Classes


To book on to a workshop or for any enquiries, please email me:      leahbastiani@gmail.com

If you are already booked into a class, I will contact you individually with payment details and directions closer to the day of your workshop.

I have reduced capacity from 8 to 6, so we can be safely distanced and masks are required for all workshops (unless exempt).

You are welcome to book onto workshops, however I will not be taking payments until a week before the class runs.   

Many classes are fully booked and I am sorry if this is disappointing but I can put your name on a waiting list in case anyone cancels.

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

There are seven jewellery benches in my studio and plenty of jewellery equipment. I teach a range of classes from weekly beginner courses,  intermediate courses, kids classes, 1 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 7, please email me to discuss available dates.

Gift vouchers are available for my workshops (+£2.50 P&P) and are valid for 12 months,  minimum amount £25.  Email me and I will organise your voucher which can be posted to you or directly to the recipient. 

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

Silver Jewellery making courses: (see below for details)

Beginners:

Mon 10am - 12pm 

Aug 15 - Sept 12 (5 weeks)

Tue  6.30 - 8.30pm 

May 31 - June 28 (5 weeks) Fully booked

Aug 16 - Sept 13 (5 weeks)

Intermediate:

Mon 10am - 12pm

May 16 - June 20 (6 weeks) Fully booked

Mon 6.30 - 8.30pm  

May 23 - June 27  (6 weeks) Fully booked

Tue 10am - 1pm   (3 hours) 

May 24 - June 28 (6 weeks)

Wed 10am - 12pm  

May 25 - June 29 (6 weeks)           

Wed  1pm - 4pm   (3 hours)  

May 25 - June 29 (6 weeks)  

Thu 10am - 12pm  

June 9 - June 30 (4 weeks)            

5 weeks  £90 

6 weeks £108

6 weeks 3 hrs £162

8 weeks 2 hrs  £144

8 weeks 3 hrs £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 course.

Mondays 10am - 12pm  and  Tuesdays 6.30 - 8.30pm                                          

These courses are in blocks of 5 or 6 weeks, 2 hour sessions and will introduce basic jewellery making techniques to the complete beginner.

I will teach you new skills each week using copper and silver, demonstrating techniques such as sawing, filing, soldering, roll printing, stamping and finishing metals. This course is broken down into a series of simple projects where you can make a silver ring, a pendant, or a pair of earrings/cufflinks and you will learn how to make a simple stone setting.

Materials for the projects will be available to purchase in the class. 

This is a relaxed and friendly class with a maximum of 6students. 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

  

Private group workshops

Perfect for family groups, hen parties, birthdays and general getting together, reconnectingand learning something new!

The last Saturday of every month is set aside for a private booking.

Minimum number for a booking is 3 and maximum is between 4 and 6 (if there are children included)

I can offer you a workshop exclusively for your group, you will have full use of the studio and I will provide refreshments. 

Prices vary depending on the class, which include:               

Bangle making (£105 per person) 

Pendant making (£80 pp)

Ring making (£70 pp) 

Earring making (£90 pp)    

Stacking rings (£90 pp)

Spinner rings (£90 pp)

Kids class Stacking rings/ bangle/ pendant(£50 pp)

**It is not possible to mix these workshops, unless it is earrings or pendants which can be made in the same class.

June 25 (reserved)

Aug 27

Sept 24

Oct 29 (reserved)

Nov 26


Please contact me to reserve a date and discuss prices: 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.

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.

Prices are either for one child or a child plus an adult. Children who attend the teen ring making class are encouraged to attend without an adult but it's absolutely fine if they would feel more comfortable with an adult with them, it would be an extra £20. 

Ring making for teens: £45 (£50 from June 1):

(suitable for ages 13-16yrs)

Sun July 10  12.30 - 3.30pm

Sat Sept 17   10am - 1pm

Stacking rings: £45/65 (£50/70 from June 1):

(suitable for ages 8-16yrs)

Sat  June 4     10am - 1pm (fully booked)

Sat  June 4     2 - 5pm (fully booked)

Sat July 2  10am - 1pm

Sun Sept 11  12.30 - 3.30pm

Sun 27 Nov   12.30 - 3.30pm

Bangles: £50/70:

(suitable for ages 8-16yrs)

Sun Oct 16  12.30 - 3.30pm

Pendant/keyring:  £45/60 

Sun Aug 14  12.30 - 3.30pm

Earrings: £45/60:

Sun 12 June 12.30 - 3.30pm

**Please note** 

These classes are very popular and fill up quickly but I do get cancellations so let me know if you would like to be added to the waiting list.

Due to a rent increase, my prices will increase from June 1. However if you have already booked on to a class or have a voucher, I will honour the original price when you booked.

£50 - one child + bangle.

£50 - one child + 3 stacking rings/ring

£50 - one child + pendant/keyring or earrings

£70 - one child + 1 accompanying adult + one bangle each. 

£70 - one child +1 accompanying adult + 3 stacking rings each

£70 - one child +1 accompanying adult + one pendant/keyring each  or earrings  (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)

Sun June 5      12.30 - 3.30pm

Sun Aug 28     12.30 - 3.30pm

£70 (includes materials for one ring)

This workshop is suitable for all levels, 16yrs + 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.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided.

Make a silver spinner ring (1 day workshop) 

Sat July 9           10am - 3pm 

Sat July 30         10am - 3pm

Sat Oct 15         10am - 3pm

£90 ( includes materials for 1 ring )

Suitable for all levels, 16yrs +, no previous experience is 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. You will make a completely unique ring, no two are ever the same!

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)

Sat  Aug 13  10am - 3pm

£105 (includes materials for 3 bangles)

This workshop is suitable for all levels, 16yrs +,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, twist 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.

Silver stacking rings (one day workshop)             

Sat    May 28    10am - 3pm (fully booked)

Sun   July 31     12.30 - 4.30pm

Sun  Aug 21      12.30 - 4.30pm

£90          (includes materials to make 5 rings plus one stone)

This one day workshop is suitable for all levels, 16yrs + and no previous experience is required.

You will be shown how to size, shape, solder and finish up to 5 contrasting silver rings to create a unique set of stacking rings to take home at the end of the day. One ring can include a stone, or a silver accent,which is included in the price. 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.


Earring making (one day workshop)

Sun June 26  12.30 - 4.30pm

Sat Nov 5     10am - 2pm

£90 (includes materials to make 2 pairs of silver earrings)

This one day workshop is suitable for all levels, 16yrs +especially beginners.

You will be shown a variety of techniques using silver sheet but will be designing your own earrings, so it would be useful to have some ideas in mind! Don't worry if you don't, I have lots of samples to look at!

You will make two pairs of silver earrings, drops or studs, from silver sheet. 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, coffee and biscuits are available but feel free to bring lunch.

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


Keum-boo, an introduction.

Sun Sept 4     12.30 - 4.30pm

£90 (includes materials, incl chain and ear wires), maximum of 4 students with silver experience.

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 pair of earrings, a pendant or ring with an eye catching keum-boo effect.   

This workshop is suitable for those with basic jewellery making experience (eg, to have an understanding of soldering, sawing and filing silver) . You will be designing your own pieces, so it would be useful to have some ideas in mind. 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)

Sat June 11    10am - 1.30pm

Sat  Aug 20    10am - 1.30pm

Sun Oct 2       12.30 - 4pm

£75/ £80 from June 1 (includes materials for the pendant incl a chain)

This workshop is suitable for all levels, including beginners, 16yrs + 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. You will be designing your own piece, so it would be useful to have some ideas in mind but not a requirement.                                          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.

Make a silver cuff (one day workshop)

Sun Nov 13   12.30 - 4.30pm

£95 (includes silver for one cuff)

This workshop is suitable for all levels, 16yrs + and can be as simple or complex as you wish! No soldering is involved, however depending on your design, I will have soldering equipment available.

You will learn how to pattern and texture different styles of silver wire or sheet using a rolling mill, hammers and stamps. You will then cut and shape your metal into a cuff, ready to be finished and polished.

Tea, coffee and biscuits are included! 



" 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

Spoon Making

Sun Oct 30   12.30 - 4.30pm

£90    (includes materials for one spoon)

This one day workshop is suitable for those with basic jewellery making experience.

You will make one spoon, approx 10cm in length, using silver sheet and wire.

You will learn how to shape and decorate the handle and the bowl then connect them. Your beautiful, completely original spoon can then be polished up and ready to show off! 


Tea, coffee and biscuits are provided but you will need to bring lunch.

Please note: the carpark is available to use at weekends.

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

Sat Oct 1   10am - 4pm

£95 (includes all materials)

This workshop is suitable for all levels, 16yrs + and 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. You will be designing your own piece of jewellery so it would be helpful to  have some ideas in mind!

Tea and coffee is included 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)

Sat  Sept 10  10am - 3pm

£85 - ring

£105 - 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, 16yrs +, including complete beginners.

Tea and coffee is provided but please bring lunch.

Please note: the carpark is available at the weekend.

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 £7per 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, or on the day of 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.