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.
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).
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.
Further information (T&C’s)
Please note that when you book a course you are agreeing to and are bound by our Terms and Conditions below. Please check back on these T&Cs every time you book a new course as they may be updated.
Our courses are suitable for those aged 16 years and over.
Please read the course information above and book onto an appropriate level of class. 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, Filing/Buffing, Drilling (pendant motor and pillar drill), Pickling, Annealing, Soldering, Polishing (polishing motor). Please get in touch if you would like to chat to us about what level you might be at. Whilst in the workshop you will need to follow all safety instructions given.
Our small class sizes mean that course bookings are not transferable or refundable, so please make sure that you can attend all of the dates. 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 it is unlikely that you will complete the project, as helping you to catch up would take time away from other students which would be unfair.
Following your booking, we will be in touch to confirm that the course is proceeding once there are the minimum number of students registered, as well as to let you know of anything you might need to bring along. If, due to unforeseen circumstances or low class numbers, we need to amend the class dates or cancel the course, you will be offered a full refund.
We ask our students to conduct themselves in a kind, respectful and considerate manner towards the tutors and the other students. If a student is disruptive, we reserve the right to, at our discretion, ask the student to leave the course.
We have all the tools you should need to use for your jewellery project. Our classes provide all consumables and materials required. (By consumables we mean saw blades, drill bits, emery paper etc. By materials we mean wax, metal, solder, findings etc). If you wish to restart your project there may be a charge for the extra materials.
Please dress appropriately for a workshop environment, with closed-toed low-heel shoes, hair ties, and have removed or secured any loose clothing/jewellery. You will be supplied with an apron and any Personal Protective Equipment (Safety glasses, Ear defenders etc) needed for particular tasks. Bring a pen and a notebook!
Please do not consume food or drinks at your bench (water in a screw-top container is allowed). Daytime courses will have an hour break for lunch, with a number of cafes serving food within a short walk of the studio (including one right next door!).
Please get in contact to discuss any disability or medical conditions that may affect you in a workshop environment. Our studio is situated on the ground floor but our facilities and equipment are not fully wheelchair-accessible. Most of our classes require good dexterity and eyesight.
We have a workshop dog! He might be in another part of the studio whilst classes are happening, and whilst he is a poodle-mix (and supposedly hypo-allergenic) it might not be an appropriate place for someone with asthma/allergies. A number of chemicals are used in the studio (in line with COSHH regulations) so it might not be an appropriate place for someone with extreme sensitivities.