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  • There’s nothing scary about our classes

    “Magic is really very simple. All you’ve got to do is want something and then let yourself have it.”
    – Aggie Cromwell, Halloweentown

    The creativity fairies are sprinkling their magic during BeadFX’s late-October’s classes! Catherine Sequalino Poitier has designed a beautiful applique that can be used as a pin or other decorative feature. Anne Marie Desaulniers will stir your needle felting spirits with a new pin or brooch project that combines several stitching techniques. Liz Reynolds will help you explore how you can ‘quilt’ using metal clay. Lucie Lee‘s new wire wrapping class will have you ready to create personalized ornaments for everyone you know – a perfect gift to get you started for the holidays. (Holidays? Now THAT’S scary!)

    Here are the classes and session scheduled October 21 – 31:

    Sunday, October 21
    Basic Wire Wrapping
    Instructor: Bonni Poch
    12:00 – 3:00pm
    Learn the basics of wire wrapping!


    Monday, October 22
    Happy Hour Torching
    Facilitator: Carol Cooper
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Work on your lampwork skills or create focal beads for your own designs with friends!


    Planet BeadFXWednesday, October 24
    FREE Open Bead Night
    Facilitator: Amanda Pittman
    Enjoy coffee and conversation while working on your projects!


    Thursday, October 25
    FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    Be among the first to see the new weekly products!


    Jewellery Making 101
    Instructor: Pamela Kearns
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Discover how to create wrapped loops, simple loops and more!


    Wishy, Washy and Whimsical Altered Metal Washers
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    6:00 – 9:00pm
    Anne Marie will show you how to take the humble metal washer to the next level for original designs!


    Friday, October 26
    NEW Quilting in Metal Clay
    Instructor: Liz Reynolds
    11:00am – 6:00pm
    Learn all about creating textures and how to apply them to create pendants and more!


    NEW Cardinal Applique or Pin
    Instructor: Catherine Sequalino Poitier
    4:30pm – 9:00pm
    Apply your Crochet du Luneville/Tambour embroidery skills to create this beautiful applique!


    Saturday, October 27
    NEW Needle Felted Landscapes: Pendants and Brooches
    Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
    10:00am – 3:00pm
    Paint with fibre and beads to create stunning jewellery!


    Hot Connections 1: Intro to Soldering
    Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed
    10:30am – 4:30pm
    Learning how to solder sterling silver wire is your gateway into the world of metalwork!


    mixed media jewelerySunday, October 28
    Pebble Beach Jewellery
    Instructor: Ann Shewan
    12:00 – 3:00pm
    Learn to drill pebbles to create one-of-a-kind designs!


    NEW Alphabet Letter Ornament
    Instructor: Lucie Lee
    12:30 – 2:30pm
    You’ll love these elegant initials; Lucie will show you how to create them!


    Japanese Chainmaille Ball Charm
    Instructor: Gillian Clarke
    1:00 – 4:00pm
    Discover how to make this fun pendant with Gillian!


    Monday, October 29
    Happy Hour Torching
    Facilitator: Carol Cooper
    5:00 – 9:00pm
    Work on your lampwork skills or create focal beads for your own designs with friends!


    Planet BeadFXWednesday, October 31
    FREE Open Bead Night
    Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
    6:00 – 8:00pm
    Give yourself dedicated time to work on your beading and chainmaille projects!

    Click on the class or session title to see complete details, including applicable class and kit fees. You can also go to the October class calendar to see all of the month’s activities.

Our Latest Inspiration

  • Concrete & Rubies

    Concrete & Rubies

    by: Anne Marie Desaulniers

    These Matte Crazy Lace Agate stones have been living side byside, on the BeadFX wall, just under the pearls. Ignored for months, but thenthey suddenly started clamouring for their potential to be reached! Concretegoes with everything, and my July birthstone is ruby!! Add some sparkle, then whatbetter way to marry the two, than with a chic and comfortable wrap bracelet. Apiece of this type, could even be worn as a short necklace, but I far preferthis variation as a standalone bracelet!

    Instructions:

    1. Dump all of your beads, into a nice pile on your bead mat, then mix them up! Shocking, I know,but it’s the only way that you can get a truly random mix!
    2. Cut approximately 25 inches of Soflex beading wire (the length will vary, depending on the size of your wrist, and the total number of wraps desired). This measurement is for a 3-wrap bracelet, on a small, to medium sized wrist.
    3. Thread a 2mm crimp, onto one end of the Soflex beading wire.
    4. Thread a wire guardian onto the same end of the Soflex, (you will need to thread through both openings), pulling the wire tightly.
    5. Pull the loose end of the Soflex, back into the crimp bead, leaving a medium length tail.
    6. Crimp the crimp bead, with crimping pliers (it’s a two-partprocess).
    7. String beads in a random, asymmetrical fashion! Don’t obsess about how you do this!! It’s all good!
    8. Cover the loose end of the beading wire, with the first,three or four beads.
    9. Trim wire if necessary.
    10. Decide how long your wrap will be, and string on a sufficient number of beads. (Please note: I chose to use approximately 25 inches of beading wire, to make a triple wrap bracelet.)
    11. Thread a 2mm crimp, onto the unfinished end of the Soflex beading wire.
    12. Thread a wire guardian onto the same end, pulling the wire tightly (you will need to thread through both openings).
    13. Pull the loose end of the Soflex, back into the crimp bead, leaving a medium length tail. (Note: I find it useful to place the wire guardian on oneside of my Round Nose Pliers, letting the bracelet dangle free. Then pull onthe loose end of the wire, to tighten up the string.)

    14.Thread the remaining Soflex wire, back through the last three or four beads. (Note: don’t forget to leave a little “wiggle” room, between the beads and the crimp).

    1. Crimp the crimp bead, with crimping pliers (Remember, this is a two-part process).
    2. Trim any loose beading wire.
    3. Open one 6 mm jump ring, and attach to one wire guardian. Close jump ring.
    4. Add one 6mm Split Ring to the same side. (Note: if you find that your bracelet is longenough, you can skip the jump ring in Step 17, above, and add the split ring directly to the wire guardian)
    5. Open one 6 mm jump ring, add one Lobster Claw clasp, and attach to one wire guardian. Close jumpring.
    6. To make the dangle! Add three beads (I chose two stones and one Firepolish) to a headpin, then start to make a wire wrapped loop.
    7. When your loop is still open, slide it onto wire guardian that is next to the Split Ring.
    8. Finish wrapping your loop with 3-4 wraps (or whatever fits)!
    9. Congratulations, your wrapped bracelet is finished!

     

    Tips for leftover beads: A shorter bracelet, necklace component (just add chain), earrings, purse dangles, bead embroidery, wire wrapping, or freeform peyote! Add other beads to change up the mix, and then make a coordinating, but totally different bracelet!Layers are where it’s at!!!

    If you are unfamiliar with any ofthese processes, please check our “Tips” section.

     

     

     

     

    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.