Jewellery: Beginners and Continuing

When and Where

Dates
29 Apr 2019 - 8 Jul 2019 (27 hours, 9 weeks)
Days and times
Monday 18:00 - 21:00
Location
Morley College London

Cost

Full fee
£270 Staged Payments available
Concession fee
£215
Senior fee
Senior Fee discount not applicable

Quick Facts

Availability
This course has started but late enrolments are accepted.
Tutor
Russell Lownsbrough
Course code
VJE137C

What you will learn

This course will cover the basics of jewellery making, while exploring further techniques through demonstrations and simple projects. For beginners or students with some previous experience who want to extend their skills.

By the end of the course you will be able to

  • Cut, texture, form and solder metal and explore forging techniques.
  • Cut, carve and shape wax to your own design to explore the lost wax casting technique
  • Use an external casting company and learn how to clean up castings and finishing techniques
  • Complete two or three pieces of jewellery to a professional standard

Class format and activities

This is a practical course and you will start making your own pieces of jewellery from the start. In the first 5 weeks you will learn all of the essential jewellery making skills such as cutting, filing, soldering, texturing, forming and annealing metal. We will make a simple stone set ring. We will also look at basic forging techniques. In the second half of the term we will be exploring wax carving. We will send our waxes to a casting company to be cast in either silver or bronze. The focus of the 10 week course will be to explore sculptural form.
On the course we will also be learning about the wider context of jewellery design such as London’s jewellery quarter (Hatton Garden), jewellery designers, exhibitions and galleries to visit. You will get used to keeping a benchbook for recording processes, ideas and designs.
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.

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

The course is suitable for complete beginners, and is also suitable for students with experience of metalwork and jewellery making who are keen to develop and to extend their skills. Curiosity and readiness to experiment with tools and materials which may be unfamiliar and challenging to you are always an advantage!
Continuing students will be able to improve on existing jewellery making skills applying their skills to their own designs with the help of your tutor and learn and apply a new skill : forging, stone setting and wax carving.

What you need to know before you enrol

The jewellery studio is on the 3rd floor of the main building, there is lift access. You need a moderate level of fitness and arm strength to be able to form metal. 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

All tools needed to take part in the course are available in the workshop. We also provide basic materials in reasonable quantities, such as base metals, paper, acrylics, enamel etc. There are some items you will need to purchase yourself such as precious metals (silver and gold), stones, saw blades and specific sized drill bits. Your tutor will help you assess your metal requirements for each project and provide a list of suppliers.
Jewellery casting will be done off-site by a specialist company. You will calculate the estimated cost of your casting should you wish to get your pieces cast in silver or bronze, so that there are no surprises.
Please bring: an apron, a small hard back notebook & a fine permanent pen and a pencil
Please wear suitable footwear.

What you can do next

Morley offers Jewellery classes day, evening and weekends for students at all levels of experience. Additionally, specialised short courses are provided which focus on specific skills and techniques.
You may also want to look at some of our summer school courses