Polymer Clay Pendant

Course outline: Learn how to work with polymer clay with artist Barbara Colautti. Students will choose colours, shapes, and styles of their pendant and, at the end of the class, will have a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art. Using textures, powders, paints, rub-ons, molds, and cutters, we’ll explore what can be done for an individual effect. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate Prerequisite: None, although a familiarity with clay would be helpful. Technique: Polymer clay; texturing, adding colour; cutting shapes Bring to class: A medium-sized artist’s paintbrush (something nice and fluffy!) and a …

Concrete and Candy: Exploring Artist’s Concrete

Course outline: As featured in the Summer 2019 issue of Belle Amoire Jewelery, Anne Marie Desaulniers will take you on an exploratory journey: learning how to use this versatile new medium, while reviewing many of the experimental options available, to take your art/jewellery to the next level. Its fun, addictive, and like candy, one piece will never be enough! I will take you through the mixing, pouring, colouring, inclusion, and curing stages to help you get a better understanding of how to use this product in your work. Suitable bezels, molds, forms, wire, metalwork, and types of inclusions, will also …

Take a Cool Class this August!

Sun, sand, cold drinks and lots of summer heat. What more can you ask for? Sometimes you just need to cool down a bit! Our summer classes and open sessions continue in air-conditioned comfort. Join Liz Kennedy, Pamela Kearns, Anne Marie Desaulniers and Gillian Clarke for some creative fun and learning. There are also lots of opportunities to give yourself dedicated time to work on your projects away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Here are the activities scheduled August 1 – 14: Thursday, August 1 FREE Afternoon Bead TeaFacilitator: Pamela Kearns1:00 – 3:00pmGive yourself dedicated time to …

Getting Creative With Cement – Bangles and Jangles

Course outline: In this class with Ann Shewan, you will build on your mold making skills and move on to creating molds that are circles or irregular shapes. You can create rings, bangles or pendants, again each one will be uniquely yours. The molds are used once, so no two pieces will be exactly the same. We will do a quick review on adding colour and how to get a good pour and then start making molds. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Beginner Plus Prerequisite: Working with cement and making your own molds (click here …

Summer Starts Now!

We’ve been waiting for this since the middle of January! Effective June 21, we are officially in summer! Late-June classes range from mixing your materials for a fun boho necklace to adding colour to titanium metal! Get experience doing wire wrapping with a statement pendant or learn how to do sliding knots to create casual summer-style bracelets. You can also explore bead mosaic and how to apply beads on a curved surface. Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled June 21 – 30: Friday, June 21 Sliding Adjustable CordsInstructor: Angela Peace6:00 – 9:00pmAdjustable sliding knots have lots of applications …

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 …

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 …

Resin: A Mixed-up Media Approach

Course outline: Instructor Anne Marie Desaulniers will help fill your resin toolbox with a mixed melange of techniques that includes different colouring agents, collage, mixed media, wire and experiments with both paper and botanicals (dried leaves, feathers and flowers). Beyond the basics, but designed to appeal to all levels! Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Experience with resin is an asset, but definitely not a requirement Technique: Adding botanicals, collage and mixed media techniques to resin. Bring to class: Enthusiasm, a smile, and a sense of humour. Dried flowers and leaves (either dried in a book, or in silica); bezels, charms, …

April Class Forecast: Showers of Creativity are Expected

An umbrella won’t stop you from getting soaked in creativity! We have some great classes coming up in early April that you’ll enjoy! Share the experience and invite a friend to come with you. Who knows, you may introduce someone to a brand new passion! Here are the classes and open sessions scheduled April 1 – 10: Monday, April 1 Happy Hour TorchingFacilitator: Carol Cooper5:00 – 9:00pmPractise your skills or work on your lampwork projects with others! Wednesday, April 3 Open Metal Studio: Kiln EnamellingFacilitator: Christine Woollacott5:00 – 9:00pmJoin like-minded enthusiasts and work on those enamelling projects you’ve been itching …

Getting Creative With Cement – Bangles and Jangles

Course outline: In this class with Ann Shewan, you will build on your mold making skills and move on to creating molds that are circles or irregular shapes. You can create rings, bangles or pendants, again each one will be uniquely yours. The molds are used once, so no two pieces will be exactly the same. We will do a quick review on adding colour and how to get a good pour and then start making molds. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Beginner Plus Prerequisite: Working with cement and making your own molds (click here …