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!

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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.

Learn to Make Silver Fingerprint Charms with Metal Clay – Sunday 12 June

Silver fingerprint jewellery is as popular as ever, and due to popular demand we are again offering you the opportunity to learn how to capture a child’s or loved ones fingerprint in pure silver using the magic of metal clay.

In this class you will learn all the essentials of working with the clay, and different options for capturing prints. You’ll also learn how to set sparkling gemstones, engrave onto the silver, finish the jewellery to a high shine and how to patina the piece to bring out the print.

Our instructor will also show you some extra “secrets” to ensure that your silver fingerprint jewellery stands out from the rest.

The course will run on Sunday 12 June from 11am – 5.30pm and costs £120.  Price includes tuition, 20g of Art Clay, CZ gemstone, paste and a loan of tools.

This course is suitable for anyone with an interest in silver fingerprint jewellery whether you are looking to start-up a business or are a mum who wants to  immortalize your own precious children’s prints.

This is always a popular course – so ensure to book early to secure 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.

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