Treat yourself to a weekend of fun at Bead-Treat!

Imagine a weekend of fun, learning, friendship-building and creative opportunities – away from the kids, chores and everyday cares!

Have you heard about Bead-Treat? BeadFX is the presenting sponsor at a brand new jewellery-making retreat to be held at Fanshawe College in London, Ontario, May 4 – 6.

Bead-Treat will feature three classes with three of BeadFX’s instructors – Angela Peace, Marilyn Gardiner and Pamela Kearns. All Bead-Treat participants will take a class with each instructor and learn a brand new, never-taught-before project in their respective specialties. Each class is suitable for all levels – beginners will learn the basics before proceeding to the projects; experienced students will enjoy the challenge of the projects.

Bead-Treat is being held in tandem with Pin-it Canada – a new consumer trade show that will focus on all things creative including jewellery-making, painting, paper crafts, mixed media and much more. Additional retreats in other creative media will also be going on throughout the weekend. Bead-Treat registrants will have full access to Pin-it Canada.

The Bead-Treat classes are:

Staggered Byzantine Bracelet with Marilyn Gardiner

A statement bracelet at its best! This is the most impressive new bracelet I’ve 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. In-Class Upgrade available! If you would prefer, you may do the Staggered Byzantine Bracelet using silver-filled jump rings for an additional $66 HST payable to the instructor the day of the class.

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! We’ll 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 day’s 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 you’ll 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 for finishing jewelry 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 the 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.

As an added incentive, Bead-Treat is offering a special early bird price of $400 + HST if you register on or before February 15. On-line registration is available now for Bead-Treat through or by clicking here. Registration at Bead-Treat includes the following:

  • Instruction in all three classes with Marilyn Gardiner, Pamela Kearns and Angela Peace
  • One project kit in each class, as per the course description
  • Exclusive Trunk Show displays with each instructor
  • BeadFX on-site store with supplies
  • A welcome gift goodie bag
  • Participation in Friday evenings Meet and Greet with instructors and sponsors
  • Access to Saturdays open session hosted by BeadFX during which time you can work on your projects, try product demos or just chill.
  • Unlimited coffee/tea/cold drinks/water and snacks during class times and Saturdays open session
  • Unlimited access to Pin-It Canada where you can explore other creative possibilities!

Please note that your registration does not include accommodations meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner). Accommodations and meals are available at Fanshawe College. For additional information, click here.

Plan now to join us for a fantastic weekend!

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