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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

Due to the uncertainty of the ongoing Covid-19 situation, we have decided to cancel our Evening & Saturday courses for the Autumn term 2020. We are currently reviewing the situation and we hope to return in Spring term. If you would like to receive news about our Spring term 2021 Evening & Saturday courses, please contact us (shortcourses@aub.ac.uk) and we will add you to our mailing list.

Dates
Spring term:

Wednesday 13 January – Wednesday 17 March 2021

Saturday 6, 13 and 27 February, 6 and 20 March 2021

Duration

10 Wednesday evenings 18.00-21.00

or

5 Saturday sessions 09.30-16.30

Tutors

Yvette Cannon (Saturday course) Lesley H Phillips (Wednesday course) Imogen Hughes (Course assistant)

Fee

£319

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 purchase your own silver, advise will be given on where and what to buy on the course.

The cost per student will vary, depending on the amount of silver used. Projects can be designed to suit everyone’s budget.