Jewellery: 10 projects for beginners
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
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Course Code: VV141
Duration: 10 sessions (over 10 weeks)
What is the course about?
A structured 10 week course for complete beginners who'd like to learn the basics of jewellery making in an
inspiring, supportive environment. You'll be tutored in technical skills including cutting, drilling, annealing, soldering,
texturing metal, as well as intricate skills such as rub over stone setting.
There will be the opportunity to follow structured project briefs provided by the tutor or to design your own pieces.
For those who want to design their own pieces there will be support available to develop a folder of work including
collected imagery, research into historical and contemporary jewellery and a sketchbook of ideas.
During the course there will be a visit from gemstone specialist and stone dealer Judith Crowe who brings
with her a huge range of gemstones and is very generous with her advice about choosing stones to set. There will be
the opportunity to buy stones on the day.
What will we cover?
- Making rings
- Cutting filing and drilling metal
- Annealing, forming and polishing metal
- Silver soldering
- Texturing metal with hammers and punches and roll printing metal
- Choosing a stone for setting
- Making a rub over stone setting and setting a cabochon stone
- Introduction to historical and contemporary jewellery
- Using research to develop your own jewellery designs
- Evaluating and presenting your work.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Cut metal with a saw
- Drill holes in metal
- Anneal metal
- Solder metal
- Make a setting and set a stone
- Shape and form metal
- Produce a range of surface finishes on metal including polishing, patination and roll-printing
- Produce a range of samples and test pieces from the techniques learnt
- Develop a body of work that will act as an inspiration for your ongoing designing and making
- Make a piece of jewellery to take away with you.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for beginners. You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions,
demonstrations and handouts. You must be able to follow and observe the health and safety information given and
work safely in the workshop. You 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. Word processing skills would be an advantage
on this course.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
You will be taught through demonstrations, projects, handouts, advice and guidance. There will be group discussions and individual discussions with your tutor. You will be expected to carry out some independent research and design work outside the class.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
City Lit provides almost all the basic tools and equipment you will need for jewellery-making.
We also provide basic materials in reasonable quantities, such as base metals (copper, gilding metal, etc.) and
other materials (paper, enamel, etc.), chemicals (pickle, borax, etc.) and sundries (etching resist, polishing
There will be items you need to buy yourself, such as saw blades, all precious metals (silver, gold, etc.) and stones.
You will also need a sketchbook for your design work and to write notes on exhibitions or any other relevant
information. As you gain experience, you might want to invest in your own tools.
If you are in receipt of benefits and are applying for a concessionary place, you may be able to get help with the
purchase of materials. Please contact the Customer Engagement Team for this support.
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.
Should you already have an apron and safety glasses, please bring them along to each session.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
City Lit offer a wide range of long and short courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.
Browse our website for our current offer on complementary courses.
Noon Mitchelhill has been designing, making and teaching jewellery for over 20 years. Since graduating from the Royal College of Art London she has exhibited widely in the UK, Europe, Japan and the USA. Her work has been featured in a wide range of publications and major exhibitions. Noon’s range includes silver and gold jewellery for both women and men, from the highly dramatic to fine delicate pieces. She has developed her own distinctive techniques forming pieces from hand textured, fine silver sheet or coiling single lengths of fine silver wire to create unique jewellery. She introduces colour with the use of gold and oxidised silver detail.
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.