Beginners jewellery course: Making pendants, beads and other hollow forms.
– On this beginners jewellery course you will make 2 beads or pendants and a small, lidded, ring box. Through these fun, set projects we present you with opportunities to explore metal texturing and forming techniques. In this way we support you to develop sound technical skills while also encouraging experimentation and design development.
What will I learn on this course?
You will learn how to manipulate sheet metal to create interesting, three dimensional forms. In the first instance you will make pendants or beads, and a box. However once you grasp the concepts of forming you can apply these techniques to create more complex jewellery items like bangles, cuffs and collars.
Our beginner courses always provide a solid grounding in the core jewellery techniques we employ when designing and making jewellery. These skills include design, texturing, cutting, filing, drilling, shaping, soldering and polishing metal. To finish your jewellery we’ll show you how to make jump rings and other attachments.
What will I make on this course?
We present the course in 3 projects that progressively build on your jewellery making skills. By the end of the course you will have made 2 pendants and a small lidded box:
- 1 – Design and make an elliptical bead/pendant with a pierced pattern.
- 2 – Use folding techniques to make rectangular bead/pendant with textured surfaces.
- 3 – Make a small, lidded ring box using contrasting metals like brass and copper.
What will I know?
By the end of this course you will know how to design and make an item of jewellery from sheet metals like copper and silver. Additionally you will know how to apply texturing techniques to add contrast and character to your designs. You’ll also be able to use a range of soldering and forming techniques to create light, hollow forms like beads and pendants. Furthermore you will have a beginning understanding of the spatial and technical issues we need to take into account when designing and making elements that fit together (ie the lidded box).
Course Dates: 17 Jan– 21 March.
(No half term break)
Materials Kit : Included.
Class Times: Wed eves, 6.15 -9.15pm
Max student numbers: 12 students with 2 tutors
Course Fee: Standard: £260 / Concessions: £221