About thelittlebeadshop

Our lovely Little Bead Shop is nestled amongst the exclusive boutiques, gift shops and cafes of Bruntsfield Place, Edinburgh. Inside our shop, which we share with Art Clay Scotland, you will find a fresh and constantly changing selection of beads as well as a huge range of Swarovski crystal, Toho seed beads, faceted Czech Beads, fresh water pearls and more! For Art Clay Scotland you will find the full range of Art Clay Silver Metal Clays, as well as all the necessary tools, books and metal clay goodies like magazines and texture sheets. We run a wide variety of jewellery making classes from beginners beading to Chainmaille and silver smithing. We also run specialist courses including bridal jewellery, lampworking and glass fusing. And as if that wasn't enough, we also specialize in classes suitable for children! We've also been running courses in Metal Clay for three years now and offer the widest variety of courses anywhere in Scotland. Our teacher is the Senior Instructor Emma Baird who has seen her work published in numerous UK Magazines, has won multiple awards, and is the Past Chairman of the UK's Art Clay Guild, as well as their current Newsletter Editor. Still not finding what you're looking for? We also do beading parties for grown ups and children as well as one-to-one tuition. Just pop in to see us, visit our website or give us a call and we'll see what we can do for you!

Some great classes coming up in time for Christmas!

We’ve got some fantastic silver clay and beading classes coming up in time for Christmas.

 

Whether you’re looking for some inspiration to make presents or just want to treat yourself,  we can help you out!

 

 

Keep your eye out on our Facebook page and our Twitter feed too – we’re planning some special Christmas present making classes and even a competition or two…

 

 

New class! Stunning crystal cuff bracelet: Sunday 27 November

Are you looking to make a special Christmas present?  Or maybe just to treat yourself?

This stunning crystal cuff could be just what you’re looking for! Made with swarvoski crystals, it has an irresistible sparkle. It twinkles when on the wrist and is a perfect accessory for the party season. Based on a right angle weave,  this class is suitable for both newcomers to bead weaving as well as those with some experience.

The class runs from 12pm-2pm on Sunday 27 November and costs £16, which includes tuition, needle, thread and clasp, but excludes beads, which you can choose on the day.

It’s possible that you might not get your bracelet finished during the class, but don’t worry, you will be given full instructions to finish the bracelet off at home.

Please pop in to see us, visit our website or call us on 0131 228 5058 if you would like to book!

 

Christmas gift ideas from The Little Bead Shop

We’ve had lots of lovely (and organized!) customers popping in to ask for advice about gift ideas for Christmas so we thought we should give you some inspiration!

Make a present

Looking for that perfect necklace or pair of earrings? Why not make it? Pop in to The Little Bead Shop and we can help you choose the best beads to make the perfect present. Got you beads, but not sure how to put them together? We can help with that too! Our Beginner’s Beading classes (new timetable coming soon!) will teach you how to design a necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings and how to put everything together to make a perfect, professionally finished piece of jewellery. Not able to attend a class? Why not book a one-to-one session?

Commission a piece of jewellery

Got an idea for a present but not sure how to put it together? Why not commission us to make it for you? We also specialize in fine silver fingerprint jewellery where we capture fingerprints directly into silver which then can be made into earrings, charms, cufflinks and more!

Gift a class

Do you have a friend who loves doing new things or learning new skills? Why not buy them a voucher for one of our amazing classes? With a comprehensive range of classes including Silver Clay, beading (new timetable coming soon!), silver smithing, dichroic glass fusing and lampwork we have something for everyone.

Gift vouchers

Not sure what to buy? We stock gift vouchers that can be used for goods in our shop, our classes or a combination of both! For more information about any of these ideas, pop in to see us, email us or give us a call on 0131 228 5058!

New Class! Gorgeous Tila Bead Bracelet: Sunday 13 November: 12pm-2pm

 

We first taught people how to make this stunning bracelet at The Edinburgh Bead Fair and it proved so popular that we’ve decided to teach it in our lovely little shop!

This wrap bracelet is bang on trend. It has a bohemian style with a swarvoski button for a clasp, giving it a stylish twist. We use tila beads, suede, thread and a needle to bring it all together. Quite simple to master, all you need is some patience, and this unique bracelet can be yours!

This class is suitable for a complete beginner as well as those with experience. You’ll get your bracelet well underway in class and will be given instructions on how to finish it off at home.

Suitable for all, this fantastic class is running on Sunday 13th November from 12pm until 2pm and costs £16.  The price includes tuition, needle, thread and suede but excludes beads.

We expect this class to fill up quickly so pop in to see us, visit our website or call us on 0131 228 5058 to book your place!

Silver Clay ring workshop: Wednesday 19 October!

Have you always wanted to make your own beautiful rings, but aren’t sure where to start? Then this could be the class for you!

We will teach you about sizing rings in Art Clay Silver, how to form the ring shank with the texture of your choice and how to fire and polish your beautiful new ring to perfection.

Our instructor will teach you some handy tips which will make ring making with Art Clay Silver easier than you ever thought possible!

And, as if that wasn’t enough, you will leave this class with a stunning fine silver ring.

This fabulous class is being held on Wednesday 19 October from 6pm to 9pm.  It costs £50 which includes cost of tuition, 10g of Art Clay, use of syringe and loan of tools. Please note, we recommend that you are confident using  Silver Clay before attending this class.

Please pop in to see us, call us on 0131 228 5058 or visit or website to book your place.

Exploring Silver Clay: Full day class: Sunday 16 October 11am-5:30pm

These great full-day classes allow students the time and freedom to really explore the potential of Silver Clay.

We will teach you the differences between the three frequently used types of clay – lump form, syringe and paste. You’ll also learn how to handle the clay, condition it, shape and form it, dry it, prepare it for firing, how to fire and how to polish.

Our instructor Emma Baird will also show you how to torch fire your pieces, as well as how to fire them in a kiln.

The most exciting part of this course is that you have the whole day and 20g of clay to truly explore the potential of this wonderful material. Make charms or pendants, or get to grips with snake rolling and the syringe, or even make a hollow bead like the one in the photo!

You can experiment with textured pieces, non-textured pieces embellished with the syringe and even add sparkle with gemstones. As ever, there will be a wide variety of projects on hand to inspire you!

Whether you are new to Silver Clay, or have a little experience you will receive expert guidance from our Award Winning Artist and Instructor – Emma Baird.

Suitable for beginners as well as those with experience, this fantastic course is running on Sunday 16th October from 11am – 5:30pm and costs £120 which includes 20g Art Clay Silver, CZ’s, use of a syringe, use of paste, tuition and a loan of all tools. There will also be unlimited tea and coffee and biscuits available through out the day.

Gift ideas from The Little Bead Shop


We’ve had lots of lovely (and organized!) customers popping in to ask for advice about gift ideas so we thought we should give you some inspiration!

Make a present

Looking for that perfect necklace or pair of earrings? Why not make it? Pop in to The Little Bead Shop and we can help you choose the best beads to make the perfect present.

Got you beads, but not sure how to put them together?  We can help with that too!  Our Beginner’s Beading classes (new timetable coming soon!) will teach you how to design a necklace, bracelet or pair of earrings and how to put everything together to make a perfect, professionally finished piece of jewellery.

Not able to attend a class? Why not book a one-to-one session?

Commission a piece of jewellery

Got an idea for a present but not sure how to put it together? Why not commission us to make it for you? We also specialize in fine silver fingerprint jewellery where we capture fingerprints directly into silver which then can be made into earrings, charms, cufflinks and more!

Gift a class

Do you have a friend who loves doing new things or learning new skills? Why not buy them a voucher for one of our amazing classes?  With a comprehensive range of classes including Silver Clay, beading (new timetable coming soon!), silver smithing, dichroic glass fusing and lampwork we have something for everyone.

Gift vouchers

Not sure what to buy?  We stock gift vouchers that can be used for goods in our shop, our classes or a combination of both!

 

For more information about any of these ideas, pop in to see us, email us or give us a call on 0131 228 5058!

 

The Little Bead Shop: Classes at The Edinburgh Bead Fair 25 September!

We can’t quite believe it’s come round again so quickly but it’s almost time for The Edinburgh Bead Fair and once again The Little Bead Shop is teaching a whole host of fantastic classes!

Please click here for our class timetable at The Edinburgh Bead Fair.

Places are limited and our Silver Clay class is already fully booked. But fret not, you still have time to book in to learn how to make these beautiful pieces of jewellery:

Call us on 0131 228 5058 to book your place!

The Little Bead Shop at The Scottish Bead Fair 21st August!

We can’t quite believe it’s that time of year again but… the Scottish Bead Fair is fast approaching.

The Little Bead Shop will be there as usual, at Perth Royal Convert Hall on Sunday 21 August.  We will have all of our beautiful beads and metal clay supplies and our very own Emma Baird will be demonstrating how to make her beautiful silver rose pendant using Art Clay Silver.

The Scottish Bead Fair is always a great day out and we’re really looking forward to it! Don’t forget to pop by our stand and say hello!