Silversmithing Jewellery Workshop

Course Overview

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 myself and our technician Jodie.

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.

THE COURSE INCLUDES

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

DATES

Spring term: Tuesday 16th January – 20th March 2018

COURSE TUTORS

Wendy Nutt and Jodie Metcalfe

Course Aims

The course aims to:

  • While learning basic techniques, you will embark upon a series of small jewellery projects utilising the skills you have learned
  • Typical projects may include such items as pendants, earrings, rings and bangles of your own design
  • You will be given as much flexibility as possible in terms of design and experimentation
  • By the end of the course you should have enough skills to work by yourself at home as a hobby

Course Outcomes & Assessment

  • 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

Entry Requirements

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.

What You Need To Bring

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!

Course Materials

You will purchase your own silver, advice 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.

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