Intro To Jewellery Making

An introduction to making jewellery through simple projects using metals. Ideal for those who have attended the Absolute Beginners course although more experienced students are welcome.

Who is this course for

An introduction to making jewellery through simple projects. Ideal for beginners but more experienced students are welcome.

This course is aimed at beginners and intermediate students. Students can enjoy two whole days of jewellery making, get a feeling for the subject or extend their skills and explore new techniques. Advanced students could use the course to produce a 'more complicated' piece or to undertake an in depth exploration of a specific technique.

What does this course cover

Beginners will be making a ring as their first project and maybe one or two small jewellery pieces.
Suitable for beginners would be another ring, earrings, pendants or bangles.
The course will cover all the basic jewellery techniques like piercing, soldering, bending, filing, polishing and also the handling of tools and health and safety aspects of jewellery making.
Advanced students can work on their own individual projects or techniques. Maybe learn about the different ways of stone setting or explore a certain jewellery technique in depth.

By the end students should: Have an insight into jewellery making and learn basic jewellery techniques: Piercing out; Bending and shaping metals; Filing; Polishing; Soldering; Annealing metal; Handling jewellery tools.
Make at least one finished piece of jewellery

Advanced students could deepen their knowledge about certain techniques like soldering, different types of stone setting, or produce a more complicated piece of jewellery.

What will it be like

One-to-one dialogue, group discussion, tutor example, explanation and demonstration.
Handouts will be available for the basic techniques and a range of books for more complicated techniques.

Continuous evaluation is an integral part of the course. This is achieved through one-to-one discussions between tutor and student. A group discussion will take place at the end of the course.

What else do you need to buy or do

The Centre will provide brass and copper.

Students can use silver, gold, precious and semi-precious stones, beads and any other materials they wish to use. Costs vary according to projects undertaken

Beginners who wish to work in silver are advised to buy a 1mm strong silver sheet at least 7cm x 3cm.

Some suppliers:

Rashbel, 24-28 Hatton Wall, London EC1N 8JH, 020 7831 5646
Cookson Exchange Findings, 49 Hatton Garden, London EC1N Tel:0207 400 6500
Bellore MTGB, 39 Greville Street London EC1N 8PG Tel: 020 7404 3220
Kernowcraft, Bolingey, Perranporth, Cornwall TR6 0DH, 01872 573888 (Mail order service) Also Internet

Advanced students should bring in drawing or sketches of ideas and designs for the pieces to be made and beginners should try to develop designs and ideas for the second piece.
Closed shoes need to be worn at all times when participating in a jewellery class.

What this course could lead to

Continue to make more of your own jewellery, join other jewellery courses at the Mary Ward Centre and elsewhere. Other art and craft courses at the Mary Ward Centre and elsewhere. Access into Art and Pre-foundation.

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