What is the course about?
Taking inspiration from fashion accessories seen on the catwalk, this course will give you a thorough grounding in
contemporary beaded jewellery techniques, to produce your own beaded piece.
You will explore beaded jewellery design, colour, pattern and discuss the methods involved to show your ideas through sampling and the creation of a mood board. You will be supported and encouraged to work from a bead jewellery brief.
What previous students loved about this course:
"The varied topics covered meant we achieved a lot in the four weeks. The size of the group was just right so were each able to get individual attention when needed."
What will we cover?
- Fashion brands as inspiration for your own pieces of beaded jewellery
- Creating mood boards and exploring colour schemes
- Beaded jewellery techniques such as knotting, wire wrapping and wire twisting
- Explore some Constructed textile techniques for making one-off personal pieces such as macramé and knitting.
- Which beads and tools to use - including visiting Covent Garden Market with the tutor
- How to make findings and attach them.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- use traditional beaded jewellery techniques to create a set of beaded jewellery.
- create a mood board to present your ideas.
- finish your beaded jewellery objects with appropriate findings
- How to explore and sample the beaded jewellery techniques and design methods involved in creating a set or a larger piece of beaded jewellery based on your personal idea’s (or from a design brief).
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels, from beginners to experienced jewellers looking to experiment in a new medium.
You will need to be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety information, and be prepared to take part in group discussions. You should be happy using numbers and able to do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals. Group discussions and feedback are encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Most materials and equipment will be supplied, but you may want to bring your own beads and pliers. You will be advised on additional materials you will need in the first session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a wide range of short and year-long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.
The courses below might complement what you learned on this course:
VV503 Try it out: knotting and stringing for beads and pearls
VV355 Knotting and stringing for beads and pearls
VV960 Try it out: jewellery making weekend.
General information and advice on courses at City Lit is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details