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Glass bead making workshops


Duration: 3 hour session, by arrangement

Price: £60

Book with: Julia
at Julia Spall

Persistence Works
21 Brown Street
Sheffield
South Yorkshire
S1 2BS

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About the Course

Introduction to making your own glass beads in soda lime glass.

In a few hours of tuition I will show you the fundamental skills of this fascinating and beautiful craft.

The sessions are for 2 people attending together and include the use of all tools and materials, at the price of £60 per person.

One-to-one tuition can be arranged for £90 for a 3 hour session.

Make your own glass beads by melting coloured rods of Venetian soda lime glass in an open flame, using a technique called 'lampworking'.
Alternating between a series of demonstrations followed by your practice and experimentation, I will show you how to form a basic bead, and then add embellishments such as dots and stripes.
The sessions are for 2 people attending together and include the use of all tools and materials. The beads will then be kiln annealed ( held at a particular temperature to reduce internal strain in the glass and make them very durable) and posted to you free of charge. This will also include the demonstration beads made on the day.

The classes are held in my lovely bright Studio located 5 minutes walk from the train station in the heart of Sheffield's Cultural Quarter.

Aprons and protective glasses are provided. Wear clothes you feel comfortable working in, and if you have long hair please tie it back.

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?

Use of all tools and materials, including safety eyewear and aprons.

Refreshments.


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I have now done two bead making courses with Julia and have had a fantastic time on both occasions. Julia is a really good tutor; she explains and demonstrates techniques clearly and is on hand watching how things are going and gives good advice if needed. She is very encouraging and attentive. I felt I really developed some new skills under her guidance. You get going actually making beads surprisingly quickly and both times I have ended up with some beautiful work. The work is really engrossing and there is always more to learn!

- - #25032

Fantastic course! I am a complete beginner and wanted to learn the new skill of glass bead making. Found Julia's course through this website and I couldn't have made a better choice. She is excellent at explaining how to make a bead and use different techniques to personalise and decorate them. I was on making a bead within 15 minutes of entering the room and felt very supported, guided and directed throughout the session.
I was really pleased with the beads I made and gave the first one to my Mom on a lovely sliver chain for her 94th birthday present.
I left the day feeling like I wanted to learn and practice more. I have since done a second day with Julia and made myself some lovely earrings. I can't recommend Julia enough as an competent and encouraging instructor and the course as a great way to learn a new art or refine your existing skill.

- - #24881

A thoroughly enjoyable activity, very peaceful and highly recommended. Julia gives expert demos then gently guides you through as you make your own beads. I was very impressed how much was achieved and love wearing the beads on a bar brooch.

- - #19432

Where do I even start? I had an absolutely amazing afternoon with Julia. The time whizzed by and I'm really excited to see the final product (I only did it yesterday. They should be in the kiln as we speak!).

I'm definitely going to find the time to go back so that should be enough to tell you to book on yourself!

- - #17936

Brilliant course, loved every minute of it and would recommend it to anyone. I learned a lot and it was great fun. Only problem is I want to do it again I feel a new hobby starting. Julia is a good tutor and taught me lots, for any one wanting to try this I would definitely recommend this course.

- - #16546

I spent a lovely day learning all sorts of techniques for beadmaking. Julia demonstrated things I wanted to learn, and explained everything really clearly, then made sure I had understood.

- - #16410

Julia was brilliant showing us how to make from a basic bead shape to adding some deciration. Very patient and a good tutor. Will be going back for more lessons in the future to build up our knowledge can't recommend highly enough!!

- - #15675

Amazing course, thank you so much Julia for all your help and support, this has given me a new skill to further develop
Kindest regards Angela

- - #15610

I really enjoyed the course. Julia was very informative and helpful and it was great learning something new.

- - #15607

Had a lovely afternoon, time flew by, I learned the basics of lamp working, and can't wait to learn and practice more. Julia is a good teacher, she gave me background info as well as the practical knowledge needed. Would definitely recommend the course .

- - #13722

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


  • Accessible by public transport
  • Disabled access
  • Evenings
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teen friendly
  • Weekends

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