Christina Vandervlist – New April Class and Book Launch at BeadFX!

Calling all seed beaders! A new book is hitting the market and BeadFX is one of the proud launch venues. Christina Vandervlist, Canadian artist, teacher and designer, co-authored and is the principal illustrator for Contemporary Geometric Beadwork. The new book delves into new shapes created by delica beads. The amazing book was a year and a half in the making and grew out of a Seed Bead Summit held in Tucson, Arizona. Many artists attended including Kate McKinnon, Jean Power, and Marcia DeCoster – all familiar names in the beading community. A second volume is in the works! Christina is …

April Classes Just Around the Corner – No Fooling!

April is chock-full of classes offering a wide range of techniques from metal clay to seed beading to metalwork and soldering. There are more than 25 classes or open sessions being offered. For complete information about all classes, please consult the website: http://www.beadfx.com/classes.php and click on ‘April’. Check out the following NEW techniques or class projects in April: A Crash Course in COPPRClay Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4 10:00am – 5:00 each day Guest Instructor: Wanaree Tanner Want all the wonder of creating in metal clay without the price tag of silver? In this two day crash course …

Get to Know … Angela Peace

Angela Peace When you take a course – whether bead-related or not – you tend to be drawn to known instructors, right? Of course right! Well, its time to get to know the instructors who teach at BeadFX! In this issue of The Beadful Life we will get to know Angela Peace. Balance and harmony through shape and texture. This is the goal that Angela Peace strives for when she designs a piece of jewellery.  Spiral kumihimo with ceramic pendant Initially, many of us got to know Angela through her teachings of traditional Chinese knots such as the Plafond knot, …

March Break Classes – new for 2013

March is almost upon us and, with it, March Break. For the first time, BeadFX is offering March Break classes for youth.”It’s important to attract the imagination and excitement of the next generation of beaders,” says Pam Kearns, Class and Special Events Coordinator. “It’s also a great opportunity for Mother/Daughter and Grandmother/Granddaughter combinations to come in and learn together.” March Break classes will be designed so that projects can be completed during class time. While an adult does not need to take the class with the child, the adult must remain on the premises. The minimum age for a student …

Jean Power coming to BeadFX

You’ve seen her in the magazines. You’ve seen her books. Now you can see her at BeadFX. Who am I talking about? Jean Power, of course! Jean Power Selected as a 2012 Beadwork Designer of the Year, Jean is an award-winning jewellery designer, writer and teacher based in London, England. In June, Jean will be travelling to Canada to teach three classes at BeadFX. As a lover of seed beads, I’ve tried a couple of Jean’s projects in her latest book, Geometric Beadwork. Her instructions are very clear and easy to follow. Of course, there is nothing like learning in …

Fun, Friendship and Sharing at Happy Hour Torching

The term “Happy Hour” usually refers to a time of pre-dinner cocktails and drinks with friends and co-workers. In BeadFX’s case, “Happy Hour Torching” is a gathering of like-minded lampworkers who get together twice a week over a torch and colourful rods of glass. “Happy Hour Torching has been going on for about three years,” says Malliga Nathan, BeadFX’s Studio Manager. Malliga, a lampworker herself, often joins in on Thursday evenings. Carol Cooper facilitates Happy Hour Torching and is available to answer questions and give tips and tricks to new lampworkers. “Lampworking is an artform and lampworkers are, by nature, …

Metal Clay Artist Wanaree Tanner Coming to Teach at BeadFX

Wanaree Tanner, award winning artist and instructor, is leading two classes in April! She travels to teach her techniques, participates in art shows, is a contributor for Art Jewelry Magazine, Metal Clay Today, Metal Clay Artist Magazine and is currently the video editor for MCAM’s resource library. Although I’m not a metal clay artist myself (seed beads talk loudly to me), I am amazed at the detail that shows in Wanaree’s work. I’m looking forward to meeting her and seeing her work in action! Wanaree will be teaching two courses at BeadFX, both over multiple days and for several hours …

Sparkling with Stephanie’s Sparkle Sprockets

Ohhh – Try saying that five times! Mark your calendars now and join us Saturday, February 16 for a full day of classes PLUS a book launch of Crystal Jewelry Inspiration. Our own Stephanie Dixon, a Swarovski Ambassador, is a contributor and features her Sparkle Sprocket project. Here is all that is happening! Introduction to Netting 9:30am – 12:30pm Instructor: Maria Rypan Choose your level of initiation into world of netting with richly textured beads. Start by stringing a combination of beads, turn around through the accent bead and begin netting. Work top to bottom for full control of how …

Up-coming NEW classes

Can you believe that we’re almost through January? I can’t! Looking ahead to late-January and February classes, there are several ‘first-time offered’ courses that instructors have developed: Basic Metalsmithing: Introduction to Sawing and Piercing Wednesday, January 30; 6:00 – 8:00pm Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed Learning how to use a jeweller’s saw will open up endless possibilities in jewellery design and construction. In this class you will first learn about the tools (saw frame, blades and bench pin) followed by instruction in their proper use. Finally, you will start to develop your skills by sawing lines, shapes and cutouts.  Soutache Lesson …

New Opportunities for Metal Aficionados!

Do you like working with metal? Have you taken a soldering class and are looking to be able to do more? Do you dream about rolling mills and dapping blocks? If you have answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, we have news for you! In addition to several new metal courses, we now have two open metal studios! Metalsmithing Basics: Introductions to Sawing and Piercing Wednesday, January 30 6pm to 9pm Instructor: Iris Rogers Melamed Learning how to use a jeweller’s saw will open up endless possibilities in jewellery design and construction. In this class you will first learn …