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Ardington School of CraftsDoorway
Jewellery - Beads, Buttons, Wire and Threads
Course Dates: Thursday 26th October 2017 to Friday 27th October 2017
Category: Jewellery
Price: £160


Students will learn to shape and manipulate various forms of jewellery based on the use of jewellery wires to make exciting pieces of wearable jewellery. The tutor will show and teach students how to use a range of expert jewellery making tools and with these new skills will be able to create some simple and elegant jewellery which can be given as gifts or kept to oneself as a treat.

Further Detail

This course will expand on the use of wirework techniques taught in the one-day course by combining them with threads and exploring the use of buttons. We will also learn techniques for knitting with wire and the use of more specialist wire tools such as jigs and coiling tools. You will also be taught how to make your own clasps (fasteners) for finishing each piece of jewellery.  In addition, you will learn how to wrap beads and stones with wire to make them very decorative. All the specialist tools for this indulgent and fun course will be supplied by the tutor.

Skills/Techniques Covered


  • Designing and making unique bespoke jewellery
  • Making simple and closed loops in wire
  • Techniques to develop several different coil designs
  • Constructing fasteners and techniques for wrapping beads and stones
  • Techniques for knitting with wire
  • Finishing threads and simple knotting
  • Incorporate wirework techniques with the use of buttons
  • Develop an understanding of professional expert tools and equipment


Beginner to Intermediate


Materials are not included in your course fee.


·         All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £20.00, payable to the tutor during the course.


We do not have the facilities to take card payments in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book with you if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.

Please bring with you:

You don’t need to bring anything but feel free to bring your own tools or beads (even pieces of broken bead jewellery if you would like to) if you’d like to experiment


We advise that you do not buy any materials required for a course more than two weeks in advance, because occasionally a course is cancelled due to low enrolment.

Tutor Profile

Sara Withers has been designing and making jewellery for many years. She concentrates on the use of beads, resin and polymer clay and has exhibited widely. Her work is sold in a selection of shops and galleries throughout Britain.

She is the author of many books on bead jewellery projects. Her most recent is ‘The Encyclopaedia of Wire Jewellery Techniques’, and there is another in the pipeline. Sara is an experienced teacher of bead and jewellery-making.

Sara’s has studied the Arkell bead collection in the Pitt Rivers Museum, University of Oxford, and in 2007 she was one of the speakers at the International Bead and Beadwork Conference in Istanbul.

Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Complimentary fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS - Lunch: We can cater for vegetarians. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please bring your own sandwiches. Teatime: If you would like gluten/dairy free cake, just let us know when you arrive.