Sheet Metal Jewellery

Learn how to turn sheet metal into fabulous 3D forms just by folding and/or hammering it! Create dynamic surface patterns and dimensional forms with copper sheet - for example beautiful hammered cuffs, domes, leaf shapes and much more. Students will learn how to cut, file and polish metal sheet, as well as to use hammers and the rolling mill to create decorative and structural folded shapes.

Who is this course for

This 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 skills.
Students should be interested creating unique metal jewellery and working with their hands.
Working from plain sheet metal, students be introduced to cutting out shapes, 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.

This work can be quite physical, so may not be suited to anyone with issues affecting manual dexterity and hand / wrist strength - please contact the centre if you are concerned about this.
Please ensure you bring your glasses and do wear old clothes and closed shoes for the workshop.

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.

Learn how to; -
Create dished shapes using doming (dapping) punches
Fold and hammer (forge) the 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

What will it be like

Teaching methods:
Visual demonstration and verbal explanation
Written handouts with visual diagrams
One-to-one teaching
Group discussions
Learning methods:
Hands on practical experience
Reading handouts and following instructions
One-to-one and group discussion
How will I be assessed?
Through self-assessment, peer assessment and tutor assessment

What else do you need to buy or do

Copper sheet is 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.

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).

Suppliers details and useful tools information will be provided for any students who may choose to continue their work at home after the class.
Visits to galleries or museums and further research - completely optional - may be suggested for anyone interested in exploring the subject area further.

What this course could lead to

You may choose to study another jewellery course, for example more beading, wirework, metalwork (silver jewellery etc) or silver clay, or it may inspire you to study other Art, Design or the Performing Arts courses at the Mary Ward Centre (see prospectus).

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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.’