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Mixed Metals and Stone Setting Jewellery – Workshop

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.

Course overview


Spring term
Monday 24 January – 28 March 2022

10 Monday evenings 18.00-21.00


Samantha O'Brien



Course details

Some of the specialist techniques covered include hot & cold connections processes using a variety of common metals; students will then progress to using silver and gold once the essential techniques are mastered.

You will be taught the necessary skills needed to size, shape, texture, form, join and finished 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 those with some previous experience or students who have already completed our Silversmithing Jewellery Workshop short courses and understand the basic skills of jewellery making.

Find out more by clicking the profile below.

Samantha O'Brien

Samantha O'Brien is a very passionate and vastly experienced silversmith jeweller with a love for designing and creating unique pieces.

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

  • Develop your understanding of the properties and working characteristics of a range of metals used in jewellery making
  • Teach you a variety of techniques for texturing, combining and joining metals
  • Develop your stone setting skills

Students will have the opportunity to design and make a small collection of wearable pieces of jewellery incorporating a range of the skills covered in the course.

Previous experience of basic jewellery making including use of a piercing saw, annealing and silver soldering metals. An understanding of bezel setting would be an advantage but not essential.

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.

You will 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 will give advice about where and how to purchase materials suitable for the designs you have developed.

Important information about evening and weekend courses

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