Treat yourself to Bead-Treat!

Normally I’d be posting about BeadFX classes, but this week I’m delighted to tell you about a new adventure that BeadFX is taking in 2018: Bead-Treat. BeadFX will be the presenting sponsor of the first (that we’ve found) jewellery-making retreat in Canada.This premier event will take place Friday, May 4 to Sunday, May 6, 2018.

As a participant at Bead-Treat, youll learn three original designs focusing on three exciting jewellery-making techniques: chainmaille, geometric peyote, and Cavandoli tapestry knotting. You’ll be the first to learn these never-taught-before designs from three established and creative designers/instructors in the comfort of Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. Best of all, you already know all three instructors because they each have been sharing their expertise at BeadFX for several years: Marilyn Gardiner, Pamela Kearns and Angela Peace.

All classes are suitable for all levels; beginners will learn the steps to complete the projects and experienced students will be able to expand their repertoire of skills.


Participants will take all three classes:

Staggered Byzantine Bracelet with Marilyn Gardiner

A statement bracelet at its best! This is the most impressive new bracelet Ive made for several years. It expands and contracts like an accordion and feels so good on my wrist! I love this unadorned version, but I can also see a version with beads added in the middle openings, or even drop beads along the outer edges. Can you spot the Byzantine building blocks?

We will start the day by making a pair of Byzantine Earrings so everyone learns the basic Byzantine weave and is comfortable with opening and closing jump rings. There are a lot of jump rings required to make this bracelet, but you will be well on your way to completing it by the end of the day (though some may actually finish).

This class includes a kit to make your bracelet in copper. It includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump ring and a coordinating clasp. Makes up to a 9 bracelet. All rings are saw-cut and polished. An in-class kit upgrade is available to create the project using silver-filled rings.


Swarovski Trillion Component Bracelet with Pamela Kearns

Seed beaded dimension and form! Discover how to create triangular peyote bezels around sparkling 10mm Swarovski Trillion rivolis! Well start the class by learning how to do simple triangular peyote using larger beads before we graduate to using size 11/0 Delicas. Then the fun will begin by learning to create a triangular bezel. Increases and decreases and zipping your components together will be part of the days curriculum. This class is suitable for beginners; however, knowing peyote stitch will be helpful.

The project will focus on making the bracelet as shown, but youll also have the instructions on how to create two pendants and earrings ? all using the same type of rivoli component.

This class includes your kit of 12 Swarovski Trillion rivolis, 2 colours of size 11/0 Delica beads and a sliding tube clasp and findings with full-colour, illustrated instructions. Colour choices will be available.


Knotted Fiber End Caps with Angela Peace

Join the fiber and micro-macrame revolution! Fiber end-caps present a new and innovative option of finishing jewellery projects and allow for seamless colour designs or for creating amazing colour contrasts. These made-to-measure knotted end caps work well with standard metal clasps and findings or can be used with glue.

In class you will learn the knotting techniques and how to change the end cap size for a perfect fit. You’ll also learn how to make a knotted fiber clasp. By the end of class you will have a pair of custom end caps and will be well-prepared to make more.

This class includes illustrated instructions, C-lon knotting cord in your choice of colours, jump rings, pinning board, tapestry needle, and pins.

On-line registration for Bead-Treat is open now. Plan ahead and take advantage of Early Bird pricing to save $50 off the registration fee before February 15, 2018. For complete information about Bead-Treat and all that it includes, go to www.beadtreat.com. See you there!

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