Working with cement and making your own molds

Course outline: Discover the versatility of cement for jewellery! In this class with Ann Shewan you will focus on making your own molds to be used with cement. Each mold is used once, creating a pendent that will be uniquely yours. We will start by talking about the different types of cement, where to buy it, tips on getting a good pour, different materials to use to add colour, curing times and finishing your pendants. The kit fee will include two different types of cement, materials to make your molds, products to add colour, findings and cording to finish your …

Ginko Garden Trellis Bracelet

Course outline: In this class with Pamela Kearns, you’ll create a beautiful bracelet using the new 2-hole Ginko beads plus seed beads and demi beads. Reminiscent of a garden trellis, this bracelet is easy to do and fun to wear. Skill level: This class is suitable for students of all levels. Prerequisite: Comfort with a needle and thread is helpful. Technique: Seed beading Bring to class: Two tubes of Ginko beads One tube of size 8/0 Toho Demi beads One tube of Miyuki or Toho 8/0 seed beads Beading needle and thread of choice (Fireline is not necessary) Jump rings …

Back to Class Open House

Hammer, stitch, saw, weave, bend, torch, knot, punch, fold, wrap – it sounds like something out of an action movie! The action is really happening at our Fall class line-up and the wonderful projects that you’ll be enjoying with our imaginative and enthusiastic instructors. Preview the action at our upcoming Back to Class Open House! Saturday, September 7 11:00am – 3:00pm Join us and see many of the projects scheduled for the Fall and meet the instructors who are teaching them. Of course there are photos on our website of all the projects but photos just don’t do them justice! …

Connect the Dots: Dot Stitch Bracelet

Course outline: Spiral rope is extremely versatile and variations are unlimited. In this class with Pamela Kearns, you’ll learn how to do the Dot Stitch version of Spiral rope while making yourself a bracelet. This fun stitch creates clusters that resemble miniature beaded beads. Bring a variety of shaped beads that you can use; there isn’t a wrong combination of beads – the possibilities are endless! You will also see examples of how you can use the same stitch to create a pendant. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Seed beading Bring to class: This is a chance to bust …

Coral Fringe Tassel – Seedbead Possibilities!

Course outline: This project definitely makes a statement! Learn to make a spectacular, one-of-a-kind Coral Fringe Tassel, to add punch to your beaded creations! This tassel could be used (as I have) in a long, beaded necklace, or more simply as the focal on a purse, or fibre art piece. The majority of the class time will be focused on actually making the tassel, but there will still be time to gather supplies, then discuss how to make a finished necklace. I will also be demonstrating how to make a messy, wire wrapped loop. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Comfort …

Best of Both – Silver metal clay textures and soldered construction (2 days)

Course outline: While silver metal clay is a wonderful material to work with, on occasion it is simply easier to use traditional metal work techniques to achieve a design. This class will focus on how to combine wonderfully textured metal clay elements in traditional metalwork designs. No longer worry about calculating shrinkage rates in rings, or whether a bezel will shrink too much and no longer fit the stone intended for the design. Students will create textured metal clay components on the first day of the class, and project planning will be discussed. The second day will involve soldering, any …

Easy Slider Chainmaille Pendant

Course outline: This classy little pendant looks like an advanced level project – but it’s not! If you can open and close a handful of jump rings you can easily make this necklace. Original design is by Scott Robertson of Simply Woven Rings. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Chainmaille and stringing Bring to class: Bring magnification if you need it. If you have your own flat nosed pliers please bring them (2 pairs are required), but tools will also be available in class. Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for your personal use …

Sand Cast Rings with visiting instructor Robyn Cornelius

Course outline: Learn this low tech way to cast your very own solid rings without the use of big equipment. Learn how to cast shapes that would otherwise be hard to make in a home studio and embellish with a a set gemstone. In addition we will play with texture to create flat ring shanks to be formed into rings once cast. Skill level: All level Prerequisite: Some soldering and metalwork will be helpful but not required. Technique: Sand casting, metalwork including gem setting and soldering Bring to class: Cabochon or rose-cut gemstone Sterling Silver scrap (15 – 20 grams) …

Jeweled Connections with visiting instructor Robyn Cornelius

Course outline: Make an anticlastic necklace using basic silversmithing tools and learn how to attach your favorite gemstone beads using pin connections and a torch. Skill levels: All levels Prerequisite: Some soldering and metalwork will be helpful but not required. Technique: Anticlastic hammering techniques, soldering, pin connections, and patinas. Bring to class: Sterling silver sheet, 20ga; 1.5cm wide x 4.5″ long Sterling silver round wire, 26ga, 10′ in length Sterling silver tubing, 9mm diameter, 5mm in length 9″ strand of 3-4mm gemstone beads (instructor’s preference: faceted rondelles) Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for …

Spinner Rings with visiting instructor Robyn Cornelius

Course outline: Make your very own personalized sterling silver spinner ring, also known as a meditation or worry ring. Learn how to give this ring some personality by flaring the edge, adding color or creating little torn decorations. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Some soldering and metalwork will be helpful but not required. Technique: Metalwork including soldering, forging and texturing Bring to class: Sterling silver sheet in 18ga or 20ga sufficient length for a ring. You can trim to a desired width. Sterling silver round wire, 20ga, approximately 5″ in length. You can also create spinners using copper and brass …