Starts: 13 Jan 2022
What you will learn
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
- Make and finish two or three pieces of jewellery in base metal and silver, be able to saw, manipulate, texture and solder metal.
- Make a ring or pendant
- Make a rub over setting for a gem stone
- Use tubing to set a small facetted stone
Class format and activities
The class is very ‘hands on’ - you will learn by making. The tutor will show you examples and demonstrate every stage of the process. You will learn through group demonstrations backed up with one to one help. You will learn how to saw and anneal metal in order to make a ring and then learn how to make a setting for a cabochon stone. We will also look at other stone-setting techniques and will use tubing to set a small facetted stone.
The course is suitable for complete beginners and more experienced jewellers who want to try out new ideas.
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 to be able to use jewellery equipment. 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.For health and safety reasons we recommend that you don’t wear sandals. Covid Advice and Precautions: Please do not attend the course if you are feeling unwell or showing any of the symptoms of Covid 19. The classroom has been adapted to be a Covid safe working environment, tables and chairs will be sanitised and your tutor will be wearing a face visor. Students are asked to wash their hands or use the provided hand sanitiser / gloves when entering and leaving the studio and before and after using shared equipment. You will be expected to comply with physical distancing guidance. Please bring an apron to wear and wash between sessions and glasses if needed for close work and to observe tutor demonstrations. Very close up observation may not be possible under social distancing guidelines. We strongly advise that you bring a face protector. Appropriate health and safety guidance will be given as each new technique is introduced.
What you need
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 and sample stones. There are some items you may need to purchase yourself such as precious metals (silver and gold), precious stones, and specific sized drill bits. Your tutor will give you a relevant suppliers list. It would also be helpful to bring:
• Apron, pen, notebook
What you can do next
W21JWYD04C- We recommend you continue on the Tuesday evening courses as they have been designed to lead you through a progressive series of techniques to train you to become confident in making jewellery.