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Lampwork Classes

We currently run a few types of lampwork classes in our studio workshop. We also run a 3 hour jewellery making course where you can learn how to make your beads into beautiful and unique jewellery.

Details of the course content are described below and can be purchased in our shop.
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All our glass and supplies come from Tuffnell Glass and we have a huge range of colours to suit everyone’s taste.

If you have any queries please fill out the form on the Contact Us page or phone 01527 457968.

One Hour Taster Session

On a One Hour Taster Session we will cover:

  • Health and safety aspects to ensure our safety
  • How to make glass stringers and twisties
  • How to make lampwork beads
  • Bead decorating techniques
  • Then the most exciting part, you try the techniques
In our one hour taster session we will cover the essential health and safety aspects of lampworking and the equipment we will be using, to ensure that we are safe during the session. Then we will move on to the most exciting part – making the beads. I will demonstrate making glass stringers and twisties which we will use later in the session to decorate beads. Then I will show you how we make round beads and decorate them with the stringers and twisties I made at the start of the lesson. You will then make and decorate your own beads. Depending on progress you may make between 2/4 beads. These will be kiln annealed overnight together with any beads that I make during the session. Once annealed they will be cleaned and posted to you. All glass, tools and safety equipment are included in the price together with any beads I make during the session. Tea, coffee or a soft drink and biscuits are also included.

Three Hour Beginners Classes

On a Three Hour Beginners Class we will cover:

  •  Health and safety aspects of this fascinating hobby
  • Types of equipment & tools we will be using on the course
  • The various types of glass that lampworkers use
  • Then the most exciting part – how to make stringers and twisties
  • How to make and decorate lampwork beads
We will cover a lot in the three hour class. Firstly we will cover the health and safety aspect of lampworking and the equipment we will be using, to ensure our safety and to give you confidence. Then we will move on to the most exciting part – making the beads. First I will demonstrate how to make stringers and twisties which I will use later on to decorate the beads I make – then it will be your turn to make your own. We will then move on to making beads which we will decorate with the stringers and twisties we made at the start of the class. You will probably make about 6/8 of your own beads depending on size and complexity, which will be kiln annealed overnight and posted out to you after they have been cleaned. You will also keep all the beads I make during the session. Use of all equipment, tool and materials are included in the price, together with tea, coffee or a soft drink and biscuits.

Intermediate Classes

FULL DETAILS ON REQUEST

Use of all equipment, tools and materials are included in the price, together with tea, coffee or a soft drink and biscuits. This class can be tailored to cover certain aspects of lampworking that you are interested in.

Jewellery Classes

Making your beads into special items of jewellery We also run a three hour jewellery making workshop so you can create unique items of jewellery from the beads we made. This can be organised on the day after your Taster/Beginners course, when the beads have been annealed, or you can book the course on a convenient date and bring our beads back with you. The workshop will be run by my wife April (Fuchsia Cottage Crafts). She will discuss design ideas for your beads and what you would like to achieve. She will then tailor the session to your requirements. The workshop will cover one main aspect of jewellery making and you will come away from the session with one or more unique items of jewellery have you have created. You will also be able to use the techniques you have learnt to create more lovely jewellery when you get home. Techniques can include:

  • Wire work, including making clasps and fastenings
  • Stringing including crimping
  • Small bead work
  • Macrame
  • Making ear rings will also be covered if time allows
Use of all equipment, tools and materials are included in the price, together with tea, coffee or a soft drink and biscuits.