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…

 

 

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!

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.

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!

 

 

 

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.

Gorgeous New Stock in our Online Shop!

We have just added a gorgeous selection of borosilicate lampwork beads and acrylic beads to our online shop!

 

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As part of our grand re-opening,  the first ten customers to place an order over £30 will get a free goodie bag!

Come along and take a look.  We always welcome your feedback!

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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.

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!

The Little Bead Shop is Now on WordPress!

The Little Bead Shop’s Blog has now moved to WordPress and we couldn’t be happier!

Our pages are currently being updated so you can find out more about us and our team, as well as all of our brand spanking new classes, so please bear with us.

We hope you like our new-look blog! As ever, all your feedback is welcomed!

Love,

The girls from The Little Bead Shop x