Everybody’s talking about it!

After listening to all the chatter, then deliberating for a while, I finally bit the bullet and decided to take a metal clay workshop at BeadFX. What the heck have I been waiting for? I thoroughly enjoyed my Holiday Gifts workshop with Liz Reynolds, last Sunday, and I’m afraid that this just might lead to yet another addiction!! According to Wikipedia: “Metal clay is a crafting medium consisting of very small particles of metal such as silver, gold, bronze, or copper, mixed with an organic binder and water for use in making jewelry, beads and small sculptures. Originating in Japan …

Step into Summer Classes

Ahhh…the month of June. The end of a school year. Graduations. Finalizing summer vacations. Before we get our summer in gear, let’s have some fun now and take a class or two! You’ll notice that we have lots of new classes including a new wire brooch project with Jen Rosen. Jenn Jevons and Liz Reynolds will be teaching separate classes to metal clay enthusiasts how to use this amazing medium for more constructed shapes and designs. Genevieve Habib is sharing her love of hubble stitch with a new design that combines hubble with ndebelle (aka herringbone). Pauline Peskoff brings four …

Late-April Classes will Shower you with Creativity

Forget worrying about showers of rain (although we all love May flowers), this April you can count on showers of creative classes! We have a number of NEW classes during the last half of April including a new Chinese knotting project with Angela Peace. Tuesday Tasters continue with an added evening session; you’ll love the little beaded bead! Jen Rosen has a fun new wire bracelet and metalsmith Kelly Garland will share how to do a beautiful flower pendant in sterling silver. Of course we have lots of encore classes! Iris Rogers Melamed will show how to do cold connections …

You’ll love our April classes!
No Fooling!

You won’t be an April Fool with a BeadFX class! Our instructors are knowledgeable and creative and know how to make a class fun and interesting. We have NEW classes in the first half of April. Lampworkers will love Kim Fields’ class where you will be learn how to make sculptural beads. If you’ve wondered about how to stamp, you’ll want to take Kelly Garland’s new class. Christine Woollacott is helping you take your kiln enamelling skills further by using Prometheus metal clay as your base in a two-day class. Beaders will enjoy learning from Pauline Peskoff and learn how …

My Metal Clay Experiments & New Tools

This article is authored by Liz Reynolds, one of our metal clay instructors. When the price of silver clay rose dramatically a number of years ago, it spurred the development of base metal clays—bronze, copper and steel, then later sterling silver—which was only somewhat less expensive. Although I love Hadar’s Clays and they are always my first preference, I simply can’t be monogamous when it comes to metal clay!  Because of its silvery colour, I’m a fan of white bronze but I found Hadar’s too brittle. When her White Satin arrived, that problem was solved as it includes some steel, …

Slip into Summer with June Classes

June? Wasn’t it just a couple of weeks ago we were shoveling snow? Yes, June is just around the corner. School wrap-ups, graduations, and getting ready for vacations. At BeadFX, we not winding down. In fact, we’re gearing up for the best summer of classes yet! June kicks off with classes in a variety of mediums including classes in three types of metal clays. Dwyn covered in a previous blog the differences between the three types of clay: “All three types – Art Clay Silver, Prometheus, and Hadar’s Clay – are “metal” clays – they are a very finely ground …

Discovering more about…Hadar’s Clays!

When metal clay was first developed in Japan in 1990, it was only available in silver. The clay-like pliability of this substance allows users to fashion pieces that, when fired using a torch or kiln, creates metal components that can be used in a variety of jewellery applications. In essence, atomized particles of metals such as silver, gold, bronze, copper or steel are mixed with an organic binder and water and can then be shaped, textured, extruded or pressed into molds. During firing, the binder burns away leaving pure, sintered metal. There are several brands of metal clay available on …

Getting to know…Liz Reynolds

Liz Reynolds is a devotee of Hadar’s Clay and she has been busy introducing this powdered metal clay to lots of students. A creative person by nature, Liz began early adding personal touches to many things. “I’ve tended to largely focus on one medium at a time,” says Liz. “When I was much younger I really liked sewing and sewed a lot of my own clothes. I then moved into pottery and for the better part of a decade, I made my living (such as it was) from pottery. Later I learned how to knit, but it was pretty basic. …

Come out and play at Metal Clay Play Days!

You’ve taken an introductory class for one of metal clays such as Art Clay Silver and have caught the excitement in working with this versatile medium – now what?! Well, come on out to a monthly Metal Clay Play Day! Jennifer Tough, a certified Silver Metal Clay Instructor, facilitates the sessions and will happily share tips and techniques with you. “This session is a perfect opportunity to spend time with fellow metal clay enthusiasts, share techniques, your newest projects, and a chance to refine your skills in our comfortable, and well-stocked studio”, says Jennifer. The sessions are open to all …

Still time to catch April classes

Wow, can you believe how fast time is flying; before you know it, another month will roll by! Not to worry – there is still lots of time to take some April classes. For complete information, including class and kit fees, please consult the on-line calendar at http://www.beadfx.com/classes.php and click on “April”. Soutache Lesson #1: The Basic Module Thursday, April 18 6:00 – 9:00pm Instructor: Angela Peace This class will introduce students to Soutache Bead Embroidery and how to stitch the Basic Module.  Students will learn how to handle the soutache braid, manage tension, place stitches correctly, define the curve, …