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. …

Astrid Riedel is teaching at BeadFX

Passionately obsessed with glass beads and all things glass!! I love to travel and teach the art of glass bead making, meeting new people and places. I love hiking in the mountains and walking in the forests, and when I go to my place of birth “Holland” I love to cycle for hours, till I can’t sit on the saddle anymore!!! I love having coffee with a friend and chatting for hours. And I love to talk about making beads, anyone care to listen 😉 – Astrid Riedel We are especially happy to be hosting acclaimed lampworker Astrid Riedel for …

Explore your jewellery-making options

If you were to design a necklace for this little rubber ducky – what would you do? A simple strung necklace to emphasize the ‘biker chick’ feel of the sunglasses? How about a metalwork pedant? Needless to say, there are lots of options! Our mid-July classes offer lots of options too when it comes to learning how to make jewellery. Lucie Lee will take you through the steps of a wire work component that can be use in a variety of ways. Anne Marie Desaulniers will help you explore how to create molds that you can use for resin, polymer …

It’s Summer! Let’s Celebrate with a Class!

It’s July and we have lots to celebrate including Canada Day and, for our southern neighbours, Independence Day. Enjoy the parties, fireworks and picnics! Our summer classes also kick-in with new and encore classes throughout July and August. Early-July classes include a new metal clay brooch class with Liz Reynolds and a last-chance-before-the-fall intro to soldering classes with Iris Rogers Melamed! If you want to escape the heat, come on into one of the open sessions. FYI, the classroom’s air conditioner works great – you may want to bring a light sweater or wrap. Here are the classes and open …

Check out the Summer Classes at an Open House!

BeadFX’s classes don’t take vacations! We have quite a line-up of classes during July and August that include all media – seedbeading, mixed media, metal clay (base metal and fine silver!), metalwork and enamelling and lampworking. Several class projects are brand new, including beautiful chainmaille bracelet with Marilyn Gardiner and fibre and bead projects with Anne Marie Desaulniers. You can see the wide variety of projects yourself at our upcoming Summer Classes Open House on Friday, June 22. Drop in anytime between 5:00 and 8:00pm for a viewing, meet the instructors and have a bite of refreshments. All of the …

Heat up your creativity with a class!

The temperatures are definitely getting warmer and so are the creative opportunities at BeadFX. Mid-June classes offer a range of jewellery-making media including a new peyote class with Pamela Kearns and a new chainmaille weave class with Gillian Clarke! If you’re looking for dedicated work time away from kids, household chores and other distractions, come in for our open sessions! You’ll enjoy cool comfort in the classroom and lots of great conversation as you work on your projects. Lampworkers – there are open sessions for you too! Get help, practise what you’ve learned in class or work on your designs …

It’s Summer and the classes are great!

Finally, the weather is matching the calendar – at least in our neck of the woods! June opens up with some new classes and some favourite encore classes from our instructors. Beading on a loom is a well-established technique that has been around for a long time but, with so many looms on the market, you may have questions about which loom is ‘best’ for a project. Never fear – Christine Woollacott to the rescue! Gillian Clarke’s chainmaille classes have become well-known and she has brought us a new bracelet project that features lots of texture. Enthusiasts of haute couture …

Bead-Treat was a treat for all!

There was laughter! There was fun! There were prizes! There was food! What was it? Bead-Treat! Seven women, coming from locales stretching from Amherstburg in Southwest Ontario through to Montreal, Quebec, and several points in-between, came together for three classes with three instructors over the May 4 – 6 weekend. Situated on the beautiful Fanshawe College campus in London, the participants learned how to construct Cavandoli end caps with Angela Peace, create a statement chainmaille bracelet with Marilyn Gardiner, and how to do sparkly beaded components to create a variety of projects with Pamela Kearns. We had lots of participation …

Think like a Designer with late-May classes

Imagine translating this image into bead embroidery, or enamel, or lampworked beads, or metalwork: where would you start? The incredible colours of the flowers? The shape of the tulip petals? Would you identify a single flower or try to capture the mass of the field? Learning a technique is the first step in designing your own piece of art jewellery. Once you become familiar with how to put components together, you can then create your own look – and ultimately – your own designs! Our late-May classes feature a wide variety of techniques for all levels of jewellery making. New …

Mark Your Calendars Now for Summer Shows and Events

Summer is shaping up to be a busy time. There are always new classes and in-store events, but we are also on the road to two new consumer trade shows. Come and explore with us! Saturday, June 9 Kawartha Yarn and Fibre Festival 10:00am – 5:00pm Fenlon Falls, Ontario This single-day event will showcase local and independent vendors, including BeadFX. Knitters, crocheters, spinners and felters will all find something perfect! Friday, June 22 Summer Classes Open House 5:00 – 8:00pm Discover the classes being taught at BeadFX and meet the instructors who are teaching them! Saturday, August 25 Fibre Spirit …