Metal Jewellery Projects
This jewellery course gives beginners a chance to try out creating jewellery in a range of different styles and mediums before moving on to more specialised jewellery courses.
Try out working with beads, with wire, with silver clay and with traditional metal jewellery making techniques and start to learn about jewellery design and best studio practice through a range of set projects, making your own rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets and more.
If you would like enrol at the concession rate, please request and complete your enrolment by contacting: MWEnquiries@marywardcentre.ac.uk or calling 020 7269 6000 Mon- Thu
Who is this course for
This course is part of our suite for beginners of mixed abilities. Classes are designed to bring inexperienced and unconfident students up to speed in a selection of our arts and crafts provisions.
What does this course cover
The course will give students essential knowledge of metal jewellery making. It will introduce basic silversmithing concepts to create decorative jewellery. Starting with forming techniques for leaves pendant making. Hammer forging of simple dome ring, and how to use rolling mill to make patterns on copper. Soldering to main jewellery, layered links bracelet, and how to make findings from scratch using wire with hammer. Also how to create riveted flower, bezel box pendants. There are much more to choose and extend your jewellery & silvermithing knowledge
This course is taught through a series of set guided projects each term, and these will be spread across a range of skill groups, working with a variety of different jewellery techniques
Each term students will work on projects including
- Forming techniques to create leaf pendant attached to shaped wire
- Learning to solder and join metals together, or piercing (cutting out) shapes from sheet metal to create dome ring.
- Working with silver clay to create unique solid silver charms
- Creating selection of wire to make layered links bracelet and clasp
Students can join any term, before they continue their studies into more specialist skills or as a creativity boost.
Also, students continue to develop their own design jewellery making skills, or develop specific techniques, as there will be four different projects during each term.
Students will learn, and put into practice, health & safety procedures relating to the materials and equipment used as each new tool, or piece of equipment, is introduced. Students will also learn how to choose their materials for future projects, selecting appropriate tools, equipment and techniques to execute designs from idea to completion. Students will be able to describe how different key tools are used and be able to use these competently.
What will it be like
The teaching and learning methods we use on the course:
One to one dialogue, group discussion, tutor examples, and step by step instructions. Group and individual demonstration.
How we assess your progress on the course:
Continuous evaluation is an integral part of the course. This is achieved through one-to-one discussion between tutor and student and group discussions, which take place every session.
Teaching methods: Visual demonstration and verbal explanation. Written handouts with visual diagrams. One-to-one teaching. Group discussions
Learning methods: Hands-on practical activities, Reading handouts and following instructions.
One-to-one and group discussion.
How students are assessed: Questions and answers during group discussions and one-to-one teaching.
Record of students' progress and achievement on an assessment sheet as they achieve the course objectives. Practical work produced is evidence of learning.
What else do you need to buy or do
Key basic consumables will be supplied by the college - including copper sheet, variety of size copper wire, also 5g silver clay. Other jewellery making tools.
If students choose to work in silver instead of copper, you can purchase from MWC. Please talk to your tutor. However, it needs two weeks advance notice to order. Also tutor can provide details of useful shops and help with this. The cost of any additional materials will vary depending on the project and students own designs.
Please ensure you bring your glasses (if you wear them) as there can be a lot of close work.
Closed shoes need to be worn at all times when participating in a jewellery class.
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.
Students may choose to continue their work at home (particularly design work / collecting ideas) between the classes but this is not essential.
Continually looking at all kinds of jewellery, art and design objects as well as drawing their ideas i.e. keeping a sketchbook or scrapbook.
What this course could lead to
You may continue to stay and study a particular area or develop other projects of your choice. This course will show you what project/technique you are most interested in.
For instance, when you continue to this course, you will learn different project technique, different designs and methods.
If you prefer to do your own design of jewellery making in this course, tutor will advise and guide you on various techniques. You will learn new techniques in this course in each term.
There is detailed information in Reception about all our courses at the Mary Ward Centre.
Information about other learning opportunities can be obtained from Learn Direct: www.learndirect.co.uk and from the following websites: www.floodlight.co.uk; www.hotcourses.com; www.citylit.ac.uk; www.wmcollege.ac.uk; www.morleycollege.ac.uk
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?
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Why choose Mary Ward?
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 and weekends to suit your timetable. You can learn face to face at one of our centres (Bloomsbury or Waterloo) or take an online course
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.’