Classes

I have over fourteen years of teaching experience and I teach jewellery making classes from my studio at Edinburgh Palette, 151, London Road, Edinburgh. EH7 6AE

There are eight jewellery benches in my studio and plenty of jewellery equipment. I teach a range of classes from 4 to 10 week beginner courses,  intermediate courses, kids classes,1 and 2 day weekend workshops, one to one tuition as well as open studio sessions when benches can be hired by the hour. I also take private bookings for groups of up to 8, please email me to discuss available dates.

Gift vouchers are available (+£2.50 P&P). Minimum amount £25.

To book your place or for any queries email me:    leahbastiani@gmail.com

Silver jewellery making: All levels                                

Mondays 7- 9pm                                19th August - 7th October  8 weeks

                                                               21st October - 16th December  9 weeks                       

Tuesdays 11am - 1pm                       20th August - 8th Oct  8 weeks

                                                               22nd October - 17th Dec  9 weeks

Tuesdays 7 - 9pm                               13th August - 17th Sept  6 weeks

(beginners)                                           24th Sept - 5th Nov (excl 15th Oct)  6 weeks

                                                               12th Nov - 17th Dec  6 weeks             

Wednesdays                                        21st August - 9th October  8 weeks

 10.30am - 12.30 or 1.30pm              23rd October - 18th Dec   9 weeks

6 weeks : £96 

8 weeks : £128 (2 hours)

8 weeks: £192 (3 hours)

9 weeks : £144

9 weeks: £216

This does not include the price of any silver used, which can be purchased in class.

These courses will introduce basic silver jewellery making techniques to the complete beginner (see below), as well as further techniques to the intermediate student. For those who have already mastered the basics, I can show you more challenging techniques or you are free to work on ongoing projects with guidance where necessary.

There is no need to buy anything in advance, however you will need to purchase materials for your own projects. I will discuss this with you during the class.

Please note: The car park is not available to use during the day, however there is free parking near the building. For the evening classes the car park is available to use.

Silver jewellery making: Beginners sessions (intermediates welcome too!).

Tuesdays 7 - 9pm                                           

These courses are 2 hours a session and will introduce basic jewellery making techniques to the complete beginner.

I will teach you new skills using copper and silver, demonstrating techniques such as sawing, filing, soldering, roll printing, stamping and finishing metals. This course will be broken down into a series of simple projects where you can make a silver ring, a pendant, or a pair of earrings/cufflinks . Materials for the projects will be available to purchase in the class. 

This is a relaxed and friendly class with a maximum of 8 students. The car park below the building is available for students to use.

There is no need to bring anything but a sketchbook and pencil would be useful.

*Coffee and tea is available for all classes*

"I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every course I’ve done with Leah. Her relaxed teaching style and wealth of experience are fun and satisfying to learn from. Leah’s bright, inviting studio is beautifully designed, well equipped and a pleasure to work in every time. I highly recommend giving her courses a go. "

 James Thompson, Edinburgh

  

I've now done 3 classes with Leah and loved them all.  The classes are really well organised and Leah's cheerful manner makes them so fun.  The class I did with my daughters was such a joy. Seeing their wee faces when they saw what they had made was just wonderful. Highly recommend!   Jane Lockett, Dunbar

 

Kids classes (2.5 hr workshop)

Sunday 27th Oct. 3 - 5.30pm. Stacking rings.

Saturday 7th Dec. 2 - 4.30pm. Bangle making.

£40 - one child + bangle.

£40 - one child + 3 stacking rings

£35- one child + pendant/keyring

£55 - one child + 1 accompanying adult + one bangle each. 

£55 - one child +1 accompanying adult + 3 stacking rings each

£45 - one child +1 accompanying adult + one pendant/keyring each   (includes materials)

These workshops are suitable for kids aged 8+ and my studio allows 5 kids maximum (with or without adults) 

Kids can come alone or accompanied by an adult. If the adult wishes to make a piece of jewellery too, there is an added charge for materials. If the adult is coming to help their child and not make anything there is no extra cost.

I will show you how to measure, saw, stamp and solder sterling silver wire or sheet to create a personalised piece of jewellery using pattern and letter stamps, or texture it using different types of hammer or a rolling mill. The finished pieces will be polished up by the end of the session and ready to take home.

You will be using a saw, hammers and a blowtorch so full use of the hands is required for this workshop. Long hair must be tied back

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.

please note: the car park is available to use during the weekend classes.

"Leah’s classes are thoroughly enjoyable.  You come away with a real sense of achievement and pride in what you have made. She has the kettle on for a cuppa and the radio on in the background while you create something unique in a fantastic studio space."

Emma Ellis. Edinburgh

“I have participated in 2 terms of intermediate classes with Leah and it has been really good fun. She provides a relaxed and informal teaching environment in a perfectly stocked and equipped studio, each of us working on our own projects and at our own pace but overseen and aided by Leah and her vast experience. I would highly recommend.”

Lisa Gunn. Edinburgh

Ring making (one day taster session)

Sunday 10th November.  10am - 1pm

£45 (includes materials for one ring)

This workshop is suitable for all levels and is the perfect way to introduce basic jewellery making techniques to the complete beginner.

You will learn how to measure your finger, cut your silver, hammer and solder your ring. You will be able to add words, numbers, patterns and textures to your ring which will be polished up by the end of the session.

Make a silver spinner ring (1 day workshop)

Sunday 3rd Nov. 10am - 3pm

Sunday 12th Jan '20. 10am - 3pm

Sunday 1st March '20. 10am - 3pm

£65 ( includes materials for 1 ring )

Suitable for all levels, no previous experience necessary.

You will learn how to size your finger then cut, file and texture, solder and shape your silver, enabling you to create a tactile, unique ring which will be polished and ready to wear at the end of the class.

Tea and coffee is included but please bring lunch.

Please note: the car park is available to use at the weekend.

"I was at the spinner ring workshop and as a beginner I achieved so much! The atmosphere was friendly and informal with help and advice throughout the creative process as well as tea and biscuits in between. This day course has inspired me to continue with Jewellery making as my new hobby. Thanks Leah!"


Gail Mcguire. Edinburgh

Silver bangle making (one day workshop)

Sunday 13th October. 10am - 3pm

Sunday 1st Dec. 10am - 3pm

Sunday 9th Feb '20. 10am - 3pm

Sunday 5th April '20. 10am - 3pm

£80 (includes materials for 3 bangles)

This workshop is suitable for all levels, including beginners.

Rather like the stacking rings workshop, you will learn how to make at least 3 contrasting silver bangles. You will measure, cut, solder, texture and finish your bangles - each made from a different shape of silver wire. You will be using hammers and punches ( including letters and numbers) to shape and pattern your bangles, then you will be shown different ways to finish them. There is the option to make more than 3 bangles which can be paid for during the class.

Tea and coffee is available but please bring lunch.

Please note: the car park is available to use.


Keum-boo, an introduction.

Sunday 27th October. 10am - 2pm

Sunday 10th May '20. 10am - 3pm

£65 (includes materials, but not chain or ear wires), maximum of 6 students.

Keum boo is an ancient Korean technique of applying 24k gold foil to silver, using heat.

During this workshop I will show you how to prepare your metal so you can successfully design and create a pendant or pair of earrings and a ring with an eye catching keum-boo effect.

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with jewellery making experience. You will be provided with enough silver sheet to make at least one piece (or pair) and any additional silver, gold, chain and ear wires required can be purchased during the class. 


Make a silver pendant (1 day workshop)

Sunday 23rd Feb '20. 10am - 2pm

£55 (includes materials)

This workshop is suitable for all levels, including beginners, and is a great introduction to silver jewellery making. 

You will learn how to texture, shape, saw, file, stamp and solder sterling silver sheet and wire to create a pendant of your own design. Your pendant will be polished and ready to wear, on a silver chain, at the end of the session.

Tea, coffee and snacks are provided.

The carpark is available to use at the weekend.

Silver stacking rings (one day workshop) 

Sunday 22nd Sept. 10am - 3pm

Sunday 24th Nov. 10am - 3pm

Sunday 19th Jan '20. 10am - 3pm

Sunday 29th March '20. 10am - 3pm

£65 (includes materials)

This one day workshop is suitable for all levels, no previous experience required.

You will be shown how to size, shape, solder and finish up to 6 contrasting silver rings to create a set of unique stacking rings to take home at the end of the day. You will be using a saw, files,  hammers and soldering equipment.

Tea and coffee is available but please bring lunch.

Please note: The car park is available to use at weekends, but not during the week.


" I really don't want to tell everyone what a great teacher Leah is, and how enjoyable her classes are, just in case all her classes get booked up and I can't get a place. I attended a one day workshop and it was absolutely fantastic! "

Valerie Jackman 

"Amazing class with a top teacher! We had a fantastic day at Leah's studio creating stacking rings. Great way to relax and destress. Thank you! "

Katarina Matson

Earring making (one day workshop)

Sunday 26th Jan '20. 10am - 3pm

Sunday 26th April '20. 10am - 3pm

£65 (includes materials to make 2 pairs of earrings)

This one day workshop is suitable for all levels, especially beginners.

You will make two pairs of silver earrings, drops or studs, which you can take home at the end of the day. You will learn how to cut, file, texture, solder, shape and finish your silver then add sterling silver fittings.  You can then polish your finished designs.

Tea and coffee is available but please bring lunch.

Please note: The car park is available to use at weekends.

Make a silver Russian wedding ring or bangle (1 day workshop)

Sunday 8th March '20. 10am - 2pm

£65 - ring

£75 - bangle (this includes the price of the silver)

Traditionally, Russian wedding rings are three interlocking bands of rose, white and yellow gold symbolising the past, present and future of the couple.

In this workshop you will make three sterling silver rings creating a ring or bangle based on this unusual design. You will be provided with the silver required and learn how to size, saw, shape, solder and finish your piece.

This workshop is suitable for all levels including complete beginners.

Tea and coffee is provided but please bring lunch.

Please note: the carpark is available at the weekend.

Make a stone-set silver ring, pendant or earrings (1 day workshop)

Sunday 15th March '20.  10am - 4pm

Sunday 24th May '20. 10am - 4pm

£75 (includes all materials)

This workshop is suitable for all levels, no previous experience required.

To make a silver pendant or ring with a cabochon stone you will be shown jewellery making techniques such as cutting, filing, roll printing, soldering and bezel setting in silver. You will create a pendant or ring to take home at the end of the day. 

Tea and coffee is included but please bring lunch.

Please note: the car park is available to use at weekends.

I also take private group bookings for between 4 and 8 people. Perfect for hen parties, birthdays and general getting together and learning something new!

I can host a three or four hour class on some Fridays and Saturdays (dates and times can be discussed via email)

Prices vary depending on the class, eg bangle making, pendant making, ring making, stacking rings, spinner ring.

Please contact me to discuss prices and dates: leahbastiani@gmail.com

"Leah has a beautiful, well equipped studio where she has created a friendly, welcoming environment conducive to learning. I thoroughly enjoyed my day there and would recommend to individuals as well as groups"

Claire Mclean, Musselburgh.

Open studio/bench hire days:

On these days I will be in the studio working on commissions, or teaching a class. The available benches and equipment can be hired for you to work on your own projects for £5 per hour, to be booked in advance. Let me know how long you require a bench and I can reserve it for you.



Please note: These are not teaching sessions. You must be of a suitable level to not require supervision. 

Tea and coffee is included in the price!

The car park is not always available on these days.

Terms and conditions:

Bookings are taken on a first come, first served basis and require payment in advance to secure your place. For payment options please email me: leahbastiani@gmail.com

Leah Bastiani Jewellery reserves the right to cancel courses if the circumstances dictate, or if there are fewer than 3 students enrolled. If this happens you will be offered an alternative class or a full refund.

Should you need to cancel your place on any class, it must be done at least 2 weeks prior to the class starting to receive a full refund. If a place is cancelled a week prior to the class starting you will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be given if a cancellation is made in the week  leading up to the first class.

All persons must have full use of their eyes and hands for all classes. Any impairment which might affect you or the class must be made known to Leah Bastiani Jewellery prior to booking to determine suitability to the class and whether any special requirements need to be made.

Health and safety:

At all times, instructions of the tutor must be followed. Failure to do so may result in injury to self or third party and could result in being asked to leave the class permanently without a refund. Leah Bastiani Jewellery has the right to remove any person under the influence of alcohol or drugs from the class permanently, without a refund.