June offers more opportunities before summer kicks-in

Where is the time going? It seems that we were just discussing summer as a ‘concept’ – and now it is almost here! July and August here we come! But, let’s not rush the season – we have lots more classes and opportunities in June. June wraps up with a new metal clay class with Liz Reynolds. We also have classes for seed beaders with Pamela Kearns and wire enthusiasts with Jen Rosen. If learning pearl knotting has been on your radar, then you’ll want to connect with Angela Peace‘s class! Fine silver metal lovers will be able to explore …

Step into Summer

It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside. Maud Hart Lovelace, Betsy-Tacy and Tib Before we get our summer in gear, lets have some fun now and take a class or two! Our mid-June classes include two very popular classes that repeatedly fill quickly: Painting with Fire and Lapidary: Cutting Cabochons. Marilyn Gardiner has two chainmaille classes including a new bracelet design. One of Cindy Goldrick’s classes was recently published in the May/June 2017 issue of Jewelry Artist and she now brings it to you. There are more classes …

Getting to know…Boris Kolodny

Lapidary is the latest category of classes we’ve been able to offer now that we have a trimming saw and a cabbing machine. Boris Kolodny was strongly recommended for his teaching abilities and artistic talent and we’re thrilled that he decided to join us as an instructor! Let’s get to know more about Boris. “I have been making jewellery since 1968,” says Boris. “I got into making jewelry completely by chance. While I was in Israel I became good friends with a very successful Israeli artist Valery Varemzaiden. He was an avant-garde jeweller and sculptor who made incredible jewellery. He …

What’s in your June planner?

Ask which month is their favourite and most folks will say, ‘June’! It’s the month of weddings, proms and graduations – all eventful milestones in our lives. Happy events, but they can be a little stressful! Take some time out from your stress with a class. (By the way – did you notice that ‘stressed’ is ‘desserts’ spelled backwards? Hammering, beading, knotting and lampworking are a lot more diet-friendly than chocolate – no judgements, just saying!) There’s a wide variety of techniques offered among the early-June classes including seed beading with Pamela Kearns and Anne Marie Desaulniers. Anne Marie also …

May wraps up with more creative classes

Flowers are natural fireworks in extreme slow motion. (Unknown) May has seen the blooming of tulips, daffodils and forsythia – and the start of lots of inspiration in our classroom and studios! Late-May classes adds to the opportunities of your jewellery-making repertoire with a new Cavandoli pendant class with Angela Peace and a new metal clay class with Liz Reynolds! Christine Woollacott will assist you add the luscious colours of enamel to fine silver metal clay. Amy Waldman is ready to share how to transform molten glass into beautiful glass beads that you’ll be proud to include in your designs. …

May Heats Up with Lots of Classes!

The weather isn’t exactly feeling very Spring-like with lots of rain and cool temperatures (at least, here in Toronto) but the possibilities of creativity is heating up our classroom and studios. Anne Marie Desaulniers brings us a new taking on mixed media – combining paper, resin and copper for a pendant! Marilyn Gardiner will share all she knows about the Byzantine chainmaille pattern and help you create your own project using this classical pattern. Iris Rogers Melamed teaches how to foldform metal and Bonni Poch has two classes working with tubular bead crochet and cubic right-angle weave. If you like …

Meet our Summer Classes!

Ah, Summer! Cold drinks on the patio. Quiet evenings at the lake. Wait – that’s not I’m talking about here! Summer is an ideal time to try out a new technique without all the hustle and bustle that we’ve scheduled in our hectic lives. A new initiative this year are our Comprehensive Summer Courses that will give you the most information possible in a short period of time.These technique-focused, multi-day courses will spotlight metalwork, metal clay (fine silver and base metal), seed beading, knotting and enamelling. Of course, we are continuing to offer our project-based classes that will give you …

May is Blooming with Classes

A new month is around the corner and I personally love May! The weather is a refreshing change from late-winter/early spring and you feel the anticipation of summer in the air. It is also a great time to try something new or re-commit to an activity you haven’t done in a while. Hot on the heels of our first lapidary class in March, is a new gem faceting class with Boris Kolodny. Visiting instructor Robyn Cornelius brings us three new metalworking classes that all levels of experience can enjoy. You can also discover the fun of freeform peyote a try …

Robyn Cornelius returns to BeadFX

Robyn Cornelius’ classes in 2016 were such a hit that we knew we needed to bring her back for another round of classes! If you haven’t heard of Robyn before now, she is an amazing instructor whose jewellery is edgy and fun. Robyn lives in Edmonton and is a part of her family-run business, Bedrock Supply. She is an explorer of materials and techniques, and describes her jewellery as sculptural and colourful, with clever mechanics and rustic finishes. Robyn is able to take novice metalworkers (like me!) through the stages of each project so they leave the class with beautiful …

Congratulations Christine Woollacott!

We are lucky at BeadFX to have such high caliber instructors; many whom have taught internationally and are also invited to try products on behalf of manufacturers and give feedback. Enamelling and metal clay instructor Christine Woollacott was a featured artist in the February 2017 issue of Artisan Jewelry Times, an e-zine dedicated to sharing the best of designer and artisan jewellery domestically and internationally. In addition, Christine also has a tutorial in the e-zine for a pair of beautiful earrings and matching pendant. Christine’s article, Styles of Enamelling, focuses on the differences between well-established enamelling techniques such as Cloisonne …