May Heats Up with Lots of Classes!

The weather isn’t exactly feeling very Spring-like with lots of rain and cool temperatures (at least, here in Toronto) but the possibilities of creativity is heating up our classroom and studios.

Anne Marie Desaulniers brings us a new taking on mixed media – combining paper, resin and copper for a pendant! Marilyn Gardiner will share all she knows about the Byzantine chainmaille pattern and help you create your own project using this classical pattern. Iris Rogers Melamed teaches how to foldform metal and Bonni Poch has two classes working with tubular bead crochet and cubic right-angle weave. If you like working with two-hole beads, you can join Pamela Kearns with a spiral rope project. Boris Kolodny is teaching how to cut cabochons that you can use in your own designs. Need help with your projects or more time to finish class projects? Join BeadFX staff at our open bead sessions and open metal studios. There are lots of opportunities!

We are featuring our June, July and August classes at a new event on Sunday, May 14. Join us for Summer Classes in the City to see the projects lined up for the summer, including our new Comprehensive Summer Courses that will be technique-driven and give you as much information as possible in a multi-day course. Single-class, project classes will also be given in lots of jewellery-making techniques too.

Scheduled classes and events May 11 – 20:

Thursday, May 11
FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
1:00 – 3:00pm
Be among the first to see the new weekly items while you work on your projects!

Spiral It Higher! Spiral Rope Using Two-Hole Beads
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
5:00 – 9:00pm
Learn to use SuperDuos and Triangles in a spiral rope bracelet!

Open Metal Studio: Kiln Enamelling
Facilitator: Christine Woollacott
5:00 – 9:00pm
Get tips and techniques from Christine while working on your enamelling projects!

Friday, May 12
Lapidary: Cutting Cabochons
Instructor: Boris Kolodny
9:00am – 5:00pm
Discover the basics of cutting your own cabochons from semi-precious stones!

NEW Asian Influence: Paper, Resin and Copper Pendants
Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
6:00 – 9:00pm
Create a beautiful pendant with a Japanese flair!

Saturday, May 13
Metalsmith Essentials: Introduction to Foldforming
Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed
10:00am – 4:30pm
Learn to forge metal to produce creases and textures!

Bead Crochet: The Basics and Beyond, Part 1
Instructor: Bonni Poch
1:30 – 4:30pm
Bead crochet forms a supple rope – perfect for bracelets and necklaces!

Sunday, May 14
FREE Summer Classes in the City
12:00 – 3:00pm
See for yourself the great projects and courses this summer at BeadFX!

Wednesday, May 17
Open Metal Studio: Fine Jewellery
Facilitator: Kelly Garland
5:00 – 9:00pm
Get tips and guidance from Kelly as you work on your precious-metal projects!

FREE Open Bead Night
Facilitator: Bonnie Cottingham
6:00 – 8:00pm
Work on your UFOs and PHDs with your beading friends!

Thursday, May 18
FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
1:00 – 3:00pm
Be among the first to see the new weekly items while you work on your projects!

3-in-1 Cubic Right-Angle Weave Pendant
Instructor: Bonni Poch
6:00 – 9:00pm
Explore the possibilities of CRAW while creating a stunning pendant!

NEW Creative Play Series: Paper Collage Postcards
Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
6:00 – 8:00pm
Learn the art of paper collage to create beautiful postcards!

Friday, May 19
Beadingweaving on a Loom: A Beginner’s Guide
Instructor: Kelly Garland
5:00 – 9:00pm
Loomwork is one of the oldest beading techniques; Kelly will teach you how to create your own designs!

Saturday, May 20
NEW It’s All about Byzantine!
Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
10:00am – 5:00pm
Byzantine is a classic chainmaille weave; discover how to incorporate it into your designs!

Champleve on Fine Silver Metal Clay
Instructor: Christine Woollacott
11:00am – 6:00pm
Combine the fire of enamel and the coolness of silver! Class continues Sunday, May 21; 10:00am – 5:00pm.

Click on the class or open session title for complete information, including class description and applicable fees. You can also go to and click on the May class calendar to see all of the classes and events for the month.

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