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 …

Easy Gemstone Stacking Rings

Course outline: In this class with Christine Woollacott, students will make simple and stylish sterling silver stacking rings with colourful gemstone accents. The class will focus on simple tricks for making rings with sterling silver wire, and will go over the basics of stone setting using pre-formed fine silver bezels. The class will go over texturing and finishing techniques such as how to achieve a high polish, hammer texture, or satin finish to the ring. This is an excellent course for people who are interested in taking the first step in learning how to bezel set gemstones. Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate …

Hot Connections 1: Intro to Soldering

Course outline: Learning to solder silver is your gateway into the world of fine metalwork. In this class with instructor Iris Rogers Melamed you will learn how to solder circles of heavy gauge silver wire and transform them into earrings and stacking rings. We will begin with an overview of soldering tools, materials and techniques. Then we will fuel and fire up our butane torches and learn how to solder jump rings. Next we will discover how to create earrings and stacking rings by forming and soldering larger circles. Some metalwork finishing techniques will be discussed. Time permitting, one set …

Fold Formed Leaf Pendant

Course outline: Instructor Liz Kennedy will introduce you to fold forming sheet metal and various commonly used metalwork techniques. Shears will be used to cut the leaf shape you design. You will be hammering the sheet metal to form curves and texture. You will anneal the piece, using a torch. You will trim file and buff the piece. If desired a patina can be applied as well as a bead embellishment. You can make this project as large or small as you like. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: An introduction to …

Hot Connections: Spinner bangle

Course outline: In this class with Iris Rogers Melamed, we will explore techniques of soldering and forming sheet metal and wire. We will start by discussing methods of measurement for bangles, both from metal sheet and different forms of wire. We will then construct and finish the base bangle from copper sheet that is 16 mm to 19 mm wide. Design decisions will be made regarding texture and types of metal to use. Spinners will be formed from sterling silver, brass and/or copper wire. Finally we will put all the pieces together through techniques of metal forming. Skill level: Beginner …

Marching into April

We’re in the midst of the in-between stage of winter turning into spring and waiting to see if March is heading out as a lamb with gentler weather or like a lion with a full winter blast! Fortunately, our classes are much more certain – you know you’ll get value for your money from knowledgeable and enthusiastic instructors. Plus you’ll have lots of fun while learning something new! Our late-March classes cover everything from seedbeading to chainmaille to fibrework to metalwork and wirework – there is is literally something for everyone! Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled March …

Hot Connections: Spinner Ring

Course outline: Take your soldering and metalworking skills up a notch! Starting with a strip of sterling silver sheet, we will design a wide band ring that is flared at the edges to contain a moving wire ring. At each stage of this project we will explore the technical skills required for the successful completion of this ring. Skill level: Advanced beginner Prerequisite: Hot Connections 1 or experience soldering with a micro torch and using a jeweller’s saw. Technique: Working with sterling silver sheet; cutting, texturing, forming, fitting, soldering and finishing. Bring to class: Please bring any metalsmithing tools, especially …

Mad about March classes

When you mention ‘March Madness’, most automatically think of basketball playoffs. Not at BeadFX! By now you know that our annual March Madness Sale is in full swing. As part of the special sale, we are please to present March Madness Mini Classes (say that five times fast!); five quick classes that will introduce you to a wide variety of techniques and projects. Taking place during our local school boards’ March Break, these classes are suitable for teens and adults alike. Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled March 11 to March 20: Monday, March 11 NEW March Madness …