Thursday, August 28, 2014

Matte Montana and the Missing Puzzle Piece

s40796 Glass Drops - 4 x 6 mm Tiny Tims Drops - Matte Montana Antiqued (50)
My name's Montana, Matte Montana, and I solve puzzles. s40804 Glass Daggers - 5 x 16 mm Dagger Beads - Autumn Stroll (25)This is my story.

I was taking an Autumn Stroll, when s40807 Glass Daggers - 5 x 16 mm Dagger Beads - Earth Mother (25)my cell phone started to ring like a Nightclub. It was this hippy-dippy Earth Mother friend of mine, s40805 Glass Daggers - 5 x 16 mm Dagger Beads - Matte Nightclub (25)and she needed my help.

"Oh Matte," she said, "I'm so confused. I'm at the end of my Twisted Rope. I'm Foiled like a Chaton."

"Hang on, my Petite Flower," I said. "Don't get your Moccasins in a bunch. Pour yourself a glass of Bordeaux and I'll be right there." I jumped my car - a new s40806 Glass Daggers - 5 x 16 mm Dagger Beads - Electric Blue Opal (25)hybrid Electric Blue Opal, a replacement for the Vintage Steel that I used to drive, checked s40773 Swarovski Vintage Rhinestones - ss 48 Chaton Foiled - Starlight (6)my Gunmetal Vitrail, and drove over in the Starlight.

s40724 Findings - Link -  2 Knob Puzzle Piece - Bright Brass (1)There she was, as lovely as a Spring Willow, getting s40715 Metal Charm/Pendant -  Monstera Leaf - Bright Brass (1)Hammered, and fanning herself with a Monstera Leaf.

"I'm Missing a Puzzle Piece!" s40785 Glass Drops - 4 x 6 mm Tiny Tims Drops - Spring Willow (50)she said when I got there.

"Well" I said, "Do you need a 1 knob puzzle piece or a 2 knob puzzle piece?"

"s40720 Findings - Link -  Triangle Puzzle Piece - Bright Brass (1)Oh no," she sobbed, "I think it's a triangle piece!"

"Really?" I said. "Here it is - the Missing Piece - in both Copper and Brass.

Honestly - you are as beautiful as a butterfly but as sharp as a pebble."
s40734 Metal Beads -  Pebbles - Antiqued Copper (1)

s40822 Glass Leaves - 9 x 14 mm Horizontal Flat Paisley Leaves - Fire of 1000 Suns (1)"Oh," she said, you make me as angry as the Fire of a 1000 Suns. You are about as helpful as a square washer. I thought you would bail me out."

"Listen baby, you called me, don't you look daggers at me!"

"Why don't you Tiny Tim Drop out of here, you're not so Bright Gold yourself," she snapped.

s40771 Swarovski Vintage Rhinestones - 8 x 10 mm Oval Cabochon (2190/2) - Smoked Topaz (6)s40922 Book - Bead and Button Books -  Creative Beading - Vol 9Well, who needs that kind of abuse, so I decided to make like a tree and Leaf, and I grabbed an Smoked Topaz Oval Cab home and took up Creative Beading.

Click on a link or image above, or get started with all the new items here and get making!

*We are closed Monday, Sep 1 for Labour Day - but as usual, our trusty computers will continue to take your on-line orders! Have a safe and pleasant holiday!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Just one day left - to get the point ...

This is the point - just one day left to get them at 30% off - that's the point. Get it? Got it. Good.


30% off!

s30253 Glass Daggers - 5 x 16 mm Dagger Beads - Blue Jay (25)

s38801 Glass Beads - 5 x 16 mm Thorns - Cobalt (25)

s31664 Glass Beads - 17 mm Spikes - Sapphire Blue (6)

s37538 Glass Beads - 12 mm Bead Stud - Matte Cobalt Sliperit (1)

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September isn't the end of Summer;
it's the start of a new Season!

In Toronto, we know that summer is pretty well over when the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) kicks off. Labour Day will be around the corner and the kids will be back in class. But it's not really an 'end' - it is the start of a new season when we get to wear new fall clothes and look forward to cooler weather and the colours of changing leaves. (okay, cue the violins!)

But really! Our routines get back to normal and scheduling gets back in place. And we do need new jewellery to go with our new fall wardrobe!

Our enthusiastic and creative instructors have organized wonderful classes with many new projects. Plus, you get the opportunity to meet some of the instructors and see for yourself the great projects at our Back to Class event on September 13.

Here is what's scheduled September 2 - 15:

Saturday, September 6
FREE Marg's Birthday Celebration
11:00am - 3:00pm

NEW "Ducette" Wire Knit Bracelet
Instructor: Roxann Blazetich-Ozols
1:00 - 4:00pm

Sunday, September 7
NEW Button Knots and Gemstones
Instructor: Angela Peace
11:30am - 2:30pm

Thursday, September 11
NEW Triangle Ridgeback Bracelet
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
6:00 - 9:00pm

Friday, September 12
NEW Sassy Sparkling Sliders
Instructor: Malliga Nathan
6:00 - 9:00pm

Saturday, September 13
FREE Back to Class Kick-off
10:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday, September 14
NEW Pebbledash Polymer Clay Pendant and Bead
Instructor: Barbara Colautti
11:30am - 4:30pm

Hot Connections 1: Introduction to Soldering
Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed
10:00am - 2:30pm

Complete information about our classes, including course descriptions, and class and kits fees can be found on our website. Click on the 'Classes' link and follow through to the September calendar.

Bring your projects and join us at our FREE open beading sessions. 

Wednesday, September 3
Open Beading Night
Facilitator: Stephanie Dixon
6:00 - 8:00pm

Thursday, September 4
Thursday, September 11
Afternoon Bead Tea
Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
1:00 - 3:00pm

BeadFX is proud to provide these FREE sessions. In return, we ask that you please use our merchandise in our facility. 

Monday, August 25, 2014

Top Five Bead Spills at BeadFX

You know that sound, when you are in a restaurant, an almighty crash of crockery and cutlery, a tremendous burst of sound that shatters the air as well as the dishes. I always hope that we're in a place that doesn't take it out of the waiters' salaries, when I hear that.

Well - restaurants aren't the only places where things spill. Sometimes, we have spills here at BeadFX. They can be pretty spectacular - and always involve everyone crawling around on their hands and knees afterwards, picking up the goods!

Top Five Most Spectacular Bead Spills at BeadFX

5. Early on in our history, I was moving a tray of Swarovski's, all in their little bins, when I dropped the tray and spilled the entire lot on the floor. Back in those days, it was a sizable percentage of our inventory. I felt so bad, I spent the evening sorting them all out back into their proper bins for the next day.

4. Then there was the time when we were doing a show at the convention centre, and the pin for the handle of the dolly came out, and the dolly ran down the ramp and jumped the curb and scattered the contents of the metal beads bins all over the concrete. There are probably still Antique Copper Hex Spacers wedged into the cracks in the pavement, if you ever care to go back there with a pair of tweezers.

3.  And then there was the day the Sterling Bead shelf collapsed in the glass case at the cash register. Oh yeah - there was some sortin' to do that day!

2. And speaking of the glass showcase - we hadn't had it a full week yet, when a half-loaded mobile rack (just back from a show, coincidentally), fell over onto the new and very expensive glass showcase, and smashed through it and demolished it. The owner was out of town and we didn't tell her till she got back - why ruin a vacation, after all?

1.  And the most recent and a truly spectacular one - the table in the counting and packaging area just recent collapsed - folded up it's metal legs at one end, and gracefully slid it's contents on to the floor - where they all landed in their respective bins, bags and boxes, retaining pretty much their exact position that they had on the table, and leaving Rochelle on the phone holding a bag of beads in one hand and her phone in the others, saying, "Gotta go now, table just collapsed."

What are your bead spill stories?

InspirationFX: Fear of Commitment


Get your creative juices flowing

Fear of Commitment

by: Dwyn Tomlinson

Here's a fear - the fear of commitment. The fear of using that beautiful object that you have only one of - and then not having it anymore to use in another piece.

Sadly - I usually buy multiples of the things I really like, and now I have drawers and drawers of stuff, and can't find the thing I'm looking for - so it's all a wash.

This new jewelry system - called, variously, depending on the manufacturer, "In a Snap," "Noosa" or "Klik" is the first interchangeable jewelry system that is quick and easy to change out the focal piece.

Your individual item glues (I used epoxy clay, because I like it's non-runny properties) onto a snap back, and then the items you make, bracelets, pendants, etc, have a snap-into section. As easy as doing up your jeans. Change up your jewelry as fast as you change your clothes, and no special tools required, no fiddling, just snap and go.

I bet spies could use these to exchange information. That could be in a Bond flick. Maybe you could make one with a memory card inside ... ? Bond ... Jane Bond ...

You don't need much of the epoxy clay, about the size of a pea. It's harder to mix well in super small quantities, so glue up a bunch at the same time.

The magnetic clasp is not quite the right size for the regaliz - but I never let that stop me. Trim it down (as shown) with wire cutters and dry fit before glueing.



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, August 24, 2014

InspirationFX: Play Dress Up


Get your creative juices flowing

Play Dress Up
by: Rochelle Kilmer
To dress up, or dress down - this piece can work both ways - ready for the office or a night on the town.

  1. Use the 2-ton epoxy to glue your rivoli into it's bezel
  2. Put each Swarovski round on a headpin and make wrapped loops.
  3. Attach the headpins to a jumpring and a link on the rivoli
  4. Use a jumpring and attach the other end of the rivoli link to the beaded crown with loop as a bail. You will need two jumprings to hang straight (one below the other)
  5. Place the remaining components on the olive cable necklace with the rivoli in the centre
Bam! It's done!



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, August 23, 2014

The Business Chat - Ho Ho Ho, Happy August!

The sun is shining, the bees are buzzing and guess what? Christmas is coming!!! Yes people it’s time to start the holiday countdown! Right now sales are slow because everyone is on vacation (maybe you are too?). This is the perfect opportunity to start planning and scheduling your holiday season. 

As soon as September hits life will move into warp speed and before you know it you’ll be sitting around that tree ripping presents apart and wondering if it’s too late to list online those Santa earrings you made. 

While you’re sitting around in the sunshine with a lovely frosty beverage, grab your notebook and start planning. 
  • Set your holiday goals. What would you like to see happen in your business this holiday season? Name a sales number. Write this number down on a big piece of paper and post in on your bulletin board so that you can see it everyday.
  • Work out your product line, are you creating anything special? If so how long does it take to make this and when should you order the supplies?
  • Think about your packaging for the holiday season. Even if you don’t do anything special your sales will be higher than they are now and you’ll need extra packaging. Usually ordering in advance is cheaper, work out when to buy this.
  • Have you signed up for any craft shows? If no, why not??? Go and find one.
  • Good, you’re in a craft show. You’ll need to think about your booth display, packaging, and inventory. Start making notes and think about dates. If you want stuff like posters for your booth (highly recommended) how long does it take to have these made. Once you know this, put the dates on your work calendar.
  • Think about how you can improve your online store for the holidays. How about a special banner or other graphics? Start creating or see if you can find someone to create it for you at a cheap price.
  • Photos are the most important part of selling online. If you start shooting now you’ll have great shots ready to go when needed. Are your existing photos all that they can be? Why not write the descriptions for the holiday items now? Start now and you can polish to perfection before you list in November.
  • Write your shop holiday announcement including stuff like shipping deadlines.
  • Are you planning on doing any holiday advertising? When do you need to submit your copy?
  • Schedule in when you’ll send out your holiday newsletter. Don’t yet have a newsletter? Go and sign up at Mailchimp (free newsletter management) and learn how to create a newsletter.
  • Perhaps you could host a private party for your work. Think about where to hold this, who to invite and when it should be.
  • How about some clever promotional ideas? Me, I’m creating bookmarks for my company. I’m eyeing the fridge magnets but the pricing is a bit steep. 

Start now and you’ll totally rock out the season while remaining cool and collected.

Ps. Don’t forget that Christmas isn’t the only holiday coming up. There’s Halloween, Thanksgiving and Talk Like a Pirate Day (September 19). 

Friday, August 22, 2014

On sale this week - we have a point ...

On Sale

We have a
make ...



30% off!

s30253 Glass Daggers - 5 x 16 mm Dagger Beads - Blue Jay (25)

s38801 Glass Beads - 5 x 16 mm Thorns - Cobalt (25)

s31664 Glass Beads - 17 mm Spikes - Sapphire Blue (6)

s37538 Glass Beads - 12 mm Bead Stud - Matte Cobalt Sliperit (1)

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

It's a Bail out ... but we'll button it down ...

s40666 Findings - Pinch Bails -  Loop De Loop - Antiqued Brass (1)s40669 Findings - Pinch Bails -  Loop De Loop - Bright Silver (1)This week, we have an array of metal for you. We have some bails - which are definitely bails. These are the classic "pinch" bails - which have a little stud or tooth that fits into a hole in the bead/pendant, and hang it.

Normally, you have to choose the bail you are going to use based on whether your bead/pendant is oriented to hang front-to-back or if the hole is side-to-side.
34767352025205 Swarovski Elements Pendant - 20 x 32 mm Leaf (6735) - Emerald (1) vs s39240 Swarovski Pendant - 56 mm The Grand Crystalactite (6016/G) V - Crystal AB (1)
HOWEVER - these bails are particularly clever in that the hangy bit on the top ROTATES, so that it doesn't matter which way the bead/pendant hangs - it accommodates it. Terribly clever.

s40674 Findings - Bails - ID 3 mm Lattice Tube - Antiqued Copper (1)
Now these bails, however, in addition to also rotating, go the other way, with the cord, chain or whatever running through the tube. And you know, you could put them on a bracelet to hang charms and dangles off, know what I mean? Like multiple leather cords and through the bail and bingo, hang something nice off it. Hmmm? Something to think about, eh?

s40677 Metals Buttons -  Pineapple Leaves - Gold Plated (1)As promised, metal buttons - which make nice closures for bracelets - just make a loop to go over them and they are good to go. And while s40692 Metals Buttons -  Shasta Daisy - Gunmetal (1)we have them in a bunch of metal finishes, nothing says that you couldn't customize the colours with some of the gilders paste or iced enamels.

s40635 Metal Beads - Big Hole Big Balls Daisy Spacer - Gold Plated (1)And rounding out the round up for this week, honking big daisy spacers - 15 mm across, with a 4 mm hole. On leather cord with a lampwork spacer set? Maybe s40639 Metal Beads - Big Hole Big Balls Daisy Spacer - Antiqued Copper (1)as part of a Troll/Pandora/Euro charm bracelet? Again - all the colours!

So click on a link or image above, or get started with all the new items here and get making!