Creative Jewellery Workshop
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About this course
This course is for new students wishing to learn how to design and make jewellery as well as a suitable option for experienced students having already completed a beginners course and would now like to further develop their skills.
What will I learn?


For Beginners the aim of the course is to enable you to develop new skills and experience working with various materials, tools and equipment to create finished pieces of jewellery. For Experienced students the course aims to provide an opportunity to experiment with a broad range of jewellery techniques, materials and processes in order to design and complete their tutor supported projects.

For Beginners the following topics will be covered during the course: Term 1

  • Workshop Health and Safety - Use of machinery, hand tools and personal safety using naked flame gas torches and chemical metal cleaning solutions
  • Piercing and Soldering - Using a piercing saw and silver soldering technique
  • Finger Ring Project - Make a ring using either copper or silver sheet
  • Wire Project - Design and make a wire chain bracelet, including silver and copper wire techniques, making a jump ring and twisting wire techniques
Term 2
  • Enamelling on Copper sheet
  • Casting techniques in Sterling Silver
Term 3
  • Stone setting project - Mounting and setting a cabochon stone
  • Etching project - Transferring images onto silver or copper sheet
  • Reticulation and Fusing - Creating texture and joining metals without using solder
  • Roll Printing - Producing textured images onto metal sheet
  • Oxidising and Patination - The use of chemicals to colour metal
For Experienced Students the following topics will be covered during the course:
  • 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
  • Students assessed and guidance given by Tutor regarding their course projects
  • Tutor workshop demonstrations on various jewellery techniques and processes
  • Opportunity to develop existing techniques and learn new fabricating processes.
On completion of this course Beginners 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 use specialist workshop machinery, tools and equipment
  • Demonstrate confidence when heating metal, silver soldering and cleaning metals
On completion of this course Experienced students should be able to:
  • Demonstrate an ability to plan and manage workshop time effectively
  • Demonstrate an ability to develop designs using different materials economically
  • Demonstrate an ability to create finished products from original ideas and designs
  • Demonstrate an ability to complete projects to high standards of workmanship.

Entry requirements
New students who wish to join in the second and third terms of this course should speak to the tutor prior to enrolling, to ensure that this course will be suitable for them. Please contact the Adult Enterprise office on 01225 756289.
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 note pad 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 and 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.

What could I do next?

You might wish to progress onto the next 10 week block(s) of this course to further develop your skills, and perhaps onto the Creative Jewellery Workshop - Advanced in due course. You could also progress onto another of our creative courses, which include drawing and painting, sewing and dressmaking, textiles, upholstery, photography, print making, pottery, creative writing, interior design and much more!