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Beyond Metal – Interdisciplinary Craft Skills For Contemporary Jewellery Practice (TX04))

Saturday 16 March 2019 @ 10:00 am - Sunday 17 March 2019 @ 5:00 pm

Fabric, threads and papers can be combined with metal to make unusual jewellery

Exploring ideas through mixed media; new fashioned jewellery-making for the curious. Weekend Course.

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Jewellery is widely acknowledged as the earliest art form; our ancestors would fashion wood, bone, shell and stone into significant objects that they could wear or carry. On this course we aim to reconnect with this purest drive to create. Beyond metal, without limitation we embrace all and any materials, and all techniques as a means to make jewellery. This course draws upon interdisciplinary craft skills and mixed media with a view to creating unique contemporary jewellery objects.

With this as our base line we begin with no rules. We explore how we can borrow techniques across traditional craft disciplines to express our intentions. How can we incorporate the skill of the shoe maker, the paper artist or the weaver into our craft? Can we make jewellery out of leather, or a shoe out of copper? Is it possible to make 3 dimensions from the wordsmith’s art? Could we borrow the principles of corsetry to create a statement cuff?

With the focus on interdisciplinary techniques and mixed materials we also invite you to explore the meaning of jewellery, and its message. Must it be beautiful? Does it need to be comfortable? Should it last forever? Is the message ‘no message‘?

Come & be radical! Plant new seeds to enrich your creative practice.

What will I learn?

In this weekend workshop you will have the opportunity to explore different metal and craft techniques to create a piece of mixed media jewellery unique & meaningful to you. Our aim is to draw on your existing skills and interests and so there is room to be led by who you are, what you bring, and what you wish to create.

Into this mix of assets we will also introduce techniques traditional to metal, such as riveting, forming, tab making & screw fixing. 

In transforming ideas into 3D form we’ll examine the characteristics of available materials (like resistance, colourfastness, water resistance, stretch, thickness, composition, stiffness). this knowledge will assist you to design unique structures – and appropriate connection methods- to create a jewellery item of substance.

This course gives a great opportunity to explore how to work with different materials in your jewellery making practice, whether you are beginner or advanced.

What will I produce?

We anticipate that you will produce a range of progressive test pieces that explore interdisciplinary techniques. These samples and experiments will provide lasting reference -and inspiration- for your contemporary jewellery practice.

In addition, we encourage you to produce a wearable item that incorporates hard and soft materials, by the end of the weekend.


The course fee covers the cost of all non-precious materials. Brass, copper and aluminium will be provided for experimentation, and additional materials (acrylic, lace, fabrics, threads, buttons, paper, etc) for inclusions will also be provided.

You are encouraged to bring your own fabrics/papers/materials for combining into your designs and tests.

Tea, coffee and light refreshments are provided throughout the weekend.

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Course Tutor:  Emma McGilchrist. An additional tutor will assist if more than 7 students enrol for this course

Student numbers: 6 to 12 (with 2 tutors)

Course Dates: Saturday 16 to Sunday 17 March  2019

Class Times: 10.00am – 5pm

Course Fee:

International/Full fee £350

UK residents £225

*Concessions £195

*If you are a UK residents and on a low wage, or in receipt of tax credits or other benefit you qualify for the Flux concessionary rate. This is a discretionary discount which we personally subsidise. Please consider how much you need this discount before choosing the concessionary option.

Course code: TX04

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Combine fabric and metal to create individual and unusual mixed materials jewellery


Flux Jewellery School, London
2F Vanguard Court
London, SE5 8QT United Kingdom
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07931 228 352