There are currently no workshops scheduled other than monthly drop-ins.
Workshops that have run in the past and can be booked privately:
COPPER & ALUMINIUM ETCHING: we will be etching beautiful, intricate designs into copper or aluminium to create some stunning bangles, pendants or earrings.
COPPER CUFF: Shape your own bangle from a strip of copper sheet, learn how to file, rivet, texture, punch holes, stamp shapes or letters into it and make a beautiful cuff.
METAL STAMPING: Metal stamped tags and jewellery are fashionable and can be personalised to make truly unusual presents. Learn how to stamp your own message or design on metal blanks.
WORKSHOPS CURRENTLY WITHOUT DATES
STERLING SILVER WIRE CHAIN BRACELET 4 hrs
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 Silver Plated wire for atrial bracelet, Sterling Silver wire and clasp for the 'real thing'.
FINE SILVER CHAIN BRACELET/NECKLACE 5 hrs X
You will learn how to use a technique called 'Fine Silver Fusing' to fuse fine silver wire rings, which you cut and prepare yourself, into a chain and then work them into a shape of your choice. The chain you make can be used as a bracelet or a centre piece of a necklace if finished with some ready made silver chain. You will learn how to make a variety of shapes like round, oval, rectangular or heart or have freedom to develop your own design. You can also embellish with beads or keep it minimalist. Finish with a Sterling silver lobster clasp. Materials for a bracelet or a 16" chain are all included. We will take a 45 minute refreshment break, and biscuits and tea will be provided throughout the session. There will be a maximum of 4 places in this class to ensure everyone gets plenty of individual attention from the tutor. This class is NOT suitable for complete beginners. Please ring Birgit (07910251629) first to discuss your level if you are not sure.
FIREWORK OF COPPER
An exciting workshop for anyone who is up for a special challenge. You do not need any 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, charms etc.
This is such a pretty project requested by students. If you find the full version tricky, there will be easier versions to do which are just as pretty. Coiled wire links are teased apart into flowers and finished with coloured beads and wrapped loops. We will be working with bare copper wire which can be patinated if time permits. As always, you will have the choice of lots of beads of different colours and sizes. Variations for less experienced wire workers or anyone who would prefer the look, are also on the menu (see picture). You will have enough time to finish one or two items like necklace, bracelet, earrings, and materials are included in the workshop price.
When worn, this jewellery will look stunning and certainly attract some attention and favourable comments, or make it as a unique and beautiful present for someone else.
3 hrs £35
An interesting way of weaving wire rings together into a stunning bracelet. You will be learning two different weaves: Full Persian Chain and Two-in-Two Chain and should have enough time to complete at least one bracelet. Rings to complete one bracelet will be provided. 3 hours of bliss for any ‘chainmailer’, a little bit more challenging for those new to it.
LEAF PIN / PENDANT
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.
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.
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.
This is 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 experience needed!
Make a beautiful Suncatcher by learning how to create a wire tree in the middle of a copper frame and threading your own choice of real gemstone chips and crystals onto the branches. A soothing and satisfying project.
Perhaps time to think of Christmas presents?
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.
Coil wire around dowels of varying sizes and tease into a flower shape. With a little bit of practice you can make some beautiful earrings and necklaces or pendants from copper, silver plated or coloured aluminium wire.
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).
WOVEN CUFF 'X'
Suitable for experienced wireworkers.
For this gorgeous copper cuff we will be using wire weaving techniques, hammering, texturing, and eventually patinating and polishing. An all-round project. Wire for one cuff included.
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.
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.
CHRISTMAS DROP-IN WORKSHOP
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 or apple juice and special biscuits. As usually there will be masses of beads and components on the table.
Some materials are included in the price and more can be purchased if you are on a roll.
An evening that will certainly get you in the Christmas spirit (in more ways than one). Bring some food or drink to share.
Book soon to avoid disappointment.