Thursday, September 03, 2015

Two UPDATES in ONE week!

We were so thrilled to be the first to roll out the new Swarovski colours and shapes - we are taking pre-orders for those, but that is not all - we have our regular update as well!

27099000-04 Firepolish - 4 mm Faceted Round - Pearl Pastel Baby Pink (strand 45)This week - we are seeing more of the soft, pretty pastel colours - now expanding into the 4 mm firepolish! Time to start adding more of those oh-so-useful 4 mm firepolish into your seedbead creations as the bigger accent beads!
27099000-26 Firepolish - 4 mm Faceted Round - Silk Matte Melon (strand 45)
And - if you want the visual and textural contrast of using matte colours instead - again - we are here to help! Silk Matte 4 mm firepolish!

s46011 Chain -  Double Link Curb - Antiqued Silver (Inch)If you are feeling less like you want soft pretty colours and something more edgy this week - s46013 Chain -  Double Link Curb - Matte Bright Gold Plated (Inch)check out this new double link curb chain. I think it is super handsome, especially in the gold, but we have gunmetal, antiqued silver, and matte black. I love matte black chain.

s46014 Chain - 5 mm Rolo Chain - Antiqued Silver (Inch)Also new in chain - a smaller size of the rolo chain - 4 mm - in gunmetal and antique silver.

s46018 Findings - Regaliz -  Textured End Cap - Antique Silver (1)s46016 Findings - 5 mm Round Leather -  Smooth End Cap - Antiqued Silver (1)And over in the leather findings - end caps for the Regaliz and the 5 mm round - which opens up some new design possibilities, doesn't it?

As ever - the new items can be viewed here, or click on a link or image and hop directly to that item! Cheers!

Tuesday, September 01, 2015

Trend Watch: Tassels and Fringe

I am a sucker for tassels and fringe. I remember, as a young teenager in the early 70s, coveting a fringed suede vest in a "hippie" shop downtown. When I won a gift certificate for the store in a draw, I was sad that I couldn't afford the vest. I bought a purple suede fringed reticule-type bag instead and two large lampwork beads to wear interchangeably on a leather thong and I was so happy.

Tassels and fringe go in and out of fashion, and they can be found on everything, when in vogue, from accessories, home decor and clothes to fringe hair bangs. With the return to the romantic flow of "boho" 70s style in Spring 2015, the tassel and its "friend" fringe returned big time. Fringes and tassels are still hot for Fall 2015 so, as a jewellery designer, I'm interested to see how I can incorporate a bit of this trend into my jewellery.

Beadfx has a tutorial on making a necklace that features chain fringe by Dwyn Tomlinson. So pretty and classy. And this tutorial by Pamela Kearns uses colourful tassels in a fun way.

This short and sweet little video shows you how to make a tassel. All you need is a piece of cardboard, scissors, needle and thread and cord in matching colours. Wrap, sew a few stitches and you've got a tassel to add to gemstone bracelet or add a series to a bracelet for a cute look.

Or you can buy tassels ready made in gorgeous colours from Beadfx. Click here to see their selection of jewel-tone colours.

If you like beaded fringe, now's the time to add it to everything. There's a great series of books called The Beaded Edge. The techniques require some crochet skills, and the results are so pretty. You can add an extra dimension to everyday objects like pillows and blankets or elevate a sweet girl's dress to something she will feel like a princess wearing. Beadfx carries The Beaded Edge. I own both books in the series and sometimes just like flipping through them to admire the beautiful edging techniques in the detailed photos.

I am going to make a dangle bracelet featuring reclaimed vintage lucite beads, and tassels that I'm going to make out of DMC embroidery thread. I'll post a picture to this blog when it's done. Is anyone else going to jump on the tassel and fringe trend with me and see what kind of cool jewellery we can design? If you make something, share it in the comments.

Dancing Jewels - Spinning Kaputt pendant

Sometimes it's hard to visulize from a single shot - this is the Kaputt pendant in rotation. Notice that is is asymetrical - almost like a broken arrowhead.

Back to Class & Book Launch just around the Corner
PLUS Jill Wiseman Classes coming up soon!

"Oh wow, the photo doesn't do it justice; I love it!"

"You mean I can really do this?"

"I've been wanting to learn this for a long time. I didn't know you taught it."

These are just some of the comments that we've heard from potential students at previous Back to Class and Meet the Teacher events.

Join us for our Back to Class event on Saturday, September 12, 11am - 3pm, and see for yourself the upcoming classes that will be taught at BeadFX this fall. You'll also meet the instructors who are teaching them!

Confirmed to attend are:
(more are expected to confirm their attendance)
Amy Waldman-Smith
Angela Peace
Anne Marie Desaulniers
Christine Woollacott
Cindy Goldrick
Iris Rogers Melamed
Jen Rosen
Marilyn Gardiner
Pamela Kearns
Sue Henry

There will be door prize draws throughout the event PLUS for every class you register for during the event, you will receive a ballot toward the draw for a $25 gift certificate that can be used toward future class registrations or merchandise! (and of course, there will be lots to eat!)

Jill Wiseman
Also happening the same day is a book launch for Marilyn Gardiner! Marilyn's book, Modern Chain Mail Jewelry will be available and will have samples of the pieces that are in the book. Marilyn will also have kits available for purchase so you can make your own spectacular pieces of chain mail jewellery.

Last but definitely not least, Jill Wiseman's three classes are coming up quickly! There is still time to sign up for Jill classes which will be held September 25 through September 27. By the way, register for Jill's classes while you're at the Back to Class event, you'll be included in the draw as outlined above!

Friday, September 26
Alternate Angles
10:00am - 5:00pm

Saturday, September 27
Red Carpet Bracelet
10:00am - 5:00pm

Sunday, September 28
Primaflora Bracelet
10:00am - 5:00pm

See the website for complete information about class fees, course description and what to bring with you to class.

BeadFX Is First to Announce: Swarovski IS KAPUTT

s46086 Swarovski Pendant - 26 mm Kaputt Oval Pendant (6911) - Crystal AB (1)SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT: BeadFX is thrilled and delighted to be the first in Canada to be able to bring you the new fall line of Swarovski beads and pendants and the new colour effects - Scarabaeus Green and Light Chrome.

Design Story: While the whole world strives for perfection, Swarovski discovers s46101 Swarovski Pendant - 28 mm Kaputt Pendant (6913) - Crystal Scarabaeus Green (1)the beauty of imperfection, guided and inspired by none other than design legend Jean Paul Gaultier. Together with Swarovski’s own trend, design and product management experts, Gaultier developed the spectacular Kaputt Collection exclusively for Swarovski. Like its name, the German word for “broken,” already suggests, the collection presents a technological innovation that deliberately breaks with convention. It celebrates the appeal of being different and unpredictable, which, according to the designer, is much more exciting than the precise and perfect.

Description: Broken and raw, but elegant at the same time, the Kaputt design captivates with distinctively irregular, partly unpolished, or frosted surfaces that give it an all natural, almost meteoritic appearance. It comes in rich, shimmering metallic colors as well as classics, such as Crystal and Crystal AB. Look: In a world of flawless, artificial beauty, Kaputt mirrors the attractiveness of irregular, natural surfaces for a down-to-earth look that is both rock and chic.


s46021 Swarovski Rhinestones - SS 9 - Xilion Rose Enhanced Flatback NOT Hot Fix (2058) - Crystal Scarabaeus Green (144)Design Story: Expressing his desire for an exclusive effect that would match his Kaputt Collection, haute couture icon Jean Paul Gaultier developed Crystal Scarabaeus Green together with a team of experts from Swarovski. For his effect he wanted this precise scintillating shade of green, combined with the mythological shimmer of the Egyptian scarab. Description: Aptly named, Crystal s46036 Swarovski Bead - 4 mm Faceted Round (5000) - Crystal Scarabaeus Green (18)Scarabaeus Green evokes the magic glow of the scarab, shimmering in green, blue, and purple with a metallic luster that combines bright and shadowy facets to create a stunningly graphic surface. Look: With its beetle-like glow, Crystal Scarabaeus Green lends itself perfectly to nature-inspired and bold eco-designs. It powerfully mimics nature and sets a rebellious statement for any eco-warrior. However, its shiny surface also evokes an otherworldly appearance that echoes futuristic, stellar avant-garde looks. The metallic rainbow hue caters to the sporty sci-fi appeal that celebrates state-of-the-art technology and transports us into other dimensions.
s46037 Swarovski Bead - 4 mm Faceted Donut (5040) - Crystal Light Chrome (1)Accompanying the Scarabaeus Green - the glittering and otherworldly Light Chrome - a silver metallic symphony of cold, reflected light. Designed to hold a mirror to the world - Light Chrome is both a powerful neutral and a s46053 Swarovski Bead - 13 mm Faceted Skull (5750) - Crystal Light Chrome (1)reflection of the world around it, harmonizing and echoing the dazzling dance of light!
As of today - Sept 1 - we are taking pre-orders for these new, dazzling items. If you want to be the first to play with these pretties - incorporating them into your personal designs or first to market with your exclusive creations - then pre-order them now. We expect delivery in approximately 10 days, and will begin shipping as soon as possible thereafter.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

InspirationFX: Double Headed Serpent Belt

Get your creative juices flowing

Double Headed Serpent Belt
by: Rochelle Kilmer

While scrolling through Facebook one day, there was a postabout this beautiful Aztec sculpture from the 15th/16thcentury.
This Double Headed Serpent became the inspiration behind mybelt.
I used the gorgeous, turquoise scaled Regaliz leather forthe body of my serpent and Swarovski rivoli end caps for my heads. Before gluingon the end caps, I strung two charm holders onto the leather and attached a jumpringto the loop on each; this is where I connect the spring ring clasp for myclosure.
The leather is a little bit hard to handle, just go with theleathers natural curve and it will create a bit of cross over under the clasp(as seen in the pictures below).
And your belt is done!! Wonderfully paired with that littleblack dress for any occasion!



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.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Clean up in the Disco ...

Clean up Time in the "Disco" Section! (that's Discounted & Discontinued!)

Ok - we've got some awesome dealios in here:

s15140 Cubic Zirconia - 4 x 6 mm Emerald Cut Octagon - AAAAA White (1) - <font color="#FF0000">Discontinued</font> - 70% off!
Cubic Zirconia - 4 x 6 mm Emerald Cut Octagon - AAAAA White (1) - Discontinued - 70% off!

 Use with Metal Clay - these are fireable, or make a hole and mount after. Nice enough to use in metal smithing projects too.

s25097 Swarovski Crystal Yarn -  Cotton Yarn with Crystals - Cream /Crystal Golden Shadow (Metre) - <font color="#FF0000">Discontinued</font> - 60% off!
Swarovski Crystal Yarn - Cotton Yarn with Crystals - Cream /Crystal Golden Shadow (Metre) - Discontinued - 60% off!

Now only $2.98 / metre. If the price of this frightened you off before, try it now. Cotton yard pre embellished with Swarovski Crystals. Add to another project or crochet with it?

s40946 Glass Beads - 7 x 11 mm Pyramids - Ivory (12) - <font color="#FF0000">Discontinued</font> - 60% off!
Glass Beads - 7 x 11 mm Pyramids - Ivory (12) - Discontinued - 60% off!

Ivory is bad. But things that look like ivory are cool. And these fit the bill.

s33106 Swarovski Neon Pearl - 12 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Neon Pink Pearl (10) - <font color="#FF0000">Discontinued</font> - 60% off!
Swarovski Neon Pearl - 12 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Neon Pink Pearl (10) - Discontinued - 60% off!

Neon pearls - top quality and colour as vibrant as it comes - Fashion pearls from Swarovski in knock your socks off Neon colours!

28400740-06 Resin Beads - 20 x 32 mm Crackle Gooseberries - Mint (1) - <font color=
Resin Beads - 20 x 32 mm Crackle Gooseberries - Mint (1) - Discontinued - 30% off!

Big, juicy, lightweight resin beads! Make something big but light! 

and so much more. Five pages of super deals! Don't wait!  Click here now!

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Quadra Tiles!

Look out - its the low profile quad-copter beads! Well - no - it's Quadra Tiles - another multi-hole shaped s45991 Shaped Beads - 6 mm Czechmates Quadra Tiles - Blue Irisbead for your beading delight! This is a low profile (that part is true), s45981 Shaped Beads - 6 mm Czechmates Quadra Tiles - Matte Metallic Bronze Copperfairly thin square bead that you can use to link and stabilize your multi-shape-bead-creations. 19 new colours, and, I'm sure, more on the way.

More colours in Pips too - Pastel Pips and Matte Pips. More of the soft, pretty colours that we are 27800960-75 Shaped Glass - 5 x 7 mm Pip Beads - Silk Matte Cyclamen (strand)seeing in the rest of the shaped beads, so you can work in the same colour palette all the 27800960-71 Shaped Glass - 5 x 7 mm Pip Beads - Silk Matte Peach (strand)way.
I'm keeping it short and sweet this week, as we are gearing up for some new sparklies. You want to keep an eye on this space for Sep 1 when we will be rolling out ... well - no, if I told you, they'd have to shoot me. Just make a big shiny X on the calendar for September 1 ...

We're still doing some consolidating and re-org'ing in the store, so we have some deep, deep discounts on some stuff that we'd like to move out to make room for other goodies, (like so don't forget to stock up on these, as they are going for rock-bottom prices! Click on an image or link, or see all the new stuff in right here. Cheers!

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Gems and Stones

A friend of mine always has a visceral reaction to every stone she picks up: it feels hot, cold, etc. I don't have a reaction to stones through touch, so I don't understand it, but I do believe it works for many people.

Humans have adored and adorned themselves with stones through the ages and have assigned them various meanings, whether as healing stones or birthstones. I react to stones through my eyes, deciding on what they mean to me intellectually, so I am more interested in what they make me feel when included in a design - their shape, colour, refraction and opacity excite me.

As often happens to me, synchronicity brought several gemstone-related resources under my nose all at the same time this week, and it occurred to me that this blog would be a great place to round them up and create a one-stop reference for those of us who are enchanted by the lore, beauty and excitement of gems and stones. 

Earlier this week, Kate Richbourg posted a link to this long but very complete and easy to read article on how different treatments are applied to and affect gemstones. When you read it you will understand better how these treatments affect the quality and appearance of such things as pearls, coral, topaz and even diamonds. From coatings to dyes to foil backings, you will learn how gemstones can be manipulated and you will be an informed and more cautious buyer after reading this. Here is a link to this article.

This morning, I watched a segment from Beads Baubles and Jewels that reviewed birthstones and included projects to showcase those stones. It's lots of fun to create thoughtful birthday presents for friends using birthstone gems. Molly Schaller also offers low cost alternatives to some of the semi-precious gemstones traditionally associated with some months.

It's trendy again to wear stretchy bracelets featuring one or many different types of beads that are assigned certain healing powers. There are a lot of web pages reviewing the medicinal or healing qualities of crystals but often the information is wrapped in new age concepts and obscured by bad web page design/layout. So I went through quite a few references to bring you the best of them. 

This site offers a good and fairly complete alphabetical listing of the healing powers of gemstones.

This online list of gemstones and their meanings is easy to read, is presented in alpha order and is accompanied by wonderful pictures of some stunning jewellery.

This list is not as beautifully presented, but it is one of the most complete lists I've come across.

Necklaces by Cindy Goldrick

I've been making these simple and elegant gemstone necklaces with matching earrings, and now I'm inspired to add their gemstone stories to them for buyers. You can easily wire wrap gemstones and use jump rings to assemble the components into these simple pieces that require very little time to make yet carry a big impact. I think I'll wear my clear Quartz drop version today to take advantage of the clarity of thought they bring as they unblock my body and allow energy to flow through me. 

Tuesday, August 25, 2015

September classes kick off a new season!

By all these lovely tokens
September days are here
With summer's best of weather
And autumn's best of cheer.
- Helen Hunt Jackson
Author, 1831 to 1885

September! Back to school, back to work and back to a routine. It's also a chance to start something new and learn a new skill (why should the kids have all the fun!)

For the second year in a row, we are holding our special Back to Class event where you can come in and see for yourself the wonderful class projects that our instructors have developed and are ready to teach. As an added bonus, we are also holding a Book Launch to celebrate Marilyn Gardiner's new book, Modern Chain Mail Jewellery! Mark your calendars now and join us! Prizes, draws and refreshments! To see all planned fun for the day, click on 'Classes' on our website and follow the links to September 12.

New classes during the first half of September include two classes with Marilyn Gardiner directly from her new book! Pamela Kearns is teaching how to do the brick stitch to create a pair of fun and festive earrings. Angela Peace takes Cavandoli knotting to new heights with a colourful wristband/bracelet. A quick reminder that Jill Wiseman is coming later in September - don't be disappointed, reserve your space in her classes today!

We have encore classes too from Bonni Poch and Kelly Garland!

Here are the classes scheduled September 1 - September 15:

Saturday, September 5
NEW Caribbean Green Bracelet
Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
9:30am - 12:30pm

NEW Classic Chains Bracelet
Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
1:30 - 4:30pm

Thursday, September 10
NEW Fiesta Brick Earrings
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
6:00 - 9:00pm

Friday, September 11
Cellini Spiral Bracelet
Instructor: Bonni Poch
6:00 - 9:00pm

Saturday, September 12
FREE Back to Class Kick-Off/
Book Launch
11:00am - 3:00pm
Prizes, refreshments and more!

Sunday, September 13
Sterling Hollowform Hoop Earrings
Instructor: Kelly Garland
11:00am - 4:00pm

NEW Mad for Plaid
Instructor: Angela Peace
11:00am - 4:30pm

For complete information about the classes, including course descriptions, class and kit fees, click 'Classes' on our website and follow the link to the September calendar.

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

Wednesday, September 2
Open Bead Night
Facilitator: BeadFX staff members Bonnie Cottingham, Pamela Kearns or Malliga Nathan
6:00 - 8:00pm 

Thursday, September 3
Thursday, September 10
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 please our merchandise in our facility. Thank you.

Sunday, August 23, 2015

The Business Chat - 21 things to bring to a craft show that you didn’t know you needed

What is the most important thing in your craft show booth? 


And as your best sales tool for success it’s necessary to look after yourself. Sometimes we get so caught up in making sure we have all our display and product that we forget about us. 
  1. sunblock
  2. lots and lots of water (I bring 3L per day)
  3. snacks
    1. don’t get hangry! Sometimes food isn’t readily available or you’re just too busy to go and get some. (or there is only crap food available). 
  4. lip balm. 
  5. comfortable shoes
    1. this is not the time for those super cute but not super comfortable sandals. You will be standing for 10 hours. 
  6. layers of clothes. 
    1. outdoor weather is fickle, and sometimes indoors is no better. If you are cold you will hunch your shoulders and shiver. This is not inviting body language. you need to be comfortable. Bring a sweater, a jacket, a tank top (in case it gets hot), leggings (can go under a skirt). Whatever you could possibly need. 
  7. camera
    1. always take a photo of your display to go over later. I also snap photos of anything that catches my fancy like other peoples displays. I also use my camera phone to update my social media on the fly. 
  8. duct tape
    1. hey, did you know that duct tape now comes in a variety of colours as well as transparent? 
  9. double sided tape
    1. always tape tablecloths to your tables, it stops them from slipping around and keeps your display tidy
  10. a hand mirror 
    1. even if you have mirrors on your walls, there will be people who are too short or too tall, or in a wheel chair. Hand mirrors are also a really great distraction for whiny children to play with, giving their mothers a few moments to shop. 
  11. lots of change
    1. work out your prices with tax included. Figure out what your most popular price is and how much change you’ll need. Most of my earrings are $35, with tax $39.55, I bring a LOT of quarters and dimes. 
  12. notebook
    1. all those brilliant ideas that flit through your brain, write them down. And if you have a bit of downtime, rather than checking out your phone (bad show behaviour), why not brainstorm a bit?
  13. an office toolkit
    1. scissors, stapler, glue, bulldog clips, pens, envelopes
  14. a decent toolkit.
    1. no not for your work. A hammer, pliers, utility knife, screwdriver set, s-hooks, cable ties, all the fun stuff. 
  15. garbage bag or bin
    1. keep your world clean
  16. wet wipes. 
  17. hand sanitizer
  18. alcohol and cotton swabs if you make jewelry
    1. no matter how many times you tell people not to try on the earrings, someone will not listen.
  19. paper towels (and windex if you have mirrors)
  20. a duster or lint roller
  21. baggies and tupperware. 

OK, now you’ll be in excellent shape, now you can concentrate on rocking your sales. 

InspirationFX: Of Sand and Surf

Of Sand and Surf
by: Lee Metsalo

If you could capture a walk along a tropical beach in a necklace, would this be it?  Sparkling waters in various shades of blue.  A few sand dollars. A few marine plants or glimpses of marine critters. And silver sand glinting in the sun.
This is a simple necklace where each beaded component is closed with wrapped loops, and then linked together with the jump rings.  The join of the two strands is linked with two jump rings for a bit of added durability.  Make this as many strands, or as long or short as you like!

Tools used:  two pairs of flat pliers, round pliers, wire cutters



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.