No hibernating at BeadFX; there’s too much to learn!

The skies are grayer; the temperature is dropping and the autumn colours are fading. Now is not the time to curl up with a good book! Instead of hibernating, come on out and enjoy a class (or two). We have new classes with Pamela Kearns and Marilyn Gardiner as well as a favourite encore class with Anne Marie Desaulniers. Looking for dedicated time to work on your projects? Check out the open sessions for beading, enamelling and lampworking! Last, but definitely NOT least, Remembrance Day starts off this session. Although open, BeadFX will observe a minute’s silence at 11:00am on …

Four Winds Chainmaille Bracelet and Earrings

Course outline: Four Winds is a charming knot-like weave with a Celtic flavour. Its a little tricky to get your head around – definitely intermediate level – but worth the effort. Using two colours makes learning easier, and as a bonus you get a reversible pattern. Matching earrings are included. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Good basic chainmaille skills, plus a little patience Technique: Chainmaille Bring to class: If you have your own flat nosed pliers (2 pairs are required) please bring them, but tools will also be available in class. Bring magnification if you need it. Of special note: the …

Maillestrom Chainmaille Pendant / Keychain / Earrings

Course outline: The Maillestrom is a fantastic design by Karen Snyder that can be used as a pendant, keychain or purse charm. The swirling centre looks like a whirlpool – hence the name – and I guarantee people will ask you how DID you do that? A kit is required; see details below. Because this is a proprietary design, the student kit fee will include a paid tutorial from Karen’s website https://osebastian.selz.com/ Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate Prerequisite: It is helpful to have basic chainmaille skills. The large size unit uses heavy gauge rings and requires some hand strength. Technique: Chainmaille Bring …

Beaded Byzantine Chainmaille Bracelet

Course outline: Beads add colour and texture to this classic Byzantine chainmaille bracelet. This project is easy enough for a chainmaille beginner, but will also interest experienced maillers who want to try using beads. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Chainmaille Bring to class: Your choice of size 6/0 seed beads (may be purchased in the store). If you have your own flat nosed pliers (2 pairs are required) please bring them, but tools will also be available in class. Bring magnification if you need it. Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for your …

Beaded JPL Chainmaille Bracelet

Course outline: Here’s a new spin on a classic chainmaille weave, JPL (Jens Pind Linkage). Seed beads fit snugly into the three corners of this chain, making a triangular cross-section, like a Toblerone bar. Very fun! This is not a class for beginners. It will be easier if you already know JPL weave, but this is not essential (I will teach you). Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Some chainmaille experience. Knowledge of JPL weave is a plus. Technique: Chainmaille Bring to class: Your choice of size 6/0 seed beads (may be purchased in the store). If you have your own flat …

Take a mini-vacation with a class!

Creativity doesn’t take a vacation – in fact, it can be triggered by a simple change in routine such as taking time for yourself. Our mid-July classes are chock-a-block full of creativity and fun! Many of them are also suitable for younger students – a great way to introduce a new generation to ‘handmade’! Naomi Smith will take you through the steps to create your traditional indigenous flat bag. Chainmaille enthusiasts will love classes with both Marilyn Gardiner and Gillian Clarke. Ann Shewan will teach you how to drill small stones and pebbles – great items to pick-up on your next …

Foxtail (Full Persian) Bracelet

Course outline: So sophisticated! This classic chain is round and flexible. The texture is highlighted with a hammered clasp. Full Persian is a building block for several advanced level weaves, e.g. Candy Cane Cord. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: (please indicate your choice at the time of registration) The kits includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump rings, and a coordinating, hammered clasp. Makes up to a 9″ bracelet. All rings are saw-cut and polished $44 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit $36 plus HST for Jewellers Bronze Bracelet kit Skill …

Staggered Byzantine Bracelet

Course outline: This is the most impressive new bracelet I’ve made since Dragonscale. It expands and contracts like an accordion and feels so good on my wrist! I love this unadorned version, but I can also see a version with beads added in the middle openings or even drop beads along the outer edges. Can you spot the Byzantine building blocks? Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: (please indicate your choice at the time of registration) The kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump rings, and a coordinating slider or toggle clasp. …

Awesome Scale Maille Necklace

Course outline: This necklace will unleash your inner Game of Thrones personality! This chainmaille piece with scales is dramatic, yet light and easy to wear and surprisingly quick to make. We will use anodized aluminum jump rings and pre-cut scales in two colours of your choice. Using two colors really helps you understand the construction. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Basic chainmaille skills required. This is an intermediate project. Technique: Chainmaille Bring to class: If you have your own flat nosed pliers (2 pairs are required) please bring them, but tools will also …

“May” all things be possible!

May is a month of celebrations – some very serious, such as Mother’s Day, and Cinco de Mayo, and some that are just plain wacky – such as ‘Star Wars’ Day (May the Fourth Be With You.) Late-May celebrations includes Victoria Day in Canada and Memorial Day in the United States. The best part is enjoying a long weekend with friends and family. To be honest, I’m finding that May is racing by; June seems to be right around the corner. Join me by living in the present and enjoying what is here and now – including upcoming classes with visiting …