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Planet BeadFX

Open Bead Night/Q & A Workshop

June 26 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Do you have questions about a beading project? Are you looking for inspiration or creative input? Or would you just like some company while you bead? Share your passion with other like-minded folks. Why not drop by an Open Beading Night at BeadFX! A member of the BeadFX team will be in the classroom from about 6pm to 8pm Wednesdays to answer questions and give advice. Come and work on your project in a convivial atmosphere. As an added bonus,…

Afternoon Bead Tea/Q & A Workshop

June 27 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Do you have questions about a beading project? Are you looking for inspiration or creative input? Or would you just like some company while you bead? Share your passion with other like-minded folks. Why not drop by an Afternoon Bead Tea at BeadFX? Pamela Kearns will be in the classroom 1:00 - 3:00pm every Thursday to answer questions and give advice. Come and work on your project in a convivial atmosphere. As an added bonus, you will be the first…

Huichol-style Bead Mosaic: Working on a Curved Surface

June 27 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Course outline: The Huichol People of Mexico use beads embedded in wax to portray images for ceremonial art. Join Pamela Kearns to learn how to use this ancient, yet easy, technique. Students will learn how to apply the wax to a 3-D wood shape and apply beads to create a design. Students will also learn how to seal the beading. Note: a kit is required for this class. You'll see a variety of items that have been done using this…

Introduction to Crochet de Luneville/Tambour Embroidery, Class 1 (morning session)

June 28 @ 10:00 am - 1:00 pm

Course outline: Also known as Tambour embroidery in North America, students will learn how to use the traditional tambour hook and how to load the frame. Designer Catherine Sequalino Poitier will teach you how to create the beginning stitch, the chain stitch, how to apply seed beads and sequins in a continuous line, and how to embroider beads or sequins in vermicelli. This technique can create appliques and overlays for jewellery and clothing designs. There are a lot of secrets…

Canada Day – Store is closed

July 1

BeadFX will be closed for the Canada Day observance on Monday, July 1. The store will reopen at 11:00am on Tuesday, July 2.

Open Metal Studio: Kiln Enamelling

July 3 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Love kiln enamelling, but don't own your own kiln? Open Metal Studio: Kiln Enamelling is the perfect time to enamel in the BeadFX studio. Join like-minded enthusiasts on most first Wednesdays of every month anytime from 5:00-9:00pm and work on those enamelling projects you've been itching to finish under the supervision of designer and instructor Christine Woollacott. This is not a class - you must have previous experience enamelling with a kiln; however Christine will be there to answer questions…

Planet BeadFX

Open Bead Night/Q & A Workshop

July 3 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Do you have questions about a beading project? Are you looking for inspiration or creative input? Or would you just like some company while you bead? Share your passion with other like-minded folks. Why not drop by an Open Beading Night at BeadFX! A member of the BeadFX team will be in the classroom from about 6pm to 8pm Wednesdays to answer questions and give advice. Come and work on your project in a convivial atmosphere. As an added bonus,…

Afternoon Bead Tea/Q & A Workshop

July 4 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Do you have questions about a beading project? Are you looking for inspiration or creative input? Or would you just like some company while you bead? Share your passion with other like-minded folks. Why not drop by an Afternoon Bead Tea at BeadFX? Pamela Kearns will be in the classroom 1:00 - 3:00pm every Thursday to answer questions and give advice. Come and work on your project in a convivial atmosphere. As an added bonus, you will be the first…

Beaded JPL Chainmaille Bracelet

July 4 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Course outline: Here's a new spin on a classic chainmaille weave, JPL (Jens Pind Linkage). Seed beads fit snugly into the three corners of this chain, making a triangular cross-section, like a Toblerone bar. Very fun! This is not a class for beginners. It will be easier if you already know JPL weave, but this is not essential (I will teach you). Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Some chainmaille experience. Knowledge of JPL weave is a plus. Technique: Chainmaille Bring to…

Beaded Byzantine Chainmaille Bracelet

July 5 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Course outline: Beads add colour and texture to this classic Byzantine chainmaille bracelet. This project is easy enough for a chainmaille beginner, but will also interest experienced maillers who want to try using beads. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Chainmaille Bring to class: Your choice of size 6/0 seed beads (may be purchased in the store). If you have your own flat nosed pliers (2 pairs are required) please bring them, but tools will also be available in class.…

Easy Custom Findings

July 6 @ 9:30 am - 12:00 pm

Course outline: Under the guidance of metalworker Christine Woollacott, you will learn the basics of using a jewellers butane torch to create custom ball-head pins. Students will also learn how to make their own custom jumprings using a jeweller's sawframe, and how to solder and fuse jumprings closed. Lastly, students will learn the basics of how to create a beautiful custom toggle clasp from sheet metal and wire. Special offer: take both of Christine's classes on Saturday, July 6 and…

Easy Half-Drilled Accents and Patterned Metal

July 6 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Course outline: This beginner course with Christine Woollacott will cover how to create a simple post setting to decorate a piece with half-drilled pearls or crystals. Students will have an option of decorating a toggle clasp (made in the Easy Custom Findings class on the same day), or creating a new simple project of custom stud earrings or textured rosette pendant. Half-drilled pearls and half-drilled Swarovski drops will be available for purchase from the instructor of the day of the…

Freeform Peyote Bracelet: Design-on-the-fly!

July 7 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Course outline: You've learned the rules, and now its time to break them! If you're interested in playful experimentation, with an intuitive approach to bead weaving, then this is the class for you! Use this design-on-the-fly approach, to make a totally unique, freeform peyote bracelet. This is a great stash buster project! Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Some knowledge of either even, or odd count peyote would be an asset. However, also…

Turtle Tab Setting a Cabochon or Flat Back Crystal or Flat Bead

July 7 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Course outline: Here is an opportunity to create a pendant for your favourite cabochon or flat stone bead! With guidance from Liz Kennedy, you'll set your cabochon in copper sheet metal using tabs which have been cut using shears. Using various stamps, hammers and home-made stamps, you'll texture the metal, adding strength to your pendant. Finally, a self-bail will be made and you can choose to add a patina to emphasize the textural details. You'll create your own design and…

Happy Hour Torching (2019)

July 8 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Monday, repeating until December 23, 2019

If you have recently taken a lampworking class or are a regular studio user, Happy Hour Torching is the perfect time for you to come by and work on your lampwork projects, under the guidance of Carol Cooper. On Monday evenings from 5pm to 9pm studio rental time is buy one hour - get one free! That means two hours for the price of one. How great is that! Come for part of the evening, or stay until 9pm. Enjoy…

Planet BeadFX

Open Bead Night/Q & A Workshop

July 10 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Do you have questions about a beading project? Are you looking for inspiration or creative input? Or would you just like some company while you bead? Share your passion with other like-minded folks. Why not drop by an Open Beading Night at BeadFX! A member of the BeadFX team will be in the classroom from about 6pm to 8pm Wednesdays to answer questions and give advice. Come and work on your project in a convivial atmosphere. As an added bonus,…

Afternoon Bead Tea/Q & A Workshop

July 11 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Do you have questions about a beading project? Are you looking for inspiration or creative input? Or would you just like some company while you bead? Share your passion with other like-minded folks. Why not drop by an Afternoon Bead Tea at BeadFX? Pamela Kearns will be in the classroom 1:00 - 3:00pm every Thursday to answer questions and give advice. Come and work on your project in a convivial atmosphere. As an added bonus, you will be the first…

Jewellery Making 101

July 11 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Course outline: Do you want to create jewellery for yourself but have no idea where to start? Join Pamela Kearns for this 'newbie' course and discover just how easy creating jewellery can be. Participants will be able to create up to three of pairs of earrings and a bracelet. You'll learn how to use headpins, open and close jump rings, create wrapped and simple loops, and discover how to use crimps. You'll also learn about what tools you'll need to…

Introduction to Crochet de Luneville/Tambour Embroidery, Class 1

July 12 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Course outline: Also known as Tambour embroidery in North America, students will learn how to use the traditional tambour hook and how to load the frame. Designer Catherine Sequalino Poitier will teach you how to create the beginning stitch, the chain stitch, how to apply seed beads and sequins in a continuous line, and how to embroider beads or sequins in vermicelli. This technique can create appliques and overlays for jewellery and clothing designs. There are a lot of secrets…

Traditional Indigenous Beaded Flat Bag (4 sessions)

July 13 @ 10:00 am - July 14 @ 5:00 pm

Course outline: This is your opportunity to create an Indigenous beaded flat bag from around 1850 with Naomi Smith. Modern methods, traditional materials and techniques will be explored. This beaded bag will be functional and charming. Participants will be able to apply previous learned skills and have a fundamental understanding of the time and skill required to create a fully beaded flat bag. Historical samples will be shown as a source of inspiration. Note from instructor: I do not offer…

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How to Register:

  • You may register on-line through the form above, or by phone at (416) 751-1911, or in-person at our store.
  • Payment is required in advance for registration and may be done on-line at the time of registration or in-person at the store.
  • Some classes have associated kit fees, please check class details to see where applicable. Some kit fees are payable to the store, some to the instructor and may be cash only in that case.
  • For some studio classes, those using fire-breathing torches and fast spinny things a waiver must be signed acknowledging you have experience or training in their use, and we will ensure you have training to work safely!
  • Some classes have age requirements. Students MUST be mature and responsible to work safely to be allowed to take some of our lampworking, soldering, fusing, and some metalsmithing classes.

Class Cancellation Policy:

  • If you need to cancel, please let us know 5 days prior to the class. Cancellations made later than that will forfeit the class deposit or fee.
  • We may re-schedule or cancel classes if we do not receive the minimum number of bookings, or in case of bad weather or instructor illness. In this case, you will be notified and the fees will be refunded or issued as store credit.