Looking ahead to a new season of classes

September. The month conjures up a mixture of feelings. Sadness because summer is coming to an end and vacations are over. Relief because crazy schedules are getting back to normal. Anticipation because lots of opportunities are just around the corner. It’s like that at BeadFX too. We see customers and students who have been away and we get to hear great stories about travels and see projects that were completed or started in the summer but are also excited to see what’s coming up. This Fall will see a number of new projects in all jewellery-making media and we are …

Summer Classes Wrap-up: “Not Already!”

It’s okay – I’m just giving you a head’s up that September is around the corner. But, before that happens, there are still lots of summer opportunities and classes at BeadFX! Metalwork artist and instructor Kelly Garland is offering our last comprehensive class for the summer. The five-day course is an ideal time to learn all about working with metal, including soldering, sawing, annealing and more! Marilyn Gardiner has two great chainmaille projects and Pamela Kearns is teaching how to create a pendant on the Clover Mini-Loom. Of course, the Happy Hour Torching, the Open Bead Nights and Afternoon Bead …

Beat the Dog Days of Summer with a Cool Class

The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer. They were historically the period following the cosmic rising of the star Sirius, which Greek and Roman astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. They are now taken to be the hottest, most uncomfortable part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. If you’re finding the summer days and evenings just a little too stifling, head into BeadFX for an air-conditioned class. Our comprehensive classes continue with a 4-day metal clay course with Liz Reynolds. Pamela Kearns is offering …

Bringing the World to You!

One of the many highlights of being the class coordinator is the opportunity to contact instructors from around the world and inviting them to come to BeadFX. In the past we’ve had such notable instructors as Jill Wiseman, Sara Sally LeGrande, Robyn Cornelius and Hadar Jacobson. This fall we have three more exciting instructors who are each recognized in their own field of expertise: Marti Brown, Betty Stephan, and Joy Munshower! Marti Brown’s classes feature anodizing nobium to create beautiful and colourful jewellery components. Her classes are available for all levels of students – perfect for metalwork ‘newbies’ to learn …

Feeling Hot! Hot! Hot!

How is your summer, so far? I can’t believe we’re almost through July – and August is coming up quickly! Our Summer Comprehensive Classes continue through the month as well as a number of fun and inspirational project-based classes. August opens up with our two open beading sessions – Open Bead Night and Afternoon Bead Tea. Both of these are great times to bring in your projects and work with your beading friends. By the way, we have great conversations and Marg makes sure we don’t get hungry! The action gets going after the Civic Holiday weekend with a new …

Spread your Creative Wings

You can cultivate creativity – you don’t need to be ‘born’ with it. According to WikiHow, broadening your knowledge is one way of fostering creativity. For example, you have an idea for a bracelet that you want to create. If the bracelet is metal, do you need to know how to solder? If it is made of beads, what beads will work best and how can you assemble it? Like many people, you head to YouTube to check out the techniques. Yea, you found something! Unfortunately, the video isn’t in focus; the sound is muffled and you can’t ask questions. …

Stash Management

“Ohhh, I like this colour!” “Gotta have it!” “I don’t know what I’ll do with this yet, but it’s coming home with me!” Any of this sound familiar? If you’re like me, you have a stash of stuff at your home that is taking over your living room, back bedroom, dining room table, the basement, the crawl space under the stairs – any everywhere else you’ve managed try and get stuff out of the way. And of course you don’t have just one creative outlet! How about the fabric stash and the yarn stash? Now, this isn’t a discourse about …

Mid-July classes offer so many choices!

Chainmaille! Seed beading! Mixed Media! Wire wrapping! Metal Clay! Enamelling! Knotting! All this and more are offered in mid-July. Anne Marie Desaulniers brings us a new mixed media class that incorporates a wide range of techniques including collage and drilling. Take your wire skilled to the next level with Lucie Lee, a new instructor with BeadFX. Pamela Kearns continues her Seed Bead Boot Camps with two more techniques and Gillian Clarke shares how to do chainmaille basics – a perfect class for novices! If you’ve wanted to learn all about micro-macrame knotting but not had a chance before now, you’ll …

Happy Summer Classes!

I’ve been talking about the new Comprehensive Summer Courses that we’re introducing July and August. If you don’t already know, theses multi-day courses will pack the as much information about a technique as possible and give you lots of opportunities to practise your new skills. In addition to the intensive courses, we will continue to off the project-based classes throughout the summer too. July starts off with with a five-day Gem Setting course with Kelly Garland that will encompass the many way of setting gems in sterling silver (FYI, the class fee includes all of the metal materials and gems!). …

Introducing: BeadFX Comprehensive Summer Courses!

If you’ve said to yourself ‘I REALLY want to learn all about that!’ but haven’t had the time to take several individual project-based classes, then our new initiative for this summer will be perfect for you. Several of our instructors have created intensive, multiple day courses so you can gain as much as possible knowledge and experience about a particular technique or medium as efficiently as possible. Included with the classes will be multiple projects that you can choose from to learn and hone your skills. Coming from out-of-town to visit Toronto and want to add to your vacation fun? …