‘Tis the Season for Fall Shows!

The action at BeadFX doesn’t just happen in the store, on the web, or in classes – it happens at trade shows too! Fall is an active time of consumer trade shows – and all of the shows we participate in are open to the public. And because you can use beads and more in so many more application beyond jewellery, we go to shows that let us stretch the imagination of those who visit our booth! This fall’s show sponsors include two well-known bead societies and two textile specialty shows. We hope you’ll drop by and say ‘Hi’! Here …

Love Colour? Love Metal? You’ll love Marti Brown!

Even if you’re not a metalworker, but love the colours of blue, fuchsia, Caribbean green (and lots more!) then Marti Brown’s classes will expand your design and technique tool box. All levels of metalwork – from complete novice to experienced – will gain knowledge about working with anondizing Niobium. Marti’s classes will cover adding colour to wire and sheet metal by using an anondizer as a power source to provide an electrical current that runs through a bath of solution and your work piece. During the anodizing process, a transparent oxide layer forms on the surface of the metal, and …

30 Days Hath September – and the colours will be magnificent!

Depending where in the world you are living, the trees will soon be starting to change. In fact, did you know that the beginning of color changes usually start September and October in the Northern Hemisphere and April to May in the Southern Hemisphere. The colours that autumn brings sparks my own creativity and the craving to do something new. How can you not work with such an array of colour? The late-September classes offer an array of class projects and techniques. Marti Brown, the first of our three visiting instructors this fall, bring us two classes that explore colouring …

Re-set your 2017 class goals!

You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. – Les Brown I always think of September as a mini-New Year. It’s a time is re-set my goals and give a little push toward what I want to do. In fact a lot of calendars that you find in stores are geared to the school year because it is a new start and a chance to set new goals. I’m always looking to learn new things so two classes I’m planning to take is Crochet de Luneville/Tambour Embroidery with Catherine Sequalino Portier (a new …

Are You Ready to get Back to Class?

Summer is winding down and regular schedules will be getting back into place. To kick off our Fall schedule of classes, we are again holding our annual Back to Class event! Saturday, September 9 11:00am – 3:00pm You’ll be sawing, soldering, enamelling, lampworking, working with beads of all shapes and sizes, learning to do tambour embroidery, discovering the fun of mixed media, knotting, re-discovering kumihimo, and much, much more! Our talented instructors feature lots of new class projects in the Fall and photos sometimes just don’t do them justice! See the projects for yourself and meet the instructors who are …

Looking ahead to a new season of classes

September. The month conjures up a mixture of feelings. Sadness because summer is coming to an end and vacations are over. Relief because crazy schedules are getting back to normal. Anticipation because lots of opportunities are just around the corner. It’s like that at BeadFX too. We see customers and students who have been away and we get to hear great stories about travels and see projects that were completed or started in the summer but are also excited to see what’s coming up. This Fall will see a number of new projects in all jewellery-making media and we are …

Summer Classes Wrap-up: “Not Already!”

It’s okay – I’m just giving you a head’s up that September is around the corner. But, before that happens, there are still lots of summer opportunities and classes at BeadFX! Metalwork artist and instructor Kelly Garland is offering our last comprehensive class for the summer. The five-day course is an ideal time to learn all about working with metal, including soldering, sawing, annealing and more! Marilyn Gardiner has two great chainmaille projects and Pamela Kearns is teaching how to create a pendant on the Clover Mini-Loom. Of course, the Happy Hour Torching, the Open Bead Nights and Afternoon Bead …

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 …

Bringing the World to You!

One of the many highlights of being the class coordinator is the opportunity to contact instructors from around the world and inviting them to come to BeadFX. In the past we’ve had such notable instructors as Jill Wiseman, Sara Sally LeGrande, Robyn Cornelius and Hadar Jacobson. This fall we have three more exciting instructors who are each recognized in their own field of expertise: Marti Brown, Betty Stephan, and Joy Munshower! Marti Brown’s classes feature anodizing nobium to create beautiful and colourful jewellery components. Her classes are available for all levels of students – perfect for metalwork ‘newbies’ to learn …

Feeling Hot! Hot! Hot!

How is your summer, so far? I can’t believe we’re almost through July – and August is coming up quickly! Our Summer Comprehensive Classes continue through the month as well as a number of fun and inspirational project-based classes. August opens up with our two open beading sessions – Open Bead Night and Afternoon Bead Tea. Both of these are great times to bring in your projects and work with your beading friends. By the way, we have great conversations and Marg makes sure we don’t get hungry! The action gets going after the Civic Holiday weekend with a new …