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 …

Four Winds Chainmaille Bracelet and Earrings

Course outline: Four Winds is a charming knot-like weave with a Celtic flavour. Its a little tricky to get your head around – definitely intermediate level – but worth the effort. Using two colours makes learning easier, and as a bonus you get a reversible pattern. Matching earrings are included. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Good basic chainmaille skills, plus a little patience 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 …

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 …

Cool off Creatively during the Dog Days of Summer

We’re in the midst of the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ – traditionally the hottest part of the season. The origin of the saying doesn’t actually refer to our canine friends but to the placement of the Sun in the in the canine constellation of Sirius. Your trivial tidbit for the day! The air conditioning has been working at full speed at BeadFX as we’ve had a couple of scorching heat waves in Toronto. The comfort adds a benefit to taking a class! Our mid to late-August classes feature new classes as well as encore projects – just in case they …

Beaded Byzantine Chainmaille Bracelet

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. Bring magnification if you need it. Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for your …

Beaded JPL Chainmaille Bracelet

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 class: Your choice of size 6/0 seed beads (may be purchased in the store). If you have your own flat …

Chain Stitch Beaded Crochet Necklace / Wrap Bracelet

Course outline: You may have seen beaded crochet chains on Pinterest – they are very easy to make and very much in step with popular BoHo style. Gillian Clarke will take you through the steps to make a single-strand necklace that doubles as a wrap bracelet. Once you know the basic method you can get as creative as you like by changing the beads or the cord, making multiple strands and using different clasps. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Bead Crochet (chain stitch) Bring to class: All items (except crochet hooks) are available at BeadFX One colour each of …

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 …

“May” all things be possible!

May is a month of celebrations – some very serious, such as Mother’s Day,¬†and Cinco de Mayo, and some that are just plain wacky – such as ‘Star Wars’ Day (May the Fourth Be With You.) Late-May celebrations includes Victoria Day in Canada and Memorial Day in the United States. The best part is enjoying a long weekend with friends and family. To be honest, I’m finding that May is racing by; June seems to be right around the corner. Join me by living in the present and enjoying what is here and now – including upcoming classes with visiting …

Tubular Bead Crochet Boot Camp

Course outline: Bead crochet has an undeserved reputation for being difficult. Its not, and the results are stunning! This full day class with Gillian Clarke will teach you all the basic techniques you need to make a spiral pattern crochet bracelet. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Bead crochet Bring to class: If you have a 2mm crochet hook, please bring it (I will also have some for purchase). Size 6 beads in 5 colours – can purchase on the day. As this is a full-day class, please bring a lunch. Coffee …