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December 2017

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

Sunday 17 December 2017 @ 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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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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June 2018

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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Jewellery making taster: make a pair of earrings and a ring. (BS02)

Monday 9 July 2018 @ 10:00 am - Tuesday 10 July 2018 @ 3:00 pm
Beginners taster in jewellery making - make a ring and a pair of earrings

Join us for a 2-day jewellery making taster; make silver earrings and a ring. Book Now – Join us for this 2 day jewellery making taster to make a pair of earrings a matching silver ring. Learn how we cut, texture, file and shape silver to make beautiful jewellery. This course serves as an excellent introduction to jewellery making. We’ll lead you through the design process, explaining all the elements we take into account (eg weight, shape, size, finish, material) when we make…

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September 2018

3 Ways to Make a Silver Ring (G31)

Wednesday 12 September 2018 @ 6:15 pm - Wednesday 21 November 2018 @ 9:15 pm
3 ways to make a silver ring

3 Ways to Make a Silver Ring: 10 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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January 2019

Design and Make 3 Pendants using Hollow Forming Techniques (G32)

Wednesday January 16 @ 6:15 pm - Saturday March 16 @ 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 3 pendants using hollow forming techniques.  Through these fun, set projects we show you  how we create interesting 3D shapes from sheet metal. Also you will have opportunities to explore metal texturing using everything from hammers to feathers! 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…

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Family Workshop – Cuttlefish Casting with Pewter (FP9)

Sunday January 27 @ 2:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Examples of items made by children and adults on the pewter casting family workshop

2018 – 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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February 2019

Experimental Enamelling Techniques for Jewellery (EL04)

Saturday February 9 @ 10:00 am - Sunday February 10 @ 5:00 pm
experimental enamelling course in London

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 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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April 2019

Design and Make a Pendant with a Stone (PS11)

Saturday April 13 @ 10:00 am - Sunday April 14 @ 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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Design and Make a Stone Set Silver Charm; Make a Ring with a Stone Setting (G33)

Wednesday April 24 @ 6:15 pm - Wednesday July 3 @ 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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May 2019

Creative Chain Making – Make a Necklace or Bracelet (LC01)

Saturday May 11 @ 10:00 am - Sunday May 12 @ 5:00 pm
explore ways to make chains for necklaces

Explore the art of chain making. Design and make your own, unique chain for a necklace, earrings or a bracelet Book Now On this course you will make a necklace, bracelet or earrings from your own repeating, relating or random links. Expanding beyond the limits of commercially available chains, we investigate ways to create interesting links to make your own, unique chain. Belcher, Snake, Trace, Box, Rope, Curb… so many chain types are commercially available but the possibilities for linking are…

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Design and make a silver ring (SW14)

Saturday May 18 @ 10:00 am - Sunday May 19 @ 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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June 2019

Move Metal! Make a spoon (SP01)

Saturday June 8 @ 10:00 am - Sunday June 9 @ 5:00 pm
holding image

Make your own spoon on this two-day workshop. Take a look at all the spoons in your kitchen drawer. How were they made? On this 2 day workshop we’ll show you 2 ways to make a spoon. You can then choose your favourite method to make a real beauty to add to your collection! What will I learn? Using hammers and stakes, we focus on traditional silversmithing techniques to manipulate copper (and silver) into 3D form. Learn how we stretch,…

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Cold Enamelling Jewellery Techniques CE02

Saturday June 15 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
apply cold enamels to silver jewellery

Add vibrance and colour to your jewellery: Explore cold enamelling techniques. Book Now This 2 day course is a great introduction to ways to combine cold enamel with metal, bringing new possibilities to add colour, texture and vibrance to your jewellery. Cold enamel is a versatile medium that can be applied in a number of ways to create stunning effects. It comes in a wide range of colours, and you can get opaque and translucent versions too. It’s great to use on it’s own,…

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July 2019

Jewellery making taster: make a pair of earrings and a ring. (BS03)

Monday July 15 @ 10:00 am - Tuesday July 16 @ 3:00 pm
Beginners taster in jewellery making - make a ring and a pair of earrings

Join us for a 2-day jewellery making taster; make silver earrings and a ring. Book Now – Join us for this 2 day jewellery making taster to make a pair of earrings a matching silver ring. Learn how we cut, texture, file and shape silver to make beautiful jewellery. This course serves as an excellent introduction to jewellery making. We’ll lead you through the design process, explaining all the elements we take into account (eg weight, shape, size, finish, material) when we make…

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