Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Special Treat if you love Raku Ceramic!

On her last buying trip - Marg picked up a bunch of lovely ceramic Raku pendants from Urban Raku!

As each one is handmade and unique and one-of-a-kind - we're not going to be putting them online. But they will be in-store - so if you are in the area, or planning a special trip to see us - be sure to check these out!







They range in price from $12 - $24 and have lots of design possibilities - from a simple pendant on a leather cord to stacking them or combining with bead weaving!



Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Just one day left to exercise your Sale Options!

Time to get in Shape - Round Is A Shape!

30% off

27803200-07 Glass - 3 mm Druks - Dark Aqua (Strand 100)Glass Druks

Coins

27800360-06 Pressed Glass - 20 mm Beaten Coin - Metallic Old Gold (1)

Spare Tires   ;-)


s36371 Glass Beads - 4 mm Tire Rondelles - Dark Sapphire (Strand 100)
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There is still lots of summer left for August classes

Turn those Dog Days of Summer into opportunities to learn a new jewellery technique! August hasn't stopped our creative instructors from bringing you lots of classes - including some new classes and projects. Note: our classroom tends to be on the cool side, so you may wish to bring a light sweater or shawl with you.

In early August we welcome two new instructors to BeadFX. We are especially pleased to bring lampwork and glass artist Sara Sally LaGrand in for two exciting lampwork classes. Come on out and meet Sara at a reception for her on Thursday, August 7! Also new is Nola Merriweather, a local East York instructor, who will be teaching an introductory course on creating and embellishing small books.

By the way, did you know the term Dog Days of Summer actually refers to the Dog Star, Sirius, which is part of the constellation Canis Major? Each summer between July 24 and August 24 the constellation appears in the northern hemisphere during what is usually the hottest time of the summer. A good time to keep your four-legged friends well hydrated! (Editor's note: Hmmmm... I wonder what else 'Dog Days of Summer' could refer to? Stay tuned!)

Here are the classes scheduled August 1 - 15:

Thursday, August 7
Tubular Herringbone Bracelet
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
6:00 - 9:00pm

Sara Sally LaGrand Reception
Come on out and  meet Sara!
6:30 - 8:30pm

Friday, August 8
NEW Creativity and the Glass Corsage
Instructor: Sara Sally LaGrand
10:00am - 5:00pm
(continues Saturday, August 9)



Saturday, August 9
NEW Resin Fun
Instructor: Cindy Goldrick
10:00am - 1:00pm




Sunday, August 10
NEW Silver Glass Class
Instructor: Sara Sally LaGrand
10:00am - 5:00pm

NEW Cavandoli Knotting: The Basics
Instructor: Angela Peace
11:30am - 5:00pm

 
Mold Making for Resin and Paper Clay Components
Instructor: Cindy Goldrick
1:00 - 4:00pm






Tuesday, August 12
NEW A Bevy of Bracelets
Instructor: Rosemary Beasley
12:00 - 3:00pm




Wednesday, August 13
NEW Introduction to Embellished Books
Instructor: Nola Merriweather
11:00am - 3:00pm

Lampwork - Just a Taste!
Instructor: Deb Muss
6:30 - 8:30pm



 
Friday, August 15
Open Metal Studio: Metalworking
Facilitator: Cindy Goldrick
5:30 - 8:00pm

NEW Wire Wrapped Pendant
Instructor: Malliga Nathan
6:00 - 9:00pm

Complete details, including class and kit fees, are on our website.

Bring your projects and join us for these FREE open beading sessions:

Wednesday, August 6
Wednesday, August 13
Open Beading Night
Facilitator: Stephanie Dixon
6:00 - 8:00pm

Thursday, August 7
Thursday, August 14
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, July 28, 2014

InspirationFX: Ring of Power



InspirationFX

Get your creative juices flowing



Ring of Power
by: Stephanie Dixon
In Brightest Day,
In Darkest Night,
No Dazzling Bling shall escape my sight!

It's dangerous putting out new stock in the store - I get so inspired by the products and want it ALL!

Who doesn't love a big, glamorous Swarovski ring? 10 minutes work, a lifetime of compliments!

Cut the leather strip to fit, and dry fit into the slider. Remove and glue with the join hidden inside the bead! Wait for the glue to dry before wearing. Or you will be wearing it for a lifetime!
















 

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, July 27, 2014

InspirationFX: Knotty Koi





InspirationFX

Get your creative juices flowing



Knotty Koi
by: Rochelle Kilmer
I wanted to make a simple bracelet that would be nice to wear through the summer. Light colours lead me to the jade. Seeing the new fish clasp inspired a watery theme. The rest all fell into place, with a splash!

How to:

  • Put one end of the leather in the end clasp and squeeze shut.
  • Put a basic square knot as tight as you wish
  • Place a jade barrel tube, then another knot after
  • Continue in the pattern of 8 mm round jade, spirally swirls spacers, and big hole pearls, with knots in between
  • Finish with a knot and squeeze the end over the leather
  • You can use the fish clasp as the focal for your new bracelet.


















 

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, July 26, 2014

The Business Chat - Evolve or die


As always in the crafty world lately I’m hearing a lot of whining about slow sales. “It’s the economy, it’s the weather, it’s construction, the organizers, too many competitors”. It’s always something that you can’t control. 

You know what? No matter what something will always be out of your control. It will never ever be a perfect situation for selling. Maybe you should focus on what you can control. 

I’ve been thinking a lot about this lately. Because I am having a really great year. (I almost don’t want to say this out loud in case I jinx it). My online sales are up. Every single one of my shows so far has had increased sales over last year. I was telling someone about how things were really good for me and her first question was “why?”. It’s a mighty good question, why am I doing well and others not so much. Because if I can figure that out maybe I can keep doing it. 

In other news, the other day for the first time in forever I went into a large department store. I have to say, it was a horrible experience. The building was run down, there were no signs to tell me where to go, the displays were poorly done and ugly, the place felt like something my grandmother would shop at. The whole time I was there all I could think was that this store was a relic of the past and did no one from head office ever set foot in there to see what was happening? 

With these 2 trains of thought running through my brain this morning I read a long article about how 3 major Canadian chains are running into serious retail trouble. Sears Canada, Reitmans and Indigo are all facing a battle for survival. 

It is a very interesting read and something we should all pay attention to. It’s important not just because these stores are in our neighbourhoods, but because we can learn from this.

Here are some lessons I learnt from this article. 

“Years of complacency, and a failure to innovate, could spell the end of many Canadian retail brands,” said Craig Patterson, a retail analyst and the founder of the Retail Insider. 

Hm, failure to innovate. 

If your customers aren’t buying from you maybe it’s because you don’t have anything new for them to buy. Or to look at. I recognize that not all of my customers will buy every time they stop by (either in my booth or online). Of course they won’t. What I want is for them to continually come by, at some point they will buy and buy again. To keep them around I need to come up with new work on a regular basis, give them a reason to come back. 


“They didn’t, and they don’t, understand their customer,” continued Craig Patterson. Here he is discussing poor merchandising choices, such as Sears stocking lawnmowers in stores in downtown Vancouver where EVERYBODY lives in a condo. 

OK crafters, do you know your customer and what they want? Are you selling in the right venues? 

If you are a painter who insists on making 8’ x 12’ wall pieces have you considered where people who are living in tiny condos will put your art? Maybe you should make prints in smaller sizes. If you are a jewelry designer making huge statement necklaces costing $1,000 then perhaps trying to sell to a bunch of soccer mums in a middle class neighbourhood isn’t the right place for you. 

“People keep going back to some of these horribly dowdy stores thinking ‘there’s nothing here that I want’”. 

That is EXACTLY what I thought when I went into that department store. The ironic thing was that I knew that had something that I wanted but it was so ugly, so uncared for that I couldn’t be bothered looking for my item. 

Take a look at how you are selling your work. Is your booth or online store enticing and spiffy or does it look unloved? Display is so critical to your success both online and at shows. With so much competition around your space must make people (the right people of course) want to come in and find something to buy. 

As I read this I was thinking about why I’m doing well right now. Here’s what I have done that Sears Canada didn’t do. I have a new website and it’s usually up to date with new content. I painted my outdoor booth, put up new photos and changed up my display (not much but enough to look fresh). I have a lot of new work so that long time customers can find something new to buy. I think this is what is working for me. 

There are so many things we can’t control, like the economy, the weather, our competition. It’s really easy to blame outside factors for our lack of success.

Why waste energy on that? Take a look at where you are today think about what you can control. What can you do today to make sure you don’t end up in the same boat as Sears Canada? 

Friday, July 25, 2014

Sale this week - time to get in SHAPE!

I am in Shape - Round Is A Shape!

30% off

27803200-07 Glass - 3 mm Druks - Dark Aqua (Strand 100)
27800360-06 Pressed Glass - 20 mm Beaten Coin - Metallic Old Gold (1)
Spare Tires   ;-)

s36371 Glass Beads - 4 mm Tire Rondelles - Dark Sapphire (Strand 100)
Sale starts on Wed Midnight.
and ends on Wed midnight.
Items held in shopping cart
will change price automatically at
midnight.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Half-Tilas at BeadFX

HTL1865 Miyuki -  Half Tila - Opaque Terra Grey AB
Funny story about these Half Tilas. You probably know about TILA beads - made by Miyuki - they are a two-HTL0316 Miyuki -  Half Tila - Amethyst Gold Lusterhole square tile bead that are popular in complex and clever bead-weaving patterns. It wasn't long before someone said, "Hey - it would be really cool if we made these in half-sizes too, all the better to fit them into circles and curves and even more elaborate patterns!"

We saw the Half-TILAs and got excited about them and agreed we would get them.

So a couple of weeks ago - Marg says to me, "Where are those Half Tilas? I want to show them to someone." And I was at an absolute loss - try as I might - I couldn't remember having seen themHTL0401FR Miyuki -  Half Tila - Matte Black AB since. And we went through all the pending items for processing, and still couldn't find them. Scratching our collective heads in puzzlement, we contacted the distributor to find out when we had ordered them, in order to help track them down. "Oh," she said, "You haven't ordered them yet. I was wondering why you hadn't ... ."
So there you go - call it a senior moment if you will - but they are here now - Half-Tilas - rectangular half-sized versions of the original square TILA bead. How will you use them?

s40265 Chain - 5 mm Sunburst Chain - Antiqued Gold (Inch)And if you followed that chain of events - then how about this Sunburst Chain? It comes in Antiqued Gold, Antiqued Silver, Matte Antiqued Silver, and Antiqued Copper. Or if you are looking for a Plain Jane Chain, then this Large Oval Link chain might be more up your alley - in Bright Silver and Matte Antiqued Silver.

s40268 Chain - 3 x 8 mm Large Oval Links - Bright Silver (Inch)


So remember - we are all getting older, but at least we can tell each other that we are getting better! Click on a link or image above, or get started with all the new items here.