Key course information
Art and Design
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Have you ever wanted to learn how to design and create your own jewellery? If so, this beginners course will provide an excellent introduction to the creative world of jewellery making techniques. Delivered over three blocks of 10 weeks, you can study a range of techniques and gain an understanding of how to produce beautiful, professional looking jewellery.
What will I learn?
The aim of the course is to enable you to develop your skills and experience working with various materials, tools and equipment to create finished pieces of jewellery.
On completion, you should be able to: Demonstrate an ability to safely use a range of specialist workshop machinery, tools and equipment demonstrate an ability in measuring, cutting, bending and shaping metal and demonstrate confidence when heating metal, silver soldering and cleaning metals.
The following topics will be covered during the course:
Workshop Health and Safety - the use of machinery, hand tools and personal safety regarding the use of naked flame gas torches and chemical metal cleaning solutions
Piercing and Soldering - how to use a piercing saw to cut copper sheet and the basic techniques of silver soldering
Finger Ring project - measure your finger size and make a simple ring using either copper or silver sheet
Wire Project - Design and make a wire chain bracelet using a choice of linking options, which will include additional silver and copper wire techniques, eg twisting wire, making a jump ring and the use of draw plates to reduce wire thickness
Produce samples demonstrating the following technique:
Casting in Silver - cuttlefish and lost-wax
Stone-setting project - mounting and setting a cabochon stone in either a silver pendant, brooch or earrings
Reticulation and Fusing - creating texture and joining metals without using solder
Roll Printing - producing images on metal
Oxidising and Patination - the use of chemicals to colour metal
Workshop demonstrations are given on a regular basis throughout the course.
There are no entry requirements associated with this course.
Study, Assessment and Qualifications
Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the lecturer There are no final qualifications associated with this course.
Additional Costs and Information
Learners are advised to wear old clothing and appropriate protective footwear in the workshop. Learners should bring a note pad and pen, A4 size folder, pencil case containing permanent black fine-nib pen, 30cm/12” ruler, drawing compass, collection of hard and soft grade (H & B) pencils and rubber eraser.
The lecturer will advise you where to buy specialist materials, such as precious metal, stones or wires, however these can be purchased through the lecturer at a separate charge on a cost basis if you would prefer, subject to availability.
What Could I Do Next?
On completion of your course you may choose to progress onto these following courses
Art and Design
- Graphic Designer
- Fashion Designer
- Art Teacher
- Art Therapist