Explorations in Freeform Peyote

Course outline: Have you ever wanted to design your own freeform peyote project, but just didn’t know where to start? Join Anne Marie Desaulniers to find out how! We will start with a review of the basics, but then students will be encouraged to work on projects of their own design. Bracelet, earrings, ring, brooch, pendant, necklace, or you could even decide to cover a stone, or piece of driftwood. Resin donuts will be included in the kit fee, as a base for larger projects (or for future use). The possibilities are endless, addictive, and only limited by your imagination! …

Resin: A Mixed-up Media Approach

Course outline: Instructor Anne Marie Desaulniers will help fill your resin toolbox with a mixed melange of techniques that includes different colouring agents, collage, mixed media, wire and experiments with both paper and botanicals (dried leaves, feathers and flowers). Beyond the basics, but designed to appeal to all levels! Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Experience with resin is an asset, but definitely not a requirement Technique: Adding botanicals, collage and mixed media techniques to resin. Bring to class: Enthusiasm, a smile, and a sense of humour. Dried flowers and leaves (either dried in a book, or in silica); bezels, charms, …

Beading Without a Net: Intuitive Bead Embroidery

Course outline: Have you ever wanted to journal about something, but just couldn’t find the words? Do you collect special bits and pieces for one of those some day projects? Do you want to make a framed, memory piece? Is your stash of precious items taking over your house? This class is an intuitive, visual journaling approach to bead embroidery. There are no rules! No one will make you journal, or force you to bead encrust a piece. You can stitch as many, or as few beads on, as you’d like. If you choose, you can journal about your family, …

Bezelling a Cabochon 101 – Simple but effective!

Course outline: Have you ever wanted to bezel a cabochon, but didn’t really know how? If so, this class with Anne Marie Desaulniers is for you! We will focus on learning how to make a peyote stitch bezel around a flat cabochon. The next steps will include bead embroidery, backing, and edging combinations. Decisions will need to be made on how to finish off the piece. Pendant, and brooch construction will be discussed. This is a building block, and not an intuitive class! Note: a kit is required; see details below. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Comfort with a needle …

Winding up November

Another season is about to pass – the bright autumn colours and clear skies that has inspired a myriad of products. Another season is coming up quickly and ushers in a new palette of colours: red, gold, green, blue, and silver. Let’s not rush the season too quickly – there are still lots of November classes to enjoy. If you like triangular peyote, check out Pamela Kearns‘ new pendant class. Deborah Beesley‘s new class combines pearls and wire to create a stunning statement necklace and Ann Shewan takes her cement class to a new level with inclusions. Darija Radic will …

Concrete and Candy: Exploring Artist’s Concrete

Course outline: As featured in the Summer 2019 issue of Belle Amoire Jewelery, Anne Marie Desaulniers will take you on an exploratory journey: learning how to use this versatile new medium, while reviewing many of the experimental options available, to take your art/jewellery to the next level. Its fun, addictive, and like candy, one piece will never be enough! I will take you through the mixing, pouring, colouring, inclusion, and curing stages to help you get a better understanding of how to use this product in your work. Suitable bezels, molds, forms, wire, metalwork, and types of inclusions, will also …

No hibernating at BeadFX; there’s too much to learn!

The skies are grayer; the temperature is dropping and the autumn colours are fading. Now is not the time to curl up with a good book! Instead of hibernating, come on out and enjoy a class (or two). We have new classes with Pamela Kearns and Marilyn Gardiner as well as a favourite encore class with Anne Marie Desaulniers. Looking for dedicated time to work on your projects? Check out the open sessions for beading, enamelling and lampworking! Last, but definitely NOT least, Remembrance Day starts off this session. Although open, BeadFX will observe a minute’s silence at 11:00am on …

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 …

Amulet Pouch Necklace: Stitch + Beads

Course outline: Build a spectacular, fabric-based amulet pouch necklace, that includes stitch, and freeform peyote beading. It will be built on a scrap fabric, collage base, then embellished with simple embroidery stitches, freeform peyote, and/or other stitches. The freeform is optional, as you could also embellish with buttons, or a beaded fringe. Choose to draft your own amulet pouch shape, or use one of the instructors sample designs. Finish with chain, gemstone chain, silk string/cord, leather, Kumihimo, or your own wire-wrapped chain. Plan to use your amulet pouch to hold sacred objects, valued treasures, tiny stones, notes, special mementos, or …

Moving into November

So, Halloween in just around the corner; autumn leaves have changed colour and some parts of Canada and the United States are already experiencing snow. What’s next? Well, the holidays! Now is the time that many people are thinking of what holiday gifts they need to buy for family, friends, teachers and colleagues. How about hand-making a gift instead? It won’t necessarily save you money, but it will be more personal and thoughtful than a store gift card. It will be unique because it won’t be available anywhere else. It is an opportunity to share your special talents and skills. …