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Experience the Joy of Creating

Workshops that make you feel good

Workshops

Festive Favourites

  • Copper Christmas; Wire Forming and Wrapping with a Christmas Twist

  • All that Shimmers; Polymer Clay, Powders and Polish (Gift Making)

  • Love Lino; Christmas Cards and Gift Tags

On request

  • Playing with Fire; Create Copper Jewellery

  • Mokume Gane; Polymer Clay Gift Making

  • Copper Creatures; Wire Forming and Wrapping


No experience is needed for any of the workshops.

For organisations/charities/schools, please contact me directly for creative activities aimed at feeling good and for any age. I focus on projects whereby people immerse themselves in a project that need no previous experience. I have developed a variety of activities that mainly involve materials that are easy to get hold of and don't involve a great expense.

Copper Christmas

Similar to Copper Creatures, but with a Festive Focus

Duration: around 2.5 hours

Fee: £40 in person (for an online workshop there's an additional £9.50 fee for tools and postage)

Deposit £10

You’ll learn how to form copper wire to create cosmic swirls and to create a pleasing composition in a shape/frame of your choice using wire wrapping techniques. Adding colour will bring it all together and you’ll go home with a piece that will bring you joy for years.

 

On the available dates the times are 14:00 - 16:30 or 18:00 till 20:30. If none of these times or dates suit you, please contact me and we'll sort something out.

 

If you prefer me to come to a different venue, drop me a line and we can discuss this.

 

I will need a minimum of two people to run this course, so invite some people to come with you and we'll make it a celebration!

In this workshop you will learn how to  form, shape and wrap wire to make a copper  ornament. 

Minimum: 2 people

Maximum: 12 people (in the Colourbuzz studio, other venues might differ)

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All that Shimmers

Lustrous Finishes on textured polymer clay

Duration: around 2.5 hours

Fee: £45 in person (for an online workshop there's an additional £9.50 fee for tools and postage)

Deposit £10

Have fun making jewellery, dishes and ornaments with Polymer Clay, Powders and Polishes

With your, now shimmering, clay you can let your imagination go wild and create Christmassy (or not Christmassy) items.

They will be perfect in a tree, on their own and if you can bear to part with them, your earrings, necklace, pendants and keyrings will be lovely gifts.

The workshop will be around two and a half hours and run from 2 – 4:30 pm or 6 – 8:30 pm on the offered dates.

If you would prefer to do the workshop at a different time or date or even in a different place, contact me and we will arrange an alternative.

For groups over eight and at a different location, I can offer a special deal. Just drop me a line.

The studio is accessed via an outdoor metal staircase. If this would pose difficulties, please contact me and we’ll arrange an alternative.

It will need a minimum of two people to run, so gather a group and make it a party!

16:30 or 18:00 till 20:30. If none of these times or dates suit you, please contact me and we'll sort something out.


If you prefer me to come to a different venue, drop me a line and we can discuss this.


I will need a minimum of two people to run this course, so invite some people to come with you and we'll make it a celebration!

In this workshop you will learn how to  form, shape and wrap wire to make a copper  ornament. 

Minimum: 2 people

Maximum: 12 people (in the Colourbuzz studio, other venues might differ)

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Love Lino

Classic Christmas Cards

Duration: around 2.5 hours

Fee: £40 pp

Deposit £10 pp

Lots of people remember making lino cuts at school and love to revisit the experience.

You can this now without a teacher looking over your shoulder. Come to the Colourbuzz studio and have fun getting familiar with the tools, make a practise piece that works with a gift tag and then on to what will become your favourite 2022 unique Christmas card to impress loved ones with.

You'll be working with different coloured  and sized paper and different colours ink.

If you want to use your own design, it needs to be no bigger than 10.5 x 15 cm. If you want, you can send it to me and I'll print it out.

I'll have a selection of pictures to choose from as well, so don't worry if you haven't sent me one.

I will need a minimum of two people to run this course, so invite some people to come with you and we'll make it a party complete with a festive hot drink!

Bring an apron or an old shirt to wear!

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Copper Jewellery

On request

Duration: around 3 hours

Fee: £50 

Deposit: £10

I'm very excited by the first workshop  of the Playing with Fire series that I have been wanting to start for a long time.

Fire is the crucial element when working with copper, silver and gold.

Fire alone isn't enough, so you'll learn how to prepare, anneal, form and cut copper using a variety of tools and techniques. 

You will make your own jewellery to take home!

It's an amazing feeling to transform a flat copper sheet into a three-dimensional piece of jewellery you will be proud of to wear or to give away as a very special gift.

With your new-found knowledge you will never look at a piece of jewellery the same way again!

This workshop is a great introduction to the age old craft of copper smithing. It lasts around 3 hours and as always the kettle is ready to boil.

A minimum of two people is required for the course and there's a maximum of four participants.

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Mokume Gane; polymer clay, gift making 

An ancient Japanese technique with a modern twist

Duration: around 2.5 hours

Fee: £45 in person (for the online workshop there's an additional £7.50 fee for tools and postage)

Mokume Gane is an old Japanese technique used with metals that is adapted to use with polymer clay resulting in magically beautiful pieces of art. 

You will be guided through the steps and once you have created your own, unique sheet of Mokume Gane clay, you can make items of your choice with the help of templates and shapers.

You will be provided with the findings to make some key rings, pendants and templates for ring-dishes, but I'm sure you will come up with ideas of your own.

​All items need to be baked in a conventional or fan-assisted oven.

It’s a great introduction to the versatile polymer clay and it is fun!


Duration: around 2.5 hours

Deposit: £10 pp

Minimum: 2 people

Maximum: 12 people (in the colourbuzz studio, other venues might differ)

All items need to be baked in a conventional or fan-assisted oven.

This is a great workshop to do with your friends, family members or as a group activity with colleagues.

If you want to surprise someone with this course, I'll wrap the materials up in paper and send it directly to their address with a gift tag complete with your personalised message (no extra cost, I love wrapping up presents!).

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Copper Creatures

A new take on wire wrapping

Duration: around 2.5 hours

Fee: £40 in person (for the online workshop there's an additional £9.50 fee for tools and postage)

Wire wrapping and forming has been around for thousands  yes, thousands of years and it's continuing appeal is clear. It's a great feeling to shape and wrap wire and feel its properties chaning while you're working with it.

In this workshop you will learn how to  form, shape and wrap wire to make a copper  ornament. 

Minimum: 2 people

Maximum: 12 people (in the colourbuzz studio, other venues might differ)

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Gift the Joy of Creating

Let me know which one you would like. I can arrange a gift card for any amount.

Idea: personalise the gift card with text of your choosing, take the amount away, make it for two persons or specify a particular workshop. Or maybe you want to do that workshop with the person you give the card to.

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What People Say

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Joyous Dots

We spent a very relaxing and interesting 2 hours dotting away with a variety of tools and techniques. All equipment provided and Helga is a lovely tutor. I would recommend this course 100%

S and M

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Plant pot Decoupage

Crafting without the commute! Really enjoyed this online course. I never felt rushed and learned some new techniques. The tutor was positive and encouraging. Was so easy doing the course from home and i thought the 'online' experience went well and a valuable way of spending time. I felt I got value for money as Helga gave me a prep session which was very helpful. I would recommend this course.

Barbra

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Go With the Flow

The 'Go with the Flow' workshop I attended was very relaxing and fun to do.  A real escape from day to day stresses.  Helga’s workshops are a great way to spend an evening or afternoon. Highly recommended. I was so happy with the result that I had it framed.

Anita

Mokume Gane


I really liked the Mokume Gane workshop. It was soothing to manipulate the polymer clay and watch it transform into layers of colour. I managed to produce pieces I wanted to wear and of which I was proud, having no natural talent for crafts!

Nicola

PoIymer Clay Gift Making

I loved the whole process, from preparing the clay, the combining of colours to the surprising, astonishing end results.

I was guided, but not pushed over my own creativity/capabilities to bring about amazing results. It will take a few more workshops to get as much grip on the process as Helga has, but I loved the way chance did its work. So did my wife. She often wears the necklace I made for her!

Frank

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Colourbuzz is upstairs,
the second blue door