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.

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