Marilyn Gardiner Returns

After the winter away, Marilyn Gardiner is back and ready to go! She has two classes coming up this weekend, Basic Bead Stringing Level 2 and the Vertebrae Watch. Basic Bead Stringing Level 2: Multi-Strand Necklace, Saturday April 24th from 10 to 12:30pm. Create a multi-strand necklace! Learn several techniques to use in future projects. You will have access to a large stash of findings (such as clasps, crimps, chain, cones, jump rings, and split rings), wire, and beads to design an interesting piece of jewellery. The focus will be on design and techniques. This is a beginner class, however …

Suzanne Crudden

As many of you know, we have a fantastic metal smithing instructor here at Beadfx, Suzanne Crudden. Aside from the Metal Smithing 101 classes, she has also created some really fabulous metal working classes for beaders. Her upcoming Metal Working for Beaders: Creating Your Own Production Line begins in June and runs for 8 weeks. Students will learn how to design and create their own limited production line of silver jewellery. Basic wax sculpting techniques are introduced and metal finishing skills are refined. Students will have the opportunity to complete three projects incorporating a consistent design element within each. And …

Marcia DeCoster is coming to BeadFX!!!

This July Marcia DeCoster will be joining us for 3 classes–the Queen Anne’s Lace, Bellisimo and The Falling Leaves Lariat!Marcia’s love for beautiful jewelry and the desire to create her own designs brought Marcia to beads in the early 1990’s. Marcia designs colorful and fun to wear jewelry and shares her designs through teaching and writing. Remembering her own early attempts, Marcia recognizes that everyone learns differently and so takes great care to provide clear, concise and comprehensive instructions, graphics and text. Her work has been published Carol Wilcox Wellsโ€™s The Art and Elegance of Bead Weaving and Margie Deebโ€™s …

Birdsnest repost

My internet is so painfully slow today for some reason. It took me 5 whole very long minutes just to log in to blogger. Reminds me of the old days of 1200 baud modems – shudder. I thought I’d do a repost of a tutorial I wrote back in 2007 on the birdsnest rings. These are timely, as they would be perfect as a donation to the corsage project! Quick and easy too! Every now and again I teach a basic wire wrapped ring class called “Birdsnest Rings”. This is a fairly simple project, and once you get the hang …

Corsage Project: What Jewellery To Make

The Corsage Project – in case you haven’t been paying attention – is a project to provide graduating high-school girls, who are unable to afford the expense, with prom attire and accoutrements so that they need not miss that special night. Bennett McCardle – tireless volunteer from the Toronto Bead Society – crafted this excellent insight into what type of jewellery prom-going gals want. I’m personally intrigued by the idea of making the purse fobs too. And knowing that really long, dangly earrings are hot, hot, hot! That’s like waving a red flag to a bull! Charge! — Corsage Project …

Beau Anderson…Freedom Through Flamework!!

May is fast approaching and we are really looking forward to the arrival of Beau Anderson. Beau’s focus within glass art has explored beadmaking and its history, as well as integrative multi-media projects. He has demonstrated and instructed the art of glass beadmaking throughout the Americas, both at a grassroots level and at such prestigious institutions as Corning Museum of Glass, Pittsburgh Glass Center, Pilchuck Glass School, Red Deer College and FDV Barcaloa. This is his first trip to Toronto–what better place than BeadFX! For those of you who are thinking about taking this series of classes or have been …

Sneek Peek at Next Week

Tools. It will be Tool Time! From pickle tweezers to soldering blocks – new tools, with a focus on silver-smithing. Technically – silver smithing is making teapots and candlebra and stuff like that, and gold-smithing refers to jewelry making – but to the distinction does not seem to be well known. So, while I mean these are gold-smithing tools – I’m referring to them as silver-smithing. ๐Ÿ˜‰

My heads a spinning with ideas

I know you’re all like me somewhat and have a million ideas on the go. Here are some of the plans in my head and half on my workbench at the moment. 1) Resin (as in Ice Resin) – many different projects in planning for a super secret project – sssshh. 2) Coming up with some new projects for my metal fusing classes. The price of silver went up considerably with our last shipment. To keep the class even remotely affordable I need to come up with some new projects that use far less silver! ๐Ÿ˜‰ 3) The bronze cork …

We have winners!

Sorry for the late post today. I’m actually at the shop oogling all of the new stuff in person ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’m in the actual store so rarely, it’s nice to see everything up close and personal… We had some more great submissions, and our winner, by random drawing (courtesy of random.org) is: for Dance at Dusk – Monika M. for Nothing Gold Can Stay – Lori H.  We’re also working our tails to get you two new kits!  Coming soonish ๐Ÿ™‚