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. By the way, these earrings will make excellent gifts at the holidays (just saying). Skill level: Beginner Prerequisite: N/A Technique: …

Get inspired by fall colours and classes!

I was recently up in the Ottawa area of Ontario and the leaves were just starting to develop their fall colours. Already the sumach and maples where showing bright red with yellows popping up on poplars. As the weather cools, we’ll get to see the full range of autumn colours. Fall is my favourite time of year and triggers inspiration for new projects – or reworking old projects with a new idea. BeaFX’s early-October classes are full of inspiration! We welcome visiting instructor Kaska Firor for six wonderful wire weaving classes. You say you don’t have wire experience? Not to …

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 …

Sand Cast Rings with visiting instructor Robyn Cornelius

Course outline: Learn this low tech way to cast your very own solid rings without the use of big equipment. Learn how to cast shapes that would otherwise be hard to make in a home studio and embellish with a a set gemstone. In addition we will play with texture to create flat ring shanks to be formed into rings once cast. Skill level: All level Prerequisite: Some soldering and metalwork will be helpful but not required. Technique: Sand casting, metalwork including gem setting and soldering Bring to class: Cabochon or rose-cut gemstone Sterling Silver scrap (15 – 20 grams) …

Jeweled Connections with visiting instructor Robyn Cornelius

Course outline: Make an anticlastic necklace using basic silversmithing tools and learn how to attach your favorite gemstone beads using pin connections and a torch. Skill levels: All levels Prerequisite: Some soldering and metalwork will be helpful but not required. Technique: Anticlastic hammering techniques, soldering, pin connections, and patinas. Bring to class: Sterling silver sheet, 20ga; 1.5cm wide x 4.5″ long Sterling silver round wire, 26ga, 10′ in length Sterling silver tubing, 9mm diameter, 5mm in length 9″ strand of 3-4mm gemstone beads (instructor’s preference: faceted rondelles) Of special note: the class patterns and instructions from our classes are for …

Spinner Rings with visiting instructor Robyn Cornelius

Course outline: Make your very own personalized sterling silver spinner ring, also known as a meditation or worry ring. Learn how to give this ring some personality by flaring the edge, adding color or creating little torn decorations. Skill level: All levels Prerequisite: Some soldering and metalwork will be helpful but not required. Technique: Metalwork including soldering, forging and texturing Bring to class: Sterling silver sheet in 18ga or 20ga sufficient length for a ring. You can trim to a desired width. Sterling silver round wire, 20ga, approximately 5″ in length. You can also create spinners using copper and brass …

Take a mini-vacation with a class!

Creativity doesn’t take a vacation – in fact, it can be triggered by a simple change in routine such as taking time for yourself. Our mid-July classes are chock-a-block full of creativity and fun! Many of them are also suitable for younger students – a great way to introduce a new generation to ‘handmade’! Naomi Smith will take you through the steps to create your traditional indigenous flat bag. Chainmaille enthusiasts will love classes with both Marilyn Gardiner and Gillian Clarke. Ann Shewan will teach you how to drill small stones and pebbles – great items to pick-up on your next …

Country-wide Fireworks kick off the Summer Classes!

July is just around the corner, and we have lots to celebrate including Canada Day and, for our southern neighbours, Independence Day. Enjoy the parties, fireworks and picnics! Our early-July classes feature four new projects! Gillian Clarke combines beads and chainmaille for two bracelets while Christine Woollacott will teach you how to create custom findings for your designs and how to create a simple post setting that you can use in a myriad of ways. Liz Kennedy and Anne Marie Desaulniers are presenting encore seed beading and metalwork classes – in case they didn’t work with your schedule before now! …

Easy Gemstone Stacking Rings

Course outline: In this class with Christine Woollacott, students will make simple and stylish sterling silver stacking rings with colourful gemstone accents. The class will focus on simple tricks for making rings with sterling silver wire, and will go over the basics of stone setting using pre-formed fine silver bezels. The class will go over texturing and finishing techniques such as how to achieve a high polish, hammer texture, or satin finish to the ring. This is an excellent course for people who are interested in taking the first step in learning how to bezel set gemstones. Skill level: Beginner/Intermediate …

“May” all things be possible!

May is a month of celebrations – some very serious, such as Mother’s Day, and Cinco de Mayo, and some that are just plain wacky – such as ‘Star Wars’ Day (May the Fourth Be With You.) Late-May celebrations includes Victoria Day in Canada and Memorial Day in the United States. The best part is enjoying a long weekend with friends and family. To be honest, I’m finding that May is racing by; June seems to be right around the corner. Join me by living in the present and enjoying what is here and now – including upcoming classes with visiting …