Developed especially for the Intermediate lampworker this is the class for you if you are looking to add another dimension to your work.

A weekend with a twist, this two day class is designed to take intermediate beadmakers to a new level, first making beads, and then turning them into gallery-quality jewellery.


You’ll spend the first day making coordinated beads using a wide range of techniques, incorporating shaping, surface decoration and presses using a number of different mandrel types, including button and big hole. Going beyond just making sets and focals, you’ll finish the day with a whole collection unified by colour and theme.

The second day is spent making beautiful jewellery with your beads, and includes techniques for designing and fabricating your own findings and using them to create a whole collection ranging from earrings and pendants to a fibula and bracelet. Students wishing to upgrade from copper to sterling silver can do so for an additional fee.

  • Date: 6th-7th November 2010
  • Your Tutors: Julie Fountain & George Harper East
  • Cost: £185 (£191 if you use paypal)

Previous experience of lampwork is essential and required in order to attend this workshop.

Whats Included:

  • Use of all equipment and materials
  • Simple lunch, teas and coffee
  • Course times : 10.30am – 4.30pm


About Amanda Muddimer and Mango Beads - in Manda's own words

I have been bead making since 2004 after I attended an ‘Introduction to Bead Making Course’ with Diana East earlier that year. I have since taken workshops with Kate Drew Wilkinson, Sarah Hornik, Dora Schubert and Andrea Guarino.

Immediately addicted, I set up my own studio in the garden shed and a new hobby quickly became a full time occupation.

In 2007, I became one of the first in the UK to line beads with Sterling Silver. Much time was spent sourcing materials needed to make the cored beads small enough to be of interest to the collectable market.

Mangobeads silver cored beads then known as ‘Buddies’, very soon became collectable in their own right.

All my beads were then lined with silver using the traditional dapping punch and hammer process. To successfully achieve between 8 and 10 beads a week to sell was an enormous challenge, breakages were a very common occurrence.  Perseverance, determination and a wonderful customer database saw Mangobeads develop and grow to where it is today.

Manda now has a partner David Knight (BA Hons Ceramics with Glass), who although a Glass blower by trade, has a host of engineering skills tucked up his sleeve.

Manda continues:

We both now work together on the beads, with David preparing and polishing the silver (Manda has yet to relinquish the process of lining the beads to him, there are some things a girl just cannot let go of!)

The beads are finished to the highest standard with beautifully turned silver lining the holes. Several different presses combined with adapted dies, seamless silver and beautiful glass ensure that Mangobeads maintain their reputation for some of the finest UK Handmade Silver Core beads available.

We feel passionately about Glass and Bead making. We hope to raise the profile of British Lamp workers, their skills and their work, and to dispel the poor reputation that mass production and cheap imports has created. We are confident we have enough combined experience to help educate people in an ancient craft that deserves recognition for being skilful, artistic and unique.

The Mango Beads Glass Workshop

The Glass Workshop is fully equipped with 6 Cricket torches, Nuvo 8 Oxygen concentrators, glass, tools, expert advice and professional tuition.  The courses available cater for all levels of ability from the complete beginner to the advanced bead maker; and new courses being added all the time.

But it's in Devon!

Yes, it's true that Mangobeads is a little off the beaten track, situated as it is in Barnstaple on the beautiful North Devon Coast - but surely that's even better?  Combine your glassy weekend with a breath of fresh-air, wholesome food, and simply wondrous countryside.  And there's a championship golf course in Westward Ho! too...


In Barnstaple and within walking distance of the workshop we have:

Crossways Bed and Breakfast
( right at the end of Pottington Road )
The Old Vicarage Bed and Breakfast
The Barnstaple Hotel (and my son is the deputy manager here!)
The Royal and Fortescue
The Park Hotel
The Imperial Hotel

Nearby seaside locations :

The Saunton Sands Hotel
The Commodore Hotel Instow


Spaces on this weekend are limited and it is expected to be very popular, so you need to book quickly at Mangobeads

44 Hockley Street



B18 6BH

Tel: +44 (0)121 507 0994

Company number 07258309

ICO Registration No: ZA460029