Huichol-style Bead Mosaic: Working on a Curved Surface

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 wax and 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 style of mosaic beading and learn what works well – and what doesn’t! Students are welcome to bring an …

Peacock Pearl Box with visiting instructor Jean Power

Course outline: Learn how to use geometric beading techniques to create a striking vessel that stands on its own beaded feet. The lid has a large crystal centrepiece and pearl highlights incorporated into the beadwork. The class will cover all the techniques needed to make the vessel as well as how to bead variations to make a unique piece of beadwork. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Must be comfortable using peyote stitch Technique: Peyote Bring to class: It is recommended that you place an on-line order 2 – 3 weeks in advance of the class for your supplies. You may request …

Gates Necklace and Bracelet with visiting instructor Jean Power

Course outline: This intermediate to advanced class covers making this unique necklace and bracelet. The design can be left simple (as shown in the necklace on the right) or made more ornate (as shown in the bracelet on the left) as desired. Skill level: Intermediate for the basic design however the more ornate version is advanced. Prerequisite: Must be comfortable with Peyote stitch and working with small beads Technique: Peyote stitch and embellishment Bring to class: It is recommended that you place an on-line order 2 – 3 weeks in advance of the class for your supplies. You may request …

Crashing Waves Necklace with visiting instructor Jean Power

Course outline: Learn how to use geometric beading techniques to create a striking, textured Star pendant which hangs on a CRAW rope (stitch will be taught in class) with matching beaded fastening. The swirling & undulating design on the Star is inspired by crashing waves & sea foam whilst the rope is beaded in sand colours and its shape is inspired by the sand dunes I walk on in Cornwall. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Must be comfortable using peyote stitch. Technique: Geometric peyote Bring to class: It is recommended that you place an on-line order 2 – 3 weeks in …

Graphite and Enamel Charms

Course outline: Students will learn how to incorporate their own graphite drawings into vitreous enamel under the guidance of instructor Christine Woollacott. In the class, students will make simple charms or components that have been decorated with their own drawings and then delicately coloured with transparent glass enamels. Students will learn wet-packing enamel techniques with a focus on effective colour shading. Preparation of the enamel surface for graphite drawings will be covered, as well as kiln firing methods. Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate Prerequisite: Students should feel comfortable drawing. Previous metal working experience would be beneficial, but is not necessary. Technique: Designing …

Nature’s Muse: Beaded Art Doll

Course outline: Add a little whimsy to your life, by joining me in my latest creative adventure, beading a small art doll! I’ll provide the face, the stuffed form, and detailed instructions, all you’ll need to do is add her unique personality. Your choice of beads and techniques, will transform your doll, into the muse of your dreams. Listen carefully to her whispers, and she’ll tell you how to proceed. Possible themes include, but are not limited to the sea, nature, buttons, steam punk, vintage and memorabilia. Suitable for hoarding, collecting, or gift giving! Students should be prepared to laugh, …

Plique-a-jour with Fine Silver Metal Clay (2 days)

Course outline: Plique-a-jour is a style of enamelling that uses a delicate metal framework to support free areas of transparent glass. Because plique-a-jour has no metal backing, it is visually similar to a stained glass window. While this technique is beautiful, it is arguably the most challenging form of enamelling. In this class, students will create fine silver frames for plique-a-jour using metal clay. Multiple approaches to enamel application will be covered. Note: this is a two day class and will be held Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14; 10:00am to 5:00pm each day. Skill level: Advanced. Patience and …

UFO 2 Go: Intensive Support for Intuitive Bead Embroidery, Freeform Peyote & Hand Stitching

Course outline: Has your mojo left the building? Have you run out of ideas, are stuck, not inspired, need a little help to finish your project, or start another one? What if a bunch of us got together, and supported each other on a one-to-one basis? I will be there to answer any questions, give you a jump start, and/or remind you of some of the stitches you’ve already forgotten. There’s no shame in UFOs! We all have them, and some of us (myself included) just need a little quiet time and inspiration to finish off our projects. Please note: …

Fold Formed Leaf Pendant

Course outline: Instructor Liz Kennedy will introduce you to fold forming sheet metal and various commonly used metalwork techniques. Shears will be used to cut the leaf shape you design. You will be hammering the sheet metal to form curves and texture. You will anneal the piece, using a torch. You will trim file and buff the piece. If desired a patina can be applied as well as a bead embellishment. You can make this project as large or small as you like. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: An introduction to …

Polymer Clay – Mokume Gane and Simple Canes

Course outline: This class with Bonni Poch will give you the opportunity to play with polymer clay, get to learn the differences between brands, how to condition the clay, colour blending, working with translucent clay and the most exciting of all, creating pendants and beads using simple canes and an ancient Japanese technique called Mokume Gane. You will proudly leave the class with one pendant using each technique and the incredible feeling of satisfaction of having learned a few new tricks. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Polymer clay techniques Bring to class: The only thing you need to …