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 …

Creating with Quick Cure Clay: Pendants & Cabochons

Course outline: Join Anne Marie Desaulniers to create, and experiment with Quick Cure Clay. Learn how to use this new medium, while making fabulous pendants, &/or cabochons. Cure the clay in minutes, with a simple heat tool! Decorate before, or after curing, while utilizing mixed media supplies, that you probably already have in your toolbox. The instructor will demonstrate a variety of techniques, including filling a metal bezel, freeform techniques, and working with silicone molds. Let’s make some art! Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Learning how to work with Quick Cure Clay Bring to class: Quick Cure Clay …

Getting Creative With Cement – Bangles and Jangles

Course outline: In this class with Ann Shewan, you will build on your mold making skills and move on to creating molds that are circles or irregular shapes. You can create rings, bangles or pendants, again each one will be uniquely yours. The molds are used once, so no two pieces will be exactly the same. We will do a quick review on adding colour and how to get a good pour and then start making molds. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Beginner Plus Prerequisite: Working with cement and making your own molds (click here …

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 …

Metalsmith Essentials: Multi-level textured cuff with cabochons

Course outline: Create a multi-level textured cuff with Iris Rogers Melamed using a rolling mill to add texture, and hand forming techniques to create dimension. Students will solder (and/or rivet) bezel cups on a curve, set cabochons, explore different patination options (chemical and heat) and cold connect multiple layers of textured and formed metal.  A kit is required; please indicate your kit choice at the time of registration. Kits and kit fees: There will be several kits available: all base metal, base metal and sterling silver or all sterling silver. All kits include metal to fabricate three six-inch cuffs, wire …

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 …

Mixed Media Tags: Stitch, Bead and Paint!

Course outline: Join Anne Marie Desaulniers and play around with a new idea! Mix up your media, and end up with a fabulous art tag! We will be working on a combination of techniques, that include bead embroidery, fabric, paper, collage, simple stitching, painting, and stamping. Use one, or all of these techniques to design a perfect little piece of art! Use these tags for gift giving, framing, hanging on your holiday tree, or just admiring on your personal design wall. It’s all about design & technique, but don’t tell anyone, because it’s also a lot of fun! Relax, and …

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 …

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 …