Thursday, November 27, 2014

Keep on Beading ...

Well - after the mayhem of the past few weeks - shows and sale and etc., you'd think it would be a good time to just sit down with some beads and do something beady and soothing.
Well - for you - sure! That's a great idea. For us - no - we are still crazy and trying to deliver as much beady goodness as possible to you!
So what do we have that is new this week? 

s41975 Firepolish - 4 mm Faceted Round - Merlot (50)Well - how about new 4 mm Firepolish? Because just when you thought there could not s42146 Firepolish - 4 mm Faceted Round - Galaxy Granite Black (50)possibly be any more colours in this classic workhorse bead - BINGO - there are! 25 new colours actually! From Merlot to Granite, a whole new, exciting bunch of colours in 4 mm Firepolish

s42247 Glass Beads - 13.5 mm Antique English Cut - Hummingbird Gold Lustre (15)s42244 Glass Beads - 10 mm Antique English Cut - Lime Gold Lustre (25)If you are looking for something bigger and bolder, then check out the new Antique English cut - in 10 mm and even bigger 13.5 mm - these "rough" looking beads evoke an older time - when things were made by hand. But the colours are thoroughly modern, from Lime Gold to Hummingbird.

s42273 Findings - 10 mm Round Link Pad - Antiqued Copper (1)These are exciting - these are new and were made just for us. These are Flat Pad Links - the idea is that you embellish them by gluing a stone or cabochon to them, cover them with epoxy clay and rhinestones, or whatever your imagination concocts, and then link them together with large jumpings. We've seen bracelets made with this technique - but never the individual components available - so we had them made. Available in Silver, Antiqued Silver, Antiqued Copper, and Bright Brass.

The new Swarovski colours are coming in too, and we are starting out with some Smokey Mauve. Smokey Mauve is a subtle mauvey colour, hard to photograph, but looks more mauve in real life than it does in these pictures.
27753012015265 Swarovski Elements Bead - 6 mm Faceted Xilion Bicone (5328) - Smokey Mauve (1) 27750001725265 Swarovski Elements Bead - 6 mm Faceted Round (5000) - Smokey Mauve (1) 27753011777265 Swarovski Elements Bead - 5 mm Faceted Xilion Bicone (5328) - Smokey Mauve (20) 27753011333265 Swarovski Elements Bead - 4 mm Faceted Bicone (5301) - Smokey Mauve (36) 27753011069265 Swarovski Elements Bead - 3 mm Faceted Xilion Bicone (5328) - Smokey Mauve (36)
Swarovski Elements Bead - 6 mm Faceted Xilion Bicone (5328) - Smokey Mauve (1) Swarovski Elements Bead - 6 mm Faceted Round (5000) - Smokey Mauve (1) Swarovski Elements Bead - 5 mm Faceted Xilion Bicone (5328) - Smokey Mauve (20) Swarovski Elements Bead - 4 mm Faceted Bicone (5301) - Smokey Mauve (36) Swarovski Elements Bead - 3 mm Faceted Xilion Bicone (5328) - Smokey Mauve (36)

s42313 Metal Charm/Pendant -  Keep on Truckin Chinese Dragon - Bright Silver (1)And finally - while there is a whole lot more in this 130 item update - I'mma gonna let you get back to your beading and dreaming, with this - the Keep on Truckin' Dragon - which I maintain that no one under the age of 30 is going to understand the reference, and others around here maintain that Generation Y will get it. Other whimsical metal charms here!

Keep beading your blues away with all the new items here!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Free E-Book of Jewelry Designs - featuring Swarovsk Crystals + plus contest

Download this free PDF e-book from Swarovski with some lovely patterns and designs for jewelry to make (the Tangerine Dream earrings on page 15 are totally yummy.) Browse the innovative designs and sometimes outrageous use of crystals for ideas and inspirations for your own creations, or just use this designs outright!

The designs are based on interpretations of four themes: Classic, Romantic, Progressive and Glamour.

From the book:

In the Classic theme we are revisiting the concept of nostalgia and past care-freeness.
In the Romantic theme we are rediscovering our most primal and ancient forms of existence.
In the Progressive theme we are projecting a future filled with cultural blending.
In the Glamour theme we are relishing a sensual exotic past. 

 We have most of the Swarovski components, or will have soon, and if you see something that you can't find, you can email us and we'll see if we can find it or suggest a substitute.

In addition, on page 68 - there is information on the Swarovski-sponsored Create Your Style contest in 2015.

'Tis the Season - to Treat Yourself!

December is coming up quickly and we'll all soon be in the midst of holiday preparations - running to the mall for gifts, baking those family-favourite goodies, cleaning our homes from top to bottom to get ready for guests and just trying to get too much done amidst our usual activities and chores. Whoa, slow down! We need to take some time for ourselves too!

I invite you to come an take a class during December and take three hours to catch your breath, sit down with fellow beaders and jewellery makers, and simply get away from all.

We have a wide array of classes during December including a new Cavandoli project from Angela Peace and two chainmaille projects by Marilyn Gardiner. Roxann Blazetich-Ozols brings us a new way of adding beads using her Ducette tool (a wonderful new tool for fibrework); Sureka Sriharan is also teaching a tennis bracelet project using right-angle weave. Liz Reynolds bring us another project using Hadar's Clays to create metal clay tubes and hollow forms. Iris Rogers Melamed has brought back her Hot Connections: Connecting Components class -- perfect to create gifts for your friends and family. There are other classes and projects to with Anne Marie Desaulniers, Amy Waldman-Smith and Maria Rypan too!

We also can't forget our new Holiday Class Bash -- three classes in one evening! Students will rotate through three 1 hour classes with three instructors to create three holiday-inspired projects!

Here is what is scheduled December 1 - 15:

Tuesday, December 2
NEW Must Love Donuts
Instructor: Angela Peace
6:00 - 9:00pm

Saturday, December 6
Bead Stringing 101
Instructor: Nadine Foskin
10:00am - 12:00pm

NEW Hot Connections: Making Double Dome Metal Beads
Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed
10:00am - 4:30pm

Sunday, December 7
NEW Starry Night/Sunny Day Vertebrae Bracelet
Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
9:30am - 12:30pm

Let's Make Holiday Gifts!
Hot Connections: Connecting Components
Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed
10:00am - 5:00pm

NEW Byzantine Pendant
Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
1:30pm - 3:30pm

Tuesday, December 9
3-D Fanwheel Ornaments
Instructor: Maria Rypan
2:00 - 5:00pm

Thursday, December 11
NEW Beaded Ducette Braiding
Instructor: Roxann Blazetich-Ozols
5:30 - 8:30pm

Friday, December 12
NEW Hot and Spicy Tennis Bracelet
Instructor: Sureka Sriharan
1:00 - 4:00pm

NEW Holiday Class Bash
Instructors: Pamela Kearns, Nola McConnan and Malliga Nathan
6:00 - 9:00pm

Saturday, December 13
Introduction to Lampworking - Part B
Instructor: Amy Waldman-Smith
10:00am - 2:30pm
(continues Sunday, December 14; 11:30am - 4:00pm)

Exploring the World of Altered Dominos
Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
10:00am - 5:00pm

NEW Textured Tubes and Hollow Forms
Instructor: Liz Reynolds
11:00am - 5:00pm
(continues Sunday, December 14; 11:00am - 4:00pm)

Sunday, December 14
Making Paper Beads
Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
10:00am - 5:00pm

Complete information about each class including course descriptions, class and kit fees are found on the website. Follow the Classes link to the December class calendar.

Bring your projects to work on at our FREE open beading sessions:

Wednesday, December 3
Wednesday, December 17
Open Bead Night
Facilitator: BeadFX team (Bonnie Cottingham, Malliga Nathan or Pamela Kearns)
6:00 - 8:00pm

Thursday, December 4
Thursday, December 11
Thursday, December 18
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, November 24, 2014

InspirationFX: Winter is Coming


Get your creative juices flowing

Winter is Coming
by: Rae Huggins
It's Coming!

It's coming and soon it will be finally here.
Are you excited or are you upset?
Whether or not we like or accept it - it's not gonna change.
It seems as though it just ended and we already feel its presence.
Yes it's coming but I'm not fretting cause I'm gone step out in style and represent.
It's coming, yes winter is coming.

This necklace was made using simple wire wrapping and dangles were attached to the base of the second White Howlite stone. String it on white leather and attach the end cup at each end of the leather, extender chain on one end and a lobster on the other and enjoy!!!!



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, November 23, 2014

InspirationFX: Classy Christmas Trees


Get your creative juices flowing

Classy Christmas Trees
by: Pam Kearns
Sometimes it's a struggle to find holiday jewellery that is a little more subtle and doesn't scream typical Christmas. But, I think you can wear these earrings with everything including that little black dress to that special holiday event or party! The concept of the design is simple -- use various sizes of spacers to create the basic shape stacked onto an eyepin.

I've topped it off with a crystal rondelle and sparkling Swarovski bicone. From the eyepin, I've dangled a briolette -- just for more sparkle!

The spacers have quite large holes so I used size 6/0, size 11/0 and size 8/0 seed beads (pull them from your stash -- any colour will do because you don't see them!) and drop the down the middle of the spacers. It will magically centre the spacers and put them into place.

1. For each earring, stack the following onto the eyepin:

One 9mm brushed silver bicone rondelle
One Big Hole Big Balls Daisy Spacer (centred with a couple size 6/0 seed beads)
Two 12mm Daisy spacers (centred with size 11/0 seed beads)
Two 9.4mm Double Row Daisy Spacers (centred with size 8/0 seed beads)
One 6mm Rhinestone Spacer Rondelle
One Swarovski bicone
2. Create a wrapped loop with the eyepin, creating the tree shape.
3. Add the briolette using the 4mm jump ring to eye pin's bottom loop
4. Attach it all to your favourite pair of ear wires.

Create a second one to complete the pair.

As an option, create a third piece and turn it into a pendant and put it onto a simple silver chain -- a perfect set!



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, November 22, 2014

THe Business Chat - How to NOT sell your work

Black Friday, cyber Monday, Christmas, Hanukkah, ‘tis the season people. The customers are shopping! And we’re selling! Or trying to sell. Yet all around me, I see crafters who seem to be doing their best to not sell their work. 

Selling means customer service and being nice to people, that’s all there is to it. Some artists are starving for a reason, they sabotage themselves by bad behaviour. 

Here is a short list of how not to sell your work.

Ignore the customer who walks into your booth.
One reason customers come to a craft show and not shop at the mall is to meet the artist. So meet them. Greet every single person who walks in.

Talk on the phone while a customer stands there.

Read a book, or check your email while a customer stands there.

Prop your iPad up on a stand and watch a movie on Netflix in your booth. For extra bonus points put on headphones to better hear your movie. 

Invite your friends to come and hang out in your booth. Have extra chairs for them. Chat with them and ignore the customers.

Don’t put pricing on your products. Make them come to you.

Pull out a picnic lunch, something nice and messy. Add some garlic or curry maybe. Don’t check your teeth after eating because everyone loves a nice big wedge of spinach between your teeth.

Leave your booth to go and check out the cool stuff in the show. Since you’re out and about, why not go and have lunch at the same time? I’m sure your neighbour would be happy to sell your work. 

Have your husband/boyfriend/partner drop by your booth and then make out. People just love interrupting some serious cuddling.

Whine to your neighbours about how stupid people are. Talk loudly about how people are so cheap and the show sucks.

Don’t tell the customers how you make what you do. Everyone understands your process don’t they?

Have a nap in your booth at a craft show.

Post comments on your facebook page about the stupid questions people ask you. Post more comments about how you hate the show. After all, customers are too stupid to actually look at the internet. 

Blog about your sick kids, your broken computer, the overprice bills for your supplies. Whine about how hard it is to sell. Whine more about your life.

Treat your blog like a therapists couch. Talk about how you hate everyone and everything and why life just isn’t fair.

Apologize profusely for not blogging more. Then don’t blog again until you apologize again.

When a customer emails a question wait a couple of weeks before responding. If they really want it they’ll wait right? 

Grab your phone and snap a small blurry photo of your work. Just one photo. Then list that item in your online shop. Wonder why it doesn’t sell. 

List your holiday items in your online shop on December 20. 

Don’t bother describing the item you’re listing online. You gave them a photo, they can see it all and if they can’t, well, they’re stupid. 

Each and every one of these I have seen. The napping one was great because she started snoring and drooling. There was a whole crowd of other vendors walking past and laughing at her. The napper? She couldn’t understand why she wasn’t selling anything.

I could go on and on. However I must go and make more jewelry to sell this week. Me, I greet my customers and welcome them. And I sell. It’s not hard. Be nice to people, say hi, tell them about what you do. Smile. Sell your work. 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

The sale continues ...

Our Falling for Beads sale continues! - 25% off EVERYTHING (some exceptions) in the store. Our wonderful selection of almost 25,000 individual items, all hand-picked for quality and value from Size AA C-LON to Zipper Pulls ...
The fine, fine print: 

almost everything, with a few exceptions.
  • No discounts on class fees   
  • No discounts on Studio time/lampwork cards, lampwork tools, glass and lampwork supplies.   
  • No discounts on special order merchandise, or special bulk orders.   
  • The discount cannot be combined with Art Clay large volume or instructor discounts.  
  • No discount on gift certificates.  
  • Some individual items ARE excluded. Some metal clay items, some tools, and previously discounted items, and a few other items. You will be able to see online if an item is discounted.
  • If an item is on sale already, you always get the better of two possible discounts.

Things tend to get a little crazy around here during a sale, so we have a few rules to make it go more smoothly.

  • No frequent beader points awarded on sale or discounted merchandise. No frequent beader points will be redeemed during the sale either.
  • No Coupons or additional discounts.  
  • The discount is NOT retroactive and does not apply to previously purchased merchandise.   
  • No special orders or special bulk orders will be accepted at the sale prices. 
  • No Rain Cheques. No backorders. When it's gone, it's gone. The early bird gets the beads. Online orders will be picked in the order in which we receive them. 
  • Sale ends Midnight, Sun Nov 23 (Toronto time) (Well - in-store it ends at closing time  - because we won't make the staff stay until midnight.). If you haven't checked out by then - the items in your shopping cart will revert to regular prices. (And we can't change that - sorry. That's technology for you.)  
  • If you are placing a phone or fax order, please ensure that you have the sku/product numbers ready, as well as the description. Same goes for email orders - our order-pickin' staff works like beavers in a toothpick factory, so you don't want to make them crazy. We will be VERY busy during the sale. Having this information ready when processing your order, will help us get your order out the door in a reasonable time frame.

We all do anticipate that shipping will most likely be delayed by a day or two from our usual time-frame. If you need this stuff pronto - we suggest you shop early. The further we get into it, the behinder we get - and also we are more likely to have sold out.

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Celebrate the Season with three Holiday-Inspired Classes
at our Holiday Class Bash!

Santa has arrived in Toronto and radio stations are busy playing Christmas music - festivities must be around the corner!

On Friday, December 12, BeadFX is offering something just a little bit different -- three exciting and new classes in three hours. Students will take all three classes, going from one instructor to the next to create and take home three projects. Each project will help decorate your home, your tree or yourself!

Register for this holiday event by calling the store at (416) 751-1911!

Friday, December 12
6:00 - 9:00pm
$55 + HST per student

Each student will complete each of the following projects:
Kumi Candy Cane
Learn to do Kumihimo (Japanese braiding) around a piece of wire with Pamela Kearns. Once complete, you'll form your candy cane and finish the end with a bead cap and charm. Perfect for the Christmas Tree or as a gift topper! Once you know the secret, you'll want to create a tree full of candy canes! Bring a round foam kumihimo disk to class.

Kit fee: $5.00  (includes piece of 20g brass wire; charm, bead cap, satin cords). 

Christmas Memories Ornament Book
Led by Nola McConnan, an artist living in East York, you'll learn to create a unique Christmas ornament! Use the kit provided to create an ornament for the tree mantel or table at this 60 minute workshop. The pages spell out “C-H-R-I-S-T-M-A-S” as they illustrate the season. The instructor will also provide additional templates you can use to create more books. Bring a small blade Olfa or Exacto knife to class. 

Kit fee: $5.00 (includes printed templates and materials needed to create the project).

Embossed Pendant
Discover how the Big Kick easily embosses metal! Malliga Nathan will take you through the embossing process and share with you how to further enhance your pendant. Finish the project with a cord necklace that you'll add findings to. A great gift idea!
Kit fee: $5.00 (includes Vintaj disk, jump rings, metal piece for bail).

Holiday-inspired refreshments will be served. 
See you there! 

Monday, November 17, 2014

InspirationFX: Tucson Dreams


Get your creative juices flowing

Tucson Dreams
by: Pam Kearns
We've been carrying the crystaletts crystal buttons for a while now but I didn't really know what to do with them. At CreativFestival, I had the good fortune to meet two women from Crystaletts who distributed this pattern for a bracelet, designed by Sharon Wagner.

It was pretty straightforward so I gave it a try! The instructions were good and the bracelet worked up quickly! In doing the first row of modified right-angle weave, I went around the units twice to help keep it stable, but not in the remaining two rows. The result is a bracelet that's a little bit stiff (I tend to have tight tension!) so you may want to keep that in mind and go around the units only once. I created a loop of six size 11/0 seed beads at both ends of the bracelet to attach the toggle clasp to.

The pattern is available from the Crystalette website at:

Now, that the store's bracelet is done, I'll go and make another one for me!



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.