Bamba Beads was established as bead shop and workshop venue in 2006. It is based on Gloucester Road in Bristol.
The shop stocks a large range of beads of different kinds, including glass beads, gemstones, Hill Tribe silver from Thailand and natural products such as pearls, wood, shell, coconut and vegetable ivory. They also sell lots of ‘findings’ (the bits you need to make jewellery) in different finishes, cords in materials such as leather, cotton, waxed cotton linen, nylon, Beadalon and tigertail, plus tools and other jewellery-making items.
Bamba Beads has a seating area where, if you are already experienced in jewellery making, you can borrow tools and make some jewellery with the beads you have chosen.
If you don’t know how to make bead jewellery and would like to learn, Bamba Beads runs a variety of jewellery making classes. These classes cover a range of different styles and techniques. All the tools and parts necessary for the work are provided, and the beads can be chosen from the wide selection available in the shop. Basic techniques – such as how to make earrings using headpins and earring hooks, a necklace using tiger tail with an attached clasp, a leather pendant necklace, and a bracelet on elastic thread – are taught in the beginners’ class. Wire wrapping technique is taught from beginner to advanced level. They also offer classes on how to make hair decorations such as tiaras, hair vines and grips. Class prices vary from £15 for a one hour class to £40 for a 3 hour class.
For more information about Bamba Beads and to have a look at their online shop, visit their website: http://www.bambabeads.co.uk/