Jewellery from beads and buttons with Sara Withers


Ref: S2D12417

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About this course

Learn simple wire techniques to design jewellery from beads and buttons. Techniques shown include: wrapping and linking beads, creating findings, threading, finishing necklaces and remodelling old bead jewellery.

Course Description

You will learn some core jewellery making skills while enjoying making jewellery from beads, buttons and threads. The focus will be on using wire techniques to make some pendants, earrings and bracelets. You will also learn how to finish threaded necklaces and how to wrap beads. At the end of the course, you will have several pieces of jewellery and you will have knowledge on how to mend or remodel some of your own bead jewellery.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • The cost of wires, threads, findings – all essentials.

What students need to bring

  • None needed – but remember to bring glasses for close work if you need them.
  • Bring any beads, pieces of broken bead jewellery and tools you may have.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A good selection of general art and craft materials.
  • Silver can be purchased from the College Shop which stocks a range of sheet, wire, rod, tube and findings. These will be available in set sizes and lengths suitable for a wide range of projects.
  • Available from tutor:
  • There will be more materials available to buy from the tutor.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

Courses of interest

Interested in a career in metalwork?

Our Foundation Degree in Metalwork will enhance your employment prospects, give you the skills to set up as a self-employed craftsperson or allow you to continue to higher education. Encompassing both silversmithing and blacksmithing, you will learn practical skills, material properties, placing your work in a broader context and historic metalworking techniques. Find out more

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