Jewellery: Etching with Pressforming

When and Where

22 Jul 2019 - 26 Jul 2019 (15 hours, 5 days)
Days and times
Monday 18:00 - 21:00
Tuesday 18:00 - 21:00
Wednesday 18:00 - 21:00
Thursday 18:00 - 21:00
Friday 18:00 - 21:00
Morley College London


Full fee
Concession fee
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

Annette O'Sullivan
Course code

What you will learn

Learn to etch silver, copper and brass using photo etching techniques, stop out varnishes and aqua tint resin. We will use the etched decorative plates for creating 3D forms in the hydraulic press for making pieces of jewellery.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Confidently etch metal plates using various resists to produce patterned reliefs
  • Cut out a mould for press forming using Acrylic or MDF
  • Use the mould and the Hydraulic press to create a three dimensional shape on your etched plate.
  • Consider these applications towards making a piece of jewellery

Class format and activities

This is a practical class. You will learn various stopping out techniques to create etched patterns on your metal using varnish resists, stencils, aqua tint resin and workshop photo etching techniques such as press 'n' peel film.
You will learn how to transfer a high contrast black and white image onto your metal and then using ferric solutions and acids, etch the metal.
You will cut out a design in MDF or Acrylic which will be used to create a three dimensional shape on your etched sheets to give you a decorative three dimensional shape. The process can be reversed so you can create a hollow form bead.
Demonstration and group discussion form an important component of the course. As a group we will view and discuss work brought in as examples and/or made on the course; this is of great value to understanding the pitfalls and successes of etching and press forming! Learners are expected to experiment with the processes and to keep a technical notebook

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements

This course is suitable for all levels but a basic knowledge and interest in jewellery making techniques will be beneficial.

What you need to know before you enrol

This is a practical course. The jewellery studio is on the 3rd floor of the main building, there is lift access. You need a moderate level of fitness to be able to use jewellery equipment. We will be working with various varnishes, solvents and mordants so while all health and safety precautions are undertaken, this course may not be suitable if you have allergic reactions to some chemicals. Some chemicals used may be harmful in pregnancy. Please let the tutor know if you are pregnant and they will advise you as to necessary precautions

What you will need for your class

• Apron, notebook, and pen.
• A fine nylon artists paint brush
• Any pieces of sheet silver that you may already have. Copper and Brass will be available in the workshop

What you can do next

The course provides an excellent start to jewellery making or a refresher or taster of new techniques. You could continue on to beginner, intermediate or advanced jewellery making classes at Morley College. Annette O'Sullivan teaches our Intermediate Jewellery Classes VJE028A/B/C