LEAF PIN / PENDANT
Saturday 12 May 18 10am-1pm
This is a project where some experience working with wire could be an advantage but is not necessarily essential. We will be making a leaf shaped wire frame with copper wire, hammer this to give it stability and use thin wire to wrap in a variety of beads, gemstone chips and crystals to fill the shape. There is lots of scope to use your imagination and create a unique design. Because of the nature of the thick 'needle', the pin can be worn on loosely knitted materials. If you are not into pins, you can adapt the project and make a stunning pendant. A pretty item to sparkle in the Spring sun or brighten a dull day. Two items included in the price.
ONE LAST TIME
Sunday 13 May 18 4-8pm
Join us for the very last workshop of this project.
Focusing 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 or accessories you choose to make. Apart from using flower, butterfly or bird cutters, you can design your own shapes. There will be some give-aways of left over materials at the end of this class. If you have done this class before, you will get a discount of £5.
NEW METAL STAMPING
Sat 19 May 18 10am-2pm
This project is suitable for everyone, even if you have not done any wire or metal work before. Metal stamping is also quite fashionable at present. Stamp your own message or design on metal blanks and make your own personalised items like bracelets, pendants, bag charms, key ring tags etc. There will be some ready cut blanks, but you can also cut out your own shapes out of thin metal sheet. We will be working with aluminium and copper and learn how to design the layout of our pieces (especially if you want to make a mandala pattern), how to work with metal alphabet and design stamps in various sizes to stamp the design into the metal, apply patina and polish to a high shine. The finished pieces make a perfect personalised gift, or keep them to remind you of some wise words you would like to bear in mind. A pack of blanks and pieces of sheet metal are included in the price.
ONE LAST TIME
Sunday 10 June 18 4-7pm
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.
FREE 100g pack of clay, including hardener worth £30 for the first 3 people with a paid booking. If you have done this class before, you will get a discount of £5.
ONE LAST TIME
Sunday 17 June 18 4-8pm
out all the stops and let your creativity and design skills run wild in this
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. Any unused resin can be taken home and there will be some FREE blanks! If you have done this class before, you will get a discount of £5
ONE LAST TIME
Sunday 24 June 3-8pm £50
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 bull's eye cane and use the slices as decoration on beads and for lentil swirl beads. We will experiment with stripy leaf patterns, a simple flower or leaf cane and some other techniques - time permitting. We will be baking the clay as we go along and finish off with polishing and getting a nice high gloss on the pieces. Creative and surprising! More Pictures here
WIRE CHAIN BRACELET
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.
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 or metal working experience.
If you have agreed with Birgit (07910251629) to pay in instalments, please choose the agreed amount from the drop-down menu.