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, …

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: …

Embossed and Anodized Niobium Earrings

Course outline: Liz Kennedy will introduce you to the wonders of niobium metal! Beautiful colours, light weight and hypoallergenic. You will be making two pair of niobium earrings. You will be using embossing folders to emboss 30 gauge niobium sheet metal pieces. You will be finishing the metal then anodizing it using an electric anodizer to the colours you choose. You will be anodizing niobium ear wires to match and adding beads or a coil to decorate your ear wires. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Embossing niobium metal using a scrapbook embosser and embossing folders. Trimming, filing and buffing …

Polymer Clay – Transfer Sheets & Silk Screen

Course outline: This class with Bonni Poch will give you the opportunity to learn how to use transfer sheets and silk screen techniques to create amazing pendants, beads, and/or cabochons. We’ll start out learning the basics about polymer clay, how to condition it, available brands and types, and baking. We’ll then move right into how to use transfer sheets, alcohol inks, and silk screens. You’ll walk away with a lovely pendant and keychain at the end of the class. Note: a kit is required; see below. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Polymer Clay Techniques Bring to class: The …

Pebble Beach Jewellery

Course outline: Have you ever collected pebbles from the beach and then wondered what you could do with them? Join Ann Shewan to learn how to drill different beach pebbles and then turn them into earrings, bracelets or necklaces. Once Ann has demonstrated how to drill the different stones you will be given stones to practice with When you feel comfortable using the rotary tool you can select pebbles from Ann’s vast collection and start creating your own unique pieces. Ann will have a selection of findings that you can use to create your individual designs; chain or leather is …

Bringing the World to You in 2019

One of the most exciting parts of being a class coordinator is inviting instructors from Canada, the United States and abroad to BeadFX. We’ve had such great feedback from students about their experiences with visiting instructors that we’ve brought back several – and one new (to us!) instructor who specializes in wirework. It’s a little early to post classes yet, but mark your calendars now and plan on joining us for classes with: Robyn Cornelius – metalwork Canadian artist and instructor Robyn Cornelius joins us again for three exciting classes! Friday, May 3Saturday, May 4Sunday, May 5 Jean Power – …

Wrapping Up Another Year of Classes

In a few weeks, we’ll be saying good-bye to 2018 and ringing in 2019. Looking back, we’ve welcomed several visiting instructors; enjoyed classes and learned lots with our roster of creative BeadFX instructors; were happy to meet lots of new students; as well as enjoy seeing all of our regular students. It has also been a full year of on-line registrations which has made it easier for everyone to sign-up for classes! Thank you all for your continued support of BeadFX’s classes. We’re always open to hearing from you. Do you want to learn something that we haven’t yet taught? …

Stay Connected with a Class

What kind of a December person are you? Do enjoy hikes and outdoor adventures in the fresh air? Are you more of a homebody curled up on the sofa with a good book? I prefer to stay indoors but I need to keep my hands busy so jewellery-making is a great activity. I also recognize the need to get out of the apartment and ‘meet the world’. Attending a class is a great way to stay connected with others as well as satisfy my own creative need. BeadFX’s early-December classes will all create beautiful gifts for family, friends – and …

Mixed Media Jewelery: A journey to the wild side!

I’m absolutely crazy about mixed media jewelery! I do like traditional jewelery, but there’s something about all of the surprising combinations that are possible, if you travel to the darker side. First let’s define mixed media! According to Wikipedia “In visual art, mixed media is an artwork in which more than one medium or material has been employed. Assemblages and collages are two common examples of art using different medias that will make use of different materials including cloth, paper, and/or wood … Many artistic effects can be achieved by using mixed media. Found objects can be used in conjunction …

Sculptural beadwork – 3-D and fabulous!

What do you think of, when I say sculptural beadwork? I think art!!! Although most of us consider beading to be a type of wearable art, sculptural beadwork is something entirely different! Now that doesn’t mean that jewelery is not art, it’s just that we’re more conditioned to think of objects as more sculptural. In my own small way, I’ve been playing around with this idea, for a while now. Mainly with my dolls, but more recently, with stitching, and beading a small beach stone (more about that, in future blog posts). Freeform peyote, and intuitive bead embroidery, are obvious …