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. …

Polymer Clay Pendant

Course outline: Learn how to work with polymer clay with artist Barbara Colautti. Students will choose colours, shapes, and styles of their pendant and, at the end of the class, will have a one-of-a-kind piece of wearable art. Using textures, powders, paints, rub-ons, molds, and cutters, we’ll explore what can be done for an individual effect. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Beginner to Intermediate Prerequisite: None, although a familiarity with clay would be helpful. Technique: Polymer clay; texturing, adding colour; cutting shapes Bring to class: A medium-sized artist’s paintbrush (something nice and fluffy!) and a …

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 …

Polymer Clay – Transfer Sheets & Silk Screen

Course outline: This class with Bonni Poch will give you the opportunity to learn how to use transfer sheets and silk screen techniques to create amazing pendants, beads, and/or cabochons. We’ll start out learning the basics about polymer clay, how to condition it, available brands and types, and baking. We’ll then move right into how to use transfer sheets, alcohol inks, and silk screens. You’ll walk away with a lovely pendant and keychain at the end of the class. Note: a kit is required; see below. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Polymer Clay Techniques Bring to class: The …

Polymer Clay – Faux Agate Beads

Course outline: This class with Bonni Poch will give you the opportunity to play with polymer clay, get to learn the differences between brands, how to condition the clay, colour blending, working with translucent clay and the most exciting of all, creating pendants and beads that look just like agate stone! You will leave this class with at least one pendant or cabochon, and the feeling of self-satisfaction you get when accomplishing a new task. Come join me for an afternoon of pure polymer magic! Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Polymer clay – faux agate beads Bring to …

Do What You Love

February is known for its holidays (such as Groundhog Day) and regular events (Super Bowl and Academy Awards), but nothing is as iconic as Valentine’s Day. The day’s historical origins are varied and are linked to romantic relationships. As a single person, I’m turning it focus on what I love to do – such as beading and other activities. Certainly there are lots of classes to do BeadFX! Polymer clay, enamelling on fine silver metal clay and wire working take the spotlight in our mid-February calendar. We are also pleased to announce that Open Bead Night will take place every …

Polymer Clay – Transfer Sheets & Silk Screen

Course outline: This class with Bonni Poch will give you the opportunity to learn how to use transfer sheets and silk screen techniques to create amazing pendants, beads, and/or cabochons. We’ll start out learning the basics about polymer clay, how to condition it, available brands and types, and baking. We’ll then move right into how to use transfer sheets, alcohol inks, and silk screens. You’ll walk away with a lovely pendant and keychain at the end of the class. Note: a kit is required; see below. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Polymer Clay Techniques Bring to class: The …

Kick Up Your Heels – 2019 Classes are Here!

A brand New Year – a brand new YOU! Make 2019 your year to learn a new jewellery-making technique or hone and perfect your current skills. Our creative BeadFX instructors have outdone themselves to bring you their best new projects to kick-off a new season of classes. Our early January classes feature a new way to use polymer clay with Bonni Poch and a new metalwork class with Liz Kennedy. Ann Shewan will take you through the steps of drilling small stones – perfect for simple statement pieces! Seed beaders will learn all about brick stitch with Pamela Kearns complete …