This course has concessions available

Beading And Wirework Jewellery

Learn a range of techniques and designs to make your own beaded &wire jewellery. Each term you will learn different projects and skills. Students will be encouraged to create a variety of techniques of beads and Wire jewellery mix. Each term will include knotting technique with charm bracelet, waving and spiral techniques, beads on wire bracelet as well as creative findings from scratch, with pliers. Learning to make gorgeous necklaces or bracelets and pairs of earrings, and to securely finish and attach to creative clasps. Also looking at other varied skills including wire pendant. Also using colourful cord in Komihimo (braiding) construction with detachable pendant. Each term you will learn how to use wire to connect bead elements in different ways. Also using needle and thread to create intricate bead woven designs and techniques. Each term will offer a new series of set projects where students will be able to learn and practice a range of techniques, and beginners and higher level learners can join any term.

If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu

Please note that the course will take place at Blackfriars Settlement, 1 Rushworth Street, London SE1 ORB. This is a new Mary Ward Centre location and is a short walk from Southwark Tube Station.

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Who is this course for

This course is designed for mixed abilities and knowledge. Making beading &wire jewellery for those who wish to broaden their skills, and/or are looking at business opportunities, or just a hobby.
Students should be interested and inspired by using beads to create exciting pieces of jewellery.
Please note, these techniques can require some manual dexterity, so please contact the centre if you are concerned about this.

What does this course cover

Each term will include a variety of different types of techniques and a different selection of projects that will include bead stringing techniques, waving, spiral, combined with wire jewellery. Also creating findings from scratch. Using silver plate wire to create items such as earring hoop, jump ring, different design of clasps. Also how to finish and attach to your own jewellery. How to use jewellery tools and ideas and much more.
You will learn to use a variety of techniques to make gorgeous beaded earrings, necklaces and bracelets. If desired, students will also have the opportunity to make fine crochet wire jewellery.
Projects each term include; -
At least one bead stringing project - learning how to safely and securely string a necklace or create bead earrings / bracelet
A Kumihimo (braiding) project and detachable wire pendant with decorative fastening
A bead weaving project - using seed beads, and a needle and thread, how to make pattern on graph paper
A project using wire (0.6mm) or chain to decorate or connect beads in different ways and finish off pendant or bracelet. As well as many other tips and tricks.
Students will learn new techniques through a fresh series of set projects each term, and following this, towards the end of the term there will be one or two flexible sessions for students to practice their skills and experiment with design ideas, expand on the designs or techniques from earlier in the term, or to work on alternative personal projects with the tutors support.
Suppliers details and information regarding the most useful tools and materials will be provided for any students who may choose to continue their work at home.

What will it be like

The teaching and learning methods we use on the course
One to one dialogue, group discussion, tutor example, explanation and group and individual demonstration as well as group exercises and instructions.
How we assess your progress on the course
Continuous evaluation is an integral part of the course. This is achieved through one-to-one discussion between tutor and student and group discussions, group display which take place during the term.
Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.

What else do you need to buy or do

Each project MWC provide only one item per person worth of beads and wire. If you want to make extra items you have to buy your own material.

Time to time Students are asked to provide their own choice of beads for the course, and your tutor will advise on suppliers and on what types of beads will be most useful for the specific projects planned for the term.

Please ensure you bring your glasses (if you wear them) as there can be a lot of close work.
It would be useful to bring a notebook and pen / pencil to record ideas, make any notes and to experiment with design ideas, but this is not essential.

What this course could lead to

When you continue in this course. All leaners will give different ideas and techniques and projects for following term. Such as brick technique, daisy pattern, 12 balls layer necklace, creative wire earring and pendants. Subject can be changed, depending on majority of learners wanting to learn a particular project. Also planning your own business, tutor will give you further information and ideas. This course may also inspire you to continue your own projects
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.

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This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria

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Why choose Mary Ward?

Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course

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