What will you do with your extra 24 hours?

2020 is a Leap Year! As you may know, Julius Caesar created the concept of leap year and was further refined by Pope Gregory XIII in 1582 when he created the Gregorian calendar that we use today. Incidentally, it was not an easy change and riots broke out; check out more information on this bit of history here. Whatever the history, you can use your extra 24 hours as you wish. Of course, we hope you’ll join us for a class! Our late-February classes a variety of techniques including seed beading, drilling stones (yes, another class has been added!), soldering, …

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 …

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. …

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 …

You’ll love our April classes!
No Fooling!

You won’t be an April Fool with a BeadFX class! Our instructors are knowledgeable and creative and know how to make a class fun and interesting. We have NEW classes in the first half of April. Lampworkers will love Kim Fields’ class where you will be learn how to make sculptural beads. If you’ve wondered about how to stamp, you’ll want to take Kelly Garland’s new class. Christine Woollacott is helping you take your kiln enamelling skills further by using Prometheus metal clay as your base in a two-day class. Beaders will enjoy learning from Pauline Peskoff and learn how …

Classes Roar in March

Has this winter been like a lion or lamb for you? I guess it depends if you like the cold and snow! For me, it looks nice but never minding driving in it; however it does give me lots of time and encouragement to be indoors to bead. The latter-half of March brings us some very creative classes! To begin with, we’ve expanded our Tuesday Taster classes to include an evening session. If you’re not aware of the Tuesday Taster classes, they are a quick one hour class for only $15 that includes the kit! It gives you chance a …

Fall in Love with our February Classes

February has some well-known observances and events including Valentine’s Day, Groundhog Day, and the Super Bowl. It is also the month that, while the shortest, feels like it will go on forever! Not to worry – bundle up and come out for a class or two and be with other like-minded jewellery-making enthusiasts while you learn a new technique. Our intrepid and creative instructors are offering classes that cover a wide range of jewellery-making techniques. New this month is a St. Petersburg Chain bracelet with Pamela Kearns that uses 2-hole beads. Angela Peace is teaching a new micro-knotted earring design. …

Discovering more about: Soldering Sterling Silver

Bangles What is soldering? Soldering is simply joining two (or more) pieces of metal together using an alloy of that metal, called solder. An alloy (a combination of the metal plus another metal) is used because the goal is to flow (or melt) the solder before the piece melts. While there are other methods to connect pieces of metal, soldering is the most precise and, if done properly, leaves no mark on the piece soldered. Iris Rogers Melamed has developed a series of ‘Hot Connections’ classes exclusively for BeadFX, taking students from the basics of soldering through more advanced techniques. …

Leap into February Classes

Feeling creatively dry, I was looking for ideas to help write this blog. Did you know February is: – Candy Month – Canned Foods Month – Friendship Month – Heart Month…and much, much more! Well, it turns out there is a connection between being creative and maintaining creative outlets and staying physically, emotionally and intellectually healthy! Come on out and exercise your creativity at our later-February classes. You’ll also have the chance to make new friends (see the tie-in with friendship). Here is what is scheduled February 16 – 28: Tuesday, February 18 Wrap It Up! Instructor: Marg Hughes 11:30 …