Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Happy Dance Time!

Those of you with kiddo's like myself are doing a joyous happy dance right about now. Only one more week until the little monkeys go back to school! It's also time for us to go back to school - jewelry school that is! Whether you take classes, or learn from books/magazines/videos, it's a perfect time to brush up your skills, or learn a completely new jewelry related skill. Are you a seedbeader? If so, taking some metal smithing classes can help you create one of a kind components that complement your beaded designs perfectly. Those of you who focus on wirework or other types of metal - taking a beadwork class can help you create unique focal pieces that will set your work apart.

Jenny our class coordinator extraordinaire is busy working with all of our instructors to schedule classes, and developing new ones. Stay tuned to the blog for more details. 

The next week or so will be fairly quiet for the last long weekend of summer - but we hope you'll join us next weekend for Anne Mitchell's metal smithing classes.

We are so excited to have Anne Mitchell teaching 4 classes at beadFX in September!! She will be with us on September 7, 8 and 9, 2012. 

Anne started her creative career years ago as a professional lighting designer. Looking for another outlet for her artistic energies, Anne began teaching chain making and metal working for just pure enjoyment.

During those years, Anne found that the creative outlet provided by teaching, as well as a consistent demand for her classes, was too alluring to deny. Leaving lighting behind in 2003, she is now a full-time designer, teacher, and author. Her classes always sell out at the Bead&Button Show. She is one of the most dynamic teachers, always pushing the technical and artistic limits with her designs.

Anne won the prestigious Excellence in Bead Artistry Award in 2009.

You can find out more about Anne by visiting her website: www.annemitchell.net

Good news! Anyone can take these classes! They are all listed as beginner level classes. Call 416-701-1373 to register today! Classes are filling up fast. Here's the link to the september calendar: http://www.beadfx.com/classes/schedule-09-2012.jsp

Heart Fusion

Class Outline: Interlinking and inwoven fine silver hearts create a beautiful and slinky bracelet that molds to your wrist. Join in the fun of making your own. Learn the tips and tricks it takes to master creating the identical links of this almost snake like weave and end it with a unique twist on a classic J-hook closure.

Stirrup Riveted Biker Chain Bracelet

Class Outline: Do you love the look and feel of those heavy gauge silver bracelets? Here is the chance to create your very own. Utilizing the heavier gauges of fine silver wire learn how to cut, manipulate and fuse heavier gauges of fine silver. Create and texturing stirrup style connections then riveting the entire piece together for an exceptional looking bracelet.

Linked Ball and Tab Bracelet

Class Outline: In just a few hours you could make this amazingly delicate and beautiful fused link bracelet. With utilizing the simplest of tools unlock the tips and tricks for creating links that are virtually identical and learn to link together this creation for yourself.

Fine Gauge Loop-n-Loop Necklace

Class Outline: Being able to utilize the finer gauges of fine silver wire to create a beautiful Loop-n-Loop necklace has it's tricks and secrets. Let me share with you over 15 years of metal experience and unlock the nuances of fusing 18 and 16 gauge fine silver wire.

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