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In this relaxed one day class, you’ll learn how to work with precious metal clay to make beads. You’ll be shown how to make four different types and take them home to show everyone how well you did!

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In this relaxed one day class, you’ll learn how to work with precious metal clay to make beads. You’ll be shown how to make four different types of bead. At the end, take them home to show everyone how well you did! Even complete beginners with no experience leave our metal clay classes delighted with what they’ve made.

Level: Suitable for complete beginners. No previous experience required.

Times: 10am – 5pm

Class Outline

This class is suitable for people new to the fantastic medium of precious metal clay.  This class is particularly useful for anyone who already makes their own jewellery, although complete beginners also really enjoy this class. You will make beads to complement your other bead work or as focal pieces in their own right. No previous experience of metal clay or jewellery making is needed so this class is great for beginners. You’ll be guided through every step by Julia Rai who is an experienced metal clay tutor. We guarantee you’ll come out with some great beads.

First of all, we will begin this one day class with two simple bead types, the flat bead and the rolled bead. The emphasis will be on building confidence working with metal clay and focusing on fun.

After this, you’ll then progress to making a hollow lentil bead followed by a more complex hollow form tube bead. You’ll also set a gemstone into one of these beads. You’ll learn the importance of refining your piece before firing it. Before you use a butane torch to fire your creations you will be given a complete safety briefing. Finally, you’ll see the magical transformation when you polish your pieces.

What skills will you learn?

During the day, you’ll learn the following skills:-

  • Rolling out and texturing the clay
  • Cutting the clay and forming it to create holes and dimension
  • Pasting pieces of clay together
  • Dry construction of hollow forms
  • Stone setting a fire-in-place cubic zirconia
  • Drying and refining your work
  • Firing the pieces using a butane torch
  • Polishing and finishing your work
  • Patina using Liver of Sulphur


Julia will help you to create beautiful fine silver clay beads. You will have a wide variety of textures to choose from to decorate your beads. There is no pressure and Julia will work with you to ensure you achieve your goals for the day. You’ll finish the day with enough knowledge and most importantly, confidence with precious metal clay to create unique beads at home!

How much precious metal clay is included in the price?

The course cost includes enough precious metal clay to create the four basic bead types and a choice of cubic zirconia stone to embed. If necessary, you can buy additional precious metal clay or stones, maybe to take home and continue working with metal clay. We also have some basic tools that you can buy from our onsite shop but everything you need to make the beads will be provided while you are taking the class. Or you can bring your own  metal clay if you’d prefer (PMC3 or Art Clay Silver). We have Sterling silver chains and ear wires to buy from our shop. Or if you have your own chain or ear wires bring them along and Julia will help you hang them. This will mean you can go home wearing your new jewellery.

3 reviews for Precious Metal Clay Beads Class

  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    Edwina Stone

    I enjoyed the complete process. It was good to get an understanding of how versatile metal clay is. An amazing tutor, Julia gives clear and precise instructions. The work space was clean, comfortable and very inviting. Health and safety house rules set out initially at the start of the class. Wellbeing and safety paramount. A truly unique experience. Many thanks.

  2. Rated 5 out of 5


    It’s the most wonderful school for jewellery making.

  3. Rated 5 out of 5


    Julia is able to offer ideas and inspiration on how to develop skills. Just two of us on the course so easy to ask questions and moved at a good pace.

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