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Silversmithing Jewellery – Workshop

Learn how to design and make your own unique, stunning silver jewellery on this comprehensive introductory course.

Course overview

2021 Dates

Summer term
Saturday 19 June, 3, 17 and 31 July, 14 August 2021

Autumn term
Wednesday 6 October – Wednesday 8 December 2021
Saturday 16, 30 October, 13 and 27 November, 11 December 2021

2022 Dates

Spring term
Wednesday 26 January – Wednesday 30 March 2022
Saturday 29 January, 12 and 26 February 12 and 26 March 2022

5 Saturday sessions 09.30-16.30
10 Wednesday evenings 18.00-21.00

Lesley H Phillips (Wednesdays)
Yvette Cannon (Saturdays)
Imogen Hughes (assistant)


Course details

Developed for beginners, the course will enable you to design and create your own pieces of jewellery in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere. You will be guided through the basic principles of jewellery making and introduced to the tools you will be using such as the piercing saw, hammers, pliers and blowtorch for silver soldering.

You will start with copper for practice before moving on to working with silver. Your first silver piece of jewellery will be a ring sized to fit you. After the introduction to these skills, the second half of the course provides the time to work on your own collection of jewellery, under the guidance of tutor, Lesley H Phillips or Yvette Cannon, and accompanying technician, Imogen Hughes.

Through an informative induction, you will also be provided with all the relevant health and safety information needed regarding good workshop practice.

One of the great advantages of working in silver is that it is relatively easy to continue working at home after the class without a big investment, as you can use a small selection of tools to start with. Each session will cover a specific area, with examples, and will be followed by a practical mini brief to enhance your design and practical skills.

  • Piercing
  • Soldering
  • Texturing, granulation
  • Riveting, combining metals
  • Sanding, polishing and burnishing

To provide you with a fundamental practical understanding of the essential techniques to continue your jewellery making at home

Encourage and develop your creative potential and confidence

Widen your understanding and appreciation in the art of jewellery making

Provide and discuss aspects such as photographing your jewellery pieces and costing your work for sale

  • The goal of this course is to give the student a comprehensive overview, understanding and hands-on practical experience working with silver
  • All students with 100% course attendance will be issued with an official AUB Short Course Certificate of Attendance detailing course contents, and study hours

This introductory course assumes students possess no previous knowledge and is suitable for beginners, or those with some previous experience who wish to improve their skills.

Note book and pen/pencil to jot down ideas or information given.

You should wear old clothes or an apron and flat, closed toe shoes.

Your glasses if need for close work and a hairband if you have long hair!

You will need to purchase your own silver. This can be purchased independently (a list of suppliers will be available in the class) or through the course tutor on the first lesson.
The cost per student will vary, depending on the amount of silver used. Projects can be designed to suit everyone’s budget.

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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If you have any questions about our Evening and Saturday Short Courses, you may find the answers in here.

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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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