Classes

I have over thirteen 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, 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                                7th Jan - 4th March (excl 11th Feb) 8 weeks

                                                               11th March - 13th May (excl 8th & 15th April) 8 weeks

                                                               20th May - 24th June   6 weeks

Tuesdays 11am - 1pm                        8th Jan - 5th March (excl 12th Feb) 8 weeks

                                                               12th March - 14th May (excl 9/16th April) 8 weeks

                                                               21st May - 25th June   6 weeks

Tuesdays 7 - 9pm                                8th Jan - 5th Feb    5 weeks 

                                                               19th Feb - 19th March    5 weeks

                                                               26th March - 14th May (excl 9/16th April) 6 weeks

Thursdays  10.30 - 12.30pm              10th Jan - 7th March (excl 14th Feb) 8 weeks

                                                               14th March - 16th May (excl 11th & 18th April) 8 weeks

4 weeks : £60

5 weeks : £75

6 weeks : £90

7 weeks : £105 

8 weeks : £120

10 weeks : £150

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

  

 

Kids class, make a silver bangle and charm (2.5 hr workshop)

Sunday 18th November  10am - 12.30pm   or   1.30pm - 4pm

Sunday 6th January    10am - 12.30pm  or   1.30 - 4pm

£35, one child + bangle.

£50, one child + one accompanying adult + one bangle each.      (includes materials)

This workshop is suitable for kids aged 8+ and my studio only allows 4 kids maximum (with or without adults) 

Kids can come alone or with an accompanying adult. If the adult wishes to make a bangle too, there is an added charge of £15. If the adult is coming to help their child and not make a bangle there is no extra cost.

I will show you how to measure, saw, stamp and solder sterling silver wire to create a personalised bangle using pattern and letter stamps, or texture it using different types of hammer. You can then attach a charm which can also be personalised. The bangles 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 this class.

Silver bracelet making workshop.

dates to be confirmed

Maximum of 4 students.

 (This does not include the price of the silver)

This workshop is suitable for beginners and those with experience.

You will learn how to measure, cut, shape, solder, file and decorate wire rings to create a unique, eye-catching bracelet of your own design. You will be shown a range of techniques enabling you to pattern, texture and finish your bracelet. You will be shown how to make a simple and effective T-bar catch to complete your design.

* you will be using a saw, pliers, hammers and blowtorches so full use of the hands is essential *

The silver required to make your bracelet will be available to purchase in class and charged by weight. (approx £25-£30)

Tea and coffee is included.

Please note: The car park is available to use in the evenings.

" 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


"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

Make a silver pendant (1 day workshop)

Sunday 2nd Dec   10am - 2pm

Sunday 31st March '19 10am - 2pm

£50 (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.

Make a silver spinner ring (1 day workshop)

Sunday 4th Nov    10am - 3pm

Sunday 9th Dec     10am - 3pm

Sunday 13th Jan '19     10am - 3pm

Sunday 24th Feb '19   10am - 3pm

£55 ( 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 25th Nov   10am - 3pm

Sunday 27th Jan '19 10am - 3pm

Sunday 10th March '19 10am - 3pm

£70 (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.

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

Sunday 17th March '19     10am - 3pm

£55 - ring

£65 - 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.

Earring making (one day workshop)

Sunday 11th Nov 10am - 3pm

Sunday 10th Feb '19 10am - 3pm

£60 (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.

Silver stacking rings (one day workshop) 

Sunday 28th October 10am - 3pm

Sunday 20th Jan '19    10am - 3pm

Sunday 3rd March '19 10am - 3pm

£55 (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.


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

£60 (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.

Open studio/bench hire days:

Mon 7 - 9pm  1/8/22/29 Oct. 5/12/19/26 Nov. 3/10 Dec.

Tues 7 - 9pm  18/25 Sept. 2/9 Oct

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.

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 Friday and Saturday evenings 6 - 9pm/ 5 - 9pm (dates and times can be discussed via email).

Prices vary depending on the class, eg bangle making,pendant making, ring making, stacking ring, spinner ring.  Please contact me to discuss prices and dates: leahbastiani@gmail.com



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.