Planting Spring Seeds of Creativity
with more May Classes

This is the time of year when garden centres get busy – rich topsoil, lots of gardening tools and, best of all, plenty of seeds that promise full blooms and delicious vegetables. Classes are like that too! Our instructors plant seeds of know-how with a promise of beautiful jewellery. Yes, we need to cultivate and give ourselves some practice in new techniques but, when you have a wonderful finished piece that you’re proud of, you know know the effort was worth it! May classes continue with Liz Reynolds who will show you how to add colour to metal clay without …

March into Spring with
Terrific Classes

The coming of March it means that Spring is finally just around the corner! If you’ve been suffering from cabin fever, then break the monotony and come on out for a class or two and get those creative juices flowing again. We have a number of NEW classes in the first half of March. Pauline Peskoff, a new instructor with BeadFX, is teaching a bracelet and earring set that is perfect for daytime wear or glammed up for evening wear. Metal enthusiasts will love Iris Rogers Melamed’s updated spinner ring. Liz Reynolds is teaching a 2-day metal clay class using …

Final Round-up of Summer Classes

“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss Eight weeks of summer are just flying by. Pretty soon we’ll be discussing Fall colours and getting ready for holiday shopping – BUT NOT YET! Until then, we have two weeks of wonderful classes provided by our inspirational instructors. Christine Woollacott is teaching how you can create a patterned sheet of mokume gane from which you can use to create all sorts of jewellery. If you’re looking to learn how to do basic right-angle weave, then Pamela Kearns has the class for you – very useful too for …

Enjoy Summer with Cool Classes

While I’m planning far-future classes and visiting instructors for 2016 as well as sharing near-future classes and events, I need to remind myself to enjoy the here and now. Summer activities are just getting underway and so are our summer classes. We have several NEW classes in the latter-half of July to get your creative juices flowing. Metal artist Christine Woollacott brings us a Mokume Gane Ring – perfect for students who are ready for a new project using three different types of metal. Our own Kelly Garland, a metal artist in her own right, will take students of all …

Slip into Summer with June Classes

June? Wasn’t it just a couple of weeks ago we were shoveling snow? Yes, June is just around the corner. School wrap-ups, graduations, and getting ready for vacations. At BeadFX, we not winding down. In fact, we’re gearing up for the best summer of classes yet! June kicks off with classes in a variety of mediums including classes in three types of metal clays. Dwyn covered in a previous blog the differences between the three types of clay: “All three types – Art Clay Silver, Prometheus, and Hadar’s Clay – are “metal” clays – they are a very finely ground …

October classes are just around the corner!

What do you think of when you hear ‘October’? For me it’s cooler weather, vivid colours, pumpkins, Thanksgiving and Halloween. Its also only two months before Christmas and other big gift-giving events! Why not consider taking a class to learn a new technique to make gifts? Even if the gift is for yourself! Our team of instructors are bringing a number of new techniques and projects to teach – many of which are at the beginner level. Here are the classes and Open Metal Studios scheduled October 1 – 15: Thursday, October 2 Open Metal Studio: Soldering Facilitator: Iris Rogers …

May Blooms with a Bouquet of New Classes

Forget May flowers – there are lots of new May classes that will get your creative juices flowing! By the way — remember Mother’s Day is coming up on Sunday, May 12. Consider a special gift from you to your mom with a class! Gift certificates are available in any denomination you wish or sign her up directly by calling the store and registering her. In addition to some favourite returning classes, here are all the new projects and techniques that will be taught in May: Textured Herringbone Saturday, May 4 9:30am – 12:30pm Instructor: Maria Rypan At first glance …

Still time to catch April classes

Wow, can you believe how fast time is flying; before you know it, another month will roll by! Not to worry – there is still lots of time to take some April classes. For complete information, including class and kit fees, please consult the on-line calendar at http://www.beadfx.com/classes.php and click on “April”. Soutache Lesson #1: The Basic Module Thursday, April 18 6:00 – 9:00pm Instructor: Angela Peace This class will introduce students to Soutache Bead Embroidery and how to stitch the Basic Module.  Students will learn how to handle the soutache braid, manage tension, place stitches correctly, define the curve, …