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 …

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 …