Holiday Gifts Countdown, Part 2

The Christmas movies have started – are you feeling the panic set in? You know you want to make some of your gifts, but not sure exactly what and you’re wondering when can you get them done. Okay, let’s reduce the panic a little; here are some more ideas from BeadFX’s Inspiration Gallery that will make perfect gifts. By the way, if you’re in the Toronto area and looking for dedicated time to work on your gifts, why not drop by Open Bead Night or Afternoon Bead Tea? If you’re a metalworker or lampworker, Open Metal Studios and Happy Hour …

Classes + Friends & Family = Perfect Gifts!

Yes, the holiday season is coming upon us faster than we may want. Certainly the projects presented in the classes make great gifts, but so do the classes themselves! While Hanukkah, Christmas and other holidays haven’t arrived as yet, what about gifting a class to a friend or family member so you can both attend and share the fun before the seasonal craziness begins? Best news of all: you don’t need to go to the mall! Register on line for you and your friend/family member or present it as a BeadFX gift certificate. Our late-November classes feature several brand new …

Exercise your Artistic Freedom

Did you know that not all countries recognize ‘artistic freedom’? Fortunately, Canada, the United States and many other countries do recognize your your right to creatively express yourself. Our mid-November classes include several new classes that will get your creativity flowing. Join Liz Kennedy to learn how to set a cabochon in a new metalwork class! Gillian Clarke will take introduce you to ‘warped squares’ and get you on your way to making ornaments for yourself, family and friends. Marilyn Gardiner has a new full-day class to introduce a variety of beautiful chainmaille weaves that you’ll love. Wire wrappers will …

Holiday Gifts Countdown

Here we are – the end of Halloween and you’re starting to see Christmas and other holiday decorations in the stores. You feel the dread and panic set in! How can I get everything done – and I have no ideas at all about what I want to make for gifts! First – breathe. You have time! Not to worry – we have ideas for you! I’ve looked back through our Inspirations Gallery have pulled out five terrific ideas that you can use as homemade gifts. Many are inexpensive and will make-up nice and quick. Remember – you can customize …

November is full of creative possibilities

Here we are looking at another month – November! The autumnal colours are fading and most of the leaves have fallen and have swept away by the wind. Early November is the calm before the storm of holiday preparations. BeadFX has a ‘touch’ of the holidays in our upcoming classes. Pamela Kearns has a new Seed Beading Boot Camp as well as ‘holiday edition’ beginner peyote class. Angela Peace has two new classes, one featuring how you can use your favourite cabochon as a pendant! Due to massive interest, Darija Radic is holding an encore class of her Ring Workshop …

There’s nothing scary about our classes

“Magic is really very simple. All you’ve got to do is want something and then let yourself have it.” – Aggie Cromwell, Halloweentown The creativity fairies are sprinkling their magic during BeadFX’s late-October’s classes! Catherine Sequalino Poitier has designed a beautiful applique that can be used as a pin or other decorative feature. Anne Marie Desaulniers will stir your needle felting spirits with a new pin or brooch project that combines several stitching techniques. Liz Reynolds will help you explore how you can ‘quilt’ using metal clay. Lucie Lee‘s new wire wrapping class will have you ready to create personalized …

What would happen if…

As an instructor, I’m always trying to create new project ideas that will best reflect a particular technique and is teachable, that is, can be easily and concisely explained so it can be done in a class. Sometimes old projects can be re-worked with new materials in different colours. Sometimes you just need to play with the materials and say, ‘what if.’ For example, what if I try a two-hole bead in place of a seedbead? Have you tried taking a product and tried using it in a completely different context than what you think it would normally be used …

Our mid-October classes are a mosaic of techniques

“Winter is an etching, spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.” – Stanley Horowitz Autumn is in full colour mode and our BeadFX instructors are busy helping students achieve their creative dreams! Our mid-October classes include a new seed beading boot camp with Pamela Kearns and a new chainmaille design with Gillian Clarke. Our newest metalwork instructor is hosting an open metal studio where you can work on your metalwork projects. We also have a weekend full of beading classes that celebrates geometric beading with Pam and with Marilyn Parker! Throw a show …

October Inspiration

October is a time when I ‘inhale’ inspiration. Colours of leaves. The scent of wood smoke. The clear blue of the sky. Smiles of children in their Halloween costumes. The taste of Thanksgiving turkey. The texture of a cozy woolen sweater. It isn’t a period of transition like November, when we start to get ready for Christmas and other holidays. October is simply a time to ‘be’. Our early-October classes and open sessions will help you direct your inspiration toward projects. Our open sessions (in beading, kiln enamelling, and lampworking) are perfect times to work on in-progress projects or to …

Getting the Most from a BeadFX Class

Classes an integral part of BeadFX. Our instructors love to teach and enthusiastically share their knowledge to students. We asked our instructors what tips they can give to students to make their learning experience better – and we got lots of answers! Some of the suggestions are presented here; others will follow in future posts. Be on time – even a little early Arriving a little early lets you take a breath, find a seat and get settled. “Respect the instructor and the other students, by planning to arrive on time,” requests Anne Marie Desaulniers who specializes in mixed media. …