Coral Fringe Tassel – Seedbead Possibilities!

Course outline: This project definitely makes a statement! Learn to make a spectacular, one-of-a-kind Coral Fringe Tassel, to add punch to your beaded creations! This tassel could be used (as I have) in a long, beaded necklace, or more simply as the focal on a purse, or fibre art piece. The majority of the class time will be focused on actually making the tassel, but there will still be time to gather supplies, then discuss how to make a finished necklace. I will also be demonstrating how to make a messy, wire wrapped loop. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Comfort …

Bodacious Beauties: Watercolour/Resin Cuff Bracelets (2 sessions)

Course outline: Do you love out-of-the-ordinary jewelry? Join Anne Marie Desaulniers in a class that uses non-traditional materials, to make fabulous mixed media jewelry! Combine watercolour paper, with both paints, and resin, to make a spectacular cuff bracelet.  Fun, colourful, and perfect for just about anyone, even those allergic to metal alloys. This is the start of a series, and won’t be the end of my exploration of the subject. In the first session we will focus on watercolour techniques, then on forming your bracelet. The media will be quite wet, so a second session will be necessary. In the …

Needle Felted Landscapes: Pendants and Brooches

Course outline: As featured in the Summer 2019 issue of Belle Amoire Jewelery, Anne Marie Desaulniers will help you turn a little time into the fantasy landscape of your choice. We will be exploring needle felting, hand, and bead embroidery in this tasty little class. Working in this smaller format, takes a lot of the actual work out of making the project. Create your own magical little world, in a few short hours. You should be able to complete your project in the time allotted. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Must be able to work with wool, and also be …

Explorations in Freeform Peyote

Course outline: Have you ever wanted to design your own freeform peyote project, but just didn’t know where to start? Join Anne Marie Desaulniers to find out how! We will start with a review of the basics, but then students will be encouraged to work on projects of their own design. Bracelet, earrings, ring, brooch, pendant, necklace, or you could even decide to cover a stone, or piece of driftwood. Resin donuts will be included in the kit fee, as a base for larger projects (or for future use). The possibilities are endless, addictive, and only limited by your imagination! …

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, …

Beading Without a Net: Intuitive Bead Embroidery

Course outline: Have you ever wanted to journal about something, but just couldn’t find the words? Do you collect special bits and pieces for one of those some day projects? Do you want to make a framed, memory piece? Is your stash of precious items taking over your house? This class is an intuitive, visual journaling approach to bead embroidery. There are no rules! No one will make you journal, or force you to bead encrust a piece. You can stitch as many, or as few beads on, as you’d like. If you choose, you can journal about your family, …

Ringing in December classes

‘Tis the Season! No matter what you celebrate – Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa – December is a time for celebrations. Many of these celebrations involve gift giving – a simple act of showing appreciation and love to another. How do BeadFX classes connect to this? Well, how about: Give a gift certificate that the recipient can use for a future class of their choice. This will be particularly appreciated by those have expressed an interest in learning a new skill or adding to their jewellery-making technique toolbox. Contact the store or order your gift certificate on-line. Treat a friend or …

Bezelling a Cabochon 101 – Simple but effective!

Course outline: Have you ever wanted to bezel a cabochon, but didn’t really know how? If so, this class with Anne Marie Desaulniers is for you! We will focus on learning how to make a peyote stitch bezel around a flat cabochon. The next steps will include bead embroidery, backing, and edging combinations. Decisions will need to be made on how to finish off the piece. Pendant, and brooch construction will be discussed. This is a building block, and not an intuitive class! Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Comfort with a needle …

Winding up November

Another season is about to pass – the bright autumn colours and clear skies that has inspired a myriad of products. Another season is coming up quickly and ushers in a new palette of colours: red, gold, green, blue, and silver. Let’s not rush the season too quickly – there are still lots of November classes to enjoy. If you like triangular peyote, check out Pamela Kearns‘ new pendant class. Deborah Beesley‘s new class combines pearls and wire to create a stunning statement necklace and Ann Shewan takes her cement class to a new level with inclusions. Darija Radic will …

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 …