Metal Jewellery: Fold Forming And Creating 3D Forms
Learn how to turn sheet metal into fabulous 3D forms just by folding and/or hammering it!
Create dynamic surface patterns and dimensional forms including experimenting with domes, leaf shapes and pleats with copper sheet - and use these to make beautiful jewellery such as hammered cuffs, earrings and necklaces.
Who is this course for
This one day course is designed for learners with no previous knowledge of making jewellery or working with sheet metal as well as for those wanting to broaden their existing metalworking skills.
Students should be interested creating unique metal jewellery and working with their hands.
This work can be a little physical - hammering and sawing, so may not be best suited to students with limited manual dexterity or hand / wrist strength - please contact the centre if you are concerned about this.
What does this course cover
This course will cover a range of processes - students will make a selection of test samples, and can then choose to either continue with further tests, samples and experiments, or to create a finished piece of jewellery.
Working from plain sheet metal, students be introduced to cutting out shapes using a jewellers saw and/or shears, and creating three dimensional forms through the use of hammers, the rolling mill, folds and punches, as well as creating surface patterns on the sheet using hammers.
Techniques covered will include learning how to;
Create dished shapes using doming (dapping) punches
Hammer and/or fold metal to change its shape
Cut and file the metal to make a desired shape
Use folds to create 3D forms
Use folds to give metal decorative patterns and added strength
Use heat to create dramatic colour effects on copper
Complete the items into finished wearable jewellery if desired
Suppliers details and a list of useful tools will be provided for any students who may choose to continue their work after the class.
Students will learn to select appropriate tools, equipment and techniques to execute simple designs from idea to completion, as well as to understand key safety considerations when working with these tools and materials.
What will it be like
' Visual practical demonstration and verbal explanation
' Written handouts with visual diagrams
' One-to-one teaching and assistance
' Group discussions
' Hands on practical experience
' Reading handouts and following instructions or diagrams
' One-to-one and group discussion
What else do you need to buy or do
Copper sheet and other basic consumables are included in the course fee, and basic tools for use during the class are provided.
It would be useful to bring a notebook and pen / pencil to record ideas, make any notes and to experiment with design ideas, but this is not essential.
Please ensure you bring your glasses if you wear them, and do wear old clothes and closed shoes for the workshop.
Optional; - students may choose to bring their own tools or extra copper or silver sheet, but only if they already have them (no need to buy anything especially for the day).
What this course could lead to
You may choose to study further jewellery making in more detail, by moving on to other jewellery courses offered by the centre throughout the year, or to continue making jewellery at home. This course may also inspire you to study other Art, Design or the Performing Arts courses at the Mary Ward Centre (see prospectus).
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre and a library of prospectuses for other London colleges to help you continue your studies. If you need more detailed advice, please ask a member of reception staff, and a half-hour guidance interview can be arranged for you.
I've been to many Centres to study in London and the Mary Ward Centre is one of the nicest I've studied in.MWC student
This course has concessions available for people who meet certain criteria
Got a Question about this Course?
Contact The Departmental Administrator.
Why come to Mary Ward Centre?
Mary Ward Centre is the adult education centre with a difference. We provide a wide range of subjects for people at all levels and run courses during the day, evening or weekend to suit your timetable.
Get inspired and enjoy excellent teaching in an environment where each individual’s learning experience is valued. That’s what makes Mary Ward Centre ‘the friendly place to learn.’