Jewellery Making 101

Course outline: Do you want to create jewellery for yourself but have no idea where to start? Join Pamela Kearns for this ‘newbie’ course and discover just how easy creating jewellery can be. Participants will be able to create up to three of pairs of earrings and a bracelet. You’ll learn how to use headpins, open and close jump rings, create wrapped and simple loops, and discover how to use crimps. You’ll also learn about what tools you’ll need to start with and which ones you might want later. This class will feature lots of demos and personal interaction. This …

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 …

Jewellery Making 101

Course outline: Do you want to create jewellery for yourself but have no idea where to start? Join Pamela Kearns for this ‘newbie’ course and discover just how easy creating jewellery can be. Participants will be able to create up to three of pairs of earrings and a bracelet. You’ll learn how to use headpins, open and close jump rings, create wrapped and simple loops, and discover how to use crimps. You’ll also learn about what tools you’ll need to start with and which ones you might want later. This class will feature lots of demos and personal interaction. This …

Intro to Fine Silver Metal Clay: Textures and Gemstones

Course outline: Fine silver metal clay is a user-friendly way to create fine silver jewellery such as pendants and charms. Led by Christine Woollacott, this class will focus on creating unique, fine jewellery in precious metal. Students will have the opportunity to create their own texture plates using a variety of techniques, including UV-Photopolymer and Scratch-foam. Students will also have the opportunity to set a synthetic gemstone in metal clay. Kiln firing methods as well as metal finishing techniques will be discussed. Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: Creating unique jewellery and objects with fine silver metal clay. Bring to …

Pebble Beach Jewellery

Course outline: Have you ever collected pebbles from the beach and then wondered what you could do with them? Join Ann Shewan to learn how to drill different beach pebbles and then turn them into earrings, bracelets or necklaces. Once Ann has demonstrated how to drill the different stones you will be given stones to practice with When you feel comfortable using the rotary tool you can select pebbles from Ann’s vast collection and start creating your own unique pieces. Ann will have a selection of findings that you can use to create your individual designs; chain or leather is …

Jewellery Making 101

Course outline: Do you want to create jewellery for yourself but have no idea where to start? Join Pamela Kearns for this ‘newbie’ course and discover just how easy creating jewellery can be. Participants will be able to create up to three of pairs of earrings and a bracelet. You’ll learn how to use headpins, open and close jump rings, create wrapped and simple loops, and discover how to use crimps. You’ll also learn about what tools you’ll need to start with and which ones you might want later. This class will feature lots of demos and personal interaction. This …

2020 Class Kick-Off Open House

Help us kick-off the 2020 Classes Come on out and meet our 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 4, 2020 11:00am – 3:00pm The following instructors have confirmed their attendance at this event. (click on their names to see their classes) More will be added as …

Mokume Gane – Woodgrain Patterns in Mixed Metals

Course outline: Mokume Gane is a Japanese term used to describe mixed-metal sheet that imitates the look of wood grain. In this class you will learn how to use pre-made copper and brass metal billets (fused stacks of layered metals) to create a customized sheet of woodgrain patterned metal. The patterned metal will then be used to create a simple domed pendant, or seamless ring. The class fee includes a 1″x 1″ piece of 14ga copper/brass modkume billet to pattern. The instructor will bring in some Baldwin’s patina solution and demonstrate its use. This patina darkens some metals but leaves …

2020 Classes are on the Horizon!

No, I’m not rushing the season – I’m looking forward to spending Christmas with my family and having some ‘down time’. Can’t rush that! But, a brand New Year is just around the corner and January (and some February) classes are now on-line. What can you look forward to? How about some seed bead classes with Anne Marie Desaulniers and Pamela Kearns! Christine Woollacott has metalwork classes that you’ll enjoy and are a perfect way to learn about some of the basics of this versatile technique. If you’re interested in chainmaille, then check out the classes with Marilyn Gardiner and …

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, …