Tuesday, March 19, 2013

April Classes Just Around the Corner - No Fooling!

April is chock-full of classes offering a wide range of techniques from metal clay to seed beading to metalwork and soldering. There are more than 25 classes or open sessions being offered. For complete information about all classes, please consult the website: http://www.beadfx.com/classes.php and click on 'April'.

Check out the following NEW techniques or class projects in April:

A Crash Course in COPPRClay
Wednesday, April 3 and Thursday, April 4
10:00am - 5:00 each day
Guest Instructor: Wanaree Tanner
Want all the wonder of creating in metal clay without the price tag of silver? In this two day crash course we’ll explore the warmth of copper metal clay without the headache. Wanaree will share all of her tricks for securing consistent results with this historically fickle medium.

Loomwork Series (3 weeks)
Monday, April 8 (continues Monday, April 15 and Monday April 22)
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Instructor: Maria Rypan
Create a unique loomwoven neckpiece with bead artist Maria Rypan in a supportive atmosphere. This style uses a long wooden loom to enable easier pre-stringing and weaving of your chosen pattern. Learn to weave between pre-strung connectors; then continue loomweaving the pattern at home. Join your loomwork into a swag or a medallion pendant. Finish it off with a fabulous fringe.

St. Petersburg Feather-Edge Necklace and Earrings
Thursday, April 11
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
St. Petersburg Chain lends itself to a myriad of design opportunities. In this class you will use a needle, thread, and several kinds of beads to create a necklace and matching earrings.  A selection of colours will be available.

Three Exquisite Pairs of Earrings - Intro to Chain Mail #1
Saturday, April 13
9:30am - 12:30pm
Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
The ancient art of chain mail is all about weaving metal rings into interesting patterns. Come and expand your earring collection—while trying out a fascinating jewellery-making technique. You will learn three chain mail weaves that you can use to make bracelets or necklaces in the future. Special offer: sign-up for Intro to Chain Mail #2 (Saturday, May 25) and Intro to Chain Mail #3 (Saturday, June 15) for only $90 + HST - the equivalent of only $30 per class (+ HST).

Dragonscale Bracelet
Saturday, April 13
1:30pm - 4:30pm
Instructor: Marilyn Gardiner
This is a stunning bracelet that makes a definite statement! Another name for this one is Mermaid’s Mesh. It is heavy (well over 2 troy ounces in silver), It’s intricate, dense, and flexible—think how scales overlap and expand and contract. It’s one of the most beautiful chainmail weaves!

Key to My Heart Peyote Necklace and Bracelet
Thursday, April 25
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Instructor: Pamela Kearns
Peyote is one of those basic stitches that, when learned, it opens doors to lots of ideas! Learn how to do flat even-weave peyote and learn how to read patterns to create beaded beads.

Twinkling Twins Bracelet
Friday, April 26
6:00pm - 9:00pm
Instructor: Stephanie Dixon
Have you been lusting after the beautiful colours of Twin and Superduo beads, but not sure how to use them? In this class you will create an embellished right angle weave bracelet using seed beads, two holed beads and Swarovski bicones.

Intro to Bead Embroidery
Sunday, April 28
11:30am - 2:30pm
Instructor: Stephanie Dixon
Learn the basics of bead embroidery including how to bezel a cabochon, even count peyote, beaded backstitch and how to professionally finish the edges.  Choosing cabochons and basic color theory will be discussed. A small pendant is the beginning project which will not be completed in class.

Also new this month - our first DAYTIME class!
Kumihimo Basics
Friday, April 12
12:30pm - 3:30pm.
Instructor: Angela Peace
This is an introductory kumihimo course and will teach how to make some basic cord styles and how to finish the ends. These cords can add texture and pattern to your jewelry designs and are especially impressive when used to enhance focal beads, and pendants. In class, you will use a round Kumihimo foam disc and weave with 8 strands of satin cord. Traditional and non-traditional cord end finishes using fiber and metal findings will be highlighted.

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