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Handmade canes, beads and jewellery from Polymer clay in Bedfordshire.


Duration: One day

Price: £75

Book with: Bernadette Pickering
at Treasunique

Beeston
Bedfordshire
SG19 1PQ

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About the Course

Whether you have worked with Polymer clay or not, let's get creative!!
Polymer clay is a bakeable clay, which comes in different brands and colours.
I personally use Premo by Sculpey for workshops as it conditions so well.
Many students have mentioned how they remember polymer clay from their childhood and are amazed that it has progressed into such an inspiring and interesting craft.
Now together we can have a creative day and make Handmade Beads in Polymer Clay, you will get to choose in advance three complimentary colours from the Premo range.
The workshop includes 'cane' building, bead making and jewellery composition, all in one day.
I also demonstrate other designs, for level 2 or Masterclass for your future booking if required. I also recommend other resources, tools and books.
What we can create together will be something completely unique and bespoke and you will be the only one with it!
Compliment you own favourite colours and clothing. Be inspired!!

I offer 3 levels in cane building and bead making.
Level 1: I will teach you 3 cane designs with 3 colours of your choice.
You will leave with a completed piece of jewellery, ready to wear, plus the skill to make more.
Plus hints and tips and a free gift of a hole cutter, hat pin for making holes in your beads and a cutting blade.
Level 2: Same as above but with more in-depth cane designs.
Plus hints and tips and a free gift of hole cutter, a hat pin for making holes in your beads, plus a cutting blade.
Level 3: A master class in cane building.
Plus hints and tips and a free gift of a hole cutter, a hat pin for making holes in your beads and a cutting blade.
Only canes and beads will be made at this level, as the expectation is that the student will be able to put their own jewellery together.

All the student needs to bring is a small plastic box to take home any spare clay and canes.
There will also be an opportunity to purchase Premo by Sculpey clay at a good comparable price, plus an acrylic roller.
I also offer a discount for more than one student, so if you bring a member of your family or a friend, I will reduce both your your fees!
I can accommodate up to 3 students in all.

The student will inform me of colours in advance and also provide me with a deposit of £20 to secure their place on the day.
It is transferable if used against another date.

Be a walking work of art, wearing wearable art!!

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?

I include everything for level 1 and 2 required for the day, all clay for all 3 levels, spacer beads and findings to complete your project.
Lunch is provided too, which will be a homemade soup and homemade bread (both suitable for vegans), plus refreshments throughout the day.


Want to review this course?

Thank you, Bernadette. I thoroughly enjoyed my creative day with you! I was chuffed with the first set of beads I made. But couldn't believe how professionally complex the beads had become by the end of the day! I can't wait to try out these new skills - I just hope I can remember all the steps! I would thoroughly recommend Bernadette and this course to anyone who is even vaguely interested - I guarantee you'll be hooked by the end!
p.s. Thanks also for the yummy soup and bread.

- - #24279

Response from Treasunique:

Thanks so much Alison, I so enjoyed our day of creativity!!
Also how enthusiastic your were in all aspects of the process, all the best as you move along in your new skill of designing jewellery!!
You already have a customer wanting to buy your blue set!!

I had a very enjoyable and relaxed day and Bernadette was a very patient teacher, as I was a beginner using polymer clay. I anticipated the process to be very complicated and was amazed to find how easy it was to produce a variety of canes and turn these into my beads. I soon realised that the only limit was my imagination.I am now looking forward to practicing cane and bead making and would certainly attend an another day with Bernadette to improve and expand my skill base.

I can highly recommend Bernadette's home made soup and fresh bread.

- - #24267

Response from Treasunique:

Oh Gillian you are so kind!! Thank you for sharing such an enjoyable day with me, so happy you found it easier than expected.
It was great to see how confident you were when the canes were ready to turn into beads and of your own compilation.
I would be very happy to see you on a return visit (ChuffChuff) LOL :)

One of the most enjoyable days I have had for a long time. I do a little bit of polymer clay work but always wanted to learn about making canes and learnt so much. Bernadette was a joy to spend the day with as she is passionate about her craft and loves sharing her knowledge. She was able to adapt the day to my needs, going at a comfortable pace but stretching me as well which was perfect.
Cannot recommend this course more highly for both beginners and experienced people. I came away with an exquisite set of beads that I am wearing with great pride.
Thank you Bernadette.

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Response from Treasunique:

Bless you Maureen, what a lovely review, so kind of you, and hope this is a launch into new arenas of creativity for you.

This was the best thing I have done in a long time. Bernadette whilst not only creative and very passionate about her craft was also welcoming and friendly. She was a fountain of knowledge and was enthusiastic to share it. She was also very encouraging whilst learning the new techniques. I would highly recommend this to any creatives out there, even beginners as I am. Thank you Bernadette.

- - #18117

Response from Treasunique:

Sylvie, thank you so much for your review, it was great to have you here and being so enthusiastic with your natural ability, from your cake decorating background!! Well done for all you achieved, a lovely day :)

We were looking for a surprise activity for a friend - it was a surprise for her and we needed to adapt times and content of course a little to fit it round everyone. Bernadette was amazingly helpful in working with us to create a fun, chatty day where we made some amazing colourful jewellery - I cannot believe i had it in me! She is encouraging and cajoling - perfect mix to make sure everyone ends up feeling that they have achieved something truly creative. Bravo and can whole hardheartedly recommend.

- - #18089

Response from Treasunique:

What a great day with you 3 lovely students, it was such fun as your friend thought it was archery related!!
So to bring that surprise together well done Mandy!!
Also for all your willingness to be adventurous in a totally unaccustomed medium!!
Great results all round ladies!
And hope to see you all again in your neck of the woods, sometime in the future!

Thank you sooo much to Bernadette for a fabulous day making jewellery. I had a brilliant day and was made to feel very welcome. I was a complete beginner so Bernadette guided me through lots of different techniques of making the canes and I produced a beautiful bead necklace with matching earrings. As well as taking home my new jewellery, I was also able to keep the extra canes that I had made as well as a few other little freebies. I would highly recommend this course to anyone interested in jewellery or clay or both! Thanks again Bernadette x

- - #11879

I made a necklace and bracelet set as a gift for my Mum; I really enjoyed the techniques I learnt and the end result was great, Bernadette was a fabulous teacher. Would highly recommmend.

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  • Advanced/professional level
  • Daytime (weekdays)
  • Intermediate level
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teen friendly
  • Weekends

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