Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Classes - This week at beadFX

 It's going to be a scorcher this week in Toronto - and as much as I love Summer, when the humidex is high, and it feels like 40 Celsius - I'd much rather be inside with air conditioning. Of course the shop is air conditioned... :-). We have some fabulous classes coming up this week - and a ton of classes this weekend! The shop will be hopping.



Chinese Knotting - Beads, Bails, and Bangles
Angela Peace - Thursday June 21st from 6pm to 9pm


The Chinese Ball Knot and the Turk’s Head Knot are easy to tie and have many useful applications for bead and fiber designs. 
These knots can be used to construct beads, bails, bangles, rings and even pendants.  The Chinese Ball knot also makes a seamless and attractive fastener for cords ends. 

Please note that the Chinese Ball Knot is not the same as the Chinese Button Knot.  They may look similar, but each has its own use and tying pattern.
In this class, students will learn to tie and finish the knots and discuss how to use each in different projects.  Time will be given to complete a set of Ball Knot beads.


Music Note Peyote Bracelet
Pamela Kearns - Friday, June 22nd from 6pm to 9pm


Course Outline: Learn how to read a peyote pattern in this beginner+class (knowledge of how to peyote will be helpful). Participants will receive the pattern for this original design from Pamela Kearns and all the materials needed to complete the bracelet.
Technique Focus: Peyote Stitch
Skill Level: Beginner Plus (knowledge of peyote will be helpful).

2 Day Lampwork Beadmaking
Lezlie Winemaker - 10am to 5pm Saturday AND Sunday - June 23rd, June 24th


Course Outline
During an intensive weekend, the main focus will be beads. This beginning to intermediate course will include many decorative techniques, e.g. surface decoration, sculptural, clear casing, and pulling cane skills. Lezlie will assist participants as they experiment with the use of dichroic glass and silver foil.
Lezlie pays great attention to the needs of every individuals, so bring all your questions. Demos can be adapted to achieve your personal goals.
Skill Level : Beginner to Intermediate 

Introduction to Chinese Knotting - Button Knots
Angela Peace - Saturday, June 23rd 11am to 2pm


This course will introduce you to the traditional art of Chinese knotting. Learn to tie two styles of button knots, and make a necklace cord with an adjustable sliding button knot fastener.
You will also learn how to incorporate these techniques into your jewelry designs, when stringing or making pendant style necklaces and accessories.


During the class you can choose to complete a button knot necklace or button knot cord for your favourite pendant.


Fun with Foldforming
Cindy Goldrick - Saturday, June 23rd from 1:30pm to 4:30 pm



In this class you will discover the basics of folding, hammering, annealing and shaping metal. Students will be able to complete a copper embellishment to rivet to a leather bracelet blank, and a pair of earrings in class. We will play and pound and explore the amazing properties of copper.

Technique:Working with Metal

Basic Bead Stringing - Level 2: Multi-Strand Necklace
Marilyn Gardiner - Sunday, June 24th from 10am to 1pm




Create a multi-strand necklace! Learn several techniques to use in future projects. You will have access to a large stash of findings (such as clasps, crimps, chain, cones, jump rings and split rings), wire and beads to design an interesting piece of jewellery. The focus will be on design and techniques. 


Ocean Lace - Victorian Lace - Midnight Lace Bracelet
Marilyn Gardiner - Sunday June 24th from 2pm to 5pm



This is a very special charm bracelet! It features lampwork lentil beads by Kirsty Naray, jump rings in a lacy weave, 4 coordinated colours of Swarovski crystals, spacer beads and milagro heart charms. It is completed with a whimsical heart togglesor a hammered ellipse toggle.
The Ocean Lace bracelet uses Argentium Sterling rings with coordinating shades of blue and turquoise; the Victorian Lace has Jeweller's Bronze rings with shades of antique pink and cream; and the Midnight Lace uses Black enameled copper rings with shades of blue and purple.
We will review background information about wire, rings, metals, tools, print & internet resources, and techniques for opening & closing rings. And we'll talk about other interesting design possibilities for this chain mail weave.

Skill Level:Beginner, All Levels
Technique Focus:Wirework - Chain Mail


Infinity Beaded Beads
Pamela Kearns - Monday June 25th from 6pm to 9pm




You'll find infinite uses for this beaded bead! Hang them on ear wires for quick earrings; link them together for bracelets and necklaces. Reminiscent of the X's and O's pattern, I call these 'infinity' beads because of the unending 'figure 8' that runs around the bead.Students will create two pairs of earrings using either fire-polished glass beads or Swarovski crystals.

Technique Focus:Stitching
Skill Level: Beginner

Have a look at our full class schedule on our classes page!   To sign up, please call 416.701.1373, or toll free 1.877.473.2323 

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