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!

New Class! Sterling Silver and Acrylic Ring: Sunday 31st July 11am-5pm

Jared has done it again with this fantastic new silver smithing class!

Ideal for both beginners and those with some experience, this project will allow you to combine sterling silver with acrylic to make this stunning, contemporary  ring.

Jared’s relaxed teaching style will have you feeling full of confidence right from the start.

Literally overflowing with knowledge from his 20 years of experience as a jeweller there is little Jared does not know – so you can be confident that he can answer any questions that you may have.

On the day, Jared will teach you:

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

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

*Professional filing techniques;

*Cold Connections – in this case riveting;

*Professional finishing and polishing.

This wonderful class costs £120 is being held on Sunday 31st July from 11am-5pm.

We will provide all the tools and equipment as well as the supplies that you need.

Places are limited so please pop in to see us, visit our website or call us on 0131 228 50508 to find out more and to book your place!


July Timetable of Children’s Jewellery Making Classes!

It’s not long until the schools break for Summer and if you’re looking for some fun activities for your little ones, we might be able to help you out!

Here’s our new timetable of children’s classes.  These classes are £12 all inclusive and are suitable for children aged 8 years and up.  You will be given a kit at the start of each class which includes everything you will need.

Wednesday 6 July 12pm-1pm Caterpillars

Learn how to use wire and our extra special bug beads to make a beautiful beady caterpillar!

Wednesday 13 July 12pm-1pm Charm Bracelets

We’ll teach you how to wrap wire to make this gorgeous stretchy charm bracelet!

Thursday 14 July 12pm-1pm  Friendship Bracelets

Perfect to make for your best friend!

Thursday 21 July 12pm-1pm Children’s Starburst Necklace

For girls who like to be extra sparkly, this necklace is just perfect!

Tuesday 26 July 12pm – 1pm Woven Bracelets 

Pretty and bright, just perfect for the summer holidays, we’ll teach you how to weave these lovely bracelets 🙂

Wednesday 27 July 12pm-1pm Daisy Chain Necklace

Perfect for little girls who love flowers, these daisy chain necklaces are just lovely for Summer!

All of these fantastic classes cost £12 which includes a kit containing everything you will need!

Pop in to see us, visit our website or call us on 0131 22 5058 to book a place!

Beginners Jewellery Making Classes at The Little Bead Shop

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to make jewellery but not been sure where to start?

Then our beginners jewellery making classes could be just the thing for you!

In these great classes, we’ll teach you about stringing materials, how to attach endings and how to design your very own necklace.

And if there’s time, you might even be able to make a matching bracelet or pair of earrings!

The basic techniques you learn here will be the foundation of your jewellery making – once you know how to use them, they sky’s the limit!

Here are some pictures of the fabulous pieces some of Deanne’s students made last night – aren’t they just beautiful? And all made without any previous jewellery making experience!

These wonderful classes run from 6.30 – 8.30pm on Monday evenings  and cost £15 which includes findings and stringing materials, but excludes the cost of your beads.

Our next class is on Monday  23 May and is filling up fast.  If you’d like to join in the fun, please pop into the shop, visit our website or call us on 0131 228 5058.

>Our Emma is in a book :)


We are very proud!! The lovely and talented Emma Baird features in the pages of a brand new book all about Lampwork.

Creative Lampwork includes everything you need to know about lampwork, from the history of the craft, to safety and materials, to various bead shapes and decorative techniques. The author, Joan Gordon, formerly Editor of Making Jewellery magazine, has gathered together 14 accomplished glassmakers from around the world to guide you safely through each technique and project, and Emma is one of them 🙂 She has two projects in the new book, one of which takes you through all the steps to make this lampwork Bead Ring.

Emma’s studio is located right here at The Little Bead Shop and she is always happy for people to watch when she is on her torch. It really is fascinating to watch.

The book isnt available yet – but will be soon!! Congratulations Emma!!!!



Ive been thinking of doing this for months, and after a period of quietness in blog land I thought now would be the perfect time to do it – I’m crossing over to my new Blog on Word Press. if you have been following my blog at all then you can come with me here
My blog will be concerned with my own work, classes, Guest Teachers for Art Clay Scotland, my travels etc….

This blog is going to be looked after by all the girls at the Little Bead Shop (even me occasionally) so the hand over I think is fitting!! There will be plenty of chatter about all the beady things going on, classes, jewellery designs and metal clay too! I’m sure given my lackluster blogging of late it will be a really interesting blog to follow!

SO – – I thought I’d introduce you to two of the girls who will be blogging!!

Helen Chalmers – 23, is a jewellery student at Duncan of Jordanstone in Dundee. At the moment she is starting work towards her degree show and dissertation. She loves to draw, and has just started working in lampworked glass. She is a familiar and friendly face at The Little Bead Shop, holds her Level 1 Qualification in Art Clay Silver and has been published in “Bead Magazine”

Deanne Holden – our newest staff member – jewellery designer Deanne uses a variety of media in my work from sterling and fine silver, copper, bronze and art clay silver. She is, by her own admission, interested in everything odd, and her creative interests include Victoriana, gothic, deco and nouveau. She is obsessed with jewellery and design in all its forms and loves being experimental. Deanne also holds the Art CLay Level 1 Qualification and like Helen has also seen her written articles published in “Bead”.

>Faux Bone Bangle Tutorial Available online


I’m dying with the cold, it was only a matter of time…. but I’m never too ill to check out my favorite web sites like the Making Jewellery Magazine web site where I noticed that my recent Faux Bone Bangle Tutorial is available online…. FOR FREE!!! Check it out here.

Over Christmas I am going to be tinkering with my word press blog and eventually changing over to Word Press. For the time being I am duplicating posts on both blogs – and then I’ll blog on this blog that I’ve posted on the other with a link. The girls at the Little Bead Shop are excited as they will inherit this blog. The blog may still interest you when they take it over as it will still be all to do with jewelery making – thats what beads are for 🙂