Silver Smithing with Jared Sanders: May 1st and June 4th

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We are delighted to welcome Jared Sanders to our team. Jared is an Edinburgh based jeweller with more than 20 years experience.  He is versatile in many jewellery making styles and techniques, with current ranges including gem set fine jewellery, upcycled pieces (vintage costume jewellery modified and restored) and his Embody Range – a collection of pieces exploring themes of love, loss and memory. His jewellery is currently on display in several art galleries in Edinburgh.

Jared will be teaching regular silver smithing workshops for us throughout the year. His workshops will provide you with the basic but essential skills of working with metal.  If you are serious about making jewellery then you will not want to miss out on these workshops.

May 1st, June 4th

These courses offer a choice of two modules. Students who have already completed “Module 1” can attend and cover “Module 2”. Please state at the time of booking which module you would like to complete on the course. Each module costs £120 which includes the cost of tuition, all tools and materials.

Module 1: Piercing and Basic Raising

These are the first techniques taught to aspiring Silversmiths and jewellery makers. They may seem tricky at first, but with some tuition you will be rewarded with new skills. In this first module you will learn the basics of piercing (sawing) shapes from sheets of copper and silver, and raising parts of the shape with doming hammers to make a three-dimensional object.

You will learn;

* How to easily insert the blade into a piercing saw frame

* Professional technique for using a piercing saw, and cutting out decorative shapes.

*How to correctly use a doming hammer, as well as hints and tips for making decorative tool marks on pierced shapes.

*Techniques for finishing

*Soldering a jump ring

By the end of the class you will have two wearable pendants, one copper and one silver, and the satisfaction of a day spent learning new metal smithing techniques which can be expanded on in later, more advanced modules.

Module 2: Fabricating Three – Dimensional Forms with Wire

This module covers how to construct a design in wire, how to solder the components together, and how to shape the piece into a three-dimensional form.

You will learn;

* How to accurately fabricate wire components from a design plan.

* Shaping and soldering the components together to create a three-dimensional form.

This project is the basis of a more advanced module, which will involve more design considerations and an introduction to stone setting, to be announced soon.

More dates will be coming soon!  But if you would like to book into these fabulous classes please pop in to see us, call us on 0131 2285058 or visit our website.


The team at The Little Bead Shop x


>Silver Smithing with Jared Sanders Sunday 6 and Saturday 19 March

>I’m sure you’ve heard the buzz online from Emma Baird about the new member of our team- everyone at the Little Bead Shop is delighted to introduce you to the very talented Edinburgh jeweller Jared Sanders.

Jared, who has been making and selling his jewellery for more than 20 years will be running a range of silver smithing classes exclusive to the Little Bead Shop.

This is an exciting opportunity to learn from a professional jeweller – not to be missed!

Jared’s first two workshops will be running on Sunday 6th And Saturday 19th March. More details to follow shortly.

Please pop into the shop, visit us online or call us on 0131 228 5058 to register your interest.


The girls from the Little Bead Shop x

>Just for Father’s Day – Silver Fingerprint Jewellery 10% Discount Special Offer!

>We all know it’s Father’s day this Sunday and the girls at the Little Bead Shop are delighted to tell you that, just for this weekend, we are offering a fantastic 10% discount on silver fingerprint jewellery!

By using a combination of traditional silversmithing techniques and Art Clay Silver (often referred to as metal clay) we can capture a fingerprint directly into fine silver. What better gift for a dad than his child’s fingerprint cast into a beautiful pair of cuff links or a charm for a necklace? It makes a perfect, truly personal gift.
Pushed for time? If you pop in before 2pm on Saturday you can get your beautiful personalised gift the very same day!
Arranging your silver fingerprint jewellery is easy – just pop in to see us or call us on 0131 228 5058 and tell us your requirements.
The girls at the Little Bead Shop