Pendant – Texture and Solder

Course outline: In this class with Darija Radic, you get to design your own pendant! We will be using two types of metal (silver, brass and/or copper) you can use two the same or two different up to you! You will pick two geometric shapes to cut out, texture and layer. We will be learning how to properly use jewellers’ hand tools along with tips, tricks and technique. Tools such as Jewellers’ saws, hand files, emery sticks and flex shafts will be used. With all projects, we will be polishing so this gives us a chance to learn how to …

Rolling pin pendants

Course outline: Let’s explore the world of texture with the rolling mill. Join Darija Radic in this class to design your very own pendant, we will start by annealing our metal and then experimenting with textures. We still sandwich your chosen metal with the texture material between two pieces of brass and we will roll it through the rolling mill to imprint the texture onto the surface. After this we will be choosing a design for your pendant, cut it out, file it, use the felxshaft for details and polish! After this we may choose to oxidize it and give …

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 …

Make Your Own Pin

Course outline: Pins are fun! So let’s design and make our very own. We will begin with creating or choosing a design (suited to your comfort level) about 1″ x 1″ size, get it on paper and glue it to a piece of metal (of your choice). Next you will cut the design out using a jeweller’s saw and shape it with small jeweller’s files along with the flexshaft. You will sand the piece, prep it for polishing, polish it and touch it up with the flexshaft. After this we will solder on the pin backing – pickle it, wash …

Ring Workshop

Course outline: Have you ever heard of a Metalsmith and thought what in the world is that? Well here’s your chance to take a complete beginner class and live in a day of a craftsman/woman. You will get to work in our fully equipped studio to create your very own ring with expert guidance from Darija Radic. We start off with your choice of metal; silver, copper or brass, then you get to put a personal message on the inside with letter stamps. After this you will go through the transformation of soldering it, cleaning it up with a flexshaft …

Happy New Year!

When September rolls around, it is like a brand new year! School starts again with students going into a new grade. Routines get back in place and we make ‘Fall’ resolutions, like ‘We’re going to paint the living room in time for the holidays’, or, I’m going to enroll in new jewellery classes this fall’. BeadFX classes have geared up to include new projects with established instructors as well as opportunities with new teachers. If you had a chance to drop by BeadFX on September 7, you would have seen the new class offerings and met the terrific people presenting …

Looking Ahead to Fall Classes

Yes, there is still summer to enjoy BUT, once Labour Day passes, BeadFX will have an abundance of new classes for you! Mark your calendars now to attend our annual Back to Class event on Saturday, September 7; 11 – 3pm. You’ll be able to see for yourself the wonderful projects being taught and the creative instructors who are presenting them. By we are planning something very special to happen the same day. Click here to find out more! One of the highlights is visiting instructor Kaska Firor who is presenting six new wirework classes. Kaska’s projects are all beginner/advanced …

2019 Meet The Teachers and Class Kick-Off

Help us kick-off the 2019 Classes! Come on out and meet your amazing instructors and see first-hand the great projects they have planned for you! As a bonus, for each class you register for on the date, you will receive a draw ballot toward a $25 gift certificate. One class = one ballot; two classes = two ballots, and so on. There will be lots more fun and surprises too. Saturday, January 5, 2019 11:00am – 3:00pm The following instructors have confirmed their attendance at this event. More will be added as confirmations are received. Bonni Poch (beadwork, polymer clay) …