FAQs

What kind of Jewellery Making is taught?

Our Jewellery Making classes teach small scale metalworking skills so that you can learn to make jewellery pieces from precious or non-precious metals. For instance, 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 currently cover more simple jewellery techniques such as wire-wrapping and beading as we specialise in traditional jewellery handskills and craftsmanship.

Which course level should I book?

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.

How much are the Jewellery Making Classes?

Our Taster courses (either 1-day or 3-evenings) 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 Advanced courses are tbc.

(By consumables we mean saw blades, drill bits, emery paper etc. By materials we mean wax, metal, solder, findings etc)

How do I book onto a Jewellery Making Course?

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. Please bear with us whilst we’re sorting out the website side of things, we’ve been working so hard on getting the beautiful new workspace ready for classes!

What if I cant make all of the classes in a course?

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.

How do I get a refund?
We regret that we cannot offer refunds on any of our courses if you are unable to attend for any reason. However, in the unlikely event that we have to cancel a course, you will be offered a full refund or the opportunity to transfer to another course.