Bloom Where You’re Planted

If you’ve been anywhere near a garden centre, you know that there are flats of bright colourful flowers, herbs and other greenery ready for your home garden. BeadFX classes are blooming too. Whether you’re a Seed Bead Snapdragon, a Wirework Water Lily or a Metalwork Marigold, we have a class or open session for you! As a matter of interest, gardening and crafts have similar benefits for adults: Encourages use of all motor skillsLearning new skills challenges the brain and promotes problem-solvingReduces stress levels and promotes relaxationImproves wellbeing as a result of social interactionPromotes self-esteem Here are the BeadFX activities scheduled …

Romancing the Pearl Collar

Course outline: Pearls lend a classic and timeless appeal to jewellery and with a hint of sparkle this collar is as unique as the person making it. Deborah Beesley will teach you how to form the frame and the design technique for twisting your way to creating this collar length necklace, using medium-fine gauge wire, and embellishing with pearls and beads. Students should be comfortable with a random approach to placement of bead embellishments. Techniques include: twisted-wire; wire wrapping; wrapped loops. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Some experience in twisted-wire technique is needed. Technique: Wire-work; twisted wire Bring to class: Students …

Treble Clef Brooch

Course outline: Calling all music lovers! Lucie Lee will take you step-by-step so you can create a stunning Treble Clef brooch. Working with two gauges of wire, you’ll learn how to work with wire, hammer the wire to form and shape the brooch and add a patina to add richness and depth to your piece. The kit comes with metal beads, but you can substitute your own Swarovski bicones or stone beads, available for purchase in the store. Please indicate your kit preference when registering. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Previous wireworking classes should be taken. Technique: Working with silver (copper …

Basic Viking Knit

Course outline: Learn the ancient art of Viking knitting with wire using an updated Lazee Daizee tool. Create a bracelet or chain to showcase a bead – the possibilities are endless! Cindy Goldrick will show you how to get many different results by varying your wire colour, gauge, number of wraps and how much you pull it through a drawplate. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Viking Knit Bring to class: A Stephanie Eddy Lazee Dazee Viking Knit kit and a spool of 24 or 26 gauge wire in a colour of your choice. Magnification if required. Of special note: …

Wirework Hair Comb

Course outline: This class with Jen Rosen is perfect for those who have never handled wire or would like more ideas on things they could make with wire. You will get a feel for handling thinner wires and adding beads to the wires. By the end of the class you will have an amazing hair piece. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Handling thin wire, wire twisting Bring to class: Chain nose pliers, flush cutters, other small beads you may want to add in the piece (optional). You can also use classroom tools. Of special note: the class patterns and …

Simple Wirework Bangle

Course outline: Led by instructor Jen Rosen, learn to wire wrap square wires and make your own hook and eye clasp to make a gorgeous sleek bangle. This class is an excellent start to the world of wire wrapping. Note: a kit is required for this class; see details below. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Wire wrapping and making hook and eye clasps Bring to class: Flush cutters; ruler; flat nose pliers, round nose pliers; thin permanent marker; pin vice (optional). Student may use the tools provided in the metal studio. Of special note: the class patterns and instructions …

Celebrate National Craft Month with a Class

What is the difference between art and craft? The question isn’t new and has sparked debates for years.  Both are definitely within the realm of creativity! One possible answer is that craft is has a predictable outcome – such as the crafting of a chair or piece of jewellery. It provides a product that has a purpose and use. Art, on the other hand, is unpredictable, doesn’t have a specific use (such as a painting or sculpture) and is used to evoke thought and emotion. Of course, this is a very simplistic explanation and doesn’t cover those ‘in-between’ creative activities! …

Alphabet Letter Pendant

Course outline: Join Lucie Lee to create one letter of your choosing (please specify choice of letter so instructor can provide printed copy for that letter) – perfect for a pendant or ornament! Students will have a chance to work with sterling silver wire or copper. Work with the template; shape your wire following the pattern. Learn how to set faceted stone in your jewelry with wire wrapping. Practice hammering and learn how to oxidize your letter to create visual depth. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Students should take a beginner class first. …

Tree of Life Earrings

Course outline: Discover how the ‘tree of life’ translates into a beautiful pair of statement earrings with Lucie Lee. Created in either sterling silver or copper, you’ll add metal beads (alternatively you can purchase and add stone beads) for interest and texture. You’ll make one earring in class and create your second earring at home with complete step-by-step instructions. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Please specify which kit you would like when registering. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Students need to have knowledge on wire wrapping techniques; any previous wire wrap classes should be taken. Technique: Wire work …

Do What You Love

February is known for its holidays (such as Groundhog Day) and regular events (Super Bowl and Academy Awards), but nothing is as iconic as Valentine’s Day. The day’s historical origins are varied and are linked to romantic relationships. As a single person, I’m turning it focus on what I love to do – such as beading and other activities. Certainly there are lots of classes to do BeadFX! Polymer clay, enamelling on fine silver metal clay and wire working take the spotlight in our mid-February calendar. We are also pleased to announce that Open Bead Night will take place every …