Course Information

Our Jewellery Making classes teach small scale metalworking skills so that you can learn to make jewellery pieces from precious or non-precious metals. You will use smaller versions of the kind of tools you might have come across in metalwork at school, and we use torches (similar to blowlamps) and chemicals for some processes. On the Jewellery Making Courses, we include all the tools you will need, even consumables, and we provide the silver and materials for your jewellery project. We do not currently cover more simple jewellery techniques such as wire-wrapping and beading as we specialise in traditional jewellery handskills and craftsmanship.

Taster Courses

Our Taster Courses are a perfect starting point and a great way to try out making jewellery. If you’ve ever wanted to make your own piece of jewellery to wear or wondered how it’s done, join us for one of our short beginner jewellery projects. You will learn a number of jewellery making skills on these 1 day courses, and you will end up with your own shiny piece of silver jewellery.

Beginners (Level 0)

Our jewellery making for Beginners (Level 0) Course is the foundation for all of our jewellery making courses. The Beginner jewellery classes are designed to give you an introduction to some essential jewellery making techniques. The set project covers marking, drilling, piercing (sawing), filing, forming (bending/shaping), soldering, buffing and polishing. It will teach you the skills to start making your own jewellery pieces with our Open Project courses, or you can build on these basic skills by moving on to our Improver courses to practice and improve those key skills whilst learning new ones.

Improvers (Level 1 & 2)

The Improvers jewellery classes build upon the techniques and skills learnt in the Beginners classes, through set projects which either focus on those specific skills to improve them or enable students to practice the skills alongside the introduction of new techniques. Level 1 classes are designed to introduce new skills that are easier to learn, whereas the techniques in Level 2 courses are more difficult and are for students that have completed at least 6 of our Level 1 set projects.

Advanced (Level 3)

The JQ Set offer Advanced jewellery making courses to teach traditional hand-making jewellery skills at a high level. They are suitable for experienced jewellery students who have completed at least 12 of our Improvers set project courses (or 180 hours of equivalent technical jewellery making classes, more if you attended mixed ability classes). They are the kind of projects that would be covered in a jewellery apprenticeship, and teach the skills and methods to create the traditional styles of jewellery that you see in the shops around the Jewellery Quarter. The Advanced jewellery projects focus on accuracy and technique, and require a high level of skill to complete. Before booking onto these courses, we ask that you get in touch for a chat about your jewellery experience, so that we can check that you will get the most from this level of course.

Studio Sessions

Come and work at one of our gorgeous benches, use the tools/equipment available and catch up on your unfinished projects. You can book an evening or a half day (or two if you’d like the whole day with us!) by phoning us to join the shortlist – your spot will be confirmed 3 days before the Session date. Studio Sessions are supervised but untutored, so you must be able to work independently on your own projects and should have completed our Health & Safety Induction (included in our Beginners Course, call to book if required). We suggest that you should have attended a min. of 3 Improver Level Courses (or 60 hours of equivalent jewellery making classes, more if you attended mixed ability classes) to get the most from your Studio Sessions. Please note that spaces are limited and priority will go to our course students – Studio Session spaces will only be available for course dates which are not fully booked. Call us to chat about our Studio Sessions further on 0121 236 3458.

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