Astrid Necklace and Earrings with visiting instructor Carolyn Cave

Course outline: How can smooth glass beads look fluffy? Beading artist and instructor Carolyn Cave will teach you how when you make this floral necklace from bugle beads positioned vertically on a seed bead base. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Some seed beading experience. Technique: Learn how to stitch a base using a hexagonal form of right-angle weave (RAW) and add bugle beads to create delicate flowers; how to stitch the flowers together to create a stunning necklace. Bring to class: Main colour: 15g 6x2mm bugle beads (not longer than 7mm); 5g size 11/0 Czech seed beads (for trim along top …

Charice Pendant with visiting instructor Carolyn Cave

Course outline: GemDuos, Tile beads, luminescent pearls, and laser-etched daggers are the perfect ingredients for a sumptuous and multi-layered pendant. Beading artist and designer Carolyn Cave will help you create this elegant piece of jewelry using an embellished variation of right-angle weave (RAW). Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Some seed beading experience Technique: Multiple stitches; variation of Right-Angle Weave Bring to class: Metallic colour: 9 6x6mm Czech tile beads; 3g size 11/0 Japanese seed beads; 2g size 15/0 Japanese seed beads; 4 8mm twisted jump rings, 22 ga Main colour: 9 5x16mm daggers (single hole); 18 gem duos, back-lit; 18 4mm …

Working with cement and making your own molds

Course outline: Discover the versatility of cement for jewellery! In this class with Ann Shewan you will focus on making your own molds to be used with cement. Each mold is used once, creating a pendent that will be uniquely yours. We will start by talking about the different types of cement, where to buy it, tips on getting a good pour, different materials to use to add colour, curing times and finishing your pendants. The kit fee will include two different types of cement, materials to make your molds, products to add colour, findings and cording to finish your …

Ginko Garden Trellis Bracelet

Course outline: In this class with Pamela Kearns, you’ll create a beautiful bracelet using the new 2-hole Ginko beads plus seed beads and demi beads. Reminiscent of a garden trellis, this bracelet is easy to do and fun to wear. Skill level: This class is suitable for students of all levels. Prerequisite: Comfort with a needle and thread is helpful. Technique: Seed beading Bring to class: Two tubes of Ginko beads One tube of size 8/0 Toho Demi beads One tube of Miyuki or Toho 8/0 seed beads Beading needle and thread of choice (Fireline is not necessary) Jump rings …

Orc Weave Bracelet

Course outline: Orcs are creatures from fantasy fiction – but this openwork bracelet is fantastic to behold and wear. I have a solution to the challenge of building and controlling each unit as you link them together. Two metals are available; please indicate your kit choice at the time of registration. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: The kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 2 main sizes of jump rings, and a coordinating toggle clasp. Makes up to a 9 bracelet. All rings are saw-cut and polished. $85 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit $35 …

Ring Workshop

Course outline: Have you ever heard of a Metalsmith and thought what in the world is that? Well here’s your chance to take a complete beginner class and live in a day of a craftsman/woman. You will get to work in our fully equipped studio to create your very own ring with expert guidance from Darija Radic. We start off with your choice of metal; silver, copper or brass, then you get to put a personal message on the inside with letter stamps. After this you will go through the transformation of soldering it, cleaning it up with a flexshaft …

Peyote Boot Camp: Crazy about Carrier Beads

Course outline: You’ve seen those delightful beaded beads – strips of peyote wrapped around two-hole Carrier beads. Beaded Carrier beads are then used to create bracelet and necklaces. There are lots of patterns already out there that are available for you to do. BUT – there is still more that can be done with peyote and Carrier Beads! This class with Pamela Kearns will stretch your basic peyote skills to include other ideas – including adding texture with ‘stitch in the ditch’ and netting. You’ll also see and learn about adding montees to your Carrier bead designs. To add even …

Needle Felted Landscapes: Pendants and Brooches

Course outline: As featured in the Summer 2019 issue of Belle Amoire Jewelery, Anne Marie Desaulniers will help you turn a little time into the fantasy landscape of your choice. We will be exploring needle felting, hand, and bead embroidery in this tasty little class. Working in this smaller format, takes a lot of the actual work out of making the project. Create your own magical little world, in a few short hours. You should be able to complete your project in the time allotted. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Must be able to work with wool, and also be …

Back to Class Open House

Hammer, stitch, saw, weave, bend, torch, knot, punch, fold, wrap – it sounds like something out of an action movie! The action is really happening at our Fall class line-up and the wonderful projects that you’ll be enjoying with our imaginative and enthusiastic instructors. Preview the action at our upcoming Back to Class Open House! Saturday, September 7 11:00am – 3:00pm Join us and see many of the projects scheduled for the Fall and meet the instructors who are teaching them. Of course there are photos on our website of all the projects but photos just don’t do them justice! …

Four Winds Chainmaille Bracelet and Earrings

Course outline: Four Winds is a charming knot-like weave with a Celtic flavour. Its a little tricky to get your head around – definitely intermediate level – but worth the effort. Using two colours makes learning easier, and as a bonus you get a reversible pattern. Matching earrings are included. Skill level: Intermediate Prerequisite: Good basic chainmaille skills, plus a little patience Technique: Chainmaille Bring to class: If you have your own flat nosed pliers (2 pairs are required) please bring them, but tools will also be available in class. Bring magnification if you need it. Of special note: the …