Classes…What do you think?

Every week I blog to let you all know what is happening at Beadfx–mostly about classes and sometimes about other special events. I was thinking this morning that it would nice to know if the classes we are booking are what everyone is looking for. Are they? Let us know please. I am actively working on the fall schedule and have some really exciting new stuff coming. Heather Bell-Denison has some great new ideas that should be coming to the site in a few weeks. Stephanie Dixon has some new stuff in the works too. We have Michael David Sturlin …

What’s Coming Up…..

We have a lot of really fun stuff coming up in the next few weeks. This week we have Pam Kearn’s first class here at Beadfx. Pam is a beadstitcher with a focus on peyote, spiral rope and crochet. She has been beading for about six years and sells her jewelry and gift items through art and craft shows in the Southwestern Ontario area. Pam has another class focused on how to read patterns coming later this summer. Join Pam on Thursday July 23rd for Spirals of Delight from 6:30-9pm. This Saturday July 25th Robert Burton has two classes: Wire …

What to do – when the Headpin is too small for the hole

You’re wiring up a pendant, and the only headpins you have have too small a head for the hole – they just slide right through the bead! Use a spacer bead with a smaller hole to stop the headpin going through the hole in the bead! Add one more more spacer beads – I find you can create a very nice look by stacking them – and you can handily stop the headpin from pulling through the hole. I have a little bin that I put all the little left over spacers from projects into – so that I always …

Managing the weeds

It’s certainly been one busy summer for me this year – actually, that’s nothing new. I always seem to have something major going on every year. 🙂 I’m busy preparing for Isla’s 4th birthday party tomorrow. She has requested a ‘butterfly’ party. Marg picked me up some fabulous paper butterflies from one of our suppliers. We’re going to decorate the back yard with them along with flower garland that Maya has been making. Over the summer, I haven’t been able to get out and do the weeding as much as I should have. It’s become a huge problem, but we’re …

Signing up for classes – or we really do answer the phone, honest!

I was just reading through the emails over the last couple of days, and a familiar theme has arisen. It’s funny, things that seem to make perfect sense to one person don’t always make sense to others. I think we all suffer from this! In any case, it’s come to my attention that it may not be perfectly clear how to go about signing up for a class. 🙂 Unfortunately, at this time we do not have a way to offer class sign-ups through our website – so you need to actually call us! Here’s what you do: When you …

Some exciting classes coming up soon….

Sorry I am posting a bit late today, I am home with the kiddies this week so I am at the mercy of the nap schedule. That being said we do have some exciting news…we have booked two classes this fall with Michael David Sturlin! Michael David Sturlin’s 40 year career as a studio jewelry artist, educator, industry consultant and award winning goldsmith includes recognition from the World Gold Council, the American Jewelry Design Council, and the Jewelers of America’s JA NY New Designer Gallery. Michael’s internationally acclaimed jewelry focusing on minimalism in precious metal has been published in 75 …

Clasped together – more on clasp styles

Last week – I reviewed some styles of clasps for you – we mention that there are the: spring closure hook and eye toggle These week – let’s carry on with the: box clasp barrel clasp magnetic clasps, others too hard to categorize 😉 The box clasp is the most difficult and complicated of the clasps to make – often involving quite a bit of hand fabrication – unlike the others – which can be either cast or machine-made. So they frequently are quite a bit pricier. However – for a very professional finishing touch – they can be quite …