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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!

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Raise the flag high and wave proudly!

July is just around the corner, complete with Canada Day and, for our southern neighbours, Independence Day! Both are great opportunities to show our patriotism. 

Oh right - July classes! Yes, we are very proud of our July classes from the variety of techniques offered and the high calibre of our instructors who share their expertise. In fact, classes are scheduled each and every weekend and during several weekdays during the summer so there is no reason to be bored.

We also love when young people come and take classes. We do require that youth younger than 14 years of age come with a responsible adult, however, it is a great opportunity to introduce beading to your grandchild, neice, nephew, or child, to a new craft. (Please note that our insurance doesn't allow youth under 18 years of age to take a class involving torches.)

We have added a new FREE event on Wednesday, July 15. At Meet the Technique, you'll be able to see demos of some of the lesser-known products that we carry, such as the Jool Tool, wire jigs, the Big Kick and more. All are welcome and you do not need to RSVP for this FREE event.

Check out all of the NEW classes with Barbara Colautti, Pamela KearnsAnne Marie Desaulniers, and Sue Henry!

Here are the classes scheduled for July 1 - 15:

Saturday, July 4
Viking Knit
Instructor: Cindy Goldrick
10:00am - 1:00pm

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

Sunday, July 5
Ancient Artifacts Polymer Clay Pendants
Instructor: Barbara Colautti
11:30am - 4:30pm

Thursday, July 9
NEW Infinitely Herringbone Bracelet
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
6:00 - 9:00pm

Friday, July 11
NEW Bronze Earrings and Pendant using Prometheus Clay
Instructor: Sue Henry
10:30am - 2:30pm

NEW Delicate Strength: Beaded Paper Vessels
Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
11:00am - 4:00pm

Sunday, July 12
Exploring the World of Altered Dominos I
Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
11:00am - 5:00pm

Wednesday, July 15
FREE Meet the Technqiues
6:00 - 8:00pm
(in place of Open Beading Night)

Complete information about each class, including course description and applicable class and kit fees, can be found on our website. Click on 'Classes' and follow the links to the June class calendar and individual classes.

Bring your projects and join us at our FREE open bead opportunities:

Wednesday, July 8
Open Bead Night

Facilitator: BeadFX staff members Bonnie Cottingham, Pamela Kearns or Malliga Nathan
6:00 - 8:00pm

Thursday, July 2
Thursday, July 9
Afternoon Bead Tea
Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
1:00 - 3:00pm

BeadFX is proud to offer these FREE sessions. In return we ask that you use our merchandise in our facility. Thank you.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Tropical Punch - Welcome Summer!

Blog hops are great. They are a way to get more exposure to your blog and give you a chance to be part of an online event that really pulls together your community. I was invited to participate in a blog hop using the Tropical Punch components, which are lucite beads and matching pieces such as polyester pipe and flower petals, that conjure the colours and excitement of Brazilian style. 

I had a dream and saw my finished piece in my mind's eye, then couldn't wait to create it. Sometimes the vision and completed project don't match but this time it was spot on. My goal was to showcase a technique (which I'm teaching this Saturday at BeadFX by the way - sign up now for a lot of fun!) I decided to create a net of jewels to cover the polyester pipe and simulate the sinuous, flower covered vines found wound around trees in the jungle using wire and my French Knitter. 

Here's the knitting in progress. I used 26 gauge copper wire here. 

I inserted 16 gauge copper wire into the polyester tube, leaving about an inch on each end that I then paddled so I could punch a hole and secure the flower components inside the belled ends of my knitting. 

As you can see, I popped the beads to the outside of my knitted tube. The 16 gauge wire in the tube allows the wearer to shape the lariat any way they choose, to enhance a sexy summer neckline. 

Here's another view of the piece. 

You can draw inspiration from your garden, from the costumes of Carnival, from the warm summer rays, from love and from beautiful beads to custom create seasonal jewellery like this. Wear it now, or wear it in the winter to recapture the excitement of summer. Have fun creating!

Thursday, June 18, 2015

A big helping of Rizos, and a side dish of computer failure angst

This week's update is late - well - the update is fine, it all happened on time because it was all prepared ahead of s45019 Czech Seedbeads -  Rizos - Pastel Lilatime. But the actual writing about it is late. Late for the first time in 15 years. But, it's just beads, you know. No one died, nobody's private data got compromised, the website s45024 Czech Seedbeads -  Rizos - Turquoise Azuroand the inventory systems are just fine, thank you. The big picture is - the only person truly inconvenienced is me. I - however - am contemplating moving into a tent and living off the grid at an undisclosed address in the middle of a field. At least until the winter drives me back home. Sigh. Why does losing your computer feel like losing a part of your life?

The green revolution created more productive strains of rice that helped to feed the world, and the shaped seedbead revolution created more shapes of seedbeads for you to play with, including bushels of ricey Rizos.

We have a rainbow of 95 new colours from Crystal clear, Chalk White Shimmer, Matte Jet, Jet AB, Grey Lustre,

s45131 Czech Seedbeads -  Rizos - Crystal s45038 Czech Seedbeads -  Rizos - Chalk White Shimmer s45042 Czech Seedbeads -  Rizos - Grey Lustre s45146 Czech Seedbeads -  Rizos - Jet AB
- wait - you wanted Actual Colours? With, like, colour? Ok - how about Pastel Pink, Pastel Cream, Rose, Pastel Burgundy, Dark Turquoise Travertine ... etc, etc!, etc!

s45044 Czech Seedbeads -  Rizos - Lava Red s45065 Czech Seedbeads -  Rizos - Hyacinth Opal AB s45107 Czech Seedbeads -  Rizos - Corn AB
s45068 Czech Seedbeads -  Rizos - Pastel Lime s45020 Czech Seedbeads -  Rizos - Turquoise s45067 Czech Seedbeads -  Rizos - Pastel Light Sapphire
s45036 Czech Seedbeads -  Rizos - Pastel Bordeaux s45045 Czech Seedbeads -  Rizos - Ancient Gold Iris s45119 Czech Seedbeads -  Rizos - Magic Green
s45169 Firepolish - True 2 mm Faceted Round - Aqua Vitrail (strand 150)s45170 Firepolish - True 2 mm Faceted Round - Silver Plated (strand 150)
Would you like some more of the True 2 mm Firepolish to go with your seedbeads? These smaller than the old style of 2 mm firepolish are a nice accent and spacer bead for stringing, and small enough to add a little sizzle to your seedbead creations, without burning a hole in your credit card like crystals can.

So click on a link or image above, or check out all the new stuff here! And now you'll excuse me - there is a nice little trailer listed for sale on Kijiji that might be a little more comfortable than a tent for my move off the grid ... .