Tag Archives: Bead

10 wirework christmas decorations to inspire you

This Christmas tutor Anna Campbell has been inspired to make her own wirework Christmas decorations. Have a look at some of these fabulous ideas:


Wire christmas ornament hangers via WireExpressions



Holly decoration via Earth Balance Craft



Celtic tree ornament via Nicholas and Felice



Christmas globe via Eni Fenyvesl


Christmas wreath via Louise Goodchild Designs




Beaded angels via Dotty Beads



Swarovski snowflake via Rosie Willett Designs



Wire christmas tree wall hanging via Better Homes and Gardens



Beaded star and tree via Minimalisti



Snowman via wiremajigs


Are you inspired to take one of our one day wirework jewellery classes? We have a couple of places left for December classes and have classes scheduled into 2017

Beginners wire weaving

Beginners wire wrapping

Wire jewellery with Linda Jones


Do share your creations with us on Facebook or Instagram!

Author: Anna Campbell

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs


New jewellery classes and revamped favourites

As you may have noticed, our tutors have been working on some exciting new additions to the courses we offer at LJS for both beginners and more advanced practitioners and we’d love to invite you to book a place!

These new classes include:

Silver jewellery

Silver stacked bangles

Make your own silver findings

Granulation and fusing

Channel setting in silver

Collet setting in silver

Grain setting in silver

Silver clay jewellery

Make a metal clay charm bracelet

Evening and taster classes

For those of you that are working in London during the day, check out our new evening and taster classes:

Stacked silver rings taster (1 evening)

Stone setting 10 week evening class (10 weeks)

Soldering and stone setting in silver (5 weeks)

Perspex jewellery taster (1 evening)

Mixed media jewellery (5 weeks)

Guided workshops

Based on feedback from you, we also now have silver and metal clay guided workshops. These are designed for those with some experience who would like to work on their own projects using our facilities with an expert tutor on hand to answer any questions.

Silver guided workshop

Metal clay guided workshop

Phew! Lots of exciting new courses to tempt you with! But we haven’t forgotten some of our old favourite classes. Tutor Helen Walls has designed all new projects for our beading classes.

Beginners beading

Designed for complete beginners or those who would like to practice and develop their skills.

Earring project


In this project you will learn how to

  • Make your own bespoke earring wires
  • Use bead caps
  • Make neat and even loops in wire
  • Open and close jump rings

Stacking bangles


In this project you will learn how to

  • Make your own bangles from wire
  • Create your own finish on the bangles including a hammered texture
  • Add charms and beads to your bangle

Necklace with decorative components


You will learn how to

  • Add beads and charms using wire and jump rings
  • Add chain

Double-row necklace


You will learn how to

  • Use stringing materials e.g. tiger tail
  • Effectively design your piece so it hangs well
  • Use crimps
  • Professionally finish your pieces

Intermediate beading

Designed for those that have attended beginners beading or those with some beading experience, you will learn a wide variety of more advanced skills on this one day class

Cluster cocktail ring and single stone cocktail ring


You will learn how to

  • Make and size your own ring with wire
  • Wire wrap beads to decorate your ring
  • Make a wire ring with a focal bead

Tassel earrings


You will learn how to

  • Make your own bespoke earring wires
  • Create a rosary link
  • Add chain to make a tassel



You will learn how to

  • Design your own bracelet with multiple components
  • Create a rosary link chain of beads
  • Link elements with wire and jump rings

T bar and toggle clasp


You will learn how to

  • Make your own bespoke findings to match your jewellery designs
  • Make an effective toggle clasp out of wire

Lariat necklace


You will learn how to

  • Make a lariat clasp in your choice of shape
  • Make a cluster bead pendant
  • Attach chain

Advanced beading

Designed for those that are ready to take their skills to the next level, some more advanced and complex skills and the opportunity to work on your own mixed media project with tutor support


You will learn how to

  • Weave beads and chain to make a cuff
  • Design your own mixed media variation including cord, buttons etc
  • The same techniques can be used to make other types of jewellery including earrings

Structured earrings


You will learn how to

  • Make your own wire frames
  • Add beaded elements
  • Use these design to make a pendant, necklace, lariat etc

Freestyle project


You will learn how to

  • Use the techniques you have learnt to design a statement piece with tutor support
  • Experiment with mixed media including wire, beads, chain, buttons, cord, fringing, ribbon etc

Hopefully we have something new to tempt you to come and visit us in our new studio at Hatton Garden! If you have any ideas for courses you would like to see please do let us know. We’d love to hear from you in the comments below.

Author: Anna Campbell

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

Free Jewellery Tutorial: Make a Beaded French Knit Necklace with Anna Campbell

Here at the London Jewellery School, all of our tutors are highly trained in a wide number of jewellery making techniques.  And they all love sharing their knowledge, skills and passion with the next generation of jewellery makers and artists.  Tutor, Anna Campbell, has created a short video tutorial on how to make a beaded french knit necklace using a French Knit Dollie.  Anna usually recommends the Clover Wonder Knitter as it has a wider hole in the centre which is great for larger beads.


We hope you enjoy making this project!  Have a go and let us know how you get on by sharing pictures on our Twitter and Facebook pages.

If you want to learn more jewellery making techniques you can find our face to face classes here, online courses here and a selection of other videos on our YouTube channel.


Author: Anna Campbell

LJG Guest Blogger - Anna Campbell of Campbell Hall Designs

FREE Jewellery Making Workshop on 23rd & 24th July @Southbank Centre from 12-4pm!

FREE Jewellery Workshop - Fashion Uncovered 23rd & 24th July (2)


Fancy doing a spot of making this weekend?  We would love to you join our founder, Jessica Rose, for a FREE jewellery making workshop as part of Fashion Undressed Festival at the Southbank Centre on 23rd and 24th July from 12-4pm!

london jewellery school-free jewellery workshop - perspex bracelet 2

You will learn how to make a funky perspex charm bracelet which is yours to keep and there will be loads of other workshops celebrating style and creativity – from the street to the catwalk, along with art, culture and performance.  It is sure to be a great day out!

For more information about the event  click here!

We hope to see you there!

Getting the Gatsby look

Carey Mulligan sporting Tiffany jewels as Daisy in The Great Gatsby

Baz Luhrman‘s film version of F Scott Fitzgerald‘s The Great Gatsby finally opens this week to flurry of fashion pieces on the flapper look. And here at LJS we’ve also fallen under the spell of some of the fabulous Tiffany jewellery worn by Carey Mulligan as Daisy.

The pieces designed by Tiffany & Co  in collaboration with Catherine Martin, the costume designer on the film are oppulent in the extreme and very beautiful but it is possible to get some 1920s style for less.

Glittery hair ornaments, bands and tiaras can be created with crystal beads and wire (such as on the left) but you might also think about investigating junk shops and charity shops for glittery pieces of diamante.

Broken necklaces and brooches can be recycled as new brooches or hair slides.

They can also be stitched as an embellishment on a 20s style dress, cloche hat or a long silk scarf to tie round head or wear as a sash.

Then there are beads.

The 1920s fashionista didn’t skimp on her beading like this lady wearing a long string of beads over a beaded bodice.

Long necklaces of pearls (real or fake), semi precious stones or glass beads – in singly or in multiple strands – are the classic look we all associate with the 20s and are straightforward beading project. We can expect to see lots this summer.

Welcome to our new studios

The big move has happened.

We are now in our fabulous new studios at 7 Hatton Square Business Centre, 16-16a Baldwins Gardens, London EC1N 7RJ.

That’s the same building as before but now we are downstairs.

The first class in the beading studio this morning was technical drawing for some of our Diploma students.



The silver studio is ready for a wedding ring workshop.


And the new refreshment area is gleaming – and don’t worry there are plenty of biscuits.


But we still have unpacking to do in the third studio…


…. and the office isn’t quite sorted yet. But the tranformation is amazing – come and see for yourself with a class soon.


Spring special offer – 15% off jewellery making classes

The glimmers of Spring sunshine that are finally appearing have gladdened the hearts of the LJS team so much that we wanted to bring a little brightness into your lives as well.

So we are offering 15% off all classes taking place between Wednesday 17 April and Sunday 5 May inclusive.

There is a wide range of classes taking place during the special offer period. If you want to learn a completely new skill, there are beginners’ courses in wire wrapping, wax carving, precious metal clay and beading plus taster classes in everthing from Introduction to Gemstones to Making a Leather Necklace. Or if you want to take your skills to the next level there’s Advanced Beading and Polishing and Finishing in silver.

If you want to join in our celebration of Spring with a spot of jewellery making, use the promotion code 09041303 when you book to ensure your 15% discount.


Make a woven cord and chain bracelet

IMG_0128bLooking for a new jewellery idea to try over the Easter break?

Or perhaps you need to amuse the kids.

The latest step-by step-project on our website might be just the ticket.

This cord and chain bracelet, from designer and LJS tutor Hayley Kruger, is a versatile project that can be worn by men and women depending on how you style it.

You can chose to add beads or charms or leave it plain, use chunkier chain, IMG_0122bweave ribbon rather than cord or weave the cord on both sides of the chain.

Why not choose jewel and neon colours for a Spring look or an oxidised black chain for a striking look.

Once you’ve mastered the technique of adding the cords, the only limit is your imagination.

And because the bracelets don’t require dangerous tools, they make a great IMG_0156bchoice for a family crafting session.

And don’t forget to check out all the other step-by-step projects on the website.

Happy jewellery making and happy Easter.

Make jewellery at the Big Bead Show


If you are planning to visit the jewellery maker’s delight, the Big Bead Show at Sandown Racecourse in Surrey on 6 April why not book in for a jewellery class with our very own Chu-Mei Ho.

Chu-Mei will be teaching two workshops – one each on fashion necklaces and chandelier earrings – and they are the perfect opportunity to take a break from your shopping to do something creative.

Classes are £14 each if booked in advance or £18 if you sign up at the show (assuming there are places left). You can find out more here.

And if you don’t know about the Big Bead Show – well, it’s the biggest all bead fair in the UK, with exhibitors stocking supplies for wirework, polymer clay, lampwork, silversmithing and beading. The organisers promise that  “you’ll never have seen so many beads in one place before!”.

Beading: a male perspective…

Diploma in Creative Jewellery student Gary Schofield tells how his first day on the course was an inspiring step into the unknown

Week one, first day; I find myself in an all-female environment, threading beads on strings, totally out of my comfort zone and terrified.

Beading I believed, was not my penchant and most certainly not my forte….

It wasn’t long before I became totally enchanted by the beautiful work being created around me by my fellow students, and I began to understand a deeper pleasure in the subject than I had previously allowed myself.

I became aware of the vast emotive and expressive panorama of possibilities that beading can incorporate, and realised that from my male point of view there were opportunities here for me to utilise this medium according to my own voice…

SMy work in the class was not terribly ambitious but I began to see the possibilities with new and excitingloop inspiration.

Just the simple techniques of creating loops and clasps began to hold a certain captivation and prompt me toward new design ideas.

I think I had previously shied away from necklaces preferring bracelet and bangle design where I found that my prefered bold and solid statements were be more fitting.

During the following week I sourced lots of  bead work and began to look closely at original ethnic necklaces, especially those that incorporated metal in the design. From this I realised that the notions of bead and pendant were more ambiguous than I had thought, allowing a much more open and creative approach than I’d thought.

After some sketching out of ideas I finally came up with the following three pieces:


In this one I was looking to combine some repousse technique with sweat soldering and some wire binding, all of which I need much practice in, and to incorporate these with all I’d learnt in the beading class.

I had my first experience of shopping for beads and chose the shop in Great Tower Street, where I found a good variety of beads and found the occasion to be very enjoyable. I think this project was a success as it shows a new versatility in my design and also shows many weak points that need more attention.


This one was more of a disaster in as much as the bezels were not well made and spoilt what could have been quite a nice piece but all in all I guess there were some very successful aspects; the sunburst nature of the design held together well, keeping its shape when worn and I really quite like the overall look of the thing, really want to make it again but this time with a little more care!


This was my latest piece and although it is not beaded it does have a direct link to what I’ve learnt from beading. It has nice loose facets that jangle around like beads and the same kind of feeling when on the wrist. Again my bezels are messy and the connecting wires need a re-think but I feel that it holds a lot of promise for future ideas.

I really hadn’t anticipated that beading would be so rewarding and I am delighted with this influence it has had on my work; all in all it’s been a great and fruitful experience.

About the Diploma in Creative Jewellery

The Diploma is a unique course for people wanting to develop career in jewellery. It combines learning traditional skills such as silversmithing with working more modern materials such as Perspex and precious metal clay so that students develop a range of jewellery skills which they can use to create own signature styles.

Students attend classes one-day per week for three terms over a year culminating in an exhibition where they show their final collections – this year the event will be at London’s Craft Central.

There are currently places available on course starting in May and September and we also offer a full-time seven week intensive version  of the Diploma starting in July. Find out more here.