Beat the Dog Days of Summer with a Cool Class

The dog days or dog days of summer are the hot, sultry days of summer. They were historically the period following the cosmic rising of the star Sirius, which Greek and Roman astrology connected with heat, drought, sudden thunderstorms, lethargy, fever, mad dogs, and bad luck. They are now taken to be the hottest, most uncomfortable part of summer in the Northern Hemisphere.

If you’re finding the summer days and evenings just a little too stifling, head into BeadFX for an air-conditioned class. Our comprehensive classes continue with a 4-day metal clay course with Liz Reynolds. Pamela Kearns is offering three more boot camp classes that will get you going in seed beading. We have lots of project-based classes too including the second level cabochon cutting class with Boris Kolodny. Check out the classes with Sureka Sriharan, Anne Marie Desaulniers and Christine Woollacott too.

Here are the classes scheduled August 13 – 20:

Sunday, August 13
NEW Embellished Rivoli Pendant
Instructor: Sureka Sriharan
1:00 – 4:00pm
Using right-angle weave and tubular peyote youll learn how to create a beaded bezel around a Swarovski rivoli and embellish it with even more crystal brilliance!

Monday, August 14
Seed Beading Boot Camp: Flat Right-Angle Weave (RAW)
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
11:30am – 3:30pm
Explore what you can do with the fundamental and versatile beading stitch!

Happy Hour Torching
Facilitator: Carol Cooper
5:00 – 9:00pm
Join your lampworking friends at the torch!

Tuesday, August 15
NEW Metal Clay Intensive using Hadar’s or Prometheus Clay (4 days)
Instructor: Liz Reynolds
11:00am – 5:00pm
Sculpt, mold, texture, form and then kiln fire this adaptable medium into pure metal!

Wednesday, August 16
Seed Beading Boot Camp: Cubic Right-Angle Weave (CRAW)
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
11:30am – 3:30pm
Add dimension to your beadwork!

FREE Open Bead Night
Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
6:00 – 8:00pm
Bring your projects and work along with your beading friends!

Thursday, August 17
FREE Afternoon Bead Tea
Facilitator: Pamela Kearns
1:00 – 3:00pm
Be among the first to see the new weekly projects!

That’s a Wrap! Beading Around a Core
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
5:00 – 9:00pm
Discover a stash-busting way to create a fun and colourful necklace using a simple bead embroidery technique!

Friday, August 18
Seed Beading Boot Camp: Triangular Peyote
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
11:30am – 3:30pm
Master the peyote triangle and discover a world of design possibilities!

Painted Fantasy: Pendant and Bezels
Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
6:00 – 9:00pm
Pebeo paint and resin come together to create beautiful bezel components for your jewellery!

Saturday, August 19
Treasure Boxes: Mixed Media Boxes with a Beaded Flair
Instructor: Anne Marie Desaulniers
10:00am – 5:00pm
Great (and beautiful!) things come in small packages!

Cloisonne Enamel on Sheet Metal (2 days)
Instructor: Christine Woollacott
10:00am – 5:00pm (11:00am – 4:00pm on Sunday)
Delve into kiln enamelling and learn how to combine the shimmer of glass colours and sheet copper or fine silver!

Click the class or open session title for more information including course descriptions and applicable fees. You can also go to and click on the August class calendar to see all of the month’s opportunities.

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