Sunday, November 23, 2014

InspirationFX: Classy Christmas Trees



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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!













 

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, 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: 

What:
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.

Rules:
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



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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:http://www.horsmanltd.com/v/vspfiles/downloadables/TucsonDreams_Pattern.pdf

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

















 

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, November 16, 2014

InspirationFX: Black and White



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Black and White
by: Pam Kearns
It's a Black and White Issue!

I love working in black and white (or in this case, black and clear)! In this piece I used the texture of the onyx and quartz chips against the 16mm faceted round beads. For a hint of sparkle, I threw in some metal bead caps on either side of the round beads.

To construct the necklace, I used two lengths of 8 lb crystal fireline, putting both pieces through the round beads (and bead caps) then strung on 1.5" of chips on each strand of the fireline. I kept repeating the pattern, ending with a round bead. I tried to keep the chips alternating in colour, but in the end it's going to move around anyway as you wear it, so don't worry too much about it. You can thread the separate strands of fireline onto a beading needle of your choice to make it easier to string on the chips and go through the round beads.

To finish, I pulled both strands of fireline through the clamshell tip, and slipped a size 11/0 seed bead onto on the strands and tied the two pieces of fireline together using a surgeon's knot. Because fireline can slip, I added a drop of New Super Glue to the knot for security. Trim the fireline and carefully close the clamshell tip around the seedbead and knotted end. Do this on both ends of the necklace.

Use a pair of roundnose pliers to create a loop on the clamshell. Attach the clasp to the clamshell using a jump ring. I used a swivel toggle for the closure for ease of use.

Of course, you can customize it by using other colours of stone chips and beads!



















 

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.

Friday, November 14, 2014

Lampworkers, MetalSmiths and Handmade Trunk Show at BeadFX! This Saturday!



Please join us on Saturday, for a little light refreshment, a 25% off sale, and a huge heaping helping of Talent! Local artists will present their hand-made beads, pendants, components and kits for your pleasure and admiration (and purchase!) at our Lampworkers, Metalsmiths and Handmade Trunk Show. This is a great opportunity to get the perfect handmade bead or component, meet the artist, and match it up to our great selection of beads - all at once!

Trunk Show
Saturday, November 15
11:00am to 4:00pm

A variety of vendors will be showing off and selling their handmade pieces! Featured artists include:
  • Anne Marie Desaulniers (mixed media)
  • Angela Peace (fiber)
  • Carol Savage (lampworking)
  • Deb Muss (lampworking)
  • Deborah Read (lampworking)
  • Kelly Garland (loomwork and patterns)
  • Matt Pike (lampworking with boro glass)
  • Malliga Nathan (lampworking, resin and metal clay)
  • Marilyn Gardiner (chainmaille)
  • Pamela Kearns (peyote patterns)
  • Connie MacDonald (stained glass pendants)
  • Roxann Blazetich-Ozols (beading kits and patterns)
  • Mary Ann Helmond (lampworking)
  • Keshav Gupta (lampworking with boro glass)
  • Alex Aghaan (lampworking with boro glass)
  • Black Tulip
In addtition to our artists, Nortel will also be on hand with lampworking supplies - featuring ODD LOTS of rare and hard to find colours, including out-of-production items!!

Lampworking Demonstrations by Dwyn Tomlinson (DragonJools). 

Come on down - parking is free! (Map)

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ladies and Gentlemen ... it's our Falling for Beads sale ...

Start your shopping carts ... It's November. It's Fall. And Yes - it's SALEING season! This is SALEvember - the season to load up on goodies as gifts, for making gifts, and - most importantly - for giving yourself. Because how do you explain to someone that what you really want is purple iris and not get a plant? That you love Swarovski crystal - but don't have a single crystal figurine in the house. These are the same people who want to meet your friend Charlotte.

Anyway - to each their own - we know what you want - and what you want are beads, findings, beads, stringing supplies, beads, pearls, beads, pendants, beads, wire, beads, tools, beads, oh, and beads.

So - come and romp with us from November 13 - 23 - for our big Falling for Beads sale - 25% off EVERYTHING (some exceptions) in the store.


The fine, fine print: 

What:
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.

Rules:
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. 



Also - this Saturday (Nov 15, 11 am to 4 pm) - we will be having our Lampworkers, Metalsmiths and Handmade Trunk show 

featuring hand-made beads, pendants and other jewelry components - also lampworking demos and demonstrations of our new JoolTool. So drop on by - it will be fun! You can pick out a unique, handmade bead, have a light snack, and spend some time matching your new prize to the perfect accompanying bead in the store!

Participating artists include:

  • Anne Marie Desaulniers (mixed media)
  • Angela Peace (fiber)
  • Carol Savage (lampworking)
  • Deb Muss (lampworking)
  • Deborah Read (lampworking)
  • Kelly Garland (loomwork and patterns)
  • Matt Pike (lampworking with boro glass)
  • Malliga Nathan (lampworking, resin and metal clay)
  • Marilyn Gardiner (chainmaille)
  • Pamela Kearns (peyote patterns)
  • Connie MacDonald (stained glass pendants)
  • Roxann Blazetich-Ozols (beading kits and patterns)
  • Mary Ann Helmond (lampworking)
  • Keshav Gupta (lampworking with boro glass)
  • Alex Aghaan (lampworking with boro glass)
In addtition to our artists, Nortel will also be on hand with lampworking supplies!

So - hope to see you there and

Happy Shopping!