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Open Bead Night/Q & A Workshop

January 29 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Do you have questions about a beading project? Are you looking for inspiration or creative input? Or would you just like some company while you bead? Share your passion with other like-minded folks. Why not drop by an Open Beading Night at BeadFX! A member of the BeadFX team will be in the classroom from about 6pm to 8pm Wednesdays to answer questions and give advice. Come and work on your project in a convivial atmosphere. As an added bonus,…

Afternoon Bead Tea/Q & A Workshop

January 30 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Do you have questions about a beading project? Are you looking for inspiration or creative input? Or would you just like some company while you bead? Share your passion with other like-minded folks. Why not drop by an Afternoon Bead Tea at BeadFX? Pamela Kearns will be in the classroom 1:00 - 3:00pm every Thursday to answer questions and give advice. Come and work on your project in a convivial atmosphere. As an added bonus, you will be the first…

Jewellery Making 101

February 1 @ 10:00 am - 2:30 pm

Course outline: Do you want to create jewellery for yourself but have no idea where to start? Join Pamela Kearns for this 'newbie' course and discover just how easy creating jewellery can be. Participants will be able to create up to three of pairs of earrings and a bracelet. You'll learn how to use headpins, open and close jump rings, create wrapped and simple loops, and discover how to use crimps. You'll also learn about what tools you'll need to…

Open Metal Studio: Kiln Enamelling

February 1 @ 11:30 am - 4:30 pm

Love kiln enamelling, but don't own your own kiln? Open Metal Studio: Kiln Enamelling is the perfect time to enamel in the BeadFX studio. Join like-minded enthusiasts and work on those enamelling projects you've been itching to finish under the supervision of designer and instructor Christine Woollacott. This is not a class - you must have previous experience enamelling with a kiln; however Christine will be there to answer questions if you get stuck. Trivets, mesh firing trays, grinding tools…

Creating Canes with Polymer Clay

February 2 @ 11:00 am - 4:30 pm

Course outline: This class is about canes. We'll make leaves of different shapes and colours, simple flowers, and explore colour relationships. What works together, what should be kept apart. It's an intermediate class but a keen beginner should be able to keep pace; there's no pressure. Each student will work at her own comfort level. When time permits, we'll fashion the canes into beautiful beads and pendants. They can also be used to cover boxes, make book covers, decorate all…

Leaves, Tendrils & Granulation in Metal Clay

February 2 @ 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Course outline: Join Liz Reynolds and explore using templates and textures to create both realistic, decorative or symbolic leaf shapes in the creation of earrings, pendants, etc. Techniques include the creation and application of tendrils, granulations and framing. Also covered in this class are the properties of metal clay, texturing, application of decorative elements, sealing techniques and various bail constructions. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Creation of various leaf shapes, textures and decorative applications, using silver and base metal…

Happy Hour Torching (2020)

February 3 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:00pm on Monday, repeating until December 21, 2020

If you have recently taken a lampworking class or are a regular studio user, Happy Hour Torching is the perfect time for you to come by and work on your lampwork projects, under the guidance of Carol Cooper. On Monday evenings from 5pm to 9pm studio rental time is buy one hour - get one free! That means two hours for the price of one. How great is that! Come for part of the evening, or stay until 9pm. Enjoy…

Lampwork: Just a Taste! (Bloom Experience)

February 5 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Do you love the look of beautiful glass beads and have wondered how they’re made? Wonder no more! This 2-hour experience is perfect for Bloomers who love artisan beads and would like to experience first-hand what goes into making them. Bloomers will be working with molten glass and an open flame to make a few beads. Beads require a 24-hour cooling in a kiln and will be mailed to you. Note: Although hosted at BeadFX, this is a Bloom Experience…

Open Bead Night/Q & A Workshop

February 5 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Do you have questions about a beading project? Are you looking for inspiration or creative input? Or would you just like some company while you bead? Share your passion with other like-minded folks. Why not drop by an Open Beading Night at BeadFX! A member of the BeadFX team will be in the classroom from about 6pm to 8pm Wednesdays to answer questions and give advice. Come and work on your project in a convivial atmosphere. As an added bonus,…

Afternoon Bead Tea/Q & A Workshop

February 6 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Do you have questions about a beading project? Are you looking for inspiration or creative input? Or would you just like some company while you bead? Share your passion with other like-minded folks. Why not drop by an Afternoon Bead Tea at BeadFX? Pamela Kearns will be in the classroom 1:00 - 3:00pm every Thursday to answer questions and give advice. Come and work on your project in a convivial atmosphere. As an added bonus, you will be the first…

Open Metal Studio: Metalwork

February 6 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Join Darija Radic for an Open Studio with a focus on metalwork - soldering, texturing, forging, and more! As with all Open Studios, these sessions are not classes; participants are expected to have experience in the related areas of activity. Open Studios are a great opportunity to start or finish a project or get expert assistance in building your skills as you work. Darija, a graduate of George Brown College, will be on hand to provide tips and technical help…

Introduction to Crochet de Luneville/Tambour Embroidery, Class 2: Cardinal or Blue Jay motif

February 7 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Course outline: Put your class skills to work while creating this stunning Cardinal (adjust your colours to make a statement Blue Jay)! You'll be using Crochet de Luneville/Tambour embroidery techniques with thread, beads and sequins to create texture and design. Use the finished motif as an applique or as a pin. All materials for the projects, including the use of the instructor's tambour needles during class, is included in the class fee. Note: if you already have taken the class…

Walking the Red Road Beaded Bag

February 8 @ 10:00 am - February 9 @ 4:00 pm

Course outline: Raised or embossed beading techniques are considered to be a Haudenosaunee invention. The bead artists from Six Nations communities produced wonderfully beaded bags and related household items for sale to the non-indigenous Victorian population. This class focuses on the raised beading tradition and explores how to create texture and contrast through the use of 10/0 and 11/0 seed beads. This small functional pouch will make a one-of-a-kind addition to any bead work collection. I invite you to be…

Metalsmith Essentials: Introduction to the Hydraulic Press

February 8 @ 10:30 am - 5:00 pm

Course outline: Using a hydraulic press will expand the options for your jewellery design. In this class with Iris Rogers Melamed, we will cover hydraulic press guidelines and basic operations. We will explore the use of a small (8 ton) hydraulic press for cutting out shapes in metal (allowing you to produce multiple pieces quickly). Also, using copper and brass wire, we will emboss patterns in some of these shapes, adding dimension to your work. Many different pancake dies will…

Pebble Beach Jewellery

February 9 @ 11:00 am - 2:00 pm

Course outline: Have you ever collected pebbles from the beach and then wondered what you could do with them? Join Ann Shewan to learn how to drill different beach pebbles and then turn them into earrings, bracelets or necklaces. Once Ann has demonstrated how to drill the different stones you will be given stones to practice with When you feel comfortable using the rotary tool you can select pebbles from Ann's vast collection and start creating your own unique pieces.…

Open Bead Night/Q & A Workshop

February 12 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Do you have questions about a beading project? Are you looking for inspiration or creative input? Or would you just like some company while you bead? Share your passion with other like-minded folks. Why not drop by an Open Beading Night at BeadFX! A member of the BeadFX team will be in the classroom from about 6pm to 8pm Wednesdays to answer questions and give advice. Come and work on your project in a convivial atmosphere. As an added bonus,…

Afternoon Bead Tea/Q & A Workshop

February 13 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Do you have questions about a beading project? Are you looking for inspiration or creative input? Or would you just like some company while you bead? Share your passion with other like-minded folks. Why not drop by an Afternoon Bead Tea at BeadFX? Pamela Kearns will be in the classroom 1:00 - 3:00pm every Thursday to answer questions and give advice. Come and work on your project in a convivial atmosphere. As an added bonus, you will be the first…

Spiral Rope – With an Edge!

February 13 @ 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Course outline: Spiral Rope is an extremely versatile stitch that is easy to customize, yet strong enough to hold pendants with some weight. Join Pamela Kearns to discover how to do the basic stitch - and then how to create a consistent edge of decorative beads to enhance your project. Students will create a piece of beading that can be used, in conjunction with chain, to create a necklace or simply add clasp to to create a bracelet. The instructor…

A Touch of Gold: Keum-boo

February 15 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Course outline: In this class with Christine Woollacott, students will learn the Korean decorative metal technique of Keum-boo. Students will learn how to fuse high karat gold foil to fine silver plate using pressure and low heat. Once the metals have been fused together, a rolling mill texture or patina can be added to create simple charm pendants or earrings. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Add high-karat gold foil accents to fine silver using the Korean technique of Keum-boo…

All About Circles

February 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm

Course outline: Join Marilyn Gardiner for a full-day class to explore circle components. We’ll learn about Celtic Stars, Mobius Balls, Byzantine Circles, and Japanese Flowers. Why are circles so hot? Because they’re 360 degrees. (Math Joke) **Prior to class, students should download and review four documents with basic information about chainmaille:  https://marilyngardiner.com/support/student-resources/?v=3e8d115eb4b3 Part 1: We will discuss questions you may have about Tools, Wire & Jump Rings, and Lighting and Magnification. Part 2: You will start by making a Copper…

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  • You may register on-line through the form above, or by phone at (416) 751-1911, or in-person at our store.
  • Payment is required in advance for registration and may be done on-line at the time of registration or in-person at the store.
  • Some classes have associated kit fees, please check class details to see where applicable. Some kit fees are payable to the store, some to the instructor and may be cash only in that case.
  • For some studio classes, those using fire-breathing torches and fast spinny things a waiver must be signed acknowledging you have experience or training in their use, and we will ensure you have training to work safely!
  • Some classes have age requirements. Students MUST be mature and responsible to work safely to be allowed to take some of our lampworking, soldering, fusing, and some metalsmithing classes.

Class Cancellation Policy:

  • If you need to cancel, please let us know 5 days prior to the class. Cancellations made later than that will forfeit the class deposit or fee.
  • We may re-schedule or cancel classes if we do not receive the minimum number of bookings, or in case of bad weather or instructor illness. In this case, you will be notified and the fees will be refunded or issued as store credit.