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Ardington School of CraftsDoorway
Wirework Jewellery - an introduction
Course Date: Thursday 29th June 2017
Category: Jewellery
Price: £80


Students will learn to shape and manipulate various forms 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 to create some simple and elegant jewellery which can be given as gifts or kept to oneself as a treat.

Further Detail

You will work with a range of jewellery wires and an interesting supply of different beads to create pairs of earrings and unique linked necklaces. Depending on time constraints, you may be able to produce a number of beautiful pieces. 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 of the specialist tools for this indulgent and fun course will be supplied by the tutor.

Skills/Techniques Covered

You will learn the following skills:

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

Develop an understanding of professional expert tools and equipment


This course is suitable for the following levels:

• Beginners and intermediate


Materials are not included in your course fee.

All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £13.00, 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 do not need to bring anything with you as the tutor will provide all tools and materials. However, do bring your own beads if you would like to use some of them during the day.

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 and tea are 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.