Jewellery: soldering workshop

Course Dates: 28/01/24 - 11/02/24
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
Work through a series of guided exercises designed to improve your understanding and technique of soldering and build up your confidence to apply a range of soldering methods based on your design. For beginners with some basic experience and intermediate levels.
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Full fee £229.00 Senior fee £183.00 Concession £149.00

Course Code: VV125

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Sun, day, 28 Jan - 11 Feb '24

Duration: 3 sessions (over 3 weeks)

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What is the course about?

This course enables you to practise and improve your current soldering skills. Learn which grades of solders to use, how to prepare them and understand different soldering methods. Improve your technique through a series of guided exercises and learn how to pick the most beneficial techniques based on your designs.

What will we cover?

- the different grades of solder
- when to use them and how to prepare them
- the different soldering methods
- chip / pallion, probe / pick, stick feed, sweat and paste
- how to use them and which one to use for a particular join
- different types of joins and how to prepare a join for successful soldering
- using just the right amount of solder to minimise cleaning up afterwards
- multiple joins on the same piece including hollow shapes
- troubleshooting and solving common soldering problems.

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

- understand the different types of solder, how to prepare them and when to use them
- understand the different types of soldering methods and when to use them
- prepare a variety of different types of joins for successful soldering
- use just the right amount of solder to minimise cleaning up afterwards
- make a hollow shape
- make multiple joins on one piece
- solder confidently with improved soldering skills and knowledge
- build up a series of examples of different types of joins using a variety of different soldering methods.

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

This course is suitable for beginners with some basic experience as well as intermediate levels - enabling those with some previous experience to extend their skills. You should be able to cut metal using a piercing saw as well as file. If you have attended a jewellery making class this course will help you to learn without the pressure of completing a finished piece of work.

You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for 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?

Through practical demonstrations, discussions and handouts. You will be taught as a group and there will be
plenty of 1:1 help. It will not be necessary to do any work outside the class.

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

Tools and equipment: City Lit provides almost all the basic tools and equipment you will need.

Materials: City Lit will also provide basic materials in reasonable quantities, such as silver solder and base
metals (copper) as well as other materials such as saw blades and chemicals (pickle, borax, etc.,). You may bring your own metal to use if you wish to and if you want to work in precious metal you will need to supply your own.

You are advised that sensible footwear must be worn in studio 308. For health and safety reasons, no sandals, open shoes & small pumps can be worn – even in hot weather.

Please bring your own apron and safety glasses to each session.

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:

VV396 - Beginners' Jewellery II
VV825 - Jewellery making: all levels
VV362 - Introduction to stone setting: casting with stones

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

Elizabeth Bone

Elizabeth Bone is a professional Jewellery artist, maker, educator & author. She has been designing & making jewellery for over 25 years, exhibiting & selling in the UK, Europe, America & Japan. Elizabeth’s work has been featured in numerous jewellery publications & purchased by private collectors from all over the world. Elizabeth is a skilled maker who employs hand-fabricating techniques in her own work. She has a BA in Crafts - wood, metal, ceramics and textiles. After graduation Elizabeth was apprenticed to the jewellery artist Wendy Ramshaw where she became her principal workshop assistant for 10 years. In 2011 Elizabeth was commissioned to write a book, Silversmithing for Jewellery Makers – techniques, treatments & applications for inspirational design published in the UK, USA and China. Elizabeth is passionate about sharing her knowledge, her teaching experience at degree level and in adult education covers a broad spectrum of levels and subject areas and spans her career.

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.