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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

This practical course is available to study in either our spring, summer or autumn term. Check out the term dates and different course options below.

Dates

Wednesday 15 June – Wednesday 24 August 2022 (no session on 6 July)

Duration and times

10 Wednesdays 18.00-21.00

Tutor

Samantha O'Brien

Fee

£319

Class capacity

10

Dates

Monday 3 October – Monday 5 December 2022

Duration and times

10 Mondays 18.00-21.00

Tutor

Samantha O'Brien

Fee

£349

Class capacity

10

Dates

Monday 16 January – Monday 20 March 2023

Duration and times

10 Mondays 18.00-21.00

Tutor

Samantha O'Brien

Fee

£349

Class capacity

10

Course details

This intermediate level course will introduce you to working with a range of mixed metals used in jewellery construction. Over the 10 sessions, as your confidence increases, you'll 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.

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

  • You'll 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
  • 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 shortcourses@aub.ac.uk

For this intermediate course 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.

  • 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'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.

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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FAQs

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Short Courses Booking Terms and Conditions

Please read our Terms and Conditions before booking onto our Evening and Weekend courses.

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