You Won’t be an April Fool with a BeadFX Class!

april-daisiesYes, we’re coming to that day of the year when you may be the butt of a joke or two! Seek refuge in our classes!

Of special notice in our early April classes is our first-ever class in lapidary. Led by artist Boris Kolodny, students will learn how to cut, shape and polish their own stone cabochons. Bonni Poch is teaching how to create beaded tassels and then how to create the necklace to wear it with! Cindy Goldrick has a new metal wrapped bangle that is a perfect project for metalworking ‘newbies’. Of course we have lots of encore classes, including a three-week loom series with Maria Rypan. Catch us at ArtWaves Toronto – a show that specializes in painting and mixed media. BeadFX will have a booth there and Pamela Kearns and Anne Marie Desaulniers will be demonstrating and teaching.

As we have done in past years, BeadFX is providing jewellery for The Corsage Project; an initiative with the Children’s Aid Foundation, is a non-profit program in Toronto dedicated to giving the authentic prom experience to young women and men who would not otherwise have the opportunity to celebrate with their peers due to the high cost of formal wear. This year, their focus is on providing rings and bracelets for prom-bound young women. We will be asking participants in our early-April Open Bead Nights and Afternoon Bead Teas to help and we welcome any donations from the greater community toward this cause. Volunteers from The Corsage Project will pick-up all donations on Friday, April 7.

Here the classes scheduled April 1 – 10:

Saturday, April 1
NEW Copper Wrapped Bangles
Instructor: Cindy Goldrick
10:00am – 1:00pm
Learn basic metalworking techniques while creating a beautiful copper bangle!





Peyote Boot Camp: Flat Peyote Stitch
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
10:00am – 5:00pm
Discover how this fundamental bead stitch can open up design possibilities!




Wire Kumihimo Beaded Bracelet
Instructor: Cindy Goldrick
2:00 – 5:00pm
Combine wire and beads to make a beautiful kumi bracelet!




Sunday, April 2
NEW Lapidary: Cutting Cabochons
Instructor: Boris Kolodny
9:00am – 3:00pm
Learn the steps to take ‘rough’ slab to a stunning cabochon you can use in your designs!

Nature’s Mood: Bead Embroidery Pendant
Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
12:00 – 4:00pm
Create your own individual pendant while learning the basics of bead embroidery!






Tuesday, April 4
Loom Series
Instructor: Maria Rypan
6:00 – 9:00pm
Discover how to create a beautiful loomed necklace with Maria! Class continues Tuesday, April 11 and Tuesday, April 18.





Wednesday, April 5
FREE Open Bead Night
Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
6:00 – 8:00pm
Bring your projects and join us for an evening of great conversation with your beading buddies!




Thursday, April 6
Introduction to Art Clay Silver
Instructor: Jenn Jevons
11:00am – 7:00pm
Learn how to create fine silver metal objects using this fun clay medium!





FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
1:00 – 3:00pm
Be among the first to see the new weekly products!




Friday, April 7
Moving Metal: How to Create Multi-Dimensional Forms
Instructor: Kelly Garland
4:00 – 8:00pm
Discover the how the tools in the Metal Studio work under Kelly’s tutelage!





ArtWaves Toronto Show
10:00am – 5:00pm
Holiday Inn, Toronto International Airport
The vendor booths are open to the general public and continues Saturday, April 8; 10:00 – 5:00pm.






Saturday, April 8
NEW Beaded Tassel Necklace
Instructor: Bonni Poch
10:00am – 2:00pm
Tassels are so hot right now; learn how to make them with Bonni!





Graphite and Enamel Charms
Instructor: Christine Woollacott
10:00am – 5:00pm
Combine enamels and your own drawings!


Sunday, April 9
Knotted Waves Bracelet
Instructor: Angela Peace
10:00am – 5:00pm
Learn how to do the basics of Cavandoli knotting while making a free-form bracelet!

Click on the class or open session title for more details, including the class description. You can also go to and click on the April class calendar to see all of the classes and open sessions for the month.

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