Feeling Hot! Hot! Hot!

How is your summer, so far? I can’t believe we’re almost through July – and August is coming up quickly! Our Summer Comprehensive Classes continue through the month as well as a number of fun and inspirational project-based classes. August opens up with our two open beading sessions – Open Bead Night and Afternoon Bead Tea. Both of these are great times to bring in your projects and work with your beading friends. By the way, we have great conversations and Marg makes sure we don’t get hungry! The action gets going after the Civic Holiday weekend with a new …

Spread your Creative Wings

You can cultivate creativity – you don’t need to be ‘born’ with it. According to WikiHow, broadening your knowledge is one way of fostering creativity. For example, you have an idea for a bracelet that you want to create. If the bracelet is metal, do you need to know how to solder? If it is made of beads, what beads will work best and how can you assemble it? Like many people, you head to YouTube to check out the techniques. Yea, you found something! Unfortunately, the video isn’t in focus; the sound is muffled and you can’t ask questions. …

Stash Management

“Ohhh, I like this colour!” “Gotta have it!” “I don’t know what I’ll do with this yet, but it’s coming home with me!” Any of this sound familiar? If you’re like me, you have a stash of stuff at your home that is taking over your living room, back bedroom, dining room table, the basement, the crawl space under the stairs – any everywhere else you’ve managed try and get stuff out of the way. And of course you don’t have just one creative outlet! How about the fabric stash and the yarn stash? Now, this isn’t a discourse about …

Mid-July classes offer so many choices!

Chainmaille! Seed beading! Mixed Media! Wire wrapping! Metal Clay! Enamelling! Knotting! All this and more are offered in mid-July. Anne Marie Desaulniers brings us a new mixed media class that incorporates a wide range of techniques including collage and drilling. Take your wire skilled to the next level with Lucie Lee, a new instructor with BeadFX. Pamela Kearns continues her Seed Bead Boot Camps with two more techniques and Gillian Clarke shares how to do chainmaille basics – a perfect class for novices! If you’ve wanted to learn all about micro-macrame knotting but not had a chance before now, you’ll …

Happy Summer Classes!

I’ve been talking about the new Comprehensive Summer Courses that we’re introducing July and August. If you don’t already know, theses multi-day courses will pack the as much information about a technique as possible and give you lots of opportunities to practise your new skills. In addition to the intensive courses, we will continue to off the project-based classes throughout the summer too. July starts off with with a five-day Gem Setting course with Kelly Garland that will encompass the many way of setting gems in sterling silver (FYI, the class fee includes all of the metal materials and gems!). …

Introducing: BeadFX Comprehensive Summer Courses!

If you’ve said to yourself ‘I REALLY want to learn all about that!’ but haven’t had the time to take several individual project-based classes, then our new initiative for this summer will be perfect for you. Several of our instructors have created intensive, multiple day courses so you can gain as much as possible knowledge and experience about a particular technique or medium as efficiently as possible. Included with the classes will be multiple projects that you can choose from to learn and hone your skills. Coming from out-of-town to visit Toronto and want to add to your vacation fun? …

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 …