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2.5hr Workshops £25

All workshops include materials, Loyalty Point and photo instruction leaflet.

You can find all workshops/classes that are currently running on the Scheduled Workshops/Classes page.

SHINY 3-D PINS, PENDANTS, PRETTY THINGS

Choose from a large variety of shapes like oval, round, square, fish, heart, cat etc. and decorate with paper, colour, foil, crystals. Then use a 3-D medium to achieve a shiny domed glass effect on your pieces. Once dry, you finish them off by sticking on a pin to make a brooch, a bail to make a pendant, a magnet to decorate your fridge etc. As pieces will have to dry flat for 24 hours, you will have to come back the next day to finish them off.

Code: SHINY

LEATHER BLOOMS

This workshop will take the taster we did in a previous Drop-In to the next level. You will be cutting out leather flowers, butterflies and leaves of your choice on a die-cut machine. You will also learn how to emboss, rivet and set poppers. Then you can decorate leather straps you cut yourself (children will need help from adults with cutting as they will not be allowed to handle the sharp knives), choosing from the many different coloured leathers available and make bracelets, bookmarks, earrings and keyrings. 2 items included. More pictures here

Code: BLOOMS

KUMIHIMO FLOWERS

If you liked the basic and/or beaded Kumihimo workshop, this project using the Japanese braiding technique will be slightly more challenging, but the result is well worth persevering. Once you master the flower technique, you can try it at home adding beads! Bring your own Kumihimo disk if you have one. If not, I have got some to purchase.

Code: KUMIFLOWERS

SMALL LEATHER PROJECTS

Key Rings, Bag Charms, Layered Flower Pins

£25

Working with soft leathers, we will be cutting flower shapes with a die cutting machine and layer them into beautiful 3D compositions to attach to key rings and bag charms or  use on their own to make a pretty pin. You will learn how to cut leather and use rivets to create your own charming designs. D rings, split rings and rivets available in various finishes like brass, copper, antique copper, silver colours.

Code: KEYRING2501

WONDERFUL WASHERS

£25

Make a stunning pendant by wrapping your own choice of coloured seed beads and accent beads onto a large washer with thin wire. A creative and fun way to make a designer piece of jewellery.


Code: WASHERS

ANCIENT TREASURES 'X'

£25

You will need a bit of experience working with wire for this project. Lots of coiling, hammering and choosing the right crystal beads to make your pieces sparkle! Make earrings and/or a pendant in copper or silver. If time allows, copper pieces can also be tarnished to an antique finish.

Code: TREASURE

LINK-IT 'X'

£25

There are so many different wire links you can use in jewellery making, and in this workshop you will learn to make a large variety of links. As no experience is required, we will start with simple loop links and move on from there to figure of 8, infinity, wave chains and other decorative links which can be used in necklaces, bracelets and earrings. You may even have time to invent your very own design.

Code: LINKIT

 
 

HERRINGBONE WEAVE 'X'

£25

For all those who have some experience working with wire.

An interesting and varied technique which can be used for earrings, necklace, pendant, bracelet - you name it. A choice of copper or silver plated wires adds to the variety. After learning the technique you experiment and design your own piece(s) of jewellery.

HERRING

DRAGONFLY 'X'

£25

For this project it would help if you have some wire working practice. 

Make a beaded wire body and wrap the wings in shimmering crystals in the colours of your choice. Can be made in copper or silver plate. Finish with a brooch pin, hang as a pendant from a chain or sew onto a hairband. Great to pin on coats, hats or scarves and draw a bit of attention.

DRAGON

WIRE RINGS 'X'

Woven wire and sculpted rings

£25

Definitely for ring enthusiasts, and if you are not, you could become one with this workshop. Learn how to create some very individual wire designs on basic rings and make a wonderfully ornate woven wire ring as a 'piece de resistance'. Copper and silver wire will be available, andd copper can be antiqued time permitting. 

This workshop needs some wire experience.

Code: WIRERINGS

SHRINK PLASTIC
This project will appeal to the artist in you as there is drawing, colouring and some cutting involved, before the plastic shape is shrunk down with a heat gun to less than half its original size. There are a lot of different shapes pre-cut, but you can also cut your own shapes if time permits. Make earrings, pendants, bracelet charms, bookmarks or keyrings - all included in the price.
Code: SHRINK

WIRE WRAPPING 

Pendant Beads

An all time favourite, this needs some experience working with wire.

Learn how to wire wrap focal beads and make some stunning pendants and earrings. You will learn to make spirals, wrap the wire into bead caps and develop your own design. Flat round, square, rectangular and drop shaped beads are available and included in the price.

Code: WRAP

FLOWER POWER

In this workshop we will be using gorgeous Lucite flower beads, pretty bead caps and cones, sparkling crystals and a bit of wire to make some amazing earrings, pendants, charms and bookmarks. Layer upon layer the design will be built up and eventually put together with some basic (mind you, you can be as fancy as you like) wire techniques. You will find all shapes, colours and sizes of Lucite beads, crystal and pearl beads. Be prepared for some serious designing, or keep it simple and beautiful. 3 items included.

Code: FLOWERPOWER

INTRODUCTION TO WIRE AND BEAD TECHNIQUES 

Learn to make your own jewellery and presents in just one session!

By the end of the session you will know how to use pliers to cut wire safely, form loops and open/close loops to fit beaded links together into your very own jewellery creations. There will be a large variety of colours, shapes and styles to choose from.

We will be making a full set of earrings, pendant and bracelet which are free for you to take away as all materials are included in the price.

You will also receive a handout with step-by-step photographed instructions, and a loyalty card.

Code: INTRO

CRYSTAL CLAY 

Crystal Clay is a  specialist, tacky compound which will hold small charms, crystals and beads in place. You can create gorgeous miniature pictures or stunning 'blingy' patterns and 'paint' them in the colour of your choice. Pendants, rings, earrings, brooches and cuff links blanks are waiting for you to create your own beautiful masterpieces. Materials for two pieces of jewellery included.

Code: CLAY

WIRE CROCHET NECKLACE

Learn how to crochet with thin wire and make a beautiful, lacy, choker type necklace.

It really looks more complicated than it is. You will be a step ahead if you already know how to crochet a simple chain stitch, but even if it is your first time, you will be surprised how quickly you can pick up this fascinating technique.

There will be a wide choice of beads and real gemstone chips available, giving you a sheer endless combination to suit your design. These necklaces make stunning presents.

The technique provides the basis to creating your own beautiful designs and progress to more complicated variations. 

Code: CROCHET

BEACH BLING BRACELET

Summer is the time to think of shells and sea, mermaids and dolphins and capturing the sun with sparkly crystal beads. If you are not into mermaids and for older girls there are lots of other charms like fairies and clovers available. Children from approx. 12 years must be accompanied by an adult.

Code: BEACH

OCEAN WAVES NECKLACE / BRACELET 

This is a wirework project, right for everyone who wants to try out shaping wire with tools.

You have a choice of copper or silver plated wire and a large variety of beads to fit between the 'waves'. This can also be complemented with charms (like mermaids) 'riding' the waves. Great Summer style.

Code: WAVES

PEARL/BEAD KNOTTING 

Learn the traditional method of knotting a string of pearls or beads with silk cord. Originally each pearl was knotted onto the cord individually to prevent loss should the cord break.

There will be a wide choice of freshwater pearls, glass and stone beads as well as silk cord colours. Though a straight forward technique, you can still create an unusual design depending on your combination of colours and beads, or you can go for the classic look of individually knotted pearls/beads.

Code: KNOT

LINK-IT 'X'

There are so many different wire links you can use in jewellery making, and in this workshop you will learn to make a large variety of links. As no experience is required, we will start with simple loop links and move on from there to figure of 8, infinity, wave chains and other decorative links which can be used in necklaces, bracelets and earrings. You may even have time to invent your very own design.

Code: LINKIT

FULL PERSIAN 

CHAINMAIL

Learn how to weave wire rings into beautiful jewellery. This can be an addition to your existing chainmail skills or a first trial of a new technique.

Creating chainmail is an interesting way of weaving individual wire rings together into jewellery. There are many different weaves, and the ‘Full Persian’ weave you will be learning will give you a lacy, round design as opposed to square or flat.

All materials are included in the price and workshop tools provided, so no need to bring anything. You will also receive a colour photo instruction leaflet and a loyalty bonus card.

Because of time restrictions you may have to finish your jewellery at home.

The workshop is suitable for all levels, no experience necessary.

Code: CHAIN

COILING

Use a special tool called a Coiling Gizmo and learn how to make:

Short and long coiled beads, multi coloured beads and more. Overlaid beads and round zigzag beads will be a bonus if we can fit them in. These beads can be used to make a necklace, bracelet or earrings – whatever you can fit into the given time. Wires are available in a large variety of colours.

All materials are included in the price and workshop tools provided, so no need to bring anything. You will also receive a colour photo instruction leaflet and a loyalty bonus card.

The workshop is suitable for all levels, no experience necessary.

Code: COIL

TIGERTAIL 

Tigertail is a thin, plastic coated wire which comes in a variety of colours. We will make a simple and delicate floating necklace, and then move on to two or three strands for more of a statement. For the more experienced there will be a more advanced tigertail project.

Code: TIGER

CLUSTER RING 

Use a ring mandrel to make your own adjustable ring shank and decorate with lots of crystal beads.

Code: CLUSTER


BEADED BEADS

In this workshop you will learn how to weave small beads together into a beaded bead or cluster bead, which can be used very effectively in necklaces, pendants, earrings and decorations. There will be a wide variety of crystal and glass beads to choose from.

Code: BBEADS

INTRODUCTION TO JEWELLERY MAKING & CHRISTMAS 

WORKSHOP

Fun for all ages 

(11 yrs up)

You will learn how to make jewellery with wire & beads and have over 2 hrs fun creating pendant, earrings, bangle as well as Christmas decorations like crystal snowflakes, angels, 'candy' canes etc. Or make presents like bookmarks and jewellery. Materials included. 

Code: YOXMAS

             

Adults & Children 

Jewellery Making

Adults and Children from 11 years of age can join this workshop to learn basic jewellery making techniques in working with wire and make a beautiful charm bracelet. A wide variety of beads and charms will be available.

Code: CHILD

WIRE JIG SHAPES & BRACELET

You can achieve a beautiful lacy effect wrapping wire around the pegs on a wire jig. In this bracelet, we even add a bead in the middle. You can choose between copper and silver plated wire as well as a large variety of beads.

We will be experimenting with a variety of different wire jig shapes and you can make earrings or pendants instead. Some basic wire working experience is needed.

Code: JIG

TREE OF LIFE SUNCATCHER

Make a beautiful Suncatcher using copper wire, choosing from a wide variety of real gemstone chips and crystals. You will start by shaping the frame and attaching the tree wires to the frame, then twisting the roots, tree trunk and branches and eventually threading on your chosen gemstones and crystals. A soothing and satisfying project.

Code: SUN

*BEADED MACRAME BRACELET 

Hollywood stars pay a fortune for them. Now you can learn how to knot this very popular macramé style bracelet with your own choice of coloured cord and authentic Shamballa beads.

Code: MACRAME

MEND & FINISH
A much requested class. Bring your broken and/or unfinished jewellery pieces and find inspiration and time to complete them or make new from old. There will be a variety of materials and beads available and most of them included in the price.
Code: MEND