Friday, March 27, 2015

Spring cleaning sale ...

On Sale this Week

More Spring Cleaning 


35% off

Bakelite Beads
& Shapes

s36681 Vintage Bakelite - 28 mm Ring - Mahogany (1)



50% off
78024030-04 Feathers -  Coque Hackles - Royal Purple (Pack)



50% off
Thai Silver

s32151 Thai Silver -  Curved Carved Horns - Sterling (1)



50% off

Metal Plated

s16685 Plated Leaves - Medium Hart Ivy Leaf - Bright Copper (1)

spring cleaning sales - continue to April 29!


Cleaning ...

30% off Spikes

30% off Daggers

50% off

35% off
Simplicity Spacers

70% off
Crystal Letters

50% off
Vertical letter

50% off
Big Bold
Fancy stones

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Ooooh, Aaaah, oooo ... @ BeadFX

s44104 Stone - 15 x 20 mm Oval Cabochon - Titanium Rainbow Window Druzy (1)that's the sound we're hearing the most of around here - because this update is a doozy! Or, should I say, Druzy? 

s44093 Stone -  Pear Drop Druzy Pendant - Titanium Rainbow Window Druzy (1)Because we have a spectacular update this week - with amazing, yummy, fabulous items, and we're going to start off this guided tour with Druzy cabochons. Or Drusy, if you prefer. Or even Drusie - because apparently s44103 Stone - 10 x 13 mm Oval Cabochon - Black Knight Druzy (1)not even I can spell it consistently! 

We have a wonderful new selection of Stone Cabochons this week, including window druzies, that's thes44106 Stone - 13 x 17 mm Pear Drop Cabochon - Rainbow Titanium Window Druzy (1) kind s44100 Stone - 36 x 67 mm Freeform Cabochon - Bronze Beauty Window Druzy (1)with the smooth stone with a "window" of crystals, or just all over crystals

s44112 Stone - 10 x 12 mm Oval Cabochon - Turquoise (1)Next - we have some turquoise cabochons. Actual turquoise - not imitation. With lovely s44114 Stone - 7 x 9 mm Oval Cabochon - Opal (Synthetic) (1)patterns of the matrix in them. These are not huge, but would really make a project! 

And, some Opals! These ARE synthetic - they are man-made opals, but because of that, are much more affordable. And less finicky too - stronger and less susceptable to damage.
s44126 Stone - 65 mm Tall Shield Cabochon - Red Creek Jasper (1)And then, there are the stone cabochons ... oh myyyyy. If you dream of interesting, beautiful stone cabochons, dream of these ... Red Creek Jasper, in interesting shapes, Shattuckite - originally from the Shattuck mine in Arizona, now mined out, but a small deposit has been found in Congo. s44140 Stone -  Pear Drop Cabochon - Shattuckite (1)

Perhaps you are a little baffled by cabochons - maybe you need an actual hole in your stones? Come on over to our Stone Donut and Pendants page! How about your s44136 Stone -  Inlay Rectangle Pendant - Red Creek Jasper / Amazonite (1)Red Creek Jasper as an Inlay pendant? Beautiful pieces of Red Creek Jasper inlaid with a white stone border and s44129 Stone - 12 x 45 mm Long Drop Pendant - Brown Leaf Jasper (Pair)set into a frame of amazonite or onyx, and with a large, horizontally drilled hole.
Or what about this Brown Leaf Jasper - sold in matched pairs, no less! 

Or this lovely Amethyst Sage Chalcedony - which is s44141 Stone -  Rectangle Pendant - Amethyst Sage Chalcedony (1)earthy and ethereal at the same time.
s44092 Stone -  Druzy Pendant - Cassiopeia Ocean Druzy (1)And, if you are looking for Inspiration on using the druzies - you can look at the very limited selection of pendants we got - mostly just for their inspirational qualities - although, if you must (wink, wink) have one - they are for sale! 

Also, you need to look at these - Arizona Blue Lightning s44084 Stone -  Horse Eye Pendant - Arizona Blue Lightning Chrysocolla (1)Chrysocolla. Yum. Yummity Yum Yum. s44087 Stone -  Sterling Pendant with WT / Onyx - Arizona Blue Lightning Chrysocolla (1)

OK - there is soooo much more - how do I tell you about it all? s36938 Stone Beads - 4 mm Faceted Round - Amazonite (strand)

s36940 Stone Beads - 8 mm Round - Amazonite (strand)Amazonite! The price of this was insane this year at Tucson, but we found a stash of it that we bought a while back, so the price is - well - it ain't cheap - but it's not as crazy.

s43804 Stone Beads - 30 x 40 mm Oval - Tree Agate (1)Tree Agate - next to some of the flashy stuff we have this week, this might get lost, but, you know, graphic scribbles of sagey green on a white background is a pretty classy look!

s43815 Stone Beads -  Faceted Rondelle - Light Sky Blue - Plated Pyrite (strand)
Metallic plated pyrite. s43823 Stone Beads -  Faceted Rondelle - Shaded Smokey Quartz (strand)Faceted pyrite stones plated with a metallic coating. Or just gemstones. Green Quartz, Labradorite, Turquoise, or graduated colour strands like Smokey Quartz or Amethyst.

s44081 Stone Beads -  Faceted Navette - Pyrite (strand)s44074 Stone Beads -  Faceted Briolette Drops - Smokey Quartz (strand)s44071 Stone Beads -  Faceted Cubes - Moss Agate (strand)s44061 Stone Beads -  Faceted Donut Rondelles - Amethyst (strand)s43937 Stone Beads - 8 mm Faceted Rondelle Donuts - Labradorite (1)s43828 Stone Beads -  Faceted Rondelle - Lapis (strand)s40277 Stone Beads - 3.5-4 mm Faceted Rondelle Donuts - Labradorite (strand)
s44063 Stone Beads -  Faceted Pear Drops - Lemon Chrysoprase (strand)And some limited quantity strands of some fancy gemstones - in case you feel the need!

s43934 Stone Beads - 40 mm Faceted Olive - Dzi Bead (1)And still - there is more! Modern Dzi beads, s44053 Components -  Tassels - Mermaid Tresses (1)new Tassels!

I am so excited about all the wonderful new stuff we have this week! Hope you can drop in and fondle it in person, or failing that - snag it online before it gets snapped up! Happy shopping - try not to drool on the keyboard, eh? ;-)

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

The Secret of Shooting Earrings

Here's a tip for those of you who want to take pictures of earrings.

Heavy cardstock or matt board, centre cut out. Attach a stand or something to hold upright.

Nylon line stretched across, held with clips or tape in TWO places. One to hang the earring off, the other to stabilized the earring, stop them from swinging for 15 minutes, twisting, or turning to an awkward angle. The earrings hang from the top line, and rest against the bottom one.

So you get this ...  retouch out the lines, or increase the lightness to get them to disappear.
 Instead of this.

Nice drusies, eh?

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

April Classes make the Grade -- No Fooling!

April -- practical jokes, lots of rain, the budding of flowers. There is lots to enjoy during this first real month of Spring.

A new month brings new classes such as Pamela's Bombay Cuff or Sureka's Embellished Rivoli Pendant. Deborah brings us a free-form Puzzle Lace Necklace; Anne Marie will teach how to alter metal washers to create jewellery components; Jen will teach us how to create the beautiful Eye of the Dragon Ring and Angela teaches a new take on the classic Plafond Knot.

We have lots of returning classes too including Iris' Hot Connections 1 class (an afternoon class!) and her Hot Connections Bezel Set Stone Ring. Bonni's Bead Crochet class is always popular as is Angela's Soutache Foundations class!

Important: we've had a few disappointed students who waited too long to sign-up for classes. Registering early will ensure you get a seat. Alternatively, if enrollments are low and don't meet an instructor's set minimum, instructors will cancel their class. If you really want a class, be sure to sign-up early!

Here are the classes scheduled April 1 - 15:

Thursday, April 2
Bead Crochet 101
Instructor: Bonni Poch
6:00 - 9:00pm



Thursday, April 9
Hot Connections 1: Intro to Soldering Afternoon class!
Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed
12:00 - 4:30pm  

NEW Bombay Cuff
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
5:00 - 9:00pm

Friday, April 10
NEW Embellished Rivoli Pendant
Instructor: Sureka Sriharan
2:00 - 6:00pm

NEW Puzzle Lace Necklace
Instructor: Deborah Beesley
6:00 - 9:00pm

Saturday, April 11
Hot Connections: Bezel Set Stone Ring
Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed
10:00am - 5:00pm

Soutache Foundations
Instructor: Angela Peace
11:00am - 5:30pm

Sunday, April 12
NEW Wishy, Washy and Whimsical - Altered Metal Washers
Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
11:30am - 2:30pm

NEW Eye of the Dragon Ring
Instructor: Jen Rosen
12:00 - 3:00pm

Tuesday, April 14
NEW The Classic Plafond Knot Bail
Instructor: Angela Peace
12:30 - 3:30pm

Bring your projects and join us at our FREE open bead opportunities:

Wednesday, April 1
Wednesday, April 15
Open Bead Night
Facilitator: BeadFX staff members Bonnie Cottingham, Pamela Kearns or Malliga Nathan
6:00 - 8:00pm

Thursday, April 2
Thursday, April 9
Afternoon Bead Tea
Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
1:00 - 3:00pm

BeadFX is proud to offer these FREE sessions. In return we ask that you use our merchandise in our facility. Thank you.