This course is perfect for complete beginners with no prior knowledge as well as those with previous basic experience in jewellery making or who have already completed a beginners course at the college and would now like to further develop their skills.
What will I learn?
The aim of this course is to supply beginners with basic knowledge working with various materials, tools and equipment to create finished pieces of jewellery. While re-familiarising those with previous experience with piercing, annealing and soldering techniques before moving onto more advanced processes.
Beginners will cover the following topics:
Annealing. mark making and texturing metals
Introduction to piercing (cutting out designs) and creating forms
Introduction to soldering designs
Sizing and forming a sheet metal ring and bangle
Colouring metals with copper nitrate and patinas
Intermediate learners will cover the following topics:
Re-introduction to Annealing, piercing and texturing. Begin to make a spinner ring
Mounting and setting a cabochon stone (bezel)
Basket/ claw setting
Casting jewellery in wax
Cold Connections (connections without heat)
Some more contemporary approaches to jewellery design/ making will also be covered if time allows, including making a mould to cast materials such as jesmonite.
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 course tutor.
There are no entry requirements associated with this course.
Additional Costs and Information
There are no additional course costs. However learners may wish to be advised on precious materials such as sheet metal, wire, stones or tools for their finished items which can be bought separately or through the lecturer.
You must wear protective footwear (no open toed shoes) within the workshop and we suggest older clothing.
If possible please bring with you:
- Fine tip permanent marker
- Drawing compass
- Small box or container to keep your experiments
This course will take place one day per week at Trowbridge, the details are:
13.09.21-22.11.21 Monday 18:00-21:00
10.01.22-21.03.22 Monday 18:00-21:00
09.01.22-11.07.22 Monday 18:00-21:00
What Could I Do Next?
You may wish to take another 10 week block of lessons where you can continue to practise your skills or perhaps the advanced workshop to work on some of your own designs with assistance.