Our jewellery making classes teach small scale metalworking skills so that you can learn to make jewellery pieces from precious or non-precious metals. Traditionally, these are the skills used by a goldsmith (no matter which precious metal is being worked in), whereas the term silversmith is used for a craftsman making large-scale work like bowls, vases, candlesticks etc.
The Beginners Level 0 set project teaches marking, drilling, piercing (sawing), filing, forming (bending/shaping), soldering, buffing and polishing metal. You will use smaller versions of the kind of tools you might have come across in metalwork at school, and we use flames and torches (similar to blowlamps) for some processes.
Our workshop is a “clean” workshop so we mainly use sterling silver, gilding metal, copper and brass. Aluminium, lead, and pewter are not used in the workshop as the dust can cause pitting and damage to precious metal items.
We do not cover more simple jewellery techniques such as wire-wrapping and beading as we specialise in traditional jewellery handskills and craftsmanship.
Have a read of our course information to see where you might fit in.
If you haven’t got any experience in the following metalwork skills, then you will need to do the Beginners (Level 0) course to get safely introduced to the tools/equipment: piercing (sawing), filing, drilling, annealing, soldering, polishing.
If you’re still a bit confused, get in touch for a chat about your level of jewellery experience.
Our Taster courses (1-day) are £70, and include all consumables and materials.
Our Beginners and Improvers courses (either 3-day or 6-evenings) are £180, and include all consumables and materials.
Our Open Projects courses (either 3-day or 6-evenings) are £150, and include all consumables but materials are not included, as this will be dependent on the design of your project. You will chat with the tutor in the first session about what you will need and where you can buy it.
Our Advanced courses are tbc.
(By consumables we mean saw blades, drill bits, emery paper etc. By materials we mean wax, metal, solder, findings etc)
We are currently developing our website to accept online bookings – in the meantime, please get in touch by phone or email to secure a place. We will be accepting payment by card over the phone, or by PayPal by sending a payment request by email. Please bear with us whilst we’re sorting out the website side of things, we may have great handskills but the techy stuff is taking longer to master!
Most of the courses are designed to teach a set project with specific skills. Unfortunately if you miss a class, you will potentially miss some teaching demonstrations as well as the time to spend working on your project.
Whilst we can appreciate that “life happens”, missing a day of the 3-day courses, or 2 evenings of the 6-evening courses will mean that you will not be able to complete the project, as helping you catch up would take time away from the other students.
Course bookings are not transferable to a different date, nor are they refundable, so please check the dates carefully. If you can only attend a few of the sessions, please consider the impact that might have on your fellow students as well as on your own learning.