NEW Thursday 4-Week COURSE
11 Jan - Wonderful Washers
25 Jan - Leather Key rings, Flowers, Pins
08 Feb - Wire & Woven Wire Rings
08 Mar - Wire Chain Bracelet
Running 7-9.30pm on a Thursday evening
FILLED WIRE FRAME PENDANTS X
Thursday 15 February 18 4-7pm
Make a frame with chunky wire, hammer to harden and use thin wire to wire in your favourite beads. Stunning look and slightly challenging freestyle design. If you have any favourite small beads you would like to use, bring them along.You will need some wire working experience for this one.
LAYERED LEATHER FLOWERS
Saturday 24 February 18 10am-2pm
Join me for a really absorbing and exciting project. We will be cutting out flower components from natural veg tan leather, shape them, dye them, varnish them and assemble them with rivets into beautiful layered flowers. Dyes can be mixed into a variety of colours, rivets range from silver, copper, brass to crystal. Flowers can be used for pins, hair accessories, bag charms, bookmarks and whatever other uses you can find.
COURSE Class 4
WIRE CHAIN BRACELET
Thursday 08 March 18 7-9.30pm
This is a fascinatingly simple way to make some gorgeous jewellery. We will be experimenting with different gauges of wire and link sizes to make some very individual designs. Also hammering, texturing, patinating will be applied (time permitting) to set your piece apart from all others. An exciting and absorbing workshop for everyone.
Discount: £5 off if you want to book for the Sterling Silver Bracelet on Saturday 10th March and have attended this workshop.
STERLING SILVER WIRE CHAIN BRACELET X
Saturday 10 March 18 10am-1pm
If you want to start using precious metals and make a piece of classy jewellery which does not lose its good looks, then this is an ideal first project.In this workshop you will be learning all necessary techniques like flush cutting, shaping, hammering etc. to make a truly tasteful piece of fine jewellery. All materials are included like Sterling Silver wire and clasp.
£35 if booking for the SS bracelet only
£30 if you attended the workshop on 08 March
NEW METAL STAMPING
Sat 24 March 18 10am-2pm
Stamp your own message or design on metal blanks like bracelets, pendants, charms and make into personalised jewellery. We will be working with copper, brass and aluminium blanks and learn how to design the layout of our pieces, how to stamp the design into the metal, apply patina and polish to a high shine. Depending on the size and complexity of your creations, you will be taking home between 2 and 4 items.
will run after Easter
Yet another leather workshop, but there you are, leather is an incredibly versatile artistic material. This time we will be burning patterns into veg tan leather with a small burning iron. If you would like to 'play with fire' and design some unusual bracelets, keyrings or pendants, this is your chance. Design your own pattern or picture and dye your finished design with the colour of your choice. More pictures coming soon.
for anyone who likes a statement piece. You may have made one of the small
suncatchers, but this is a bit different – thicker wire, beads, crystals and
gemstone chips and a beautifully hammered frame. There will be a huge variety of suitable beads, crystals and gemstone chips available. Anyone can make this, no
COURSE Class 3
WIRE RINGS 'X'
Woven wire and sculpted rings
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.
FIREWORK OF COPPER X
An exciting workshop for anyone who is up for a special challenge. You do not need a lot of experience, but a basic knowledge of wirework would be an advantage.
You will be guided through techniques like cutting copper sheet, texturing shapes, embossing, flaming for colour variations and making some really advanced designs. All materials are included and you will be taking home some gorgeous finished pieces like earrings, pendants or charms.
COURSE Class 2
SMALL LEATHER PROJECTS
Key Rings, Bag Charms, Layered Flower Pins
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.
GEMSTONE BONSAI TREE
No experience necessary.
You will be learning wire twisting techniques to make a beautiful gemstone and crystal bonsai tree (see photo gallery). This can be anchored in a pretty little pot or mounted on a natural rock. The assembled tree will be approx. 7 inches high and a perfect gift for anybody. You could, of course, keep it all for yourself as a pretty ornament which does not need any maintenance like a real Bonsai, and use your newly learned skills to make more trees at home.
All materials like wires, gemstone chips, crystals, mini plant pot, gravel, rocks etc. are included in the fee and workshop tools are provided - no need to bring anything.
This project is suitable for anyone, no previous experience necessary.
ANCIENT TREASURES 'X'
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.
Forget about the activity to keep children happy in the holidays and make something really grown up. Apart from clay basics like conditioning and Skinner blend you will learn how to make a cane and use the slices as decoration on beads. We will be making lentil swirl beads and fabulous pendants. We will be baking the clay as we go along and finish off with polishing/varnishing and getting a nice high gloss on the pieces. Time permitting, we will be making some small bowls as well. Creative and surprising! More Pictures here
HERRINGBONE WEAVE 'X'
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.
An interesting way of weaving wire rings together into a stunning bracelet. You will be learning two different weaves: Full Persian Chain and Box Chain and will have time to complete at least one bracelet. Rings to complete one bracelet will be provided. An afternoon of bliss for any ‘chainmailer’, a little bit more challenging for those new to it.
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.
No experience necessary.
Moving away from wirework and focusing more on designing with colour and shapes, this project will appeal to the artist in you. We will be cutting shapes out of special plastic sheet, colour them and use a heat gun to shrink them down into pendants, charms, connectors for any piece of jewellery you choose to make. Apart from using flower, butterfly or bird cutters, you can design your own shapes. See what students made here.
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.
Just when you thought you have done the 'leather thing', this comes along! Apart from cutting out beautiful flower, butterfly, heart, leaf and feather shapes on a die cutting machine, embossing them choosing from a large variety of patterns, and carving on details, we will be dying the shapes with leather dyes mixed to exactly the shade you want. The shapes will then be assembled into layered flowers, riveted together and used for brooches, bracelets, bookmarks and more. Another part of the workshop is, burning patterns into the leather with a pyrography iron and making some beautiful bracelets, earrings, bookmarks etc.
A fascinating and absorbing workshop for crafters, designers, artists and anyone who just wants to try out something different.
Thu 12 October 17 7-9.30pm
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.
Thu 28 September 17 7-9.30pm
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.
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
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.
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.
STONE AND CABOCHON SETTING 'X'
This is a project for experienced wire workers.
Learn two different ways of setting undrilled stones or cabochons. The twisted wire frame setting is a simple, quick way to set stones. The basket weave setting takes a bit longer and is more challenging, but the effort is well worth it. You will have a choice of copper or silver plated wire, and there is a large selection of beautiful semi-precious stones.
The results are simply stunning! Wires and two stones included.
This workshop is suitable for anyone who has some experience working with wire.
All tools and materials are provided, so no need to bring anything (unless you already have a stone you want to set).
RINGS GALORE 'X'
For all ring enthusiasts out there! No experience necessary. There will be some projects suitable for all levels. Start with a simple little wrap ring and work your way through a large variety of styles like wrap, scroll, cluster, trilogy, solitaire, adjustable to the ultimate piece using basket weave and scrolling techniques. Make your time as challenging or easy as you like and take home a ring for each day of the week. And, of course, there is lots of scope for experimenting.
All materials like copper and silver plated wires and a great choice of beads are included.
PLAITED LEATHER STRAP BRACELET/WATCH
Here is something different!
Learn how to make an intriguing plaited leather strap where the ends are intact and only the middle is braided. This can make a bracelet when poppers are added, and if wanted it can be decorated with beads as well.
If used for a watch strap, you will learn how to make bails to fit the watch face to the bracelet and again, it can be embellish with beads (pictures following shortly).
There will be lots of different leathers to work with and once you have learned the technique you are free to develop your own design. There is also a wide variety of watch faces and press studs of different sizes and colours available.
Leather for two items, one watch face and embellishments are included, and more materials can be bought if required.
This workshop is suitable for any level, no experience required, all materials and tools provided, so no need to bring anything.
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.
ENAMEL FLOWERS 'X'
This is a fascinating workshop which will set you on the road to creating beautiful, delicate jewellery and ornaments with wire and nail enamel. You will learn how to create a wire frame and stretch the enamel between the wires. After several coats and when the enamel is dry, you can finish off your pieces with crystal beads. An enchanting and slightly challenging project. You will be able to make a variety of jewellery and decor like Pendants, Earrings, Hair Pins & Combs etc. (Despite open windows and fans, the smell of the enamel can be quite strong and some of the chemicals in it could be harmful to pregnant women.)
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.
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.
No experience necessary.
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.
CHARMING CHAINS 'X'
This workshop is suitable for all levels. We will be making lots of different links, which can be used on their own to make chains or alternated with beads to make necklaces, bracelets and earrings. From a basic figure of 8 link and some of its variations including the Celtic link, we will be moving on to waves, swirls, S-links and perhaps even your very own designer shape. Techniques used include, apart from basic wirework, hammering, texturing, scrolling etc. Various gauges of silver plated and copper wires as well as a large selection of beads and workshop tools are available, so no need to bring anything. You can make as much as you can fit into the time and go home with some lovely and unusual pieces of jewellery.Code: CHAINS
out all the stops and let your creativity and design skills run wild in this
first resin workshop. We will be working with UV resin which cures under ultraviolet
light and will be ready for you to take home straight after the workshop.
Apart from photographs, special papers and seedbeads, we will be using punches, ink stamps, and a variety of other materials to create some funky and original pieces of jewellery. Wooden blanks of varying shapes as well as metal pendant, ring, bracelet and earring shapes will be available.
All tools and materials are provided, no need to bring anything.
After making a braided keyring to get into the swing, you will learn how to add beads to the braid and use this Japanese technique to make a gorgeous beaded bracelet. There will be a huge variety of seed beads and crystals to choose from as well as some stunning clasps - all included.
FINE SILVER FUSING 'X'
This is a step towards traditional silversmithing – a very exciting project. Fuse fine silver wire into rings to make a stunning pendant or earrings. Shape, hammer and texture the rings. Add beads on balled silver headpins. Because of the high cost of fine silver only Pendant OR Earrings are included in the price. Materials for further pieces of jewellery can be purchased on the day.
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 set of earrings, pendant and possibly bracelet if time permits, 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.
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.
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
Are Wire & Bead Jewellery Making Techniques for you? Try it out in our Taster Workshop
In this Taster session you will take your first steps to creating wire & bead jewellery.
You will learn how to use pliers to form loops, make beaded links, fit links together into a pair of earrings or a pendant (or both, time permitting). There will be a wide variety of beads and colours to choose from. The jewellery you make is yours to take away free as all materials are included in the fee.
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.
The very last workshop for this year and a great opportunity to combine making Christmas decorations and presents with the social aspects of good company, (mulled) wine and mince pies. You can make as much as you like - angels and spiral trees (suitable for earrings), Christmas snowflakes, wire jig trees, canes and beaded decorations (until materials run out) and I will only be asking for a donation towards the cost of materials. Please bring some festive food/nibbles or drink to share.
Here you will find and be able to book all classes currently scheduled until the end of the year.
Classes marked with 'X' are suitable for anyone who has some wire working experience.
If you have agreed with Birgit (07910251629) to pay in instalments, please choose the agreed amount from the drop-down menu.