Engraving: curved surfaces and lettering scripts

Course Dates: 04/06/24 - 25/06/24
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Have you tried out engraving and would like to improve your existing skills? Increase your accuracy and consistency by focusing on small images that will be repeated on flat and curved surface. Learn to apply 1-2 types of scripts and the additional usage of tools to elevate your designs. This course is for intermediate and advanced jewellery students.
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Engraving: curved surfaces and lettering scripts
  • Course Code: VV653
  • Dates: 04/06/24 - 25/06/24
  • Time: 18:00 - 21:00
  • Taught: Tue, Evening
  • Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)
  • Location: Keeley Street
  • Tutor: Rae Duncan

Course Code: VV653

Tue, eve, 04 Jun - 25 Jun '24

Duration: 4 sessions (over 4 weeks)

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What is the course about?

Following our introduction to engraving course, this course is primarily aimed at students who have had a basic introduction to engraving and wish to improve on existing skills. There will be a brief recap, but this is not intended for complete beginners to the discipline. We will focus upon small but achievable images that will be repeated to increase accuracy and consistency on flat and curved surfaces. We will introduce 1-2 types of script, looking at simpler Roman type font and an italic type font. Finally, the application of additional tools to help give your basic skills a bit more flourish.

What will we cover?

- Use a variety of engraving tools
- Increase your accuracy and consistency when engraving
- Apply small images to flat and curved surfaces using a variety of techniques
- Apply 1-2 types of script, one Roman type font and one Italic font.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

- Engrave small images with accuracy and consistency
- Use a variety of tools
- Draw and scribe 1-2 different scripts.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is suitable for intermediate and more advanced jewellery students who have completed an introductory course in engraving and would like to improve their engraving skills on flat and curved surfaces.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

Through group demonstrations, group discussions and one-to-one help. You will be given examples and handouts will accompany demonstrations. The course is structured to manage the work within the class.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

Although there will be images provided, if you wish to engrave something of your own, please bring these with you on the first session. Keep them no bigger that 20mm x 20mm. If you wish to try engraving on silver, you will need to supply your own. You could try sterling but Britannia silver might be a softer option.

All the basic tools and equipment you will need for this course are provided. City Lit will also provide some basic materials in reasonable quantities, such as base metals (copper, gilding metal, etc.) and other materials (paper,pens, etc.) chemicals (pickle, borax, etc.) and sundries (polishing compound, etc.).

You will need to provide your own metal if you wish to work in silver or on a large scale. Your tutor will advise you.

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.

Suitable follow-on courses may include:

VV824 Jewellery making: all levels
VV871 Drawing for jewellers
VV491 Jewellery making: 20 pieces in 5 days

Your tutor will be able to advise you on your course.

Rae Duncan

Studied at Plymouth College of Art, Middlesex University and Harrow College. Teaching Specialisms are press forming, casting/wax carving, stone mounting/setting and tool making. Rae has taught at many London Colleges including London Met, Newham College and Citylit. Rae has exhibited at Goldsmiths Hall, New Ashgate Gallery and Electrum Gallery to name a few. His commissioned work has included clients such as Next, Smash Hits music awards, prototyping for Vivienne Westwood and more recently, restoration of the original architectural model of the Sydney Opera House for the Engineering the World exhibition at the V+A. and hundreds of individual commissions through his shop. Crafts Council Selected maker. Rae is also a trained musical instrument maker, specialising in violins, violas, classical and flamenco guitars.

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.