Tuesday, July 24, 2012


I can't believe how fast the summer seems to be flying by. It's the end of July already!

We've only got a few open spots left for Open Beading Night with Stephanie Dixon - sign up now! This Wednesday, the 25th from 6 to 8pm.

Open Beading Night
Do you have questions about a beading project? Are you looking for inspiration or creative input? Why not drop by an Open Beading Night at beadFX?!
Stephanie (and her sparkling personality!) will be in the classroom from about 6pm to 8pm most weeks to answer questions and give advice.

Interested in learning how to create those wonderfully supple bead crochet ropes? Lampworkers take note - crochet ropes look wonderful with a single large lampwork focal bead. Let's face it, we can't torch all the time - now you'll have something to do while watching tv. :-)

Bead Crochet Ropes with Pamela Kearns. Thursday 6pm to 9pm

Course Outline: Bead crochet is a great way to create wonderful and supple ropes for bracelets and necklaces! This class will use size 8 beads to create a bracelet.
Technique Focus: Bead Crochet
Skill Level: Beginner
Please note: In the class. you will learn this technique and may not finish the project in class.

We also have a brand spanking new class this week!

 Create this fabulous stone inlay felted necklace with Dawn Liu-Smyth. Friday, July 27th from 6 to 9pm.

Course Outline: Students will use merino wool roving to wet-felt a necklace with inlaid stone, and bead embellishment. Students will be encouraged to explore colour and texture as they work with the wool fibres. Some basic bead stitching will also be covered so that students may embellish their jewellery pieces. Wet-felting is a physical process so students should be prepared to use their arms and hands to roll and manipulate the felt in process.
This class will include an overview of wool characteristics, the felting process, and material used. Colour combining and choosing of materials. Handling and laying of wool. Wet-felting-the process, tips and tricks. Basic bead stitching and embellishment of final pieces. Show, share and critique.
Skill Level: Suitable for beginner and more skilled jewellery artists.
Focus Technique: Wet-felting with stone inlay.

 Join us on Monday July 30th - 6pm to 9pm for Hot Connections 1 with Iris Melamed. This class regularly sells out, plus this is the prerequisite to Hot Connections 2.

Course Outline:
In this class you will learn how to solder circles of heavy gauge silver wire and transform them into earrings and stacking rings.
We will begin with an overview of soldering tools, materials and techniques. Then we will fuel and fire up our butane torches and learn how to solder jump rings. Next we will discover how to create earrings and stacking rings by forming and soldering larger circles. Some metalwork finishing techniques will be discussed. Time permitting, one set of earrings and three rings will be completed.
Technique Focus: Soldering silver wire
Skill Level: Beginner

A quick and easy way to learn peyote stitch, and perfect for the ummm, attention challenged among us. ;-) Create these awesome peyote stitch beaded beads! Once you've made a bunch, they can be used in a variety of projects, or use a few to make a wonderful bracelet like this one:

 Monday July 30th 6pm to 9pm with Pamela Kearns

Course Outline:
Peyote Beaded Bead - Learn how to use flat peyote to create beaded beads. These great components can be used to make bracelets, necklaces and earrings. Students will learn how to do peyote and read basic peyote patterns.

Technique:Peyote & Wire Wrapping
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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