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.

New Class! Sparkle Ring: Sunday 7th August £65.00


One of Emma’s new designs, this pretty ring is truly irresistible and really sparkles when worn. It’s a perfect piece of jewellery for summer.

Using metal clay,  this great  new class covers all the basics about sizing, forming and joining a ring shank.  Then, after drying and refining the ring in clay state you we will show you how to prepare the ring for the numerous gem stones, and then set and secure them.

Our instructor will teach you some handy tips which will make ring making with Art Clay Silver easier than you ever thought possible.  With a dazzling array of colourful gem stones available its hard to resist making one to match every outfit!

Best of all, at the end of the day you will leave this class with a finished, beautiful, sparkle ring!

This great class is being held on Sunday 7 August 12-4pm and costs £65.00.   Price includes tuition, 10g of Art Clay, CZ gemstones, use of syringe, paste, fine silver balls and a loan of tools.

Please note that we recommend that you are confident using silver clay before attending this class.

For more information, please pop in to see us, visit our website or call us on 0131 228 5058.

Learn to Make Silver Fingerprint Charms with Metal Clay – Sunday 12 June

Silver fingerprint jewellery is as popular as ever, and due to popular demand we are again offering you the opportunity to learn how to capture a child’s or loved ones fingerprint in pure silver using the magic of metal clay.

In this class you will learn all the essentials of working with the clay, and different options for capturing prints. You’ll also learn how to set sparkling gemstones, engrave onto the silver, finish the jewellery to a high shine and how to patina the piece to bring out the print.

Our instructor will also show you some extra “secrets” to ensure that your silver fingerprint jewellery stands out from the rest.

The course will run on Sunday 12 June from 11am – 5.30pm and costs £120.  Price includes tuition, 20g of Art Clay, CZ gemstone, paste and a loan of tools.

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in silver fingerprint jewellery whether you are looking to start-up a business or are a mum who wants to  immortalize your own precious children’s prints.

This is always a popular course – so ensure to book early to secure a place!!!

>The Little Bead Shop and Art Clay Scotland are teaching at the Edinburgh Bead Fair 8th May!

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The Little Bead Shop and Art Clay Scotland are delighted to be able to tell you that we’re teaching at the Edinburgh Bead Fair on 8th May!

Here is our fantastic list of classes!
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Right Angle Weave Bracelet – 11:30 – 1:00

With just Seed beads and thread you will create this beautiful banglein whatever colours take your fancy! You will learn how to stitch right-angle weave, a very versatile stitch that can be used to make silky fabrics or self-supporting structures. You may not finish the whole bangle in this class but will be given with complete instructions and materials to complete it after class! Some experience of working with seed beads will be helpful not essential.
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Swarovski Crystal Bracelet – 1:30 – 3:00

Simple clean lines are often the best. Using Swarovski Crystals, you will create this fabulous sparkly bracelet. Once you know how, you can make this bracelet in a range of different sizes by simply changing the size of the crystals. This one uses 6mm Bicones. Most students should finish this bracelet in class, even total beginners!

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Beginners – 3:30 – 5:00
This is an ideal introduction to the basics in beading. If you really don’t know your crimps from your tiger tail, then this this class is for you. Covering the basics in bead stringing from the different types of threads available, and when to use them, to the different types of finishes available. You’ll make a bracelet or necklace with the emphasis being on your own creativity! But don’t worry – there are plenty of design examples on hand to help get those creative cogs turning.

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Chainmaille – 11:30 – 1:00

This is an ideal introduction to chainmaille for a beginner. The lovely loose weave is perfect for a bracelet and adding seed beads to the outside rings gives it that extra “something”. Choose to make in either sterling rings or silver plated. You’ll complete most of this bracelet in the class and will be given a set of instructions to take away with you.


artclayMagical Silver Clay – 1:30 – 3:00

This is a fantastic opportunity to try your hand at Silver Clay. You don’t need any experience to attend this workshop and you’ll make a pendant or charms. Learn the basic techniques including: handling the clay, shaping and forming it, pre-finishing, firing times and temperature, finishing and polishing. 7g of clay is provided. Pieces will be fired after the class and be ready for collection at the end of the day.

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Starburst Pendant 3:30 – 5:00

Learn how to make this beautiful swarvoski pendant. Using a beading needle and thread you will first encase your 16mm swavoski rivoli using a circular peyote stitch and size 11 toho seed beads. You will continue the pendant with 3mm swaroski bicones and the 11 tohos. When finished, your piece can be used as either an pendant or brooch. Full instructions will be given so you will be able to continue making more at home.

ALL CLASSES JUST £12!!

To book simply call The Little Bead Shop/Art Clay Scotland – 0131 228 5058.

Full payment is required to secure a place.

>Mother’s Day at The Little Bead Shop

>It’s mother’s day next Sunday (3rd April) – did you remember?

We’re going to be running some special “make a present for mum” classes next week – we’ll keep you posted! But remember, you can pop in to make a special pressie for your mum and use the lovely little craft table at the front of the shop at any time and, the best bit is… it’s totally FREE of charge!

We’ll also give you a loan of tools, again, totally FREE! All you need to pay for is your beads and materials you use to make your creation!

So make sure you pop in to see us before next Sunday!

Love,

The girls at The Little Bead Shop x

>The Little Bead Shop at the Scottish Bead Fair Sunday 13 March!

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It’s all go down at the Little Bead Shop today as we continue preparing for our stand at the Scottish Bead Fair this Sunday 13 March!

Our very own Emma Baird will be doing a demonstration on the basics of using Precious Metal Clay at 3pm – a must see!

Not only that but we’ll be bringing along all of our most special beads, including our favourite Czech glass, a good supply of magazines for inspiration as well as precious metal clay and metal clay tools and goodies!

And, as if that wasn’t enough, we’ll also be running special offers for our lovely customers on the big day!

We’re all really excited and looking forward to seeing you all there!

Love,

The girls at The Little Bead Shop x