Jewellery Making for Beginners
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Jewellery Making for Beginners
What does the course involve?
In this beginner's course you will learn the basic skills needed to create your own sterling silver jewellery. You will experience the use of a range of jewellery tools and techniques in a friendly and relaxed environment. Your experienced tutor will guide you through a range of short projects to make a pendant or earrings and a ring with stone cabochon stone setting. You will have the opportunity to bring your own style and design ideas to life in silver. You will be guided through the following projects over the first few weeks.
Sawing/piercing - Using the jeweller's piercing saw to cut out a shape in sterling silver sheet. Learn how to set up and use the saw and create a simple shape.
Annealing, texturing and shaping silver - Learn how to gently heat your metal to "soften" it, allowing you to then decorate your cut shape with texture and shaping techniques. Then add findings to transform your design into a pendant or earrings. You will also learn how to polish you finished design.
Ring making - Learn how to measure a ring size, form and shape and ring and you will also learn how to use a hand held butane torch to solder your silver ring. You will have the option to decorate the surface of the ring or use a range of simple surface finishes.
The remaining time can be used to create your own simple design using your new skills.
A selection of materials will be available to buy from your tutor at cost price. (Please bring cash for any purchases).
How is the course assessed?
Discussion between tutor and the students as a group and as individuals will take place each week, to guide you to improve your skills.
A £15 materials pack is supplied for your initial projects. Please bring cash for this pack to the first evening. A selection of materials will be available to buy from your tutor at cost price. (Please bring cash for any purchases).
All the tools and materials you will need for the course will be available at the venue. Please bring along with you the following: An apron: (this doesn't need to be anything special or expensive, just a basic apron, old shirt or overall to protect your clothes).
Hair band: If you have long hair please bring along something to tie it back with, for health and safety reasons.
Closed in shoes: We will be working with sharp and heavy tools, so please wear shoes which will protect your feet should anything fall off the work bench.
Sketch book/note book: Please bring along a note book for you own notes and design ideas. Notes will be provided to complement the techniques you will be learning but you may wish to make your own notes.
Pen and/or pencil: For note taking and your design ideas.
Container: It is a good idea to have some kind of container in which to keep your kit items, metal and any other bit and pieces. A good size is small lunch box sized but an old ice cream tub or take away container is perfect too.
Ideas: Bring along any pictures, photos, drawings which have inspired you and which you could use to inspire you designs.
Don't forget. Glasses, if you use glasses for reading and /or close up work please remember to bring them along.
If you are aged 19 or over you may have to pay some tuition fees.
This can be clarified by ringing Course Advice on 01743 342333.
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