Jewellery Making Classes at The Nottingham Bead Shop

Important: All classes are currently held virtually via zoom or catch up video. We will be resuming our bead and craft workshops at our city centre shop as soon as it’s safe to do so.

Virtual workshops are run live on Saturday mornings via Zoom (the advantage is that you can interact and ask questions). For those who can’t attend the live workshop you can watch the recorded video of the workshop at your leisure!

Virtual Workshop – Tiara Making

In this workshop you will learn simple wire work techniques to create an effective hair band, comb or decoration.

Virtual Workshop – Trailing Flowers

Learn how to combine basic netting and stringing techniques to create an effective floral necklace.

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Trailing flowers virtual workshop
Virtual Workshop – Star Mandala Pendant

Virtual Workshop – Mandala Pendant

In this workshop you will learn how to make a mandala pendant.

Dates available:

Beginners Jewellery Making;

  • Beginners Jewellery Making Video Workshop
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    All of our workshops normally take place in our first floor spacious workshop room. Our workshops offer you the opportunity to learn new skills, increase your confidence with jewellery making and meet new beaders. All our workshop prices include materials (unless stated otherwise) and you get to take home the jewellery you make.

    5 week beginners silver smithing jewellery making class

    Silver Smithing 5 week beginner class

    Dates Available:

    This workshop will run on 5 consecutive Thursday evenings 6pm – 8pm

    • More dates to be confirmed soon

    This workshop will introduce you to the various skills and techniques used in silver smithing. Over the 5 weeks you could make a small individual item each week, or utilise everything you’ve learnt to combine into one or two larger pieces.

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    Make resin jewellery in this resin jewellery workshop

    Resin Jewellery with Mould Making

    Dates Available:

    • More dates to be confirmed soon

    Learn how to create jewellery from mixing resin and setting it in moulds as well as making your own moulds. Learn hot to finish your pieces into jewellery.


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    Macrame knotting workshop

    Macrame Plant Hanger

    Dates Available:

    • Sat 2nd May. 2020 10am – 1pm.

    Learn how to create basic macramé knots including square knots, spiral knots and half hitch knots, you’ll use these to knots to designs your own macramé plant hanger. You’ll get to take home extra beads to make more!


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    making jewellery from beads and wire

    Introduction to Jewellery with Beads and Wire

    Dates Available:

    • Tue 7th April 2020 2pm – 4pm
    • Sat 25th April 2020 2pm – 4pm (full)
    • Sat 16th May 2020 2pm – 4pm
    • Sat 13th June 2020 2pm – 4pm

    Using Czech glass beads and silver plated wire. Learn how to shape wire with pliers to create neat wrapped loops which you’ll use to make your own earrings and bracelet.


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    pyrography jewellery making class

    Pyography Decorative Beads

    Dates Available:

    • More dates to be confirmed soon

    Learn how to use a wood burning tools to brand wooden items to add a decorative pattern, you can also add to your design with coloured marker pens creating your own unique beads to turn in to simple statement jewellery.


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    aromatherapy jewellery with bamboo oil

    Aromatherapy Jewellery

    Dates Available:

    • Sat March 28th 2pm – 4pm

    GUEST TUTOR : Karen Jackson
    You’ll learn how to make a simple bracelet and pendant using lava beads; their porous quality makes them ideal for adding doTERRA oils to.


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    Basic Jewellery Making for Beginners

    Dates Available:

    • Sat 23rd May 10am – 4pm

    Using a variety of different techniques learn how to make earrings, bracelets and necklaces. You’ll be introduced to the basic tools needed to start making jewellery.


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    polymer clay jewellery

    Introduction to Polymer Clay Techniques

    Dates Available:

    • Sat 21st Mar. 2020 1pm – 5pm.

    Get to grips with some of the most useful and practical processes when working with polymer clay. You’ll also learn how to use your designs to make your own beads or pendants.


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    Glass Fused Coasters and Wall Hangings

    Dates Available:

    • More dates to be confirmed soon

    Learn how to effectively, cut and layer glass to create beautiful fused glass coasters or small decorative pieces that can be hung in a window. You will be able to make 2 pieces in the class either coasters or decorative hangings.


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    Glass Fused Beads and Pendants

    Dates Available:

    • Sat 28th March – 10am – 12pm

    Learn how to make fused glass beads and pendants using innovative moulds that are fired in our kiln. Using a combination of glass frit and small Dichroic pieces you’ll be able to create really interesting effects.


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    make your own mala necklace

    Mala Necklace

    Dates Available:

    • More dates to be confirmed soon

    You will learn how to knot Mala beads, creating a mala necklace using coloured howlite beads and a semi-precious Guru bead.


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    The Bead Shop necklace

    Swarovski Netted Lace Necklace

    Dates Available:

    • More dates to be confirmed soon

    Learn how to create this elegant necklace, similar to Victorian netted necklaces, incorporating stringing and netting techniques using a combination of Czech glass beads and seed beads with Swarovski pearls and crystals.


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    bezel beading jewellery making class

    Beaded Bezel Jewellery

    Dates Available:

    • More dates to be confirmed soon

    Learn how to create an effective bezel for a small Swarovski rivoli stone using right angle weave techniques then turn into a ring, pendant, brooch or hat pin.


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    Beaded Snowdrops with Lesley Belton

    Dates Available:

    • More dates to be confirmed soon

    Join the talented Lesley Belton to learn how to create her realistic beaded snowdrops using Victorian beading techniques.


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    Beaded Roses with Lesley Belton

    Dates Available:

    • Sat 6th June 2020 10am – 1pm

    Join the talented Lesley Belton to learn how to create her wonderful beaded rose using Victorian & French beading techniques.


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    jewellery making class with Swarovski crystal

    Honey Ripple Bracelet

    Dates Available:

    • More dates to be confirmed soon

    Learn how to create this striking geometric bracelet utilising the versatile two hole honeycomb and gemduo beads incorporating the innovative Cymbal findings to create a professional finish.


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    Dichroic Glass Jewellery

    Dates Available:

    • Sat 16th May 10am – 12pm

    Learn how to cut and layer glass to achieve different effects using vibrant and decorative dichroic glass. You’ll create simple shapes that you will then make into stunning jewellery!


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    Flat Chenille Stitch Bracelet

    Dates Available:

    • More dates to be confirmed soon

    Join Matt from Glass House Florals who’ll show you how to make a wonderful rustic wreath using seasonal foliage combined with wirework elements for a festive splash of beaded berry tone


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    Intro to Silver Art Clay

    Dates Available:

    • Sat 8th August 2020 10am – 5pm

    You will learn all the basic techniques for creating your very own Silver Art Clay jewellery; from moulding, to firing & finishing; you will use the different types of clay including solid clay, paste & syringe.


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    Kumihimo Braiding With Beads

    Dates Available:

    • Sat 30th May. 10am – 1pm

    Using a basic 8 warp round braiding method, learn how to incorporate beads into your braiding to create a floral effect using Czech glass seed beads and pip beads.


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    sterling silver cabochon setting jewellery making class

    Silver Smithing – Introduction to cabochon setting

    Dates Available:

    • More dates to be confirmed soon

    You’ll learn how to create a ring and solder a setting to the band before adding an 8mm Cabochon. You will need to have had soldering experience to do this workshop.


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    Our workshops are also available to do as 1-2-1 tuition which is £26 per

    Bead and Craft Social group runs 1st & 3rd Monday evenings
    (except Bank Holiday’s) 5.30pm – 7.30pm

    It’s held on our first floor in our airy and bright workshop room accessible by one flight of stairs (with banisters). Everyone is welcome whether you’re new to beading or been making jewellery for years. It’s a friendly informal session, there’s no obligation to come every week, just pop along when you can and there’s no need to book.

    The Bead and Craft Social is £3 per session which includes tea/coffee & biscuits (& sometimes cake!)

    We also run Private Parties for Kids, Hens, Work socials and team building. Please contact

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Debbie Bryan
Debbie Bryan
07:50 30 Apr 20
I've been a customer at this creative haven since my days as a textile student 20 years ago! The staff are always so helpful and the online customer service is excellent too. Always an inspiring visit, reasonable prices too.
Cate Jones
Cate Jones
12:01 17 Jan 20
This shop and the people who work there are absolutely amazing! I order both online and via phone when I have a bigger order and they are so helpful. Recently I placed an order and it meant that they had to order some bits in because it was a big order and one or two items weren't normally stocked... by them. Rather than send me to another bead shop to get the non stock items, they put in a special order for me and went out of their way to make sure that all was done in one stop. They ship things quickly and securely and the packages are always well wrapped without being wasteful. In all, The Bead Shop (Nottingham) is one of the best bead shops around and I wish I lived closer so I could spend more time browsing the actual shop!read more
Jackie Harrison
Jackie Harrison
15:29 24 Dec 19
I contacted The Bead Shop for some advice and now wish we lived nearer! The advice I was given was fantastic and the parcel even arrived with a little extra something for my daughter and a lovely hand written note. The delivery was quick and the package well packed. Looking forward to many more... purchases.read more
Siobhan Somers
Siobhan Somers
20:23 17 Dec 19
I recently attended a beginners jewellery workshop at The Bead Shop in Nottingham, after being given a voucher for my birthday last year. I have fancied picking up a little creative hobby for a while, but what I hadn’t anticipated was just how relaxing it would be. I completely switched off to... everything else for 3 hours and it was so refreshing. Honestly think these workshops should be offered to big companies as a way to reduce stress and get their staff feeling creative. Can’t wait to come back for another!read more
Linda Robertson
Linda Robertson
12:26 12 Dec 19
I have had great service from this shop. I only needed a few beads to complete a project. Their delivery price was by far the best for a small order. They were dispatched quickly and were exactly as described. Would highly recommend.
Janice Arnold
Janice Arnold
06:56 21 Nov 19
Really pleased with my purchase, excellent service and the price was great I hunted everywhere for letter beads to put on my handmade wreaths Just placed another little order.
Joanne Johnson
Joanne Johnson
16:14 18 Nov 19
I recently visited the Bead Shop in Nottingham and was very pleased to be served by extremely helpful young lady. I am very much a beginner at Jewellery making and she identified everything I needed to make some earrings. She was also courteous and cheerful. I later tried to order some more... items using the mail order website but due to my lack of technological skills, I soon ran into difficulties. I telephoned the shop and a very pleasant gentleman talked me through the whole process (which incidently was very straightforward). I am grateful to the Bead Shop not only for the professionalism, patience and courtesy of their staff but also for the quality of their merchandise. Thank you and I look forward to my next visit.read more
Sam Self
Sam Self
10:23 17 Nov 19
Absolutely brilliant service! I ordered a few things and they arrived very quickly. The items were packaged exexcellently too. I have since contacted the shop about future workshops and nothing is too much trouble for these lovely peeps! Will definitely use them again.
Joe Ling
Joe Ling
16:08 13 Nov 19
They had the most amazing beads! Every shape and size you could imagine! They even had vibrating ones! Those made me feel the best !
Alyson Larholm
Alyson Larholm
09:54 10 Nov 19
I have used this company a few times and they have always been helpful, accommodating and really lovely too! When I've needed advice, they've also been very quick to look at photo's to help me work out what I need etc. Can't recommend them enough.
Kim Mitchell
Kim Mitchell
09:39 04 Nov 19
Keep returning to this company. Best value for money, quality of items and fast delivery. Highly recommended.
David Austen
David Austen
11:56 28 Oct 19
When I ordered the breakaway beads for the lanyard I have been making I got confirmation of the order in minutes less than 24hrs had notification that my order had been packed and sent and I received it in 2 days absolutely brilliant thank you so much for speed and good packaging no worries I... will be back again.read more
Alison Chase
Alison Chase
20:21 27 Oct 19
Beautiful products, excellent service, speedy delivery. .still loving The Bead Shop (Nottingham)! Great job everyone - Thank you!
Steve Wisker
Steve Wisker
13:33 24 Oct 19
as always very impressed with delivery. Will be ordering again soon, plus hoping to call in at the shop for a good browse. Thank you and keep up the good work
Hollie Cranham
Hollie Cranham
06:39 15 Oct 19
Really quick service and great prices! Really low postage costs too. My usual bead order shop closed, this was a light amongst many pricier alternatives!
Mo Beach-Morris
Mo Beach-Morris
14:42 01 Sep 19
I was recently trying to find a specific Beadalon item and discovered one version of it at the Bead Shop, one of the few places to sell these components at a competitive price. I mentioned on the site feedback that I would have liked this item in another colour, and much to my surprise, I... received a phone call regarding this item. The Bead Shop have now ordered this item for me, and I am beyond grateful. What superb customer service, certainly going above and beyond. Thank you Bead Shop.read more
Mairi McInerney
Mairi McInerney
14:17 30 Aug 19
First time I've ordered from them, and will definitely order from them again. They had the book I was looking for, and at a great price. Really speedy service too. It arrived the day after I ordered it, and I live in the Highlands.
Susan Horsman
Susan Horsman
18:44 27 Aug 19
They stock some unusual items, brooch to pendant converters, as well as a good range of beads and accessories. Service is always quick. A good place to shop.
Justyna Lewandowska
Justyna Lewandowska
06:27 09 Aug 19
Love this place! Such a nice atmosphere I love browsing through hundreds of beads. Great selection of jewellery making tools and findings.
Sue E
Sue E
14:24 06 Aug 19
Enjoyed an introduction to Jewelry making workshop this morning. Made a pair of earrings and a bracelet! Thank you Emma for a great workshop and your patience
sue truesdale
sue truesdale
14:11 18 Jul 19
Lovely bead shop that I miss now that I'm back in Devon. Great selection of beads and findings and great online service too. Thank you :)
yogicaspi
yogicaspi
21:21 20 Jun 19
Lovely quality flower beads. I’ve shopped here online a few times & I always find the process very easy, the service is very efficient too. I’ll definitely be back for more.
Frances McCarthy
Frances McCarthy
12:04 13 Jun 19
Great local shop with products for a wide range of skills. Knowledgable and friendly staff. Kits, beads, equipment and findings all easy to browse, lots of examples, and even workshops.
Nicole C
Nicole C
06:19 10 Jun 19
Stumbled across this wonderful site while I was shopping for some new delica beads and I was thrilled by the choice of colours and the different types of beads they offer at very reasonable prices. Their site is super easy to navigate and they have a very handy quick-add of various amounts of the... beads you want which makes it very quick to fill up your basket (much to the dismay of my bank balance!) Once I placed my order I chose 1st class post and they arrived within 2 days of placing it, I will DEFINITELY be buying from here againread more
Wendy Booth
Wendy Booth
23:26 01 Jun 19
I recently attended an 'Introduction to jewellery making' class here and thoroughly enjoyed it! It was a nice,small group, which meant help was at hand when needed, and the instructor was really patient and knowledgeable. We left with a bracelet and a pair of earrings each that we had made... ourselves, which I am wearing with pride. Great value for money and a brilliant way to spend a Saturday morning -thank you.read more
Glenys Newton
Glenys Newton
06:01 24 May 19
Only ordered by post so far and have ditched the Amazon link now. Excellent service, price and quality. I had to phone in to amend some details, it was all done quickly and followed up.
CAROL REID
CAROL REID
13:57 12 Apr 19
I am new to bead weaving and having bought seed beads ,needles and a book to start I realised storage was an issue. I bought bead tubes and a needle case to protect my tools. I then saw the beginners kit so that went in my basket. The delivery was quick and by Royal mail, wooden needle case take... my new beading needles(can't find them anywhere else). The kit is beautifully presented and has what appears to be comprehensive instructions.looking forward to starting it. Will certainly be back.read more
Rosamund Bowler
Rosamund Bowler
09:05 12 Mar 18
Great little shop packed with everything you need to make gorgeous bead creations. We attended one of the bead jewellery workshops upstairs. There were 10 of us on a hen party day of celebrations. Our tutor, Emma was brilliant and we all made a pair of earrings and a bracelet to take home. With it... being a hen party she also allowed us to have cupcakes and champagne whilst we worked. It made for a very enjoyable afternoon.read more
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