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Mixed Metals and Stone Setting Jewellery – Workshop

On this intermediate course you'll be both the designer and the maker. Over 10 weeks you'll grow in confidence and create wearable pieces of jewellery that incorporate the mixed metal and stone setting techniques covered.

What you need to know

This course is 10-weeks long, and you can study in either the autumn or spring term. Choose which term you study as part of the booking process.

Autumn term 2022

Monday 3 October – Monday 5 December 2022, 18.00-21.00

Spring term 2023

Monday 16 January – Monday 20 March 2023, 18.00-21.00


Please note, there are additional course material costs involved with this course.

You'll be provided with a copper and brass sheet and wire to develop your skills and then will be given guidance to be able to order your own silver and/or gold if desired.

Cost will vary according to the weight of silver or gold ordered, but we'll give advice about where and how to purchase materials suitable for the designs you have developed.

  • All tools and materials used to develop your skills/practice included in the course fee
  • Come away with a comprehensive understanding of the properties and working characteristics of a range of metals used in jewellery making
  • Become a proficient jewellery maker using a variety of techniques for texturing, combining and joining metals
  • Have the opportunity to develop your stone setting skills
  • Study in a specialist studio with jewellery-making tools at your fingertips
  • Receive expert support and guidance from your tutor at every turn
  • Leave with increased confidence and beautiful jewellery pieces that you've designed and made
  • Study alongside 10 like-minded students

About this course

This intermediate level course introduces students to working with a range of mixed metals used in jewellery construction. Over the 10 sessions, as your confidence increases, you will build upon your existing skills enabling you to create a collection of pieces using a variety of traditional jewellery, silversmithing techniques and combining materials to stunning effect.

Some of the specialist techniques covered include hot and cold connection processes using a variety of common metals. You'll then progress to using silver and gold once the essential techniques are mastered.

You'll be taught the necessary skills needed to size, shape, texture, form, join and finish metal pieces, including how to use the tools and equipment to add dimensions to your jewellery and create beautiful bespoke pieces.

Delivered by our highly experienced jeweller and tutor, Samantha O'Brien, this course is ideal for anyone with some previous experience or graduates of our Silversmithing Jewellery Workshop short course that understand the basic skills of jewellery making.

  • Piercing
  • Texturing
  • Rivets, tabs and layering
  • Making chains and clasps
  • Tube setting faceted stones
  • Setting cabochons, sea glass or stones with claws
  • Finishing techniques

The minimum age for this course is 18 years.

There are no formal academic entry requirements for this course, however you'll need to have experience of basic jewellery making including use of a piercing saw, annealing and silver soldering metals. An understanding of bezel setting would also be an advantage but not essential.

Please get in touch with us if you wish to check your suitability for the course.

You'll be provided with a copper and brass sheet and wire to develop your skills and then will be given guidance to be able to order your own silver and/or gold if desired.

Cost will vary according to the weight of silver or gold ordered, but we'll give advice about where and how to purchase materials suitable for the designs you have developed.

  • A notebook or sketchbook and pencil to take notes and sketch ideas
  • Wear old clothes or an apron
  • Closed-toe shoes are compulsory
  • Bring your glasses if you need them for close work and long hair must be tied back

Samantha O'Brien is a very passionate and vastly experienced silversmith jeweller with a love for designing and creating pieces using a variety of precious metals and gemstones.

Initially Samantha became attracted to jewellery making through her work and interest in alternative creative mediums such as art, drawing, painting, ceramics and beading.

Over time, her passion for working with silver won, and Samantha now spends most of her time creating bespoke jewellery for her dedicated followers and clients.

Samantha lives local to AUB but grew up in the North of England and believes the contrasting landscapes, forms and patterns in nature she witnesses and enjoys has influenced her work.

Samantha started her own jewellery design company in 2015 (Dorset Hill Jewellery) and has been successfully creating and selling her work ever since.

Samantha is looking forward to sharing her knowledge and skills with other like-minded creatives who are in pursuit of creating stunning jewellery for themselves.

All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course certificate of attendance. To request your certificate email the team at

After this course you could:

  • Study Jewellery Design (SEG Level 2 Award) to progress your jewellery making knowledge and gain a qualification, which could lead to future creative study opportunities
  • Use your new skills to further your career or change direction
  • Continue to develop your jewellery pieces at home as a hobby

  • You'll study at a leading specialist university – so we know what we're doing when it comes to providing unparalleled courses
  • Your tutor, Samantha O'Brien, is an industry professional, so you'll learn from the best
  • We cater for all abilities and have no formal entry requirements for this course.
  • You'll learn in a safe and encouraging environment where there's no right or wrong way to be creative
  • Benefit from our incredible campus and its industry-standard studios, plus use state-of-the-art equipment and software to unleash your creativity

Class of 2022 work

Check out some of the final pieces that our 2022 graduates completed during their course. On this course you'll practice and develop your skills before designing and creating your own, bespoke piece of beautiful jewellery using precious metals, stones, and other materials of your choosing.

Sammy is a really enthusiastic, lovely teacher who gave everyone a lot of time and I really enjoyed her classes. The 3 hours spent there just flew by each week. I'm really sorry that the course was only 10 weeks long as I'd be happy to have carried on for longer!

Carol, Mixed Metals and Stone Setting Jewellery student

Our course tutor Sammy was fantastic – knowledgeable, enthusiastic, encouraging, approachable and the content of the course really extended my skills and inspired me back to creativity.

Susan, Mixed Metals and Stone Setting Jewellery student

Work from previous students

Take a look at some of the final design pieces created by graduates from this course.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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How to Enrol

Looking to book onto one of our Evening and Saturday courses? You’ll find everything you need to book your place here.

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