Friday, March 06, 2015

On sale this week - Swarovski Pearls!

On Sale

30% off

Swarovski Pearls
Top grade

Of course - the savvy Swarovski shopper knows that would also include the coin pearls, the Neon Pearls and the Gemstone Pearls. ;-)  

27758110060314 Swarovski Pearl - 14 mm Round Pearl (5811) - Light Gold Pearl (5)

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Also - check
out these

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 05, 2015

Czech and Czechmate ...

Czech and Czechmate ...

Bricks and Skinny Bars and Lentils and Maple Leaves. If it's got two holes in it - we have it. Or it is on the boat on the way to us. In fact, I think I'm going to have to do some re-organizing on the website so you can find all these new two-hole shaped accent beads in one place. It might take me a couple of days - so just watch for that on the website.
s43883 Glass Beads - Czechmates - 6 mm 2 Hole Lentils - Antique Ivory (Strand 50)Czechmates are a line of beads that are designed to work togets43869 Glass Beads - Czechmates - 6 mm 2 Hole Bricks - Antique Gold (Strand 50)her for your beadweaving pleasure. Their holes are spaced approximately 3 mm apart (2.8 - 3 mm), or a multiple of that, like the Skinny Bars, which are 9 mm. Anyway - I think I'm over-thinking this, so here's what we have for you this week.
s43865 Glass Beads - Czechmates - 15 mm 2 Hole Skinny Bars - Antique Gold (Strand 50)
Skinny Bars, not s43886 Glass Beads - Czechmates - 5 x 16 mm 2 Hole Dagger Beads - Light Turquoise Green Picasso (Strand 50)to be confused with underweight grizzlies ...

Two Hole Daggers - use them like daggers too, or take advantage of their two-holiness.

And then there are these two-hole Maple Leaves - which - well - they might not be part of the whole system, but still - they have two
 holes, so they are s43898 Glass Leaves - 13 mm 2 Hole Maple - Peridot (strand 25)cool.

s20367 Glass Flowers - 9 x 5 mm Duckfoot Flowers - Rosewater (25)While spring is rampaging through parts of the country - most notably out west, here in the still-frozen centre, we can only dream. Let's dream of spring flowers in Rosewater, Cranberry Givre, or Poison Green! If, in fact, any poor flower poked it's s40893 Glass Flowers - 7 x 5 mm Flared Cup Flowers - Crystal AB (25)head out today - all it would see is ... Crystal AB.

s43831 Firepolish - 8 mm Faceted Donut - Chocolate Choice (strand 25)Also new this week - a tasty new selection of Faceted Donuts - from Chocolate Choice to Apprentice to a Pyrite (s43839 Firepolish - 9 x 6 mm Faceted Donut - Matte Papaya Swirl (strand 25)because - d---, these look like Pyrite!) to Matte Papaya Swirl, the selection is yummy!
4 mm
5 mm
7 mm
8 mm
9 mm

Hmmm - you know - I'm looking at that and thinking that maybe I'm breaking them down into categories that are just too picky. If you can think of a better way, let me know.

s43859 Glass - 8 mm Faceted Baroque Balls - Coconut Beach (25)Ms43903 Glass Beads -  Rough Rock - Fools Gold (strand)ore new in our UnBuried Treasure line of aged-looking beads. Baroque Balls, and this Rough Rock - which is actually a glass bead.
That's it for this week!
Click on a link or an image to go directly to the items, or review all the new items here! Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 03, 2015

Bead Embroidery Artist Linda Landy Coming to BeadFX!

Have you discovered the joys of bead embroidery? If so, you already know the variety of applications it can give you. Everything from structured collars and jewellery, to intuitive images, to surface embellishment for quilts and fabrics, and for 3-D objects of art, bead embroidery will inspire amazing works of art you can call your own! If you haven't done bead embroidery, you're about to be dazzled!

Linda Landy, author of Textured Bead Embroidery published in October 2014, will be coming to BeadFX to teach three exciting classes. Linda's classes are applicable to all experience levels, whether you are an experienced bead embroiderer or are learning about the techniques for the first time.

Textured Bead Embroidery Workshop
Friday, April 17; 10am - 5:00pm
Designed for both novice and experienced bead embroiderers, Textured Bead Embroidery Workshop is an intensive study of a new approach to bead embroidery which features unconventional works that are sculptural, three dimensional, dynamic and very textured. During this hands-on workshop students will work with a wide array of seed, glass and pearl beads to create a bead embroidered cuff. Students will learn how to use pearls, drops, daggers, hexes, triangles, Czech glass and more in uncommon orientations to create dramatic effects. In addition to a review of the basics including backstitch, stop stitch, bezels, bails and fringe, students will learn specialty Textured Bead Embroidery techniques like layering and clustering; three-dimensional engineering; finishing options and the design concepts that give this format its distinctive appearance. All experience levels.

Iconic Bead Embroidery Earrings
Saturday, April 18; 10:00am - 5:00pm
Explore three-dimensional bead textured embroidery with these elegant cone-shaped drop earrings sprinkled with pearls and crystals in patterns inspired by art deco architecture. The secret to these light-weight earrings is the texture created by the blending of seed bead shapes, colors and finishes. Students will learn basic bead embroidery techniques including the back stitch and stop stitch on a printed template; how to transform it into a three dimensional cone; how to finish it with lining, edging, embellishment and fringe; and how to use wirework techniques to transform it into an earring.
All experience levels.

Sunday, April 19; 10:00am - 5:00pm
This brooch/pin takes bead embroidery to a new dimension by creating the illusion of fireworks exploding from the center of a natural stone cabochon. After the cabochon is bezeled and embellished with Keishi pearls, Czech glass daggers, glass pearls and more, a cluster of keishi pearls and wire is embedded in the stone. All experience levels.

Cost per class: $160 + HST
Take additional classes and save:
Take any two classes: $300 + HST (save $20)
Take all three classes: $435 + HST
(save $45)

Complete information about each class is on the website, including materials to bring to class and any applicable kit fees.

Sunday, March 01, 2015

The Business Chat - So what do you do?

“So what do you do?”

It seems like a simple question, doesn’t it. 

Imagine you get into an elevator in an office building with a bicycle courier and he asks “what do you do?” By the time he gets off, he should know who you are, what your company is and what your company does.  

It is your job to communicate what you sell to your customers. This is called marketing. If they don’t know what you sell then they aren’t going to buy it. And remember, your work is your product. As a hand made maker, you are also selling you, the maker. 

It’s a big job, telling people what you sell. Where do you start? Let’s start with our bicycle courier in an elevator. 

Telling him, “I make jewellery” isn’t good enough. Jewellery can be anything. Do you make high-end diamond and gold jewellery, nose rings or hemp bracelets? Telling him, “I really like to make earrings and some necklaces too” isn’t good enough. Think earrings. What mental image do you have? Probably it’s a different image from that of the bicycle courier. 

I’ll repeat again, if you don’t have an image fixed in a customers mind of your product, you won’t pop up on their mental radar screen when they are thinking of buying more jewellery.
Your "elevator pitch" must be clear and concise. It's not easy to develop an "elevator pitch." It takes quite a bit of thinking and practicing to decide which aspects of your business to mention. Even more frustrating, because an elevator pitch MUST be short, you have to decide what parts to leave out.

For a jeweller, saying “I make earrings” doesn’t give the listener much of a mental image.  A better elevator speech could be,  “I make jewellery inspired by nature, using silver and semi-precious stones.” Notice you haven’t defined every piece you make, however the listener has a feeling about your work. 

An elevator speech isn’t something you can sit down and just whip up. As you develop your jewellery style, come back to this over and over. It will evolve along with your work.  Here’s how to start working on your elevator speech. Every time you sit down and make work, jot down on a notepad the following:

  • 5 adjectives that describe your work
  • 5 words that your jewelry makes you feel
Like everything I advocate in your business, remember to KISS: keep it simple, smart. 
Again, let me ask you this, what do you sell? 

Next week we’ll talk about other ways of communicating what you do. 

InspirationFX: Trilac


Get your creative juices flowing


by: Lee Metsalo

Here at BeadFX, we offer bazillions of different findings, not all of which are used to their fullest potential, and some which people constantly find new uses for.  While separators, links, connectors, space bars, etc etc, have their intended use, and are all quite functional, some are pretty enough to become the focal part of a piece. 

This bracelet is a simple three-strand stringing project.  The colourway here is quite subtle, but wouldn’t it be dramatic in black? Finish the ends with wire guardians, crimps, and crimp covers for a professional grade look.

 Tools used:  cutters,crimp pliers, flat pliers, bead stoppers


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.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Ever feel stranded ... ?

23402021 Findings - Clasps - 7 Strand Tube Clasp - Gold Plated (1)
Like - seriously stranded? Like you wanted to make something with so many strands, just strand after strand, dripping and shining and gleaming ... well - our 23402023 Findings - Clasps - 7 Strand Tube Clasp - Nickel Coloured (1)multistrand clasps are da bomb - which is a good thing. What is especially good about these new clasps in particular is that they are a friction fit, instead of magnetic, so they are not going to stick to your pliers, and they won't mess up your pacemaker! That is, if you have one. 

We have lots of new multi-strand clasps this week, and to make it easier to find, we've added a page with all the multi-strand clasps gathered together. 

So you can look for the Nickel-coloured clasps on the silver (colour) page (These nickel-colour clasps, weirdly enough, do not have nickel in them. Go figure.) Or look on the Copper page, or the Gold & Brass page, or the Gunmetal page. OR, all together on the multi-strand page! All in the name of making it easier to find what you want. Because, you want it all and you want it right now. At least, I do, so I assume you do too! ;-) 

23401099 Findings - Clasps - Hook and Eye - Multi-Strand Wood - Natural (Set)In which case, you will probably be amused to find - we have multi-strand WOODEN clasps. We're not kidding about having it all. We have stuff you haven't even thought of yet!

23641005-00 Findings - Earring - Interchangeable -  Circle - Silver (Pair)
These are pretty cool too. Interchangeable earrings. Put beads on, and take them 23641006-00 Findings - Earring - Interchangeable -  Ladder - Silver (Pair)off. Open the frame at the hinge, slide the bead du jour on, and close it back up! In Circle, Ladder or Marquis shape. Not trying to influence y23641007-00 Findings - Earring - Interchangeable -  Marquis - Silver (Pair)ou or anything, but the Marquis is the best, IMHO. Looks awesome with one of the stone nugget beads.

26037017-00 Beads - 10 mm Flat Leather - 28 mm Stoplight - Bright Silver (1)Still in love with leather? It's so gratifyingly easy to use and makes such nice 26037019-02 Beads - 1/2 Inch Flat Leather -  Shallow Dome Disk - Gunmetal (1)pieces! New beads to fit the 10 mm flat leather - and the half-inch leather!

Still on sale this week - Swarovski Bicones! From petite 3 mm to full-bodied 10 mm - bicones are the like building blocks of inspirationation! 30% off - Just 2 weeks - on sale until Mar 4

That's it for this week! Click on a link or an image to go directly to the items, or review all the new items here! Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Learning a new skill is good for your health!

Did you know that crafting can reduce stress, build self-esteem and increase physical dexterity? In fact, recent studies from NYU and Harvard have shown that activities, including jewellery-making, can actually improve concentration, while enhancing health and mental wellness.

Since March is National Craft Month, there is no better time than now to try a new jewellery technique! A number of our instructors are offering NEW classes. Wire-workers of all experience levels will love Jennifer Rosen's Coiled Pendant class. Bonni Poch gives us a new project with her Cellini bangle class - a great way to learn tubular peyote. Students will learn right-angle weave in Sureka Sriharan's charm/pendant class. Intermediate beaders will learn how to embellish flat right-angle weave and odd-count peyote using Tila beads to creative a cuff that curves around your wrist with Pamela Kearns.

Metal clay lovers will learn how to use Hadar's Clays in Liz Reynolds' revamped Getting Started class. Liz has also added a second part to her class, Metal Clay Finishing. In the Getting Started portion, students will learn how to properly mix the powdered clay, work it and take it through to firing. In the Metal Clay Finishing class, Liz will take you through the cleaning and finishing process.

Gio Paz is back with something a little different - a Peruvian Wire Crochet Camp! Students can sign-up for a morning or an afternoon class and learn one project; or sign-up for the full day and learn two projects!

Here are the classes scheduled for March 1 - 15:

Sunday, March 1
Beading without a Net: Intuitive Bead Embroidery
Anne Marie Desaulniers
11:30am - 2:00pm
(continues Saturday, March 7; 10:00am - 5:00pm)

NEW Wire Wrapping: Coiled Pendant
Jennifer Rosen
12:00 - 3:00pm

Thursday, March 5
NEW Cellini Spiral Bracelet
Bonni Poch
6:00 - 9:00pm

Saturday, March 7
Hot Connections: Interlocking Ring
Iris Rogers Melamed
10:30am - 5:00pm

Sunday, March 8
Getting Started (Hadar's Clay Pt. 1)
Liz Reynolds
11:00am - 4:30pm

NEW Lantern Festival Charm/Pendant
Sureka Sriharan
12:00 - 4:00pm

Thursday, March 12
NEW Tila Slats Bracelet
Pamela Kearns
5:00 - 9:00pm

Saturday, March 14
Must Love Donuts
Angela Peace
9:30am - 12:30pm

Hot Connections: Connecting Components
Iris Rogers Melamed
10:00am - 5:00pm

Flowering Branches
Nadine Foskin
1:30 - 4:30pm

Sunday, March 15
Peruvian Wire Crochet Camp
Giovanna Paz
10:00am - 5:00pm

NEW Metal Clay Finishing (Hadar's Clay, Pt. 2)
Liz Reynolds
11:00am - 4:30pm

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

Wednesday, March 4
Open Bead Night
Facilitator: BeadFX staff members Bonnie Cottingham, Pamela Kearns or Malliga Nathan
6:00 - 8:00pm

Thursday, March 5
Thursday, March 12
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.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Pretty Little Things

Isn't it fun when you open a drawer and find something nice you had forgotten about?

We found these in a drawer - Malliga thinks she made them when we were back in our old location! She just put them together with random beads - she "thinks" they might have come from an Auntie Gwen mix, or maybe just - you know - found where ever. I found a bead in the dog's water dish yesterday. Beads all over the place.  We all live in a hoard of pretty, shiny, happy - stuff.

The technique is hard to explain, but easy to do - because it's so free form and you just really make it up as you go along. There is a base of heavier wire, and the beads are wired on after with a lightweight wire. Just lots of wrapping and twisting and pulling tight. 

Sunday, February 22, 2015

InspirationFX: Treasures From the Sand


Get your creative juices flowing

Treasures From the Sand

by: Lee Metsalo

These desert-coloured Kazuri-style beads called out to the Unburied Treasures part of the store, they all met in the middle, added some copper wire, and  this is the result of their meeting.  
This is a basic wire sculpture project – if you’re not sure what your squiggle will look like, take some scrap wire pieces and do a few samples, no plan, just use your pliers and squiggle away.  When you have your basic shape for your squiggle, take enough wire for however much sculpture you are going to do, and do the sculpting bit with both wires at the same time.  

1.       Cut two pieces of wire about 6” long (if in doubt, more is better), and straighten them with your nylon-jaw pliers if need be.  Make your wire squiggle in the middle third of the wire, both at the same time, side by each.  If you want mirror images of your squiggle, you need to then identify which will be the left earring, and which will be the right.

2.       Place the squiggle on the ceramic bead, hold down with your thumb, and bend the wire 90 degrees.  Put the bottom wire up into the ceramic bead, fold the squiggle flat against the bead, so the bottom wire comes up through the ceramic bead.

3.       Take the top third of your wire above the squiggle, and wrap it around the bottom wire sticking out of the top of the ceramic bead, trim off any excess.

4.       Add your treasure beads.  In this case, I didn’t add more wire design at the top, I just left enough to form a loop for the earwires.  Trim the wire, make your loop, add your earwires and your treasure earrings are done!

Tools used: nylon jaw pliers, roundnose pliers, flat pliers, 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.