Hot Connections 1: Intro to Soldering

Course outline: Learning to solder silver is your gateway into the world of fine metalwork. In this class with instructor Iris Rogers Melamed you will learn how to solder circles of heavy gauge silver wire and transform them into earrings and stacking rings. We will begin with an overview of soldering tools, materials and techniques. Then we will fuel and fire up our butane torches and learn how to solder jump rings. Next we will discover how to create earrings and stacking rings by forming and soldering larger circles. Some metalwork finishing techniques will be discussed. Time permitting, one set …

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 …

Hot Connections: Spinner bangle

Course outline: In this class with Iris Rogers Melamed, we will explore techniques of soldering and forming sheet metal and wire. We will start by discussing methods of measurement for bangles, both from metal sheet and different forms of wire. We will then construct and finish the base bangle from copper sheet that is 16 mm to 19 mm wide. Design decisions will be made regarding texture and types of metal to use. Spinners will be formed from sterling silver, brass and/or copper wire. Finally we will put all the pieces together through techniques of metal forming. Skill level: Beginner …

Hot Connections: Spinner Ring

Course outline: Take your soldering and metalworking skills up a notch! Starting with a strip of sterling silver sheet, we will design a wide band ring that is flared at the edges to contain a moving wire ring. At each stage of this project we will explore the technical skills required for the successful completion of this ring. Skill level: Advanced beginner Prerequisite: Hot Connections 1 or experience soldering with a micro torch and using a jeweller’s saw. Technique: Working with sterling silver sheet; cutting, texturing, forming, fitting, soldering and finishing. Bring to class: Please bring any metalsmithing tools, especially …

Embossed and Anodized Niobium Earrings

Course outline: Liz Kennedy will introduce you to the wonders of niobium metal! Beautiful colours, light weight and hypoallergenic. You will be making two pair of niobium earrings. You will be using embossing folders to emboss 30 gauge niobium sheet metal pieces. You will be finishing the metal then anodizing it using an electric anodizer to the colours you choose. You will be anodizing niobium ear wires to match and adding beads or a coil to decorate your ear wires. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Embossing niobium metal using a scrapbook embosser and embossing folders. Trimming, filing and buffing …

Hot Connections: Rolling and Wavy Bangles

Course outline: You can never have too many bangles, and if you do, you can give them away as presents! In this class with instructor Iris Rogers Melamed we will learn how to make two sets of bangles: a set of three interlocking rolling bangles and a set of three wavy bangles. The interlocking bangles require a four-step process – solder, anneal, saw, solder so there will be lots of soldering practice. The wavy bangles involve some heavy forging on specialized forms, as well as soldering. Note: a kit is required; see below. Specify which kit (listed below) you want …

Come in out the cold for a class!

Late-February is jam-packed full of classes to brighten the dullest month of the year! Whether you’re a beginner or confirmed enthusiast in beading, metalwork, mixed media, metal clay, fibre or chainmaille, there is a class for you! Our open sessions are a perfect time to give yourself the gift of dedicated time to work on your own projects and get inspiration and assistance and meet new friends. Join us for a class or open session scheduled February 21 to 28: Thursday, February 21 FREE Afternoon Bead TeaFacilitator: Pamela Kearns1:00 – 3:00pmEnjoy coffee and conversation as your work on your projects! …

Hot Connections 1: Intro to Soldering

Course outline: Learning to solder silver is your gateway into the world of fine metalwork. In this class with instructor Iris Rogers Melamed you will learn how to solder circles of heavy gauge silver wire and transform them into earrings and stacking rings. We will begin with an overview of soldering tools, materials and techniques. Then we will fuel and fire up our butane torches and learn how to solder jump rings. Next we will discover how to create earrings and stacking rings by forming and soldering larger circles. Some metalwork finishing techniques will be discussed. Time permitting, one set …

Come out of winter hibernation with a class

Finally, the days are getting noticeably longer and I’m beginning to get more interested in ‘the outside’. Leave it to me to stay curled up with my beads! Classes have definitely kicked into full gear and early-February has some great opportunities including a new class with Ann Shewan; a new bead embroidery class with Anne Marie Desaulniers and a new wirework class with Lucie Lee. We are also thrilled to have Jen Rosen back with two wire classes that are perfect for ‘newbies’. As always we have lots of encore classes in case you missed them before now. Mark your …

2019 Meet The Teachers and Class Kick-Off

Help us kick-off the 2019 Classes! Come on out and meet your amazing instructors and see first-hand the great projects they have planned for you! As a bonus, for each class you register for on the date, you will receive a draw ballot toward a $25 gift certificate. One class = one ballot; two classes = two ballots, and so on. There will be lots more fun and surprises too. Saturday, January 5, 2019 11:00am – 3:00pm The following instructors have confirmed their attendance at this event. More will be added as confirmations are received. Bonni Poch (beadwork, polymer clay) …