Connect the Dots: Dot Stitch Bracelet

Course outline: Spiral rope is extremely versatile and variations are unlimited. In this class with Pamela Kearns, you’ll learn how to do the Dot Stitch version of Spiral rope while making yourself a bracelet. This fun stitch creates clusters that resemble miniature beaded beads. Bring a variety of shaped beads that you can use; there isn’t a wrong combination of beads – the possibilities are endless! You will also see examples of how you can use the same stitch to create a pendant. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Seed beading Bring to class: This is a chance to bust …

Coral Fringe Tassel – Seedbead Possibilities!

Course outline: This project definitely makes a statement! Learn to make a spectacular, one-of-a-kind Coral Fringe Tassel, to add punch to your beaded creations! This tassel could be used (as I have) in a long, beaded necklace, or more simply as the focal on a purse, or fibre art piece. The majority of the class time will be focused on actually making the tassel, but there will still be time to gather supplies, then discuss how to make a finished necklace. I will also be demonstrating how to make a messy, wire wrapped loop. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Comfort …

Easy Slider Chainmaille Pendant

Course outline: This classy little pendant looks like an advanced level project – but it’s not! If you can open and close a handful of jump rings you can easily make this necklace. Original design is by Scott Robertson of Simply Woven Rings. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Chainmaille and stringing Bring to class: Bring magnification if you need it. If you have your own flat nosed pliers please bring them (2 pairs are required), but tools will also be available in class. Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for your personal use …

Sand Cast Rings with visiting instructor Robyn Cornelius

Course outline: Learn this low tech way to cast your very own solid rings without the use of big equipment. Learn how to cast shapes that would otherwise be hard to make in a home studio and embellish with a a set gemstone. In addition we will play with texture to create flat ring shanks to be formed into rings once cast. Skill level: All level Prerequisite: Some soldering and metalwork will be helpful but not required. Technique: Sand casting, metalwork including gem setting and soldering Bring to class: Cabochon or rose-cut gemstone Sterling Silver scrap (15 – 20 grams) …

Jeweled Connections with visiting instructor Robyn Cornelius

Course outline: Make an anticlastic necklace using basic silversmithing tools and learn how to attach your favorite gemstone beads using pin connections and a torch. Skill levels: All levels Prerequisite: Some soldering and metalwork will be helpful but not required. Technique: Anticlastic hammering techniques, soldering, pin connections, and patinas. Bring to class: Sterling silver sheet, 20ga; 1.5cm wide x 4.5″ long Sterling silver round wire, 26ga, 10′ in length Sterling silver tubing, 9mm diameter, 5mm in length 9″ strand of 3-4mm gemstone beads (instructor’s preference: faceted rondelles) Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for …

Spinner Rings with visiting instructor Robyn Cornelius

Course outline: Make your very own personalized sterling silver spinner ring, also known as a meditation or worry ring. Learn how to give this ring some personality by flaring the edge, adding color or creating little torn decorations. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Some soldering and metalwork will be helpful but not required. Technique: Metalwork including soldering, forging and texturing Bring to class: Sterling silver sheet in 18ga or 20ga sufficient length for a ring. You can trim to a desired width. Sterling silver round wire, 20ga, approximately 5″ in length. You can also create spinners using copper and brass …

Flush Set Pebble Rings with visiting instructor Robyn Cornelius

Course outline: Stacking rings are all the rage! Complete a set of three for yourself with the centre ring set with faceted gemstone using the flush/gypsy-set method. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Some soldering and metalwork will be helpful but not required. Technique: Metalwork, stone setting, soldering Bring to class: 14ga round sterling wire, sufficient length for a ring Scrap sterling silver 3mm Faceted gemstone (synthetic stones are fine) Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for your personal use only. Please respect the intellectual property of our artists/instructors by not sharing, selling, or teaching …

Seed Beading Boot Camp: Finishing Touches

Course outline: You love seed beading! Right-angle weave, spiral rope, loom work, St. Petersburg chain, peyote – you name it, you’re doing it! Problem is – you’re not sure how to attach a clasp or which kind of a clasp will work best. Bring your ready-to-finish projects to this technique-based class with Pamela Kearns and, together, we’ll troubleshoot finishing options (there is always more than one way to finish a project) and what style of clasp will work for the project and your needs. The instructor will do her best to support finishing options in all seed beading techniques. The …

Fire Wyrm Bracelet

Course outline: I love wearing this bangle-like bracelet, and it attracts love and admiration wherever it travels. It is a variation of the Full Persian weave, and is named after a mythical creature connected to battles, dragons and fire. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: $67 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit $39 plus HST for Jewellers Bronze & Silver Filled Bracelet kit $37 plus HST for Black & Silver Filled Bracelet kit The bracelet kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 2 main sizes of jump rings, and a coordinating clasps. Makes up to a …

Byzantine Pendant and Earrings

Course outline: Make an exquisite, keepsake pendant while learning the classic Byzantine chain mail weave. Add matching earrings with Swarovski briolettes. Includes 16-18 metal mesh neck chain. Choose from 3 metals. Kit fees, payable to the instructor the day of the class: $66 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit $31 plus HST for Jewellers Bronze Bracelet kit $28 plus HST for Copper Bracelet kit The kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, jump rings, adjustable, metal mesh choker chain; earwires; and Swarovski crystal briolettes. Makes a pendant and one pair of earrings. Makes up to a 9 bracelet. All rings are …