Chainmaille Boot Camp: Part II

Join Marilyn Gardiner for a full-day class to get grounded in chainmail basics. In addition to basic chainmail information you will learn how to make key chainmail weaves that represent 3 of the main families of weaves: Japanese, European, and Persian. Part 1 We will answer questions about tools; wire and jump rings; and lighting and magnification. You will receive handouts (if you don’t already have them) about these topics for further reference. Quality workmanship will be demonstrated and encouraged. Tools: Buying pliers: how to choose, what to consider when you are choosing pliers to buy An opportunity to try …

Chainmaille Stars and Snowflakes

Course outline: Led by Gillian Clarke, you’ll make some pretty winter-themed earrings or a delicate pendant using your choice of these variants on Byzantine weave. The basic pattern is beginner-friendly, but the smallest size will challenge your dexterity! Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Chainmaille Bring to class: If you have your own flat nosed pliers (2 pairs are required) please bring them, but tools will also be available in class. Bring magnification if you need it. Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for your personal use only. Please respect the intellectual property …

Happy New Year!

When September rolls around, it is like a brand new year! School starts again with students going into a new grade. Routines get back in place and we make ‘Fall’ resolutions, like ‘We’re going to paint the living room in time for the holidays’, or, I’m going to enroll in new jewellery classes this fall’. BeadFX classes have geared up to include new projects with established instructors as well as opportunities with new teachers. If you had a chance to drop by BeadFX on September 7, you would have seen the new class offerings and met the terrific people presenting …

Chainmaille Boot Camp

Course outline: Join Marilyn Gardiner for a comprehensive full-day class to get grounded in chainmaille basics. In addition to basic chainmaille information you will learn how to make key chainmaille weaves that represent three of the main families of weaves: Japanese, European, and Spiral. Note: In addition to the kit fee of $20 (see details below), you will also need to purchase a kit of your choice for a project. Part 1: We will talk about tools; wire and jump rings; and lighting and magnification. You will receive handouts about these topics that include a list of print and internet …

Fire Wyrm Bracelet

Course outline: I love wearing this bangle-like bracelet, and it attracts love and admiration wherever it travels. It is a variation of the Full Persian weave, and is named after a mythical creature connected to battles, dragons and fire. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: $67 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit $39 plus HST for Jewellers Bronze & Silver Filled Bracelet kit $37 plus HST for Black & Silver Filled Bracelet kit The bracelet kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 2 main sizes of jump rings, and a coordinating clasps. Makes up to a …

Byzantine Pendant and Earrings

Course outline: Make an exquisite, keepsake pendant while learning the classic Byzantine chain mail weave. Add matching earrings with Swarovski briolettes. Includes 16-18 metal mesh neck chain. Choose from 3 metals. Kit fees, payable to the instructor the day of the class: $66 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit $31 plus HST for Jewellers Bronze Bracelet kit $28 plus HST for Copper Bracelet kit The kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, jump rings, adjustable, metal mesh choker chain; earwires; and Swarovski crystal briolettes. Makes a pendant and one pair of earrings. Makes up to a 9 bracelet. All rings are …

Take a mini-vacation with a class!

Creativity doesn’t take a vacation – in fact, it can be triggered by a simple change in routine such as taking time for yourself. Our mid-July classes are chock-a-block full of creativity and fun! Many of them are also suitable for younger students – a great way to introduce a new generation to ‘handmade’! Naomi Smith will take you through the steps to create your traditional indigenous flat bag. Chainmaille enthusiasts will love classes with both Marilyn Gardiner and Gillian Clarke. Ann Shewan will teach you how to drill small stones and pebbles – great items to pick-up on your next …

Foxtail (Full Persian) Bracelet

Course outline: So sophisticated! This classic chain is round and flexible. The texture is highlighted with a hammered clasp. Full Persian is a building block for several advanced level weaves, e.g. Candy Cane Cord. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: (please indicate your choice at the time of registration) The kits includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump rings, and a coordinating, hammered clasp. Makes up to a 9″ bracelet. All rings are saw-cut and polished $44 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit $36 plus HST for Jewellers Bronze Bracelet kit Skill …

Staggered Byzantine Bracelet

Course outline: This is the most impressive new bracelet I’ve made since Dragonscale. It expands and contracts like an accordion and feels so good on my wrist! I love this unadorned version, but I can also see a version with beads added in the middle openings or even drop beads along the outer edges. Can you spot the Byzantine building blocks? Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: (please indicate your choice at the time of registration) The kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump rings, and a coordinating slider or toggle clasp. …

Awesome Scale Maille Necklace

Course outline: This necklace will unleash your inner Game of Thrones personality! This chainmaille piece with scales is dramatic, yet light and easy to wear and surprisingly quick to make. We will use anodized aluminum jump rings and pre-cut scales in two colours of your choice. Using two colors really helps you understand the construction. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Basic chainmaille skills required. This is an intermediate project. Technique: Chainmaille Bring to class: If you have your own flat nosed pliers (2 pairs are required) please bring them, but tools will also …