Huichol-style Bead Mosaic: Working on a Curved Surface

Course outline: The Huichol People of Mexico use beads embedded in wax to portray images for ceremonial art. Join Pamela Kearns to learn how to use this ancient, yet easy, technique. Students will learn how to apply the wax to a 3-D wood shape and apply wax and beads to create a design. Students will also learn how to seal the beading. Note: a kit is required for this class.You’ll see a variety of items that have been done using this style of mosaic beading and learn what works well – and what doesn’t! Students are welcome to bring an …

Graphite and Enamel Charms

Course outline: Students will learn how to incorporate their own graphite drawings into vitreous enamel under the guidance of instructor Christine Woollacott. In the class, students will make simple charms or components that have been decorated with their own drawings and then delicately coloured with transparent glass enamels. Students will learn wet-packing enamel techniques with a focus on effective colour shading. Preparation of the enamel surface for graphite drawings will be covered, as well as kiln firing methods. Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate Prerequisite: Students should feel comfortable drawing. Previous metal working experience would be beneficial, but is not necessary. Technique: Designing …

Nature’s Muse: Beaded Art Doll

Course outline: Add a little whimsy to your life, by joining me in my latest creative adventure, beading a small art doll! I’ll provide the face, the stuffed form, and detailed instructions, all you’ll need to do is add her unique personality. Your choice of beads and techniques, will transform your doll, into the muse of your dreams. Listen carefully to her whispers, and she’ll tell you how to proceed. Possible themes include, but are not limited to the sea, nature, buttons, steam punk, vintage and memorabilia. Suitable for hoarding, collecting, or gift giving! Students should be prepared to laugh, …

Plique-a-jour with Fine Silver Metal Clay (2 days)

Course outline: Plique-a-jour is a style of enamelling that uses a delicate metal framework to support free areas of transparent glass. Because plique-a-jour has no metal backing, it is visually similar to a stained glass window. While this technique is beautiful, it is arguably the most challenging form of enamelling. In this class, students will create fine silver frames for plique-a-jour using metal clay. Multiple approaches to enamel application will be covered. Note: this is a two day class and will be held Saturday, April 13 and Sunday, April 14; 10:00am to 5:00pm each day. Skill level: Advanced. Patience and …

UFO 2 Go: Intensive Support for Intuitive Bead Embroidery, Freeform Peyote & Hand Stitching

Course outline: Has your mojo left the building? Have you run out of ideas, are stuck, not inspired, need a little help to finish your project, or start another one? What if a bunch of us got together, and supported each other on a one-to-one basis? I will be there to answer any questions, give you a jump start, and/or remind you of some of the stitches you’ve already forgotten. There’s no shame in UFOs! We all have them, and some of us (myself included) just need a little quiet time and inspiration to finish off our projects. Please note: …

Fold Formed Leaf Pendant

Course outline: Instructor Liz Kennedy will introduce you to fold forming sheet metal and various commonly used metalwork techniques. Shears will be used to cut the leaf shape you design. You will be hammering the sheet metal to form curves and texture. You will anneal the piece, using a torch. You will trim file and buff the piece. If desired a patina can be applied as well as a bead embellishment. You can make this project as large or small as you like. Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: An introduction to …

Polymer Clay – Mokume Gane and Simple Canes

Course outline: This class with Bonni Poch will give you the opportunity to play with polymer clay, get to learn the differences between brands, how to condition the clay, colour blending, working with translucent clay and the most exciting of all, creating pendants and beads using simple canes and an ancient Japanese technique called Mokume Gane. You will proudly leave the class with one pendant using each technique and the incredible feeling of satisfaction of having learned a few new tricks. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Polymer clay techniques Bring to class: The only thing you need to …

Silky Net Tapered Bracelet

Course outline: Instructor Maria Rypan will teach you how to combine 2-hole Czech Silky beads, Os, 6mm fire-polish crystals and 8/0 seed beads. This modified netting technique has tapered ends attached to a tubular clasp for a comfortable fit. Choose to make a narrow or or wide net bracelet. 2-hole Silky beads dictate the easy-to-follow thread path. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: Comfort with in-hand beading Technique: Seed beading Bring to class: (quantities shown will create up to 9″ bracelet) Narrow bracelet: 16 – 6mm 2-hole diagonal Silky beads 18 – 6mm f/p crystals 106 – 4mm O beads 186 – …

Basic Viking Knit

Course outline: Learn the ancient art of Viking knitting with wire using an updated Lazee Daizee tool. Create a bracelet or chain to showcase a bead – the possibilities are endless! Cindy Goldrick will show you how to get many different results by varying your wire colour, gauge, number of wraps and how much you pull it through a drawplate. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Viking Knit Bring to class: A Stephanie Eddy Lazee Dazee Viking Knit kit and a spool of 24 or 26 gauge wire in a colour of your choice. Magnification if required. Of special note: …

Peyote Boot Camp: Using 2-Hole Beads

Course outline: Learning to use 2-hole beads opens up your beading horizons! In this class you will learn how to do peyote using 2-Hole beads, such as Diamond Duos, Silky beads or SuperDuos. Students will see examples the stitch using different beads and learn about considerations for each bead type. Don’t worry if you haven’t worked with the peyote stitch before – you won’t have a problem! This class will cover even and odd-count turns using the two-hole beads. It will not focus on creating or reading patterns. The class will be technique driven and all the materials you need …