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 …

Creativity is in your hands

The painter has the Universe in his mind and hands. – Leonardo da Vinci Whether you paint, work metal, lampwork or do beadwork, creativity can be like a thunder bolt out of the blue or as a soft voice in the back of your mind whispering, ‘why not try it this way?’ However you receive creativity, you can develop and hone your skills at a class. Late-April classes feature several new classes with Anne Marie Desaulniers and Pamela Kearns. We also welcome Quebec lampwork artist Karina Guevin and Alberta beadworker Carolyn Cave to teach at BeadFX. You can meet both …

April Forecast: Expect Showers of Creativity!

Forget worrying about showers of rain (although we all love May flowers), this April you can count on showers of creative classes! Marilyn Gardiner and Bonni Poch brings us three NEW classes in mid-April. Pamela Kearns is also teaching a bracelet design featuring honeycomb and pip beads. If you’re interested in lampworking, but not sure if it is right for you, why not join Deb Muss for a quick 2-hour ‘Taste’ class at the torch? Also scheduled are two open metal studios that are perfect times to start or complete a metalwork project with assistance and tips from the facilitators. …

You Won’t be an April Fool with a BeadFX Class!

Yes, we’re coming to that day of the year when you may be the butt of a joke or two! Seek refuge in our classes! Of special notice in our early April classes is our first-ever class in lapidary. Led by artist Boris Kolodny, students will learn how to cut, shape and polish their own stone cabochons. Bonni Poch is teaching how to create beaded tassels and then how to create the necklace to wear it with! Cindy Goldrick has a new metal wrapped bangle that is a perfect project for metalworking ‘newbies’. Of course we have lots of encore …

Getting to Know…Carolyn Cave

When Carolyn Cave’s book Beautiful Designs with SuperDuos and Twin Beads arrived at BeadFX in I eagerly opened it up and saw lots of wearable designs that I instantly fell in love with. I had the opportunity to meet and talk to Carolyn when we were both teaching at Bead and Button in 2015 and again in 2016. I knew she would be a fantastic addition to our visiting instructor roster at BeadFX! The result? Carolyn is teaching four classes at BeadFX: Constellation Beaded Bead and Pendant (April 28; 10:00am – 1:00pm); Octagana Bracelet (April 28; 2:00 – 5:00pm); Atlantea …

BeadFX welcomes two very talented and inspirational instructors in April

Canada has a wealth of impressive artists and instructors in the jewellery-making field. In April, we are extremely pleased to offer series of classes with two well-known and high-calibre Canadian instructors: lampwork artist Karina Guevin and seed beading artist and author Carolyn Cave. Karina Guevin joins us from Montreal and will be teaching a three-day class featuring sculptural and glassblowing techniques. Her playful flamework jewelery and sculptures inspired by nature has been recognized with a Francois-Houde Award and grants from the Canadian and Quebec Consul for the Arts, La SODEC, and a Gilles Verville grant in visual art. Guevin is …

Play with Us in March

“Spring is nature’s way of saying, “Let‘s party!” – Robin Williams Yes, Spring is almost here and it’s time to come out and play! March wraps up with some new classes as well as the start to a new Creative Play Series. Angela Peace has two new classes in which she will teach the traditional method of knotting pearls and working with French wire. She is also teaching how to create cords – a must for displaying your favourite pendant. Liz Reynolds is teaching how to make bails using metal clay so you can create beautiful pendants that will work …

Join us for March classes and activities!

I love March! The promise of Spring is in the air and winter is turning into a memory. We also get to have some fun with celebrations like St. Patrick’s Day. Mid-March at BeadFX is going to be a busy time. March Break Mini-Classes will be front and centre and everyone who needs a quick break – youth and adults alike are welcome to take these quick classes. It’s a great time to introduce a daughter, son, niece or nephew to the world of handmaking items. The mini-classes will span a few techniques: epoxy clay; kumihimo; seed beading; and chainmaille. …

Take a Mini-Class Break in March

Why is March Break only for the school kids? Not fair; we all need a break! Take a break this March with a mini-classes. Class Coordinator Pamela Kearns will be teaching five mini-classes that will span several jewellery-making techniques. Everyone is welcome to take these classes – adults and youth (12 years of age and older; must be accompanied by an adult). All classes are 1.5 hours in length although you may not need the full length of time to complete the project. The fee for each class is $15 + HST and will include the materials needed to complete …