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September 2017

Experimental stone setting techniques – Delft, Claw and Wax (A28)

Tuesday September 19 @ 10:00 am - Tuesday November 21 @ 1:00 pm
experimental stone setting from delft casting, wax forming and claw

The aim of the course is to create designs that begin with the stone. How best can you show all of its qualities? Once you understand how to create simple, reliable settings using conventional techniques you can adapt these processes to truly honour the spirit of the gemstone.

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Experimental stone setting techniques – Delft, Claw and Wax (B28)

Tuesday September 19 @ 6:15 pm - Tuesday November 21 @ 9:15 pm
experimental stone setting from delft casting, wax forming and claw

Explore experimental and conventional approaches to stone setting. Combine traditional and experimental techniques to produce unusual, stone-set jewellery. (Evenings, Tuesdays).  Book Now – On this jewellery course we explore traditional and experimental stone setting techniques in order to re-imagine new ways to design jewellery with stones.  The aim of the course is to create designs that begin with the stone as the source of inspiration. How best can you show all off the qualities of your stone?  Firstly we begin with the bare fundamentals of traditional…

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Flux Beginners Certificate in Jewellery – One Year Course to Develop your jewellery design and jewellery making skills.

Wednesday 20 September 2017 @ 6:00 pm - Wednesday 27 June 2018 @ 9:15 pm
Flux Beginners Certificate in Jewellery Making

Programme of study for the Beginners Certificate in Jewellery Book now On this Beginners Certificate in Jewellery we present a rich and varied programme of study for you to develop solid foundation skills in jewellery design and  jewellery making. We put the focus firmly on your personal development, and you’ll be assigned a tutor at the start of the programme.  This connection provides us all with a clear avenue for communication. It also ensures that you get the very best experience…

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3 Ways to Make a Silver Ring (G28)

Wednesday September 20 @ 6:15 pm - Wednesday November 22 @ 9:15 pm
3 ways to make a silver ring

3 Ways to Make a Silver Ring: 6 Week Course (Evening, Wed).

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On this fantastic introductory course to jewellery making we’ll show you 3 ways to make a silver ring. In the process you will explore how to texture cut, bend, shape, solder and manipulate metal using traditional jewellery tools and techniques.

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Crushed Stone Inlay for Silver Jewellery (C28)

Thursday September 21 @ 6:15 pm - Thursday November 23 @ 9:15 pm
Silver ring with crushed stone inlay

Intermediate jewellery course: Learn the art of crushed stone inlay to add unique colour combinations to your jewellery. Book Now This is a fantastic way to make use of your broken and chipped semi-precious stones! Breathe new life into unwanted beads using these inlay techniques for silver jewellery! Or delve into our selection of material (pearl, lapis, turquoise) to create beautiful crushed stone inlay. In combination with your existing jewellery making skills,  you will explore new ways to bring colour and vivacity to…

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Design and make a silver ring (SW13)

Saturday September 23 @ 10:00 am - Sunday September 24 @ 5:00 pm
Design and make a silver ring

Design and make a silver ring: Weekend jewellery course. Book Now – On this weekend jewellery course you will design and make a silver ring to your very own design. You will experiment with hammering techniques, learn how to size a ring, and practice cutting intricate patterns. You will explore a range of approaches to texturing, shaping and forming metal, completing several experimental rings in copper and aluminium. Then you will work in sterling silver to produce your final design. Techniques include: texturing…

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October 2017

Family Workshop – Cuttlefish Casting with Pewter (FP7)

Saturday October 7 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Examples of items made by children and adults on the pewter casting family workshop

Autumn 2016 – another opportunity for local families to join us for this exciting technique of pewter casting into cuttlefish bone. Great for adults and kids; make something special for each other.

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Gemmilicious! Gemmology courses with Stone Setting

Saturday 28 October 2017 @ 10:00 am - Sunday 4 February 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Gemmology and stone setting courses. Identify your favourite stone, make a tension set ring.

Learn ways to identify coloured gemstones. Combine gemmology and stone setting: put your new knowledge straight into practice with an afternoon workshop session to make a stone-set piece of jewellery. GB2  Book Now Do you know your Emeralds from your Agates? Can you tell the difference between Ruby and Pink Tourmaline? How many colours do Sapphires come in? Did you know you can identify a Diamond from a Cubic Zirconium with only a pen to aid you? Are you ready to learn some gemmology and stone…

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Gemmilicious Greens (GG2) – gemmology and stone setting workshop

Saturday October 28 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Emeralds come in all cuts and qualities.

Learn ways to identify green gemstones. Combine gemmology and stone setting: put your new knowledge straight into practice with an afternoon workshop session to make a stone-set piece of jewellery. How many green gemstones can you name? Can you tell the differences between them? Do you know your Emeralds from your Agates? Can you tell the difference between Moldavite and glass? Can you identify a Green Garnet from Peridot??  Are you ready to learn some gemmology and stone setting techniques? On this one day course you’ll…

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Beautiful Blues, Pretty Purples (BP2) – gemmology and stone setting workshop

Sunday October 29 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Amethyst, Sapphire, Aquamarine, Topaz, Praziolite, Tanzanite, Iolite

Learn ways to identify gemstones with blue and purple hues. Combine gemmology and stone setting: put your new knowledge straight into practice with an afternoon workshop session to make a stone-set piece of jewellery. How many blue gemstones can you name? Can you tell the differences between them? Do you know your Aquamarine from your Topaz? How can you tell Sapphire from Prasiolite?? Can you tell the difference between Iolite and and Tanzanite? Why might you choose Amethyst in preference to  Flourite??  Are you ready to learn some gemmology and…

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November 2017

Keum Boo for Jewellery (KB08)

Saturday November 18 @ 10:00 am - Sunday November 19 @ 5:00 pm
3 textured silver rings with Keum Boo; Ginko leaf with Keum Boo, example of silver jewellery that has been oxidised after Keum Boo application

Keum Boo for Jewellery: 2 Day Course (Sat-Sun). Book Now – This short, weekend jewellery making course introduces students to the art of keum boo: fusing fine gold foil (24ct) to a finished piece of sterling silver jewellery. The ancient Korean technique of keum boo is both beautiful and cost effective, and over the 2-day workshop we will also highlight additional techniques that can be applied to further enhance the contrast of colour and texture to produce highly individual pieces of…

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December 2017

Family Creative Workshop – Textures on Metal (FT7)

Saturday December 16 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
examples of textures impressd on copper jewellery

Family Creative Workshop – Textures on Metal: Saturday Afternoon Course. Book Now – The Family Creative Workshop is an exciting opportunity for you and your child to make fabulous objects by creating textures on metal. Punch letters, imprint leaves or feathers onto the surface of copper, and use hammers to create interesting patterns. Make a Tree Decoration or a medal from your brass or copper sheet. A participating adult must accompany each child. Suitable for children 8+ At Flux Studios…

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Perfect Pearls (PP2) – Pearl grading and pearl stringing workshop

Sunday December 17 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Baroque Pearls, Keshi Pearls, Round/Oval Pearls, Dyed Pearls.

Learn ways to identify different types of Pearl. Combine gemmology and pearl stringing: put your new knowledge straight into practice with an afternoon workshop session to make a knotted string of pearls. Would you know if your pearls were dyed or naturally coloured? What is the difference between a Keshi Pearl and a Baroque pearl?  What is the difference between an Akoya Pearl and a Tahitian Pearl? How do Freshwater Pearls differ from the saltwater variety?  These little shell-fish gems have been favoured…

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January 2018

Explore metal manipulation techniques. Make a small vessel in copper or silver. (B29)

Tuesday 16 January 2018 @ 6:15 am - Tuesday 20 March 2018 @ 9:15 pm
Fold Forming Techniques for Jewellery

Explore ways to bend, stretch, crease and distort sheet metals like copper and silver. Design and make a small vessel in copper or silver. (Evenings, Tuesdays).  Book Now – On this 10 week course you will experiment with metal manipulation techniques including scoring, fold forming and raising to create 3D form from sheet metal. To this end we present you with a series of short, open ended projects that explore how to manipulate sheet metal into varied form using  hammers and stakes, mallets and punches. Then using your experiences,…

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Explore metal manipulation techniques. Make a small vessel in copper or silver. (A29)

Tuesday 16 January 2018 @ 9:10 am - Tuesday 20 March 2018 @ 1:00 pm
Fold Forming Techniques for Jewellery

Explore ways to bend, stretch, crease and distort sheet metals like copper and silver. Design and make a small vessel in copper or silver.  (Mornings, Tuesdays).  Book Now – On this 10 week course you will experiment with metal manipulation techniques including scoring, fold forming and raising to create 3D form from sheet metal. To this end we present you with a series of short, open ended projects that explore how to manipulate sheet metal into varied form using  hammers and stakes, mallets and punches. Then using your…

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Stone Setting Techniques – Fine and Fancy. (C29)

Wednesday 17 January 2018 @ 6:15 pm - Wednesday 21 March 2018 @ 9:15 pm
Round and oval stone settings; settings for emerald cut, trillion Pear and marquis shaped stones

Stone Setting Techniques – Make a tension-set ring, learn to set using flush and claw style settings. Extend your knowledge to also make settings for fancy shaped stones. (Evening, Thu). Book Now – This intermediate jewellery course is perfect for those ready to take their stone setting knowledge to the next level.  Learn the principles of tension setting, flush and claw setting. Further extend your skills to learn how to set more unusual fancy shaped stones (trillion, emerald, pear, marquis). The course is presented in short experimental projects that…

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Forming Techniques for Beads and Boxes (G29)

Wednesday 17 January 2018 @ 6:15 pm - Wednesday 21 March 2018 @ 9:15 pm
examples of decorative hollow pendants and a box

Beginners jewellery course: Making pendants, beads and other hollow forms.  Book Now – 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…

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Studio Casting Techniques for Jewellery (DC14)

Saturday 27 January 2018 @ 10:00 am - Sunday 28 January 2018 @ 5:00 pm
delft sand cast pewter ring with tourmaline chips

Studio Casting Techniques for Jewellery: Weekend Course. Book Now – This weekend course introduces numerous home- studio casting techniques for jewellery and other small accessories. What will I learn? With focus firmly on the experimental, this is an exciting opportunity to try out a variety of approaches to casting and mould making. The aim is to equip you with techniques you can carry on exploring in your in the home studio.. When casting your outcome is determined by the type of mould you…

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February 2018

Plush pinks and Radiant Reds (PR2) – gemmology and stone setting

Saturday 3 February 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Ruby, Sapphire, Garnet, Carnelian, Citrine, Fire Opal, Quartz, Amber - Plush pinks and Radiant Reds (PR1) – gemmology and stone setting

Learn ways to identify pink and red gemstones. Combine gemmology and stone setting: put your new knowledge straight into practice with an afternoon workshop session to set your favourite stone into a ring. How many pink and red gemstones can you name? Can you tell the differences between them? Do you know your Fire Opal from your Carnelian?  Can you tell the difference between Tourmaline and and Ruby? What’s the easiest way to extract Garnet from your red- gem mix??  would you like to tension set your favourite stone into a…

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Crystal Whites and Bright Clear Pastels (CC2) – gemmology and stone setting workshop

Sunday 4 February 2018 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Diamond, Cubic Zirconia, Topaz, Sapphire, Morganite, Kunzite, Quartz.

Learn ways to identify translucent and pastel shades of gemstones. Combine gemmology and stone setting: put your new knowledge straight into practice with an afternoon workshop session to set your favourite stone into a ring. Would you know if your ring holds a Diamond or a White Sapphire? A Topaz or Quartz? Did you know you can identify a Diamond with only a pen to aid you?  Do you know your Morganite from your Kunzite?  Can you tell the difference between  coloured CZ and any of…

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Experimental Enamelling Techniques for Jewellery (EL03)

Saturday 24 February 2018 @ 10:00 am - Sunday 25 February 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Vitreous enamelling techniques on copper, steel and silver

Book now. We teach the basic technical aspects of vitreous enamelling techniques for jewellery, alongside the associated health and safety issues related to the use of enamel powders and liquids. We will first learn how to obtain a well-fused enamel surface, and then through guided experimentation we will explore mark making techniques on copper and steel, and on the second day we will develop a finished piece of jewellery using cold connection techniques.

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March 2018

Fabric and Metal Jewellery – Textilize your Designs. (TX03)

Saturday 10 March 2018 @ 10:00 am - Sunday 11 March 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Fabric, threads and papers can be combined with metal to make unusual jewellery

Book Now. If you love the softness of silk, delicacy of lace, intensity of leather or the natural look of cotton, and want to incorporate these qualities into your jewellery, this course is for you!

Combining textiles with metal elements can give permanence to the etherial qualities of fabric, and we will explore a number of ways to draw contrasting elements together using a variety of joining methods including cold connections like riveting, screw threading and weaving.

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Decorative Hand Engraving (HE03)

Saturday 24 March 2018 @ 10:00 am - Sunday 25 March 2018 @ 5:00 pm
examples of engraving techniques fo jewellery and silversmiths

Book now. On this course we will introduce you to one of the oldest jewellery making techniques – hand engraving.

It requires the use of a graver to cut grooves into metal in order to create a beautiful design. We will learn how to prepare, sharpen and use a graver in order to create different decorative textures such as cross hatching, dotting and frosting.

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April 2018

Design and Make a Pendant with a Stone (PS10)

Saturday 14 April 2018 @ 10:00 am - Sunday 15 April 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Example of work by students on this course - silver charm set with peridot

Design and Make a Pendant with a Stone – weekend jewellery course. Book now. First experimenting with texturing and other sheet metal techniques you will then design a pendant, also incorporating a semi-precious stone of your choice. You will then learn how to make a setting for the stone and you will complete the piece with a bail or a jump ring to attach it to a piece of leather

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Encapsulating techniques for jewellery: watch lenses and related cold connections (B30)

Tuesday 17 April 2018 @ 6:15 am - Tuesday 26 June 2018 @ 9:15 pm
cold connections and encapsulation

Explore ways to give permanence to delicate objects in your jewellery; encapsulating techniques using methods from resin to watch lenses for jewellery. (Tuesday, evenings)  Book Now On this course we explore methods to add secondary and perhaps more delicate elements to your metal jewellery.  Firstly you’ll produce a range of tests that explore how to use tabs, screws and rivets for joining rigid and flexible elements together. By incorporate these encapsulating techniques for jewellery you can create innovative designs. You’ll also have the chance to experiment…

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Encapsulating techniques for jewellery: watch lenses and related cold connections (A30)

Tuesday 17 April 2018 @ 10:00 am - Tuesday 26 June 2018 @ 1:00 pm
cold connections and encapsulation

Explore ways to give permanence to delicate objects in your jewellery. Encapsulation techniques using methods from resin to watch lenses for jewellery.  Book Now On this course we explore methods to add secondary and perhaps more delicate elements to your metal jewellery.  You’ll produce a range of tests that explore how to use tabs, screws and rivets for joining rigid and flexible elements together. You’ll also have the chance to experiment with watch lenses for jewellery purposes. Much like a picture frame, lenses offer the…

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Design and Make a Stone Set Silver Charm; Make a Ring with a Stone Setting (G30)

Wednesday 18 April 2018 @ 6:15 pm - Wednesday 27 June 2018 @ 9:15 pm
Make a rcharm and a ring with a stone setting

Beginners jewellery making course in stone setting –  design and make a charm and a silver ring, set with a stone. (Wednesday, Eve)  Book Now – Through a series of fun set projects you will learn the basics of jewellery making, with the additional focus of basic stone setting techniques. You will design and make a stone set silver charm, with a semi precious stone of your choice. Then you will have the opportunity to further extend these beginners jewellery making skills to design and make a…

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Wax Carving for Casting Silver Jewellery (C30)

Thursday 19 April 2018 @ 6:15 pm - Friday 28 September 2018 @ 9:15 pm
examples of carved wax rings

Wax Carving for Casting Silver Jewellery (Evening, Thu). Book Now – On this 10 week jewellery course you will learn a range of the wax carving techniques we commonly use to create models for casting in silver or other metals. We’ll introduce you to the practical issues of measuring and marking, and of cutting, shaping and polishing wax objects, ready for casting. We’ll also explain about the relative weights of materials you are likely to use. In the process you’ll learn how to…

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Family Jewellery Workshop – Cuttlefish Casting with Pewter (FP8)

Sunday 29 April 2018 @ 2:00 am - 5:30 pm
Examples of items made by children and adults on the pewter casting family workshop

Family Jewellery Workshop in cuttlefish casting (family session, Sun). Book Now – This is an exciting opportunity for you and your child to make fabulous objects in metal using the cuttlefish casting technique: Design a pendant or medal in metal. Carve it. Cast it. Drill and polish it. Wear it! A participating adult must accompany each child Suitable for children 5+ At Flux Studios we provide a supportive environment where families / children and their carers can actively engage with…

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May 2018

Jewellery Inlay Techniques with Crushed Stone (CS04)

Saturday 5 May 2018 @ 10:00 am - Sunday 6 May 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Silver ring with crushed stone inlay

This weekend course introduces students to the exciting art of inlaying crushed stones into silver collets of various shapes. Traditional in Central and South America, this process will allow you to create beautiful silver jewellery of rich and intense colours. We will discuss and learn about different stones in their rough forms and each student will prepare their own stone dust and mixture of colours for their design. Book now.

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Etching Techniques for Jewellery (TF10)

Saturday 19 May 2018 @ 10:00 am - Sunday 20 May 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Explore etching techniques for jewellery

Weekend jewellery making workshop in etching – Book now. As well as exploring traditional mordant / resist applications used in etching we will also experiment with a form of photo etching which allows for the transfer of a photographic image to act as a resist for stopping out acid erosion of the metal surface.

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June 2018

Advanced Jewellery Making – Bead Setting and Pave (PB04)

Saturday 2 June 2018 @ 10:00 am - Sunday 3 June 2018 @ 5:00 pm
bead, pave and other fancy stone settings for jewellers

Advanced Jewellery Making – bead setting and pave: Weekend Course. Book Now -This course offers an introduction to bead setting and pave setting for gem-studded jewellery. Both these stone setting styles are advanced stone setting techniques that we frequently use in fine jewellery making. What will I learn? These fine stone setting techniques require a high degree of precision in metal preparation and in procedure. Over 2 days you will be guided through the steps for successful setting, and you’ll…

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