Tuesday, October 21, 2014

One more day! 20% of Czech Firepolish!

Ends - Wednesday at midnight!

20% off
Czech Firepolish
Beads!



















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TBS Show just around the corner!

This is show season! 

The Fall Bead & Jewellery Fair, sponsored by the Toronto Bead Society, is coming up quickly and we are proud to be a part of the show.

Formed in 1994, the Toronto Bead Society (TBS) is a volunteer group of people who share an abiding love of, and enthusiasm for, beads, beadwork, and related jewellery-making skills. TBS is an affiliated member of the Ontario Crafts Council.

We will be bringing lots of items to the Fair including racks of Japanese seed beads, Czech seed beads, findings and general jewellery-making supplies. You can also expect to find some kits - perfect all-in-one gifts for your beader friends!

Saturday, November 8; 10:00am - 5:00pm
&
Sunday, November 9; 11:00am - 5:00pm

Toronto Reference Library
Appel Salon, 2nd Floor
789 Yonge Street (north of Bloor at Yonge)

Admission is $7 for 1 day or $10 for both days. As a bonus, drop by BeadFX sometime before the show to pick-up a postcard entitling you to $2.00 of the admission!

BeadFX proudly supports the Toronto Bead Society as well as other beading societies and guilds. If you are a member of TBS or any other society, show us your valid membership card to receive 15% off your purchase. Memberships will be available at the Fall Bead and Jewellery Fair!

For more information about the Toronto Bead Society, go to www.torontobeadsociety.org.

Monday, October 20, 2014

InspirationFX: Blue Dragon



InspirationFX

Get your creative juices flowing



Blue Dragon
by: Dwyn Tomlinson
This Dragon Vein Agate fascinates me. Used like this, the blue and white, with the Ivory Pearls has a quiet, calm feel to it - a sort of Wedgewoody elegance.

This bracelet is 8.25 inches long. Leave an agate segment out to make it shorter, about 7 inches.


















 

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, October 19, 2014

InspirationFX: Envy





InspirationFX

Get your creative juices flowing



Envy
by: Dwyn Tomlinson
Green-eyed envy! Who am I to encourage someone to partake of the seven deadly sins? Well - when it comes to jewellery - envy, lust, greed, bead-gluttony, pride, wrath-of-not-finding-the-pliers-you-know-you-just-had pretty much cover it - the only exception would be sloth - which there isn't very much of around here. Nope - no sloth.

I do keep working this colourway though - see Most Harmonious and Origin of Life - soft greens and gold accents.

Despite the name, the Swarovski colour Black Diamond has a distinctly greenish tinge to it, which complements this dyed tiger-eye perfectly. This bracelet is 8 inches, use one less big bead/cap combo for a shorter bracelet.

Use crimps to secure the beading cable, and cover the crimps with crimp covers after.

Enjoy!


















 

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, October 18, 2014

The Business Chat - 12 ways to holiday up your online shop

I have just seen my first Christmas decorations in a store. It’s official, the holiday shopping has begun. As Halloween hasn’t even happened we’re not yet into panic stages yet. This is the time of year when customers are starting to think seriously of shopping, it’s the research time of year. And where are most people looking right now? You got it, online. 

Now is the time to spiffy up your online site before the crazy shopping begins. People are looking, and bookmarking, but many won’t purchase until the holidays get closer. It’s time to go over your site and make it as inviting and easy to use as possible.

Here are 12 steps to help you build up your online business for the holidays.
  1. If you make any holiday specific items now would be the time to list them. Even though people aren’t buying the Santa sweaters in October, they will bookmark it and come back in November when they do want to buy. 
  2. Make it easy for a customer to find your online shop. Your website address, email address and phone number should be listed EVERYWHERE. Put these on your business card, all over your website, on your facebook profile and in your email signature. If they can’t find you they can’t give you money
  3. Check the useability of your shop. A really good exercise is to ask someone who’s not very computer literate to try and buy something from your shop. Ask them to document problems they have. If someone can’t figure out how to use your Buy Now buttons then they can’t buy your work. 
  4. Let the customer know about shipping deadlines. This is critical for the holiday season! Have the cut off date for shipping on the front page, especially as that date gets closer. The post office gets slower as they get busier so err on the side of caution. Make sure you list deadlines for both local and international.
  5. Post your shipping information somewhere accessible. Make sure you list your shipping options and give them a choice. Last minute shoppers are usually willing to pay extra for express shipping as long as they know how much it will cost.
  6. Have a picture of your shipping packaging. Do you gift wrap? (an excellent option to offer at Christmas). Let them know. If you don’t have a picture of your packaging, describe it well.
  7. Take a good look at your shop policies. If they aren’t clear now is the time to rewrite them. Can they be easily found?
  8. What is your refund policy? At this time of year people are buying gifts and one thing on their mind is “what if my sister doesn’t like it? Or if it doesn’t fit?” So what are you going to do if the recipient doesn’t like it? How will you exchange it? In what time frame? Decide now and let your customers know. Post this information somewhere prominent.
  9. Add new work on a regular basis. (Ideally you’ll do this all year). If a regular customer wants to buy someone a gift, make sure there is something new for them to choose. If you have the same work all the time it starts to look tired. Keep your site fresh and interesting. Give them a reason to come back weekly for the next couple of months. If they’re excited about what’s new in your shop, they’re not spending their time looking at other shops. 
  10. Let’s talk photos, how do yours look? Photos can always be improved, if you have some time, try shooting different angles or putting them on a different background. If you are making wearables it’s always a good idea to have one photo of the item on a model. Round up a good-looking friend and see if they’ll model for you.
  11. While you’re looking at improving your photos, read through your product descriptions. Are they all that they could be? A good description provides all the necessary materials, dimension and size information. A good description includes an interesting story or quirky detail. It’s always good to suggest who this item would make a great gift for.
  12. Communicate your payment methods. They like it, is it clear to them how they can give you money?

In my little business, 60% of my annual income happens in the last 2 months of the year. In the feast and famine world of making a living with our hands, this is full on feast time. Doing the prep work well in advance will lead to excellent feasting. So come on everyone, it’s time to get ready. 

Friday, October 17, 2014

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Are you ready to Sparkle?


34760221430001 Swarovski Elements Bead - 14 mm Raindrop (6022) - Crystal Satin (1)Laaaaadies and Gentleman - It's a lovely day here today at the BeadFX Swarovski Park and we are all set for the Sparkle Classic.

Earlier today, we thought we might get some Raindrops but it appears to have cleared up and the Helios 34760401050006 Swarovski Elements Pendant - 30 mm Helios (6040) - Crystal Iridescent Green (1)is shining, in Crystal Iridescent Green and three different sizes.

Are you reeeeeeady to start? Start your sparkle engines! On the count of One, Two, Swarovski ... and they are off.






Hot off the line are the Pearl Twins - two fabulous complementary pearl 27758601000930 Swarovski Elements Pearl - 10 mm Coin Pearl (5860) - Iridescent Green Pearl (5)colours that go together like night 2775810s41902 Swarovski Gemstone Pearl - 10 mm Round Pearl (5810) - Iridescent Purple Pearl (10)and day, bacon and eggs, chocolate and everything.




Next, the Briolettes Drop into place. These are a 34760100096006 Swarovski Elements Bead - 5.5 x 11 mm Briolette Drops (6010) - Crystal Iridescent Green (1)34760100085259 Swarovski Elements Bead - 5.5 x 11 mm Briolette Drops (6010) - Tangerine (1)classic rounded end drop with a horizontal hole and are available in Crystal Iridescent Green and Tangerine.













27750401018006 Swarovski Elements Bead - 6 mm Faceted Donut (5040) - Crystal Iridescent Green (1)27750401029259 Swarovski Elements Bead - 8 mm Faceted Donut (5040) - Tangerine (1)Rolling along right behind are the Faceted Donuts, also coming at you in Crystal Iridescent Green and Tangerine.

34762021072006 Swarovski Elements Pendant - 10 mm Faceted Heart (6202) - Crystal Iridescent Green (1)34762021025259 Swarovski Elements Pendant - 10 mm Faceted Heart (6202) - Tangerine (1)And if the excitement of that hasn't gotten your heart beating faster, then you should examine these, or check your pulse - you might be dead.

34761060096006 Swarovski Elements Pendant - 22 mm Faceted Pear Drop (6106) - Crystal Iridescent Green (1)Dropping in right behind the hearts are the Faceted Pear Drops - another classic like the Briolettes, but flatter in profile.



And here comes the pack of Minis - smaller faceted tablet beads that enhance and enchant without overwhelming. There's the Mini-Rounds, the Mini-Ovals, the Mini-Pears, the Mini-Rectangles, the Mini-Drops, the Mini-Squares, and of course, the Mini-Rhombus - the Rhombus being a square with a diagonal hole!





27750520035001 Swarovski Bead - 6 mm Mini-Round (5052) - Crystal Silver Night (1) 27750510060259 Swarovski Bead - 8 x 10 mm Mini-Oval (5051) - Tangerine (1) 34761281035259 Swarovski Elements Pendant - 10 mm Mini Pear (6128) - Tangerine (1) 27750550050208 Swarovski Bead - 8 x 10 mm Mini-Rectangle (5055) - Siam (1) 27750560042001 Swarovski Bead - 8 x 12 mm Mini-Drop (5056) - Crystal Silver Shadow (1) 27750530040209 Swarovski Bead - 6 mm Mini-Square (5053) - Rose (1) 27750540010280 Swarovski Bead - 6 mm Mini-Rhombus (5054) - Jet (1)

27753011563001 Swarovski Elements Bead - 4 mm Faceted Xilion Bicone (5328) - Crystal Iridescent Green 2X (36)27750002700006 Swarovski Elements Bead - 10 mm Faceted Round (5000) - Crystal Iridescent Green (1)And they are coming around the turn - it's the Faceted Bicones neck and neck with the Faceted Rounds.


34764281010259 Swarovski Elements Pendant - 6 mm Xilion Rivoli Drops (6428) - Tangerine (1)The Rivoli Drops in behind, but wait, coming up from the outside 34760280045006 Swarovski Elements - 10 mm Pendant Oval (6028) - Crystal Iridescent Green (1)are the Pendant Ovals with a surprise turn of speed and it's, it's, it's just too dazzling to tell. They are all winners here today!










Creativ Festival

We'll be at the Creative Festival Oct 24, 25 and 26, and sponsoring classes and doing Make & Takes in the booth as well. Drop in and drop by!

Trunk Show


We're also organizing a Lampworkers/Metal Smith/Hand made Trunk Show (on Nov 15). We do this to support artists that would like to try selling but are intimidated by making enough inventory for a full show. If you would like to participate and be a vendor, contact us for details.




All sorts of other new goodies too, so as always - you can click on a link or image above, or get started with the new items here. Happy Shopping!