels) (as in - I want to use those big fancy stone with no hole and I don't know how and don't want to do metal-smithing), and April 27 (Hand Felted Complex Cane Beads). Seriously - Felted Murrini? How awesome is that? I can't begin to tell you the level of excitement around here - it's non-stop from the seedbeady staff!

And do we have a deal for you! The price of each class has been reduced to $150 each (with nominal kit fees extra). These aren't your wimpy little 2 hour classes either - these are all-day, full-brain bead-immersion classes too! Comparable classes at Bead & Button are more expensive - to say nothing of the cost of going there!

If you google Carol Cypher, you get a world of wonderful, colour-filled images of her work - as her actual website is a little, ahem, "neglected." So call the store and sign up now! 416-751-1911 or toll free 877-476-2323!

So what else is new and wonderful this week?

More Shaped Beads! 


s38922 Glass Beads - Czechmates - 6 mm Two Hole Triangles - Cobalt Vega
s39081 Czech Seedbeads -  O Beads - Magic AppleCzechmate Triangles and O Beads! It's wonderful time to be a "seed bead"-er - with all the fabulous new s39094 Czech Seedbeads -  O Beads - Jet Sliperitshapes being invented. O Beads are exactly what they sound like, 4 mm wide O-shaped beads with a big 1.3 mm hole! Czechmates Triangles have two holes, and the hole line up with the holes in the other "Czechmate" beads, like the squares ... . There will be more of both of these to come, but with 20 colours of the Os and 37 colours of the triangles, you have s38936 Glass Beads - Czechmates - 6 mm Two Hole Triangles - Matte Siam Ruby Irissome exploring to do!




















s38735 Stone Beads - 30 mm Coin - Ice Obsidian (1)However, not everyone's cup of tea is a seedbead, or even a small bead, so for you, we have some stone beads.

How about some Ice, Ice Obsidian? Ice Obsidian, instead of the intense black of regular obsidian, has a smokey colour and streakys and runs of transparent - giving it a vibe much like smokey quartz! This is from the Caucasus Mountains and is fairly hard to get - due to complex regulations regarding exporting it!
s39019 Stone Beads - 12 mm Square - Matte Red Creek Jasper (strand)

And, on the other hand, we have some Matte Red Creek Jasper. The silky smooth matte finish of these stones makes them elegant and earthy at the same time. These beads have an extra step in the process of making them - after they are polished, they are finished another step to complete the look. The desert sunset colour scheme looks particularly fine in this finish!


So, from the timeless and earthy appeal of stone to the sophistication and culture of seedbeads, you have choices!

Always, lots of choices! Click on a link or image above, or get started with all the new items here. Happy Creating!!



Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Carol Cypher's Class - Class Fees Reduced!

We've heard a few 'birdies' whisper in our ear that they would love to come to one (or more!) of Carol Cypher's classes, but the budget is a little tight at the moment...Hmmm...Let us help!

Effective immediately, the class fee for any one of Carol's classes will be:
$150 per class! (plus HST, of course)

That's a savings of $20 per class! At this price, we cannot offer additional volume discounts for taking more than one class. Don't worry, if you've already registered for a class, we will be calling you to refund the difference.

Remember - there is limited seating; register early to avoid disappointment! To register, call the store at (416) 751-1911.

Who is Carol Cypher? Carol Cypher, a professional fiber artist focusing on feltmaking and beadwork, is known for her provocative pairing of the two mediums. Cypher teaches workshops throughout the U.S.A., Australia, Germany, the U.K. and Japan, and her work is exhibited and widely published in these places.
 
Friday, April 25
9:00am - 8:00pm
Dragon Cuff Bracelet and Reflections of Shatki Necklace (2 projects)
This extended class features two projects that go well together! Intermediate class

Dragon Cuff Bracelet (shown above): You'll never want to take this comfortable and clingy bracelet off! The new beads called rizo beads work beautifully to enhance this wonderfully wavy bracelet made of the new peanut beads. After whipping up the base add flair and "make waves" using a special thread that is both sturdy and slightly springy. This project slides over your hand and conforms to your wrist. It has fit perfectly, every single beader who has made one!

Reflections of Shakti Necklace (shown right): Whip up this wonderfully wavy necklace that curves and bends to your whim. Center a unique and REVERSIBLE focal element, whose core is mirrors rather than the usual cabochon. Dangle from this bezel a dramatic ring of daggers. (Make 2 more of the dagger rings to wear as matching earrings.) Carol will provide a Tulip cellulose head pin and a pair of mirrors for the pendant.




Saturday, April 26
10:00am - 5:00pm
A Bevy of Bezels all Day


 Create beautiful beaded bezels in an array of sizes and shapes that are lovely from every angle. This method, focusing primarily on an African Polygon stitch, produces highly textured and corrugated beadwork. Each tiny beaded basket securely holds its rivoli or faceted stone. You'll be amazed at how joyfully and quickly they work up. Unlike usual bezel styles worn flat and viewed straight-on, these bezels beg to be worn in ways that display all 360 degrees of their elegance. Advanced class

Sunday, April 27
10:00am - 5:00pm
Hand Felted Complex Cane Beads Necklace 


Invest a day in creatively magical felt making and leave with a finished, though damp, felt bead necklace! Borrowing the concept from glass, clay and culinary artists, build a collection of canes of fine merino wool using a skewer. Bundle the canes, individually and in groups, depending on your design. Borrow or purchase a Turbo Felting Board to accelerate the intensive felting and fulling of the "complex cane" into firm and solid felt. Experience the thrill of slicing the felt to reveal your unique complex cane felt beads . Compose a stunning necklace using your fresh new beads with glass/gemstone/metal beads or chain. All levels including Beginner

See our website for the complete descriptions of each class, including what is needed to bring with you. A kit fee is required for the felting class.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Just one more day - Pearls, and oh yeah - spacers too.

25% off

One More Week!
30% off
Metal Spacers
(Daisy and
otherwise)
Copper

Gold & Brass

Silver

Gunmetal
 
30% off
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