Course Overview


Spring term:

Wednesday 22 January – Wednesday 25 March 2020


Saturday 1, 15, 29 February and 14, 28, March 2020


10 Wednesday evenings 18.00-21.00

5 Saturday sessions 09.30-16.30


Yvette Cannon (Saturday course)

Lesley H Phillips (Wednesday course)

Imogen Hughes (course assistant)



Learn how to design and make your own unique, stunning silver jewellery!

This course, ideal for beginners, will enable you to design and create your own pieces of jewellery in a friendly and relaxed atmosphere.

To start with 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.

We will be using copper to practise with before you move onto 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 your tutor and accompanying technician.

Through an informative induction, you will 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
  • Basic cabochon setting