Introduction to laser cutting for jewellery
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VV361
Duration: 4 sessions
What is the course about?
This course is designed to introduce Adobe Illustrator as a tool for jewellery making using laser-cutting. It will take you through the basic software tools, and how they can be used to develop appropriate designs and produce files ready for cutting. You will also be introduced to the outsourcing process and practical considerations for digital manufacturing, material considerations and different applications, enabling you to troubleshoot your own design files.
What will we cover?
- Importing images and hand-drawings.
- Tracing images and drawings using the pen tool.
- Creating repeat patterns and nesting shapes.
- Software terminology such as artboards, layers, paths, vectors, RGB and CMYK.
- Setting up the artboard and paths specifically for laser-cutting.
- Considerations for digital manufacturing and outsourcing.
- Contextualising the use of the software in the industry.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Import images and hand-drawings into the Illustrator workspace.
- Use layers and the pen tool to trace images and drawings.
- Create repeat patterns and nesting shapes to minimise material wastage during the cutting process.
- Recognise and use software terminology.
- Recognise how the software is used in industry.
- Create a file for laser cutting and troubleshoot potential issues.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is best suited to those with a practical knowledge of jewellery-making.. You should be confident with simple mathematics and accurate measurements, and have basic experience of using a computer. You do not need to have used Adobe Illustrator before.
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?
City Lit provides all the equipment you need, all you need to bring is a USB to save your files. It may be beneficial to download the free trial of Adobe Illustrator so that you are able to practise at home.
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.
Browse our current online offer for complimentary courses.
Emilia Sutherland Netto is the designer and maker behind the jewellery brand Ember & Ore. Emilia has a BA Hons Contemporary Crafts degree from Plymouth College of Art. She has worked in the jewellery indiustry sinse 2012 in various manufacturing capacities and has taught jewellery making since 2013. More recently she has obtained two diplomas in CAD/CAM with an emphasis on jewellery manufacture.Emilia believes in using a mixture of modern and traditional manufacture and design techniques in order to achieve highly detailed and sculptural outcomes.
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.