Jewellery - Beginners/Improvers

This Jewellery course is suitable for complete beginners and those with some previous experience.

This course will give you the basic skills you need to design and make jewellery in a structured environment. You will be given projects, with plenty of demonstrations, help and guidance.

NB: The Saturday course starting 23rd April will miss one week on 7th May and finish on 28 May instead of the 21st May.

Course Content

Your Course is a practical introduction or refresher to jewellery making and designing. You will be set projects covering basic metal working techniques and design skills. You will be taught through practical demonstrations, group and individual tuition and you will learn from hands on experience.

You will actively take part in:

• Designing and making earrings from metal discs
• Designing and making a textured copper or silver ring
• Designing and making a pendant or key ring

• Cutting metal sheet using the guillotine, shears, disc-cutters and saw
• Texturing using hammers, punches and the rolling mill
• Hard-soldering rings and findings
• Polishing using polishing machine and the barrel polisher.
• Drilling holes using a pillar drill or pendant drill
• Oxidizing (blackening copper and silver)
• Working with wire using pliers to produce findings for earrings and pendants

The 8 week course will include:

• Setting cabochon stones in a box bezel

Entry Requirements

Suitable for beginners - No prior experience needed

First Class Requirements

Bring a notebook, pencil and an apron to the class

Hand tools and base metals will be provided by the college. Specialist equipment & precious metals (silver) and stones will have to be purchased by you from specialist suppliers; your tutor will give you further information at the start of the course

Assessment Methods

You will be informally assessed through observation and practical tasks/projects

Further Study Options

After completing the introduction into the fundamental skills required in jewellery making you can further develop these by enrolling onto the Jewellery Intermediate workshops.

Additional Information

For further info please email

Base metals (copper/brass) for this course can be purchased from the college. Silver will need to be purchase by you from specialist jewellery suppliers.

This specialist course has been identified to run with fewer numbers due to either the student demand for the course and subject area or the need for increased one to one tuition. This course will be able to run with only 6 learners and will have a maximum of 10 in the class.