Friday, July 03, 2015

Thursday, July 02, 2015

It takes Two to Tango in Leather and Lace

27888100-16 Shaped Beads - 2 hole Tango - Pastel Bordeaux
Ole! It's a lover's triangle - or a triangle for two-hole bead lovers. 27888100-10 Shaped Beads - 2 hole Tango - Light RoseDance the tango but not the tangle with two-hole tango triangles.

If you are going to tango, or tangle, you probably want something lacy to wear. Or maybe you don't, you are feeling stony instead. You can answer both of those feelings with this s45193 Stone Beads - 12 mm Coin - White Lace Red Jasper (strand)White Lace Jasper.
s45197 Stone Beads - 30 x 40 mm Oval - White Lace Red Jasper (1)

Listen - I didn't make that name up (I make up lots of names for colours, but not that one.) And I personally don't see the "lace" or even the "white." To me, this is more about the fiery colours of a sunset and creamy clouds or maybe desert scenes painted than "white lace." But who am I to quibble? Just the person with taste, apparently! Anyway - I'm sure that you are also creative enough to see your own landscapes and visions in this stone.

Lace and Leather make a interesting contrast - lots of dynamic tension. Lace is delicate and frilly and girly and dainty, and s45224 Leather - 2 x 10 inch Leather Strip - Cardinal Red (1)leather is tough and strong and aggressive - so the two together are a study in contrasts - and contrasts make for interesting designs.

And so here we have some new leather - 2 inch wide strips X 10 inches s45226 Leather - 2 x 10 inch Leather Strip - Berry Sparkle (1)long - so perfect for bracelets. This is a nice soft leather - mmm - I love leather - in some great classic colours and a couple of innovative and funky finishes like Berry Sparkle and Silver Spackle.

s45518 Leather - 5 mm Studded Flat Suede - Cactus Fuchsia (Inch)And speaking of contrast and dynamic tension - Pink leather with studs! There's your punk princess look!

To go with the leather - we have some new leather findings s45533 Findings - Leather -  Nautilus - Screw / Nut Set - Antiqued Silver (2)too, like these nut sets. Punch a hole in the leather (leather punch), pop the screw in from the back, and screw on the decorative do-dad on the front. Nautilus, Jasmine, (the flower, s45536 Findings - Leather -  Sea Turtle - Screw / Nut Set - Antiqued Silver (2)not the Disney princess), a totally awesome Sea Turtle, a starfish (yay starfish!), or back to the punky-look with the industrial Hex Nut.

s45529 Findings - 5 mm Flat Leather -  Wishbone Clasp - Antiqued Brass (1)Also new in leather clasps - the wishbone clasp. This fits 5 mm flat leather. Cut the leather to twice the length you need to go around your wrist, and glue each end into the legs of the "wishbone." The loop forms the clasp and hooks over the knob of the wishbone. You can dress it up by adding a slider bead (for the 10 mm leather - put both ends of the leather through; do that before gluing into the clasp!) that hold the loop tighter if you wish.

s45685 Magazine - Beadwork Presents -  Beaded Bracelets - Special Issue - 2015s45699 Book - Bead and Button Books -  Creative Beading - Vol 10If you are looking for some help in exploring all these new shaped bead options, don't forget to check out the magazines and books for techniques and patterns!

So click on a link or image above, or check out all the new stuff here!

Wednesday, July 01, 2015

Happy Canada Day!

We're closed today - well - the online store is always open - but the bricks and mortar store is closed for Canada Day - have a good one and stay safe!

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Jill Wiseman teaching at BeadFX

You've seen her work in the beading magazines, watched her on You Tube, and drooled over her designs in her books. Now come on out and have a class with this extraordinary designer, author and instructor!

BeadFX is pleased as punch to have Jill Wiseman come all the way from Texas and teach three wonderful classes. Those who have taken a class (or two!) with her have shared how incredibly patient she is and how much fun her classes are!

Alternate Angles Bracelet
Friday, September 25
10:00am - 5:00pm

Cubic right-angle-weave doesn’t have to be scary! In this class students will learn an easy way to make a cubic right-angle-weave strip and then change it up by changing directions and colors. Usually when CRAW is taught, it is shown as a single strip of cubes – by learning how to create a solid block of CRAW, you open your beadweaving to new possibilities! The instructions for a companion necklace piece to this bracelet, will be included in the class materials. Level: Intermediate; should be comfortable with flat right-angle-weave.

Red Carpet Bracelet
Saturday, September 26
10:00am - 5:00pm

Cubic right-angle-weave doesn’t have to be scary! In this class, we’ll learn the basic CRAW stitch, figure out how to turn corners, and then round it out by joining two pieces together. A simple but striking netted bezel wraps sparkly chatons as center focals in the CRAW units. The instructions for the companion piece to this bracelet, Shining Moment Necklace, will be included in the class materials. Level: Intermediate; should be comfortable with flat right-angle weave.

Primaflora Bracelet
Sunday, September 27
10:00am - 5:00pm

The vision for this bracelet came from a vintage necklace I found on the internet one day. While I made a bracelet, it can certainly be turned into a necklace again. A bezeled chaton for the center, 2mm crystals line the center of the petals, and a double loop closure are some of the details that make this piece so special. Level: Intermediate; knowledge of peyote is required; right-angle weave will be helpful.

Class fee: Each class is $215 + HST

Special offer: Register on or before August 1, 2015, you will pay only $185 + HST (or the equivalent deposit)
As of August 2, the regular class fee of $215 + HST will apply.
This offer has already gone out to various bead societies (its good to belong!) and is now opened up to the general public.

There's more: Register for two or more of Jill's classes and you will automatically be included in buffet dinner with Jill on Saturday, September 26 (details to follow).

All the details about each class, including the materials to bring, is on our website. To register, call the store at (416) 751-1911. The store staff will be happy to serve you.

Monday, June 29, 2015

InspirationFX: Chunky Rose

Chunky Rose

by: Rae Huggins

Simply string the stones and spacers on heavy softflex - you can follow the picture or do as you please. End it by adding a large hook clasp and a large swivel link. Enjoy the compliments you’ll surely receive when you step out in style with Chunky Rose.



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.

Colouring on metal - Enamels

I've taught a class in the past that reviews the many ways you can colour metal: inks, paints, nail polish, pastes, flame and on and on. Recently I went back to enamelling and fell in love with it, and the possibilities this technique offers, all over again. 

I'm looking forward to offering some new enamelling classes at BeadFX in the coming months that feature new ways to add texture and interest to your pieces using enamels. Watch for that info on the classes pages of This weekend, July 4, I'm teaching a beginner enamelling class. Learn the various methods for preparing your metal, sifting and firing and the many effects you can achieve. On the web site, Steven James has some great free tutorials on enamelling.

I took a class on creating a raku effect on copper using enamel with Steven. I adore raku pottery, so this was a revelation for this girl who loves playing with metal! I've created some pretty pendants that are easy to make. Come out to BeadFX on July 25 as I debut a class using this new take on a traditional technique. You'll love the coppery colours that flame brings out in the glass. 

And wow! I finally learned how exciting it can be to colour with flames and enamel using the Barbara Lewis method. What frustration and, eventually, fun I had. This technique is not for the faint of heart. Here's a picture of my station set up in Debora Mauser's class at Bead and Button. 

Flame and enamel can create some very beautiful results. Making coloured head pins, coating filigree beads and then learning the secrets to enamelling large, flat pieces then adding frit and other glass inclusions, really opened up a new palette to paint my dreams on metal. Can't wait to finalize designs for a fall class showcasing this. But this class will be for those with some enamelling experience under their belt. So please take a beginner class beforehand: you'll have fun and open up new design possibilities in your work. 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

InspirationFX: Black Lightning


Get your creative juices flowing

Black Lightning

by: Rae Huggins

Black lightning and I’m no fool

I saw these beads and thought a necklace would be elegantly cool
On the leather you have to string and add a knot after each one
Wrap gold beads on them, make coil ends with wire, add a clasp and now you’re all done.

Super simple to make and super quick. A gold metal bead was placed on the headpin followed by the focal glass bead. Add another  gold bead and add a wrapped loop - please don’t forget to add the leverback before completing the wrapped loop. Repeat for the other side.



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, June 25, 2015

Glam Zombie @ BeadFX!

s45266 Diamond Pendant -  Graceful Feather Pendant - Coloured Diamonds / Gunmetal (1)Goth grows up, and grunge goes glamorous. These are handmade (in India) - limited quantity pendants set with genuine diamonds - mostly cognac and chocolate diamonds. You will note that the diamonds are "mine-cut" - informally cut and do not necessarily dazzle, and those of you are students of cut stones will know that the warm brown and yellow hues are amongst the most common of diamonds. However - when is the last time you bought yourself a diamond pendant? These have a quiet sophistication that is very elegant - and whether you make something simple or elaborates45273 Diamond Findings -  Bead Cap - Coloured Diamonds / Gunmetal (1) - a gift, or for yourself - these are timeless.

And they look freakin' awesome paired with pearls.

s45274 Diamond Pendant -  Leafy Gecko Pendant - Coloured Diamonds / Gunmetal (1)

Speaking of pearls - to go with your Glam Zombie look, we have some Cornflake Keishi s33800 Freshwater Pearls -  Near Round Pearl - Big Hole - Rainbow Plum Bronze (Pack 6)and some big hole pearls. The funkys33788 Freshwater Pearls -  Cornflake Keishi Pearl - Moonlight (strand) and non-traditional shapes of the pearls and their connotations of tradition and elegance create a dynamic tension that lets you tell a story in your creations - about the old and the new - tradition and change, respect and rebellion - all tied together and in balance and opposition at the same time.

34764801854001 Swarovski - 18 mm Spike Pendant (6480) - Crystal Black Patina (1)Continuing this theme of the marriage 34762401060054 Swarovski Pendant - 17 mm Wild Heart (6240) - Crystal White Patina (1)of grunge and glamour, goth and glitz, elegance and eeeeek!, we have hugely expanded our selection of the Swarovski patina effect. This coating effect (like AB - Aurora Borealis) is a permanent coating, and has a pattern reminiscent of torn, vintage lace. We have a wide variety of shapes, but to make it easy for you to find them, we have put them onto one page - Patina Vintage Lace - as well as distributing them into their various homes, hearts, pear drops, etc. These pendants are quietly elegant and surprisingly lovely when made up into jewelry.

27800964-37 Glass -  Pellet Beads - Metallic Gold (Strand 44)Also new this week - more selection in the Pellet beads. 27800964-36 Glass -  Pellet Beads - Lilac Lustre (Strand 44)These vertebraic-shaped beads snug into each other, or act as wonderful pivot points in fabulous soutache creations - their narrow waists creating a place for the soutache to sit.

s45072 BeadFX Bead Mix -  Czech Glass and Firepolish Mix - Fire Mountain (Pack)Also new this week - custom and exclusive mixes! A dazzling selection of mixed beads - Firepolish and Pressed glass in eight more exciting colourways. This Victorian Story will fill you with Blue Desire. While you climb over the Sand Dunes in the Hawaii Heat, to get to Fire Mountain to visit the Fairy Queen and deliver her Ginger Snaps - you will think, "I want it All."

s45072 BeadFX Bead Mix -  Czech Glass and Firepolish Mix - Fire Mountain (Pack) s45073 BeadFX Bead Mix -  Czech Glass and Firepolish Mix - Ginger Snaps (Pack) s45075 BeadFX Bead Mix -  Czech Glass and Firepolish Mix - Fairy Queen (Pack) s45077 BeadFX Bead Mix -  Czech Glass and Firepolish Mix - Hawaii Heat (Pack)
s45076 BeadFX Bead Mix -  Czech Glass and Firepolish Mix - Sand Dunes (Pack) s45078 BeadFX Bead Mix -  Czech Glass and Firepolish Mix - Blue Desire (Pack) s45080 BeadFX Bead Mix -  Czech Glass and Firepolish Mix - Victorian Story (Pack) s45079 BeadFX Bead Mix -  Czech Glass and Firepolish Mix - I want it All (Pack)

So click on a link or image above, or check out all the new stuff here!