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Create gem-inspired stones: polymer clay workshop


Duration: 10.00am - 4.30pm

Price: £95

Book with: Elizabeth Sadler
at Elizabeth Sadler Jewellery

Bealings Barn
Grundisburgh Road
Great Bealings, Woodbridge
Suffolk
IP13 6PE

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About the Course

On this one-day workshop you will learn how to use polymer clay to make some beautiful gem-like stones. These can look very like the ‘real thing’, or you may choose to be more experimental. You don’t need any prior experience of working with polymer clay, just a love of colour and jewellery. At the end of the course you will be able to take home a pendant and a completed necklace of your own design.

The course takes place in my studio at Bealings Barn, where you can enjoy the beautiful surroundings – weather permitting. Places are limited to 4 so that I can give lots of personal attention and guidance. Do let me know if you would like to arrange an event specially for you and your friends.

During the day we cover:
• looking at examples of semi-precious stones (such as amber, amethyst, amazonite,
citrine, coral, jade, lapis lazuli, malachite, onyx, rosequartz, and turquoise)
• choosing the ‘stones’ you would like to make in a shade that suits you
• conditioning clay
• learning about a range of techniques for creating different 'stones'
• fashioning a pendant
• making different bead shapes and sizes
• firing clay in a domestic oven
• finishing your pieces
• designing a necklace in a style and length of your choice

An information pack describing all the techniques will be available so you can continue to create new pieces on your own.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

All tools and clay are provided, together with glass beads and base metal findings (clasps etc) to make your completed necklace and pendant. If you wish to add sterling silver findings to your design, or you need extra glass beads, a clasp or a neck wire for your stand-alone pendant, these can be purchased on the day.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are served throughout the course and lunch is available, but you are also welcome to bring your own if you have special dietary requirements. To finish off the day, we can enjoy a glass of Prosecco together and admire each other’s work.



Want to review this course?

A really interesting course in a beautiful setting. Elizabeth is a good, patient teacher, very enthusiastic and full of ideas with lots of samples for ideas. Nice to be in a small class as able to give each person lots of attention and help where needed. Plenty of refreshments throughout and delicious lunch. My first time working with the clay and I made a beautiful necklace that I shall be proud to wear as it looks so professional. Have already ordered some clay to try it at home!!

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Response from Elizabeth Sadler Jewellery:

I'm so pleased you enjoyed the workshop and that you are going to carry on with more clay projects at home. The 'purple jasper' necklace you made is stunning. Well done you!

My sisters and I arrived at the beautiful home of Liz not knowing what to expect. All of us were complete novices but Liz guided us through the course allowing us to experiment, encouraging us to ‘unleash’ hidden talents! We all came home with pieces we are proud to wear.
Thank you, we would love to come and try another new experience.

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Response from Elizabeth Sadler Jewellery:

Thank you so much, Vivien, for your kind words. I SO enjoyed meeting you and your sisters and learned from your experimentation too. That's the joy of sharing experiences.

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.


  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Romantic
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for stag and hen dos
  • Weekends

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