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Published March 5th 2013
Jewellery and glass bead making classes
I'm always on the lookout for a fun way to spend some "Me" time. Every so often I like to have a little escape from the daily routine and spend a few hours doing something new and different. I stumbled across a 2 hour jewellery making class at Wildlight Studios and thought it sounded like a great way to spend a morning.
A selection of handmade glass beads at Wildlight Studios
Wildlight Studios is the creative home of owner and artist Tracy Brown. The studio is designed for lampworking to create the most beautiful and unique glass beads. A range of classes are offered including basic jewellery making using pre-made glass beads, and introductory or advanced lampworking classes to make your own glass beads.
Creativity in progress- jewellery making at Wildlight Studios
This cheery, little studio is tucked away on a quiet street in Mount Gravatt East. It's almost secretive nature means you feel like you have discovered a hidden gem in the suburbs. Our class was held on a rainy Sunday morning. The instructor, Sharon, also creates her own glass beads and was a wealth of knowledge about the basics of jewellery making.
Work in progress- jewellery making at Wildlight Studios
The class space is rather intimate but it was nice to be cosied up to friends new and old while enjoying learning a new skill. A beadworking kit was included in the class price and we also had the option of browsing the many beautiful glass beads for sale to include in our finished piece. I discovered a unique piece for myself and also a delicate and very intricate owl pendant as a gift for a friend. I found the prices for the handmade glass beads to be very reasonable considering you are buying miniature works of art.
After several hours and more than our fair share of girlish giggles, we emerged triumphant with our custom made pieces. The classes are excellent value considering you receive tuition and a new piece of jewellery (or several pieces- some people opted to make an earrings, bracelet and necklace combo).
If you are looking to learn more about lampworking and want to make your own glass beads, there are classes to help you follow your passion. If you just want to have a good time and spend a few hours doing something crafty, then one of the introductory classes is a great option. I can see it being a great gift for Mother's day or even for a hen's party with a twist.