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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 pm - Tuesday 13 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…

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Stone Setting Techniques – Fine and Fancy. (C29)

Thursday 18 January 2018 @ 6:15 pm - Thursday 22 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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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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March 2018

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

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

Tuesday 17 April 2018 @ 6:15 pm - 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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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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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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It’s here! Our new jewellery programme for 2018/19

Saturday 9 June 2018 @ 8:00 am - Friday 31 August 2018 @ 5:00 pm
preparing new jewellery study programme

We’ve just released our new programme for 2018/19… please bear with us as we make tweaks to the pages. If links aren’t working or dates seem weird, we’d be pleased if you’d  email us so we can put it right!    

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July 2018

Casting Techniques for Jewellery (DC15)

Monday 2 July 2018 @ 10:00 am - Tuesday 3 July 2018 @ 3:00 pm
examples of jewellery made using studio casting techniques

Casting Techniques for Jewellery: 2 Day Course (Mon-Tue).  Book Now – On this 2 day course we introduce  a range of home-studio casting techniques for creating jewellery and other small accessories. You will have the opportunity to experiment with cuttlefish, delft sand and  plywood mould making. Pewter, a low-melt metal, will  be used for casting  into the moulds, and we will also look at ways to incorporate other materials into the cast. You can also include materials like glass, wood, plastic or stone in…

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Soldering Masterclass

Saturday 14 July 2018 @ 10:00 am - Sunday 15 July 2018 @ 5:00 pm
Advanced Soldering skills for jewellery

Master the art of soldering to improve your jewellery techniques. Book Now – Soldering is a core skill in jewellery making and practice is essential to understand how to control heat for optimum results. On this soldering masterclass we will examine common mistakes when soldering, looking at ways to remedy and improve on your existing skills. What will I learn? We present the course through demonstration, discussion and practical application. From basic to complex procedures, we will examine the challenges we commonly face…

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September 2018

Exploring Shell Forms – Make Bangles, Bracelets and Cuffs (A31)

Tuesday 11 September 2018 @ 10:00 am - Tuesday 20 November 2018 @ 1:00 pm
shell forms for bangle, bracelets and cuffs

Explore ways to create beautiful shell forms from sheet, using forming techniques. Design and make a series of bangles or bracelets.(Mornings, Tuesdays).  Book Now – How can you make large bangles, bracelets and cuffs that are also lightweight and easy to wear? On this 10 week course you will experiment with metal manipulation techniques to create beautiful shell forms from sheet metal. To this end we present you with a series of short, directed projects that explore how to curve and stretch sheet metal into varied…

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Exploring Shell Forms – Make Bangles, Bracelets and Cuffs (B31)

Tuesday 11 September 2018 @ 6:15 pm - Tuesday 20 November 2018 @ 9:15 pm
shell forms for bangle, bracelets and cuffs

Explore ways to create beautiful shell forms from sheet, using forming techniques. Design and make a series of bangles or bracelets.  (Evenings, Tuesdays).  Book Now – How can you make large bangles, bracelets and cuffs that are also lightweight and easy to wear? On this 10 week course you will experiment with metal manipulation techniques to create beautiful shell forms from sheet metal. To this end we present you with a series of short, directed projects that explore how to curve and stretch sheet metal into…

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January 2019

Make an integrated clasp for a Necklace – Box clasps to Toggles and Bayonet (A32)

Tuesday January 15 @ 10:00 am - Saturday March 16 @ 1:00 pm
Design and make a necklace with an integrated clasp

Learn how to make a range of effective clasps for jewellery. Design and make your own integrated clasp for  a necklace. (Mornings, Tue)  Book Now – Are you frustrated by the clasps that are commercially available to us for our jewellery designs? Nothing lets your work down more gracelessly than the ugly and fiddle-some lobster catch! So, for this term’s course we are going old school as we explore how to design and make our own clasps for necklaces. Whether you favour…

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Make an integrated clasp for a Necklace – Box clasps to Toggles and Bayonet (B32)

Tuesday January 15 @ 6:15 pm - Saturday March 16 @ 9:15 pm
Design and make a necklace with an integrated clasp

Learn how to make a range of effective clasps for jewellery. Design and make your own integrated clasp for  a necklace. (Evenings, Tue)  Book Now – Are you frustrated by the clasps that are commercially available to us for our jewellery designs? Nothing lets your work down more gracelessly than the ugly and fiddle-some lobster catch! So, for this term’s course we are going old school as we explore how to design and make our own clasps for necklaces. Whether you favour…

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Wax Carving for Casting Silver Jewellery (C32)

Thursday January 17 @ 6:15 pm - Saturday March 16 @ 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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March 2019

Keum Boo for Jewellery (KB09)

Saturday March 2 @ 10:00 am - Sunday March 3 @ 5:00 pm
Learn the art of keum boo for surface decoration on silver jewellery

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

Saturday March 16 @ 10:00 am - Sunday March 17 @ 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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Etching Techniques for Jewellery (TF11)

Saturday March 30 @ 10:00 am - Sunday March 31 @ 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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