Lessons in Wirework Sculpture & Jewellery Making
Somerset Wired!

Have fun while you learn the skills for this fascinating hobby. Choose your own lessons from the teaching “Menu” below. A ‘one off’ for a party or build your own course. No previous experience is necessary; learners have been from 8 to 80+. All tools and equipment will be supplied at no extra cost. There will be opportunities to buy or order additional materials, tools and equipment to follow up your skills. 

Get in touch and we can tailor a course for you.

 Details & Costs

Tutor Holly Berkley is a well-know artist based in Shepton Mallet, Somerset but is happy to travel to surrounding areas and set up in a hall or your home. Charges for a session (approx. 2 hrs) are £15 per person for up to 10 people. There is a minimum charge of £100.

“Thank you Holly! We love your energy, enthusiasm; we love your ease and obvious joy of what you share with us. Thank you!” Nina

Beaded Earrings

During this class we will be making 3 sets of decorative beaded earrings. We will be learning wire beating skills with a mini anvil and hammer as well as wire weaving techniques.

Star Jewellery Set

During this class we will be making a beautiful jewellery set of a pendant and matching earrings. We will be using a bead winder and mandrels to form these intricate double sided pieces.

Wire Necklace

During this class we will be making a solid beaten wire necklace with hook and eye fastening which we will beat flat with a mini anvil and hammer. We will then make a curled wire piece and attach it to the beaten base before making individual hangings with your choice of beads and attach them to the loops.

Bead Brooches

During this lesson we will be making free form bead brooches. This is a fun and rewarding class where we will be producing several brooches using colour selected beads.

3 Beaded Wire Rings

3 new wire work ring designs, two of which are adjustable. A 6 beaded snake ring. A feature bead double spiral ring and a large spiral bead ring. Using 2 thicknesses of wire and your choice of world beads, you will be learning how to correctly size a ring and use a ring mandrel.

Beaten Spiral Earrings

During this class we will be attaching semi precious stone chips to wire and then hanging them on large spirals that we form from wire and beat flat with a jewellers hammer and mini anvil.

Wire Beating

During this class we will be learning how to use a small hammer and a jewellery mini anvil to produce a number of pieces from rings to earrings. S clasps to decorative embellishments that add individuality and movement to your jewellery.

Beaten Stars

During this lesson we will be making 3 matching star hangings using copper wire to shape the stars and then beating them flat using a miniature anvil and hammer.

Spiral Bracelet

During this lesson you will be learning how to use a bead winder to produce a thick highly decorative wirework bracelet which incorporates more than 7 meters of wire.

Celtic Penannular Brooch

Made with a miniature anvil and hammer, these brooches feature a long pin attached to the ring by its head. The pin can move freely around the ring as far as the terminals. There is a gap between the terminals wide enough for the pin to pass through.

Wire Rings

Approx 2 hrs. During this workshop we will be producing up to 4 wirework rings and learning how to resize them. Designs will be, adjustable spiral ring, button ring, bead ring and spiral ring. All of these are made from wire and are simple to produce and very decorative. We will learn how to measure and resize a ring and use a ring triblet to form these popular rings.

Scorpion Sculpture

Approx 2 hrs. This copper scorpion sculpture is approximately 11cm in length and is made from 3 meters of 1mm wire. You will practice a variety of wirework skills to produce this attractive small sculpture.

The Peacock

This peacock is made of 7.5 meters of .5mm copper wire. During the making of this sculpture you will also be learning how to use a bead winder to produce a wire work bead which is incorporated into the peacocks body.

Hanging Star

During this lesson you will be using 22 meters of wire to make a star shaped frame and then learn how to use a wire winding tool to wrap .5 mm wire, which will be used to wrap the star frame you have made. You will then learn how to make and attach embellishments to complete this attractive hanging ornament.

Wrapped Sharks Tooth

During this lesson you will be learning how to make a wire wrapped sharks tooth pendant using a fossilised shark’s tooth which is several million years old. You will then use a variety of wirework skills to turn the tooth into a pendant.

Wire Trapped Stones & Keepsakes

Learn how to trap a stone or keepsake in a miniature decorative wirework cage using .5mm wire. Finish the piece by making a bail so that your keepsake will be able to form an attractive pendant.

Viking Weave Bracelet

During this lesson you will be learning how to produce Viking weave from .5 wire. This traditional craft has a fascinating history and the woven chords were once used as currency. You will learn how to draw the Viking weave using a draw plate and how to make finishing ends and a clasp so that it can be worn as a bracelet.

Wire Work Sea Turtle

During this lesson you will using a variety of wirework skills to produce a charming wire work sea turtle with a glow in the dark shell.

Enamelling

During this session you will be learning the skills of enamelling using the traditional method of applying powdered glass to a copper base and firing it in a miniature kiln. This is a simple and rewarding project where you will be able to produce more than 1 pendant.

Wire Bead Making

During this class you will be learning how to produce a variety of different designs using a bead winding tool and over 35 meters of wire to master the bead winder making several different wire beads from various types of wire including coloured enamelled copper wire.

Other Workshops

A Spring Birds Nest. During this class you will be learning skills to enable you to make an attractive birds nest pendant with a bail containing 3 birds eggs.

Recycled Newspaper Bead Necklace. During this lesson you will be learning how to produce cheap, colourful and unique beads from newspaper and magazines. You will then thread them together to make an attractive necklace, bracelet or earrings.

A Mesh Necklace. During this lesson you will be learning how to produce an attractive necklace using woven craft mesh and beads. You will learn how to make ends for it as well as a decorative “s” clasp closure.

Basic Earrings. During this lesson you will be learning how to make a pair of beaded earrings from a selection of world beads. You will learn design principles that will help you to produce your own designs. These can be attached to clips or wires.