Turtle Tab Setting a Cabochon or Flat Back Crystal or Flat Bead

Course outline: Here is an opportunity to create a pendant for your favourite cabochon or flat stone bead! With guidance from Liz Kennedy, you’ll set your cabochon in copper sheet or stainless sheet metal using tabs which have been cut using shears. Using various stamps, hammers and home-made stamps, you’ll texture the metal, adding strength to your pendant. Finally, a self-bail will be made and you can choose to add a patina to emphasize the textural details. You’ll create your own design and can make your piece as large or as small as you wish. This is a great project …

Anodized Niobium Finger Rings

Course outline: Join anodizing enthusiast Liz Kennedy to create rainbow of colours with niobium. You will use various gauges of niobium wire to fashion two finger rings using a design of your choice. Along the way, will learn how to shape the rings using a ring mandrel, texture, harden and finish the metal. Then, you’ll learn how to transform the colour of your ring using an anodizer. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Experience working with wire an asset but is not required. Technique: Wirework; using various gauges of niobium wire to shape decorative finger rings. Sizing the ring, shaping the …

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 …

Moving into November

So, Halloween in just around the corner; autumn leaves have changed colour and some parts of Canada and the United States are already experiencing snow. What’s next? Well, the holidays! Now is the time that many people are thinking of what holiday gifts they need to buy for family, friends, teachers and colleagues. How about hand-making a gift instead? It won’t necessarily save you money, but it will be more personal and thoughtful than a store gift card. It will be unique because it won’t be available anywhere else. It is an opportunity to share your special talents and skills. …

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 …

Line Folding Sheet Metal

Course outline: This class with Liz Kennedy is an introduction to line fold forming of metal. You will make the folds and hammer your metal then anneal it with a torch so it can be opened. Shears will be used to cut the metal into the shapes you design. You will trim file and buff the pieces. If desired a patina can be applied. You can make whatever you choose from your metal: bracelet, pendant , earrings or any combination. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: An introduction to line, fold forming of sheet metal. Cutting the metal into shapes …

“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 …

Fold Formed Leaf Pendant

Course outline: Instructor Liz Kennedy will introduce you to fold forming sheet metal and various commonly used metalwork techniques. Shears will be used to cut the leaf shape you design. You will be hammering the sheet metal to form curves and texture. You will anneal the piece, using a torch. You will trim file and buff the piece. If desired a patina can be applied as well as a bead embellishment. You can make this project as large or small as you like. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: An introduction to …

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) …