Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Weekly Class Update

Have you started planning out your holiday gifts yet? As we all know - jewellery makes a fabulous gift for just about everyone on your list. Kill two birds with one stone, take a class and utilize your new skills by making a bunch of necklaces or bracelets for everyone on your list. I can't think of too many women who would not covet one of those ladder wrap bracelets!

Jewelry Making 101 with Pamela Kearns - Wednesday November 14th from 6pm to 9pm

Do you want to create jewellery for yourself but have no idea where to start? Join us for this 'newbie' course and discover just how easy creating jewellery can be. Participants will make a couple of pairs of earrings and a bracelet. You'll learn how to use headpins, open and close jump rings and find out how to use crimps. Students are to bring an assortment of beads they wish to use; time will be available during the class to select beads.

Technique Focus:General jewellery making.
Skill Level: Beginner
InstructorPam has been beading for several years using various beadstitching techniques and sells her jewelry through art and craft shows.

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.

Skill Level:Beginner Plus
Technique Focus: Several strategies for creating a multi-strand necklace, with a focus on findings and materials to use.
Prerequisite: Students should know to crimp and have some experience making wire loops.

Long & luscious! The round chain elements are made with the parallel weave, and the almost edible foil beads come as a strand of Murano style beads - with many colourways to choose from.

Make it with silver filled (925/10), Jeweller's Bronze or copper jump rings.

Skill Level: Beginner, All Levels
Technique Focus: Wirework - Chain Mail
Prerequisite: You have previously completed a chainmail project OR you can make wrapped loops with confidence.

Introduction to Lampwork - 2 day Course with Amy Waldman-Smith - Saturday, November 17th from 10am to 2:30pm, and Sunday November 18th from 11am to 3:30pm

This two-day weekend class is designed for beginners, covering all the same material as the 5-hour Introduction class. However, it handles each step in more depth and provides more practice time. Practice is an essential ingredient in working with glass. The class is eight hours of instruction and torch-time.
Topics covered include:
  1. Overview of the equipment and tools, basic safety information. Setting up a home studio is also discussed.
  2. Types of glass
  3. Making Glass Beads
The beads you make in class will be kiln-annealed and will be available for pick-up the following day. If you are from out of town, we are happy to mail them to you at no extra charge.

Skill Level: Beginner
Prerequisite: N/A
Technique:  How to make a basic round bead, dot beads, bumpy beads, stringers, shaped beads, encasing, florals, and other techniques as time permits, and depending on aptitude.

Leather Ladder Bracelet with Lyndsey McCollam - Sunday, November 18th from 11am to 2pm

In this class you will learn how to make a single wrap leather ladder bracelet with a button closure. You will be using 6mm stone beads or Czech firepolish. You may also choose to use 4mm Miyuki cubes. By learning this technique, you will be able to make multiple wrap bracelets of any length using several types and sizes of beads.

Skill Level: Beginner
Focus Technique: Ladder stitch

Be sure to check out the November class schedule for a full class listing. To register for any of our classes, please call 416.701.1373 or toll free 1.877.473.2323

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