Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Tubes and Mixes and Bezels and Eyelets - and Owls. Oh, and Seed Pearls!

s39870 Czech Glass - 14 mm Tubes - Antique Gold (strand 25)
s39875 Czech Glass - 15 mm Square Tube - Ruby Aventurine (strand 25)
A little something for everyone this week. To start - some Czech glass beads - some long cylinder beads that just look great by themselves. Quite a few of these have a little Aventurine (Goldstone) sparkle to them - for a little added interest too. If you can't pick a colour, then maybe go with the Indecision Mix. ;-)

Speaking of indecision - mixes are a good way to go if you are looking for variety - a little something to spice up a bunch of projects, or if you are in need of some inspiration - something s39860 Bead Mix -  Pressed Glass Mix - Uncle Matte Black (100 grams)to inspire you to buy other beads - ummmm - like you needed help with that, right? Or just inspiration to make the next project - you never know where your ideas will take you!

s39859 Bead Mix -  Pressed Glass Mix - Slice of Ice (100 grams)
s39864 Glass Peacock Beads -  Puff Mix - Black Scarab (strand 25)A mix isn't necessarily about colours, but it can also be about shapes! This Black Scarab Puff Mix is different shapes, but similar colours, as is Uncle Matte Black and Slice of Ice!

s39846 Bezels - 15 x 21 mm Tabbed Oval - Silver Plated (1)Some new styles of bezels for your embezelling enjoyment! These tabbed bezels can be adapted to different uses, and here we go - cufflinks! How about custom cufflinks for the s39856 Bezels - 18 mm Square Cufflinks - Silver Plated (Pair)graduating guy in your family?

26037251-02 Riveting Supplies - 3.5 mm Eyelets - Gunmetal (36)
If you've been playing with leather - you may have decided you need some holes in it! With nice metal eyelets to protect them! Or you may just want to make nice finished holes in some metal blanks. Or - embed them in some epoxy clay! Lots of ways to use these if you are thinking outside the box, or the blister pack, in this case! These eyelets come in a variety of sizes and three different colours!

s39828 Vintage Style -  Goth Owl - Antiqued Silver (1)And finally - check out this excellent Goth Owl. How freakin' awesome is this, with his big feathery wings. Or this inscrutable Hoot Nanny Owl. She'll fix you with her is39829 Vintage Style -  Hoot Nanny Owl - Antiqued Brass (1)mpenetrable gaze, for sure!

s39838 Freshwater Pearls - 2 mm Seed Pearl - Cream Pearl (strand)Wait - before you go - I have to tell you about these seed pearls! We've had a bunch of requests for seed pearls, and we've been looking for them for you, but most of them have been crazy expensive! We finally found some at a decent price, so here you go! Go pearl-crazy!

As usual, click on a link or image above, or get started with all the new items here and get creating!

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

One day left to get knotty!

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Kick-off the Summer with a June Class!

We thought Spring would never get here and now Summer is just around the corner!

June opens up with a wonderful assortment of classes in various jewellery media including wirework, metal work, metal clay, chainmaille, seed beading, knotting, lampwork and mixed media. Rae Huggins is sharing a new project (Fun with Wire Ring); Angela Peace is featuring a new class using paracord (Elegant Paracord Knotting). Cindy Goldrick is teaching her new Romantic Ribbon Cuff and is bringing back her Basics to Enamelling class. Anne Marie Desaulniers is teaching a new class in mixed media - Charm School: Inchies Charm Bracelet! There are lots of other classes too with our enthusiastic and knowledgeable instructors!

Here are the classes scheduled June 1 - June 15:

Tuesday, June 3
NEW Fun with Wire Ring
Instructor: Rae Huggins
11:30am - 2:30pm


Thursday, June 5
NEW Square Stitch Segmented Bracelet
Instructor: Tracey Neidhardt
6:00 - 9:00pm


Friday, June 6
Awana Loomed Necklace or Bracelet
Instructor: Gio Paz
4:00 - 8:00pm

Saturday, June 7
Tree of Life Pendant
Instructor: Bonni Poch
9:30am - 12:30pm

Hot Connections: Spinner Ring
Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed
10:30am - 4:30pm

Bead Stringing 101
Instructor: Nadine Foskin
2:00 - 4:00pm

Sunday, June 8
NEW Charm School: Inchie Charm Bracelet
Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
11:30am - 4:30pm

Getting Started with Hadar's Clay
Instructor: Liz Reynolds
12:00 - 4:00pm

Thursday, June 12
Chainmaille on Regaliz Leather
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
6:00 - 9:00pm

Friday, June 13
NEW Elegant Paracord Knotting
Instructor: Angela Peace
12:30 - 3:30pm

Saturday, June 14
Peyote Bootcamp: Flat Peyote
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
10:00am - 5:00pm

NEW Romantic Ribbon Cuff
Instructor: Cindy Goldrick
10:00am - 1:00pm

The Basics of Enamelling
Instructor: Cindy Goldrick
2:00 - 5:00pm

Intro Weekend to Lampworking, Part B
Instructor: Amy Waldman-Smith
10:00am - 2:30pm
(continues Sunday, June 15; 11:30am - 4:00pm)

Sunday, June 15
NEW Mobius Bracelet
Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
9:30am - 12:30pm

NEW Viperscale Bracelet
Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
1:30 - 4:30pm

Complete information about each of these classes, including course description, class and kit fees and any supplies to bring to class, is included on the individual class pages on our website.

Bring your unfinished projects to our FREE open beading sessions:

Wednesday, June 4
Open Beading Night
Facilitator: Stephanie Dixon
6:00 - 9:00pm

Thursday, June 12 
Afternoon Bead Tea
Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
1:00 - 3:00pm


We are pleased to have you join us for these free sessions. In return, BeadFX kindly asks that you use our merchandise in our facility. Thank you.

Monday, May 26, 2014

InspirationFX: Pretty in Pink


Get your creative juices flowing

Pretty in Pink
by: Rae Huggins
"What inspires you?" is one of the questions I get asked. My dirty little secret is that it just happens everytime I have to restock the semiprecious stones. This time the Rose Quartz did it - this time I listened, after ignoring them in the past.

Wrapped loops at the top and bottom of the stones with some wire wrapping in between, because I love the look of the silver wire on the stones. The other two stones were linked and finally the second 16 mm round stone was added. I spiraled the end of the wire for some more fun and play. You may taken one of my wire wrapping classes at the store, or did a "Make and Take" with Pam, and if so this, is an opportunity to practice and play. Even if you haven't and this piece inspires you, awesome - just go for it.

To get the wire wrapped effect on the large stones, start with a much longer piece of wire than you would if you were just making a loop at each end. Thread the stone bead onto the wire, and slide it to the middle. Make a wrapped loop at each end of the wire - but DON'T CUT OFF THAT TAIL - leave the long wire end. Now take that wire and bend it down over the stone to the loop and the other end, and wrap it around the loop at the end (the wrap part) and wind it on and cut. The wire does not have to be tight. Then do the same with the tail of wire at the second end. (Alternate method: Instead of centering the stone on the wire, place it about 2/3 of the way, and then wide the extra long tail down the stone bead, around the other loop a couple of times, and back up to the first end, wrap and secure and cut there.)

Once you have the wire "cage" around the stone, take your pliers (round nose, flat nose, both are fine) and put bends in the wire, gently but firmly grasping the wire and twisting it by turning the pliers. This puts the interesting twists in the wire, and tightens it up to fit snugly around the stone.

The pendant dangle is strung onto the leather, and tie a knot in the leather to keep it centered. Then add the big hole donuts - knotting between each one and after the last.

Finally - add the end caps, crimping them down to secure them, and add the clasp. And you too can be pretty in pink.



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