Summer classes on now!

“A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.”  – James Dent What a great way to spend a summer day – especially if we can bead too!  The latter-June classes will keep your creative spirit busy. NEW on the schedule are two chainmaille projects from Marilyn Gardiner as well as an Intro to Geometric Beading by Pamela Kearns. Jennifer Rosen brings us a new wire-wrapped pendant – perfect for students who are ready to step-up their skills! Of course, we have many returning classes …

Slip into Summer with June Classes

June? Wasn’t it just a couple of weeks ago we were shoveling snow? Yes, June is just around the corner. School wrap-ups, graduations, and getting ready for vacations. At BeadFX, we not winding down. In fact, we’re gearing up for the best summer of classes yet! June kicks off with classes in a variety of mediums including classes in three types of metal clays. Dwyn covered in a previous blog the differences between the three types of clay: “All three types – Art Clay Silver, Prometheus, and Hadar’s Clay – are “metal” clays – they are a very finely ground …

May Classes are ‘Springing’ Up!

The blossoms are finally coming out and the new season is arriving! It feels so good to kick off the shoes and put on the sandals. The latter half of May’s classes features lots of NEW classes including Anne Marie Desaulnier’s Altered Dominos II; and Pamela Kearns with the Double Braid Bracelet (being taught with permission from Virginia Jensen’s book Stitching with Two-Hole Shaped Beads). Marilyn Gardiner is back with two new chainmaille weaves: Triple Threat and Japanese Stepping Stones bracelets. By popular demand, Angela Peace is featuring an updated class to teach beaded kumihimo. Finally, our own Kelly Garland …

May Classes are Blooming!

Bring on those May flowers! Classes are already blooming here at BeadFX. Our intrepid and innovative instructors have caught Spring Fever and have come up with wonderful classes to get your creative juices flowering. Of course we have several NEW classes this month. Deborah Beesley will teach you how to create earrings using wire; Angela Peace has a brand new knot that doubles as a great bail. Metal clay Artist Christine Woollacott  is teaching how to do Cloissoné enameling on art clay silver and has also lowered her class fee to make it even more attractive! Our mixed media guru …

April continues with Awesome Classes

I think Spring is finally arriving — at least the snow has melted! The latter half of April has some amazing classes for you – lots of new classes as well as great returning classes. Linda Landy brings us three classes aimed at bead embroidery novices and enthusiasts. You can meet Linda at an Open House too! Iris Rogers Melamed has set aside her soldering tools for a new two day class all about cold connections. Anne Marie Desaulniers will be sharing how to create small felt dolls that are ready for embellishment. Angela Peace has a new knotted pendant …

April Classes make the Grade — No Fooling!

April — practical jokes, lots of rain, the budding of flowers. There is lots to enjoy during this first real month of Spring. A new month brings new classes such as Pamela’s Bombay Cuff or Sureka’s Embellished Rivoli Pendant. Deborah brings us a free-form Puzzle Lace Necklace; Anne Marie will teach how to alter metal washers to create jewellery components; Jen will teach us how to create the beautiful Eye of the Dragon Ring and Angela teaches a new take on the classic Plafond Knot. We have lots of returning classes too including Iris‘ Hot Connections 1 class (an afternoon …

March goes out like a Lion with fantastic classes

Did you know that the phrase ‘March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb’ dates back to the early 17th Century? I’m definitely ready for some milder weather, are you? There is nothing lamb-like or mild about the late-March classes at BeadFX. Of course, some of our instructors are presenting NEW classes including Angela Peace with a new Cavandoli project – Micro-Knotted Double Leaf Necklace. First Nations Instructor Naomi Smith is presenting a traditional Quillwork, Birch Bark and Beaded Pendant – the genuine porcupine quills are amazing! Wire artist Jane Doidge brings us Egyptian Spiral Links for …

Learning a new skill is good for your health!

Did you know that crafting can reduce stress, build self-esteem and increase physical dexterity? In fact, recent studies from NYU and Harvard have shown that activities, including jewellery-making, can actually improve concentration, while enhancing health and mental wellness. Since March is National Craft Month, there is no better time than now to try a new jewellery technique! A number of our instructors are offering NEW classes. Wire-workers of all experience levels will love Jennifer Rosen’s Coiled Pendant class. Bonni Poch gives us a new project with her Cellini bangle class – a great way to learn tubular peyote. Students will …

February isn’t short on Great Classes

February auroras in Scandinavian mountains February may only have 28 days, but we’ve packed in a lot of classes and great learning opportunities! We are extremely happy to have Leslee Frumin with us for two classes! Beginners and experienced metal workers will enjoy her Falling Leaf Pendant class! Beginners will have the opportunity to learn the soldering, annealing and more; students with experience will be able to further hone their skills while creating a beautiful pendant with Leslee. Intermediate level beaders will have a choice of which project to do in Crystal Ovals Galore, whether it be a bracelet, a …

You’ll Love our February Classes!

There’s lots to love in February – Groundhog Day, Valentine’s Day, the Super Bowl… What? No Let’s Make Jewellery Day? Well, no matter – we can make jewellery everyday! We have three NEW classes in early February. Bonni shares her chainmaille expertise with a Japanese weave bracelet that incorporates crystals. If you’re into wire, then you’ll love Jen’s new bracelet. Cindy is back with a new technique – forging! Discover how easy it can be to work with fire and bronze wire. Of course we have lots of returning classes too. Those who have taken a soldering class can challenge …