Beginners' jewellery II
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VV396
Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)
What is the course about?
Learn to make a bezel setting for a cabochon stone* and a tube setting for a faceted stone* by following set projects. Through these techniques you will learn or improve on your basic metal working skills such as cutting, filing, annealing, soldering and finishing to a good standard.
Copper and imitation stones are provided to practice with. An introduction to London’s Jewellery Quarter will be given to those who wish to purchase precious metal and gemstones to create their own designs in the second part of the course.
What will we cover?
- Cutting, filing, forming, sanding and polishing metal
- Silver soldering and annealing
- Working to the size and shape of a stone
- Making a piece of jewellery
- Hatton Garden (London’s Jewellery Quarter), hallmarking, purchasing metal, tools and gemstones.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Cut, file, anneal, form and sand metal
- Silver solder with guidance from your tutor
- make a setting and set a stone
- Drill and polish using machinery
- Work safely observing Health & Safety best practice
- Make at least 1 piece of jewellery of your own design.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for complete beginners as well as those with some experience.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals. Group discussions and feedback are encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Copper sheet and wire are provided in reasonable quantities. You will be shown how to buy gemstones and silver to
create a piece of your own design. The cost will depend on the type of stone and size of your piece, but generally
the cost for a small ring with a stone is £5-£10.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a wide range of short and year-long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.
Please browse our current offer online for complimentary courses.
Aurelie is a visual artist and jewellery designer who graduated from the Royal College of Art of London in the Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery department. For over 10 years, she has worked as an independent designer, and has created numerous jewellery collections highly recognized by well known galleries (Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam, Tactile, Geneva), museums (MAD of New York, Bellevue Arts Museum of Washington, MUDAC of Lausanne) and fashion websites (Boticca, Lyst). She has received awards including The Catlin Prize 2012 and the Theo Fennell Prize 2011.
Please note: We reserve the right to change our tutors from those advertised. This happens rarely, but if it does, we are unable to refund fees due to this. Our tutors may have different teaching styles; however we guarantee a consistent quality of teaching in all our courses.