Introduction to jewellery making
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
processes of forging, texturing, soldering and cutting out shapes in metal. You will learn how to create a ring to the
correct finger size.
What is the course about?
Learn to make a cut-out pendant, a textured ring and a pair of earrings. Then design and make your own piece with help of your tutor. You will create at least one wearable piece of jewellery on this course.
What will we cover?
In the first half of the course, you will make 3-4 practice pieces in base metal: a cut-out pendant, a textured ring, domed earrings and more advanced students will also make a chain bracelet.In the second half of the course, you will apply your newly learnt skills to create a piece of finished jewellery. Your tutor will help you work out a design, or you can follow a set project. You will be shown how and where to buy some silver if you wish to do so.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Cut outlines and internal shapes in sheet metal
- Dril holes and add findings such as loops and ear wires
- Texture metal as a surface decoration
- Form metal to create hollow, 3dimensional shapes
- Solder metal
- Finish metal to a high standard by polishing, matting and patinating.
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 demonstrations and examples of jewellery that show how these skills have been
implemented. You will be given technical notes, and support and advice as to how your work can be developed.
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, gilding metal, etc.) and other materials
(paper,pens, etc.) chemicals (pickle, borax, etc.) and sundries (polishing compound, etc.).
You are advised that sensible footwear must be worn in te studio. For health and safety reasons, no
sandals,open shoes & small pumps can be worn – even in hot weather.
You will need to provide your own metal if wishing to work in silver or on a large scale. Your tutor will be happy to
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 complementary courses.
Trained at the Royal College of Art, Dutch born designer Louise Seijen ten Hoorn lives and works in London where she creates one-off pieces, small production ranges and commissions from her studio in Pimlico. Louise works predominantly in metal, as well as materials such as plastic and rubber, to create jewellery, objects and small sculptures. To find out more about Louise’s work visit www.louiseseijentenhoorn.com
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.