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Our Class News

  • Celebrate National Craft Month with a Class – Its Good for You!

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    Yes, there really is a National Craft Month! But does crafting (including knitting, beading, or any ‘handmade’ activity) actually make a difference! YES! It has been shown that crafting:

    1. Improves your Mood
    2. Boosts your Brainpower
    3. Increases Social Activity & Communal Support
    4. Helps with Hand-Eye Coordination
    5. Can Help Fight Aging

    We have several new classes in early March that will fire up your imagination. Pamela Kearns has three classes including creating loomed bracelet on the new Endless Loom; a new way of using epoxy clay and a new peyote project using two-hole beads. If you already know how to loom, you’ll love Christine Woollacott’s new loomed bracelet that you can weave 3D embellishment as you work. If you’ve wanted to learn chainmaille, Gillian Clarke will teach you a great introductory project. We also have encore classes with Jen Rosen and Anne Marie Desaulniers in case you couldn’t previously fit them into your schedule. And of course, we have lots of open sessions where you can start or finish off projects with the help of the facilitator.

    Here the classes and open sessions scheduled March 1 to March 10:

    main-photo-700wWednesday, March 1
    FREE Open Bead Night
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Bring your UFOs (unfinished projects) and PHDs (projects half done) and enjoy the evening with your beading friends!

     

     

     

    teapot-with-beads-700wThursday, March 2
    FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    1:00 – 3:00pm
    Be among the first to see the new weekly products as you work on your projects!

    NEW Loomed Bracelet on the Endless Loomendless-loom-bracelets-700w
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Learn how to loom without ends to bury!

    open-studio_soldering-700wOpen Metal Studio: Hot and Cold Connections
    Facilitator: Iris Rogers Melamed
    6:00 – 9:00pm
    Bring your new and unfinished projects and get tips and assistance from Iris!

    NEW Chainmaille with Scales: Bracelet and Earringsscalebraceletset-700w
    Instructor: Gillian Clarke
    6:00 – 9:00pm
    Learn the basics of this ancient craft!

    faux-metal-clay-700wSaturday, March 4
    NEW Faux Metal Clay Components
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    11:00am – 5:00pm
    Create the look of metal clay without a kiln!

     

    NEW Garden Fringe Bracelet: Weaving 3D Designs with a Loomgardenfringe-700w
    Instructor: Christine Woollacott
    12:00 – 4:00pm
    Learn how to embellish as you loom!

    resin-mixed-up-media-image-700wSunday, March 5
    Resin: A Mixed-Up Media Approach
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    11:00am – 5:00pm
    Combine resin and found objects in this fun class!

    Wire Wrapping: Waves Ringwave-ring-photo-700w
    Instructor: Jen Rosen
    1:00 – 4:00pm
    Create a beautiful ring with wire and crystal!

     

    teapot-with-beads-700wThursday, March 9
    FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    1:00 – 3:00pm
    Get help and tips from Pam as you work on your projects!

    NEW Double Diamond Braceletdouble-diamond-bracelet-700w
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Learn to use 2-hole Diamond Duos to create a beautiful bracelet!

    open-studio-image-700wOpen Metal Studio: Kiln Enamelling
    Facilitator: Christine Woollacott
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Work on your new and unfinished kiln enamelling projects with Christine’s assistance!

     

     

     

    wire-garden-110216-desaulniers-anne-marie-pngFriday, March 10
    Wire Garden: Beaded Brooch, Pendant or Cabochon
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    6:00 – 9:00pm
    Learn to use wire and beads to create a beautiful piece of jewellery!

    For complete details about each class or open session, click on the title. You can also go to www.beadfx.com and click on the March calendar to see all of the month’s offerings.

Our Latest Inspiration

  • InspirationFX: Greener Pastures

    Snow is melting, and a warm breeze blows through the fields. Spring begins approaching as the grass reaches towards the warm sun rays. The horses nibble on the visible greenery, strengthening them for the run.

    As they trot off into the horizon in search of greener pastures, the sweet smell of adventure lingers behind tempting you to follow.

    A free-formed shaped pendant hangs from antique copper ball chain. Green beads dangle, calling to you to follow. The simply strung bracelet is a sweet treat if you choose.

     

    Pendant:

    • On a headpin, stack – Bead Cap, Green Asteroid Bead,Bead Cap – and make a wrapped loop.
    • Repeat Step 1 – 2 more times
    • Attach the dangle to one of the holes on the bottom of the horse pendant using a 7mm jumpring.
    • Repeat step 3 with the other 2 dangles in the other holes.
    • Find center on your length of ball chain – you can make the necklace as long or as short as you want. This one is about 18inches(1.5ft of chain)
    • Attach the pendant using 2 – 9mm jumprings from the large top hole.
    • Put on the ball chain clasp and the necklace is done!

    Bracelet:

    • Cut approximately 10inches of Softflex
    • On one end, thread the Softflex through a wire guardian pulling about 1 inch through
    • Place a crimp on over the long end – make sure it goes over both ends and snugs up against the wire guardian. Flatten the crimp with a pair of chain-nose pliers (or you can use flat-nose as well)
    • Start stringing your beads on in your pattern preference. When you get to the large holed copper bead – place 2 copper beads inside, this way the bead will not bounce around on the Softflex too much.

    This pattern is – 3 copper beads,bead cap, asteroid, beadcap, copper bead, beadcap, asteroid, beadcap, copper bead, bead cap, asteroid, bead cap, 3 copper beads, beadcap, asteroid, large hole copper bead (add 2 copper beads inside to fill the hole) and then repeat the same for the other half of the bracelet.

    • Place a crimp on the end, then thread on another wire guardian. Thread the end of Softflex down through the crimp and through the last 2 beads of possible. Make sure the bracelet isn’t too stiff or it can break. Flatten the crimp with a pair of chain nose pliers.
    • Attach a 7mm jumpring to a wire guardian, before you close it, slide on the lobster claw.
    • Attach another 7mm jumpring to the other wire guardian. This is where the lobster claw will hook into.