Creative Jewellery Workshop - Beginners
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About this course

Have you ever wanted to learn how to design and create your own jewellery? If so, this beginners course will provide an excellent introduction to the creative world of jewellery making techniques.

Delivered over three blocks of 10 weeks, you can study a range of techniques and gain an understanding of how to produce beautiful, professional looking jewellery.

What will I learn?

The aim of the course is to enable you to develop your skills and experience working with various materials, tools and equipment to create finished pieces of jewellery.

On completion, you should be able to:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of workshop health and safety issues
  • Demonstrate an ability in measuring, cutting, bending and shaping metal
  • Demonstrate an ability to safely use a range of specialist workshop machinery, tools and equipment
  • Demonstrate confidence when heating metal, silver soldering and cleaning metals

The following topics will be covered during the course:

Term 1

  • Workshop Health and Safety - the use of machinery, hand tools and personal safety regarding the use of naked flame gas torches and chemical metal cleaning solutions
  • Piercing and Soldering - how to use a piercing saw to cut copper sheet and the basic techniques of silver soldering
  • Finger Ring project - measure your finger size and make a simple ring using either copper or silver sheet
  • Wire Project - Design and make a wire chain bracelet using a choice of linking options, which will include additional silver and copper wire techniques, eg twisting wire, making a jump ring and the use of draw plates to reduce wire thickness

Term 2

Produce samples demonstrating the following technique:

  • Casting in Silver - cuttlefish and lost-wax

Term 3

  • Stone-setting project - mounting and setting a cabochon stone in either a silver pendant, brooch or earrings
  • Reticulation and Fusing - creating texture and joining metals without using solder
  • Roll Printing - producing images on metal
  • Oxidising and Patination - the use of chemicals to colour metal

Tutor workshop demonstrations are given on a regular basis throughout the course.

Entry requirements
There are no entry requirements associated with this course.
Study, assessment and qualifications

Assessment is informal, based on your personal targets and the learning outcomes and will be undertaken regularly with you by the course tutor. There are no final qualifications associated with this course.

Additional costs and information

Students are advised to wear old clothing and appropriate protective footwear in the workshop, and will also be required to provide their own notepad and pen, A4 size folder, pencil case containing permanent black fine-nib pen, 30cm/12" ruler, drawing compass, collection of hard and soft grade (H & B) pencils and rubber eraser.

The tutor will advise you where to buy specialist materials, such as precious metal, stones or wires, however these can be purchased through the tutor at a separate charge on a cost basis if you would prefer, subject to availability.

This Beginners course is Termly which means that the students on the first term have priority to enrol on the subsequent terms.  To enrol for the spring term (January) current students should enrol by 22nd November 2018. To enrol for the summer term (April) students should enrol by 21st March 2019.  Following each of these dates if there are spaces new students may enrol.

What could I do next?

You may wish to enrol on the next 10 week block(s) of this course to further develop your skills and experience. You could then also progress onto our other Creative Jewellery Workshop courses to work on your own broad range of jewellery projects.

You could also progress onto another of our creative courses, which include drawing and painting, sewing and dressmaking,  upholstery, photography, printmaking, interior design and much more!


Apprenticeships and Adult Education Funded Courses
The College’s Adult funded courses and apprenticeships prior to 1st May 2017 and apprenticeships with non-levy paying employers post 1st May 2017, are funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency and part financed by the European Union through the European Social Fund (ESF). ESF supports activities to extend employment opportunities and develop a skilled workforce.