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!

The Little Bead Shop at the Edinburgh Bead Fair tomorrow: One place left at the Right Angle Weave Bangle class!

We can’t believe it’s come around so quickly but… The Edinburgh Bead Fair is tomorrow!

We’re all so excited to be there, not to mention all the fantastic classes we’ll be teaching as well as demonstrations from our very own Emma Baird who will be showing you how to use metal clay and Jared Sanders who will be demoing some basic  silversmithing techniques!

And, as if that wasn’t enough, we’ve got one more space left on our fantastic Right Angle Weave Bracelet class! If you would like to book this class, please call us on 0131 228 5058 today to make sure you don’t miss out!

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.

Love,

The team at The Little Bead Shop x