New Year! New Classes! New Ideas!

Yes, a brand New Year is just around the corner and, with it, new opportunities for classes and new techniques. There are lots of classes already lined up, but what would you like to learn?  Are there techniques and projects that you would like to see more of? What has tickled your fancy that you’ve seen in the beading magazines? Now that you may have learned some basic techniques, what advanced techniques would you like to see? E-mail your suggestions and comments to Pamela Kearns, Class Coordinator, at pam@beadfx.com. In 2013, we offered the following techniques: Some examples of beading …

More January classes = More learning opportunities!

Once the Holidays are done, we’ll all be able to get back into our normal routines (we just can’t eat fruitcake and drink eggnog all year)! Classes are part of that routine. Remember – you’ll be able to meet several of our instructors and see for yourself the vast array of techniques and projects being offered. Come on out on to our Meet the Teachers event on Saturday, January 11; the full schedule is on our website. Just click on the ‘Class’ link and follow it through to the January schedule. As a special treat, if you come to the …

Lampwork: Just a Taste!

Have you thought about taking a lampworking class but you’re not sure if fire and glass is your thing? Come give Lampwork: Just a Taste! a try for 2 hours and see if it ‘sparks’ your interest! This class is perfect for those who love lampwork beads and would like to experience first hand what goes into making them. This class is also great for those trying to determine if a formal introductory lampworking class is something you would enjoy. Deb Muss Deborah Muss (msMussy Jewels) will be leading this exciting class. Deb is a familiar face at BeadFX and …

Fulfill your ‘Resolution to Learn’ with our January 2014 Classes

Lift a glass and raise a cheer – we’re heading into a brand New Year! You’ll see some new faces this coming January as well as new classes. We welcome Deb Muss who is teaching Lampwork – Just a Taste! Also, with such a great response, the Afternoon Bead Tea will be held every Thursday beginning January 9. We have some new classes too! Angela Peace is teaching Knotted Rings. Liz Reynolds is expanding the Haday Clay repertoire with Inlay and Onlay in Metal Clay. Rosemary Beasley is leading an Etching on Copper class. On Saturday, January 11, you can …

Join BeadFX and the Daily Bread Food Bank and help make a difference

Daily Bread Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organization that is fighting to end hunger in our communities. Every year thousands of people across Toronto rely on food banks. Daily Bread serves these people through neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in over 170 member agencies. – See more at: http://www.dailybread.ca/#sthash.byECiecW.dpuf Daily Bread Food Bank is a non-profit, charitable organization that is fighting to end hunger in our communities. Every year thousands of people across Toronto rely on food banks. Daily Bread serves these people through neighbourhood food banks and meal programs in over 170 member agencies. – See more …

December classes – last chance for a 2013 class!

The holidays are almost upon us and New Year’s celebrations are right behind, but 2013 isn’t finished yet. There are still great classes to come out to at BeadFX! These classes and open sessions are terrific opportunities to complete a list minute gift for someone special – including you! These classes and open sessions are scheduled for December 1 – 15: Sunday, December 1 Tree of Life of Life Pendant (left)  Instructor: Bonni Poch 11:30am – 2:30pm The Basics of Enamelling (right)  Instructor: Cindy Goldrick 12:00 – 3:00pm Monday, December 2 Pearls, Knots and Chain Necklace Instructor: Rae Huggins 6:00 …

2014 Meet the Teachers Class Kick-off

I find it unbelievable that a brand New Year is lurking around the corner – where has 2013 gone? Looking back we’ve had more classes than ever and have expanded the jewellery-making techniques to go way beyond beading and basic metal work. In fact, as of October 31, we have held 232 classes and open sessions and have taught 1,106 students! 2013 is not finished yet – there are still lots of classes in November and December. We’re not resting on our laurels (although we’re catching our breath over the holidays!) because we’re introducing more classes in a wider variety …

November classes continue with great holiday ideas

Yikes, the holidays are creeping up fast!You don’t need to go to the malls for holiday gifts – create them yourself! Hand-made gifts are special to most people because they come from the heart; the time it takes to create a one-of-a-kind piece of jewellery is always appreciated by the recipient. Come on out to a class to learn a new technique – then come on out to Open Bead Night and/or an Afternoon Bead Tea and work on your gifts in the company of other beaders. Great conversation and time to bead – what more can you can for? …

Your input is needed … Metal Clay Play Days

BeadFX runs a monthly Metal Clay Play Day for the lovers of Art Clay Silver and the many other metal clays available. However, we’re finding that we are seldom getting sign-ups for the sessions — and we don’t really know why! We are asking for your help! If you’re a lover of metal clay, what would you like to see for an open session? We’ve had lots of new classes in metal clays led by Heather Bell Denison, Liz Reynolds and Jenn Jevons and many people have been introduced to this fascinating medium. As it stands now, the Metal Clay …

Geting to Know … Iris Rogers Melamed

Iris at home in her studio If you’ve taken a soldering class at BeadFX, then you already know Iris Rogers Melamed. If you want to learn how to solder and really get into metalwork, you want to know Iris! Like most of our instructors, Iris began with beading and branched out from there. “My sister Fay has been beading since the 1980s, and she introduced bead stringing to me about 15 years ago. From there I moved on to chainmaille, wire work, metal clay and ultimately metal work, ” says Iris. “Since I was a young child I have always …