Jewellery Techniques & Projects

Develop skills for making individually designed pieces, mainly in metals and gem stones.

Who is this course for

Learn skills for making individually designed pieces, mainly in metals and semi-precious stones.
The Term 3 course is more aimed at intermediate and advanced students who wish to further develop their skills and ideas.
The course could also be used by students who wish to apply for a degree in jewellery design and wish to develop ideas outside their portfolio.

What does this course cover

Introductory lessons (terms 1 and 2) are very structured and cover: the workshop, sharing tools, safety; design and nature of jewellery; first technical project - piercing out pieces of copper and silver; bending and shaping metals, filing, drilling; silver soldering, the chemistry of heating various metals; individual projects.

Each student receives notes about where to buy materials and, in consultation with the tutor, decides on their own basic design project for starting by the 4th class meeting. Suitable projects for beginners would be: rings, earrings, brooches, bangles, bracelets, pendants, chains.

Necklaces and bigger pieces can be made at a later stage if desired, but can be more time consuming; students can work with silver, copper, brass, gem-stones, Cabuchon cut stones, leather, fabric, wood etc. More experienced students who have already mastered the basic techniques can start on their own projects straight away, if appropriate.

Advanced students can work on their own individual projects or techniques, perhaps covering different ways of stone setting or exploring a certain technique in depth.

Learn the basics of, and be able to apply, some of the following techniques:
1. Silver soldering
2. Piercing out
3. Annealing metals
4. Bending and shaping metals
5. Filing
6. Polishing
7. Drilling
8. Develop a sense of design
9. Make at least 2 finished pieces

Advanced students will have had the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of certain techniques such as soldering, different types of stone setting or have produced a more complicated piece of jewellery.

What will it be like

One to one dialogue, group discussion, tutor example, explanation and demonstration.
Design is an important element of the course and is taught alongside the craft at all stages. Students are encouraged to keep notebooks thus developing a greater sense of design with each finished piece.
Continuous evaluation is an integral part of the course. This is achieved through one-to-one discussion between tutor and student and group discussion which takes place during and at the end of a term.

What else do you need to buy or do

Brass, copper, silver, beads, semi-precious stones and any other materials you wish to use. I give notes of where to buy all these, cost varies on project undertaken.
Continually looking at all kinds of jewellery, art and design objects as well as drawing their ideas ie. keeping a sketchbook or scrapbook.
Closed shoes need to be worn at all times when participating in a jewellery class.

What this course could lead to

A Foundation course in Art & Design, selling your own jewellery, Related classes such as Sculpture or design at The Mary Ward Centre or elsewhere, Access into Art or Pre-foundation Art and Design.

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