What is the course about?
You will be introduced to the basic metal jewellery making techniques through a series of exercises and projects.You will practise these techniques by producing a range of sample pieces in copper as well as some finished pieces. You will learn how and where to buy precious metals and stones. During the second half of the course you will practise and develop these skills further and learn how to make a setting for a cabochon stone.
What will we cover?
Working with metal sheet and wire you will be introduced to a range of fundamental jewellery making techniques including - annealing, cutting, filing, texturing, forming, drilling holes, shaping, soldering, simple stone setting and finishing.
You will produce samples (such as a ring, earrings, pendant), in copper to practise and explore these techniques before moving on to designing and making your own piece of jewellery incorporating a simple cabochon stone.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Cut and anneal sheet metal and wire
- Texture metal
- Shape and form metal
- Drill holes in metal
- Solder metal
- Make a bezel setting and set a cabochon stone
- Produce a range of samples in copper
- Make one or more personal pieces of work using the skills you have learnt
- Work safely, observing health and safety best practice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety
information, and will be invited to take part in group discussion. You should be able to use numbers and be able to
do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through practical demonstrations, set exercises and projects, handouts and, examples that show how these skills have been implemented. There will be individual support from your tutor. Group discussions and feedback are encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
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, brass metal, etc.) and other materials (paper,
pens, etc.) chemicals (pickle, borax, etc.) and sundries (polishing compound, etc.).
There will be items that you need to buy yourself such as, saw blades, any precious metals* and stones. You will also need a notebook to take notes.
*It is not essential to work in precious metal, all the techniques can be carried out using base metal.
You are advised that sensible footwear must be worn in the studio. For health and safety reasons no sandals,
open shoes or small pumps can be worn, even in hot weather.
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.
The courses below might complement what you learned on this course:
VV616 Precious metal clay: setting stones
VV122 Jewellery workshop after work: colour
VV649 Introduction to engraving.