All About Circles

Course outline: Join Marilyn Gardiner for a full-day class to explore circle components. We’ll learn about Celtic Stars, Mobius Balls, Byzantine Circles, and Japanese Flowers. Why are circles so hot? Because they’re 360 degrees. (Math Joke) **Prior to class, students should download and review four documents with basic information about chainmaille:  https://marilyngardiner.com/support/student-resources/?v=3e8d115eb4b3 Part 1: We will discuss questions you may have about Tools, Wire & Jump Rings, and Lighting and Magnification. Part 2: You will start by making a Copper and Black Celtic Star Pendant. Quality workmanship will be demonstrated and encouraged. Next, you’ll make a Faux Gold Japanese 12-in-2 …

Be Prepared: Make Some Hostess Gifts

Course outline: Yes, you could just take along a bottle of wine, but here’s a chance to up your game. I have many easy kits for small projects like earrings, purse jewellery/zipper pulls, and pendants that could be used as a hostess gift during the holiday season. Best of all, you don’t need to venture into crowed malls to shop! You can register for a three-hour morning or afternoon session OR you can register for a full-day option which will save you a bit of money. I will bring 32 different projects, some in more than one metal—and all are …

Ringing in December classes

‘Tis the Season! No matter what you celebrate – Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa – December is a time for celebrations. Many of these celebrations involve gift giving – a simple act of showing appreciation and love to another. How do BeadFX classes connect to this? Well, how about: Give a gift certificate that the recipient can use for a future class of their choice. This will be particularly appreciated by those have expressed an interest in learning a new skill or adding to their jewellery-making technique toolbox. Contact the store or order your gift certificate on-line. Treat a friend or …

Chainmaille Boot Camp: Part II

Join Marilyn Gardiner for a full-day class to get grounded in chainmail basics. In addition to basic chainmail information you will learn how to make key chainmail weaves that represent 3 of the main families of weaves: Japanese, European, and Persian. Part 1 We will answer questions about tools; wire and jump rings; and lighting and magnification. You will receive handouts (if you don’t already have them) about these topics for further reference. Quality workmanship will be demonstrated and encouraged. Tools: Buying pliers: how to choose, what to consider when you are choosing pliers to buy An opportunity to try …

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 …

Orc Weave Bracelet

Course outline: Orcs are creatures from fantasy fiction – but this openwork bracelet is fantastic to behold and wear. I have a solution to the challenge of building and controlling each unit as you link them together. Two metals are available; please indicate your kit choice at the time of registration. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: The kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 2 main sizes of jump rings, and a coordinating toggle clasp. Makes up to a 9 bracelet. All rings are saw-cut and polished. $85 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit $35 …

Back to Work Chainmaille Bracelet

Course outline: Are you looking for something feminine? Lacy? This is it! Short lengths of an openwork weave are connected to small, hammered links and combined into a most delightful bracelet. Choose from 3 metals; please choose your kit at the time of registration. Kit fees payable to the instructor the day of the class: The kit includes step-by-step, illustrated instructions, 1 main size of jump rings, hammered connector rings, and a coordinating toggle clasp. Makes up to a 9″ bracelet. All rings are saw-cut and polished. $59 plus HST for Silver Filled Bracelet kit $30 plus HST for Faux …

Happy New Year!

When September rolls around, it is like a brand new year! School starts again with students going into a new grade. Routines get back in place and we make ‘Fall’ resolutions, like ‘We’re going to paint the living room in time for the holidays’, or, I’m going to enroll in new jewellery classes this fall’. BeadFX classes have geared up to include new projects with established instructors as well as opportunities with new teachers. If you had a chance to drop by BeadFX on September 7, you would have seen the new class offerings and met the terrific people presenting …

Chainmaille Boot Camp

Course outline: Join Marilyn Gardiner for a comprehensive full-day class to get grounded in chainmaille basics. In addition to basic chainmaille information you will learn how to make key chainmaille weaves that represent three of the main families of weaves: Japanese, European, and Spiral. Note: In addition to the kit fee of $20 (see details below), you will also need to purchase a kit of your choice for a project. Part 1: We will talk about tools; wire and jump rings; and lighting and magnification. You will receive handouts about these topics that include a list of print and internet …

Cool off Creatively during the Dog Days of Summer

We’re in the midst of the ‘Dog Days of Summer’ – traditionally the hottest part of the season. The origin of the saying doesn’t actually refer to our canine friends but to the placement of the Sun in the in the canine constellation of Sirius. Your trivial tidbit for the day! The air conditioning has been working at full speed at BeadFX as we’ve had a couple of scorching heat waves in Toronto. The comfort adds a benefit to taking a class! Our mid to late-August classes feature new classes as well as encore projects – just in case they …