New class! Stunning crystal cuff bracelet: Sunday 27 November

Are you looking to make a special Christmas present?  Or maybe just to treat yourself?

This stunning crystal cuff could be just what you’re looking for! Made with swarvoski crystals, it has an irresistible sparkle. It twinkles when on the wrist and is a perfect accessory for the party season. Based on a right angle weave,  this class is suitable for both newcomers to bead weaving as well as those with some experience.

The class runs from 12pm-2pm on Sunday 27 November and costs £16, which includes tuition, needle, thread and clasp, but excludes beads, which you can choose on the day.

It’s possible that you might not get your bracelet finished during the class, but don’t worry, you will be given full instructions to finish the bracelet off at home.

Please pop in to see us, visit our website or call us on 0131 228 5058 if you would like to book!

 

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!

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.

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!

 

 

 

July Timetable of Children’s 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!

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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Our online shop is now open!

 

It’s official! Our online shop is now open!

And…especially for our grand re-opening we’re giving away a goodie bag to the first ten lovely customers who spend over £30.

So come pay us a visit online at http://www.thelittlebeadshop.co.uk !

 

Coming Soon: The Little Bead Shop’s Online Shop!

You know it’s been coming… and our grand opening day is ever closer….!

The Little Bead Shop will very shortly be opening its online shop again!

We’re going to be well-stocked with goodies including these wonderful Wildly Bohemian bead kits, all of our favourite czech glass not to mention some rather gorgeous borosilicate glass bead goodies.

We’ll also have a fine array of other gorgeous beads and pearls in stock too, including a wide selection of Toho seed beads.

We’ll keep you posted because we’re going to have some special offers for our grand reopening….!

Keep watching our blog, Facebook and Twitter feeds for regular updates.