May still abounds with classes

Yes, it’s coming up to the middle of May (already!), but there are still lots of classes to be found, including some new ones: Thursday, May 16 *NEW* Box Style Knotted Bracelet 6:00 – 9:00pm Instructor: Angela Peace Unfortunately, Angela’s class is full, but (GOOD NEWS), Angela is repeating this class on Saturday, July 6; 9:30am – 12:30pm Open Metal Studio – Soldering 6:00pm – 9:00pm Facilitator: Iris Rogers Melamed This is your opportunity to work on unfinished projects, new projects or just practise your soldering skills. Note: This is not a class and participants must have soldering experience. Saturday, …

Hammering Dreams into Shape

The sound of metal on metal is clearly heard during Open Metal Studio evenings. Take a peek in the studio and you’ll see torches melting solder and annealing copper (and other metals!). The Metal Studio was an exciting addition when we moved to our Waterman Avenue location in January 2012. With it, we are able to offer more classes in a wider range of metalwork techniques such as fold forming and soldering. Earlier this year Iris Rogers Melamed and Cindy Goldrick, two of our metalwork instructors, started facilitating Open Metal Studio evenings. The Open Metal Studio: Soldering is hosted by …

Get to know…Amy Waldman-Smith

This is our second installment of BeadFX’s Instructor Profiles – getting to know our instructors a little beyond the classroom or studio setting. BeadFX and her students know Amy Waldman-Smith as an inspiring instructor. The world knows Amy as an accomplished lampwork artist, acclaimed teacher and contributor to various magazines including Glass Line Magazine, The Flow Magazine, 1000 Glass Beads, and numerous others. She is also the current Regional Director for Canada for the International Society of Glass Beadmakers (ISGB).  When describing herself, Amy states, “I am a lampworker, or flameworker.  I make handmade glass beads in an open flame.  …

May Blooms with a Bouquet of New Classes

Forget May flowers – there are lots of new May classes that will get your creative juices flowing! By the way — remember Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 12. Consider a special gift from you to your mom with a class! Gift certificates are available in any denomination you wish or sign her up directly by calling the store and registering her. In addition to some favourite returning classes, here are all the new projects and techniques that will be taught in May: Textured Herringbone Saturday, May 4 9:30am – 12:30pm Instructor: Maria Rypan At first glance …

Bringing the Best from Around the World

In addition to Wanaree Tanner (who did an amazing class in COPPRClay that everyone loved!), BeadFX has four more visiting instructors who are coming to share their skills and talents. Mark your calendars now and set aside the time to learn from these leaders in their fields of expertise: Jean Power – the Queen of Geometric Beadwork Friday, June 21: Intercangeable Cuff/Zinnia Flower (2 projects in one class) Saturday, June 22: Frame Bangle Sunday, June 23: Geometric Stars $175 + HST for a single class Take any two classes for $315 +HST (save $35) Take all three classes for $450 …

Still time to catch April classes

Wow, can you believe how fast time is flying; before you know it, another month will roll by! Not to worry – there is still lots of time to take some April classes. For complete information, including class and kit fees, please consult the on-line calendar at http://www.beadfx.com/classes.php and click on “April”. Soutache Lesson #1: The Basic Module Thursday, April 18 6:00 – 9:00pm Instructor: Angela Peace This class will introduce students to Soutache Bead Embroidery and how to stitch the Basic Module.  Students will learn how to handle the soutache braid, manage tension, place stitches correctly, define the curve, …

Shelley Nybakke teaching RAW at BeadFX

Shelley Nybakke Seedbeaders rejoice! Right Angle Weave guru Shelley Nybakke is sharing her expertise with us through three classes this coming August. Looking at Shelley’s website (http://www.shelleynybakke.com), her projects evoke glamour and style and vary from very relaxed to very structured. The projects we’ve chosen reflect her various styles, including two projects that are brand new for 2013. About Shelley: Shelley Nybakke teaches a variety of classes, including her favorite, layered right-angle weave.  The very first weaving class she attended, she pretended she forgot an appointment and left early because she hated it so much and was fumbling around lost …

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, …