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Manchester bee pewter keyring workshop using cuttlefish casting technique - afternoon session



Handcraft your unique bee design and experience the traditional jewellery technique of cuttlefish casting. Through the workshop Ella will guide you through the process of carving your design from the unusual material cuttlefish bone before we pour the molten pewter (lead free metal) to reveal your design. We will then finish your cast using traditional jewellery tools and techniques before polishing so you can proudly take your final piece home. A fascinating technique with beautiful results.  Suitable for beginners or those with previous silver or jewellery experience.

What's included in the price?

Ella will provide all tools, materials and metal. Ella will provide design inspiration however if you have any doodles or pictures of ideas you'd like to make please do bring them along. Designs and drawings measuring a maximum of 5cm square work best so they can be transferred onto the size of the cuttlefish. Teas, coffees and biscuits provided throughout the workshop. Manchester Craft and Design Centre is open to public with 18 craft studios. Please feel free to allow time before the workshop to browse the centre.


3 hours (2:30pm to 5:30pm)

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts



Ella McIntosh

with Craft Courses since 2018

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Working from studio 10 at Manchester Craft and Design Centre, Ella crafts contemporary pewter for your home and table. She offers a variety of pewtersmithing workshops to create your own unique handmade design to proudly take home. Ella will guide you through traditional metalwork skills whilst conveying her passion for pewtersmithing.


Space 2, Manchester Craft and Design Centre,, 17 Oak Street, Manchester, Greater Manchester, M4 5JD

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
  • School holiday workshops & activities
  • Tutor can travel
  • Father's Day
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Mother's Day
  • Intermediate level
  • Romantic
  • Stag dos
  • Pet lovers
  • Christmas
  • Hen dos
  • UK Holiday
  • Public transport
  • Easter
  • Corporate days out & team building
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