Try it out: jewellery making
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: Keeley Street
What is the course about?
The course is designed for those who have no previous experience of working with metal, or the tools and skills necessary for making jewellery. We'll begin with an introduction to the safe use of tools and equipment, followed by the making of a pendant and textured silver ring band. The projects will serve as a practical introduction to measuring, sawing, heating metal, soldering, basic forming, finishing and polishing.
What will we cover?
This short course will include measuring, cutting metal, heating, texturing, soldering, filing, sanding and polishing. We will also cover safe working practice.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- measurements for a ring
- cut and anneal metal
- texture metal using hammers and punches
- file, sand and polish metal
- form metal for a simple ring band implementing various techniques
- demonstrate an understanding of basic jewellery-making, including health and safety issues.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for complete beginners in jewellery-making, as well as those with some experience who might prefer to take a shorter course, or for those who specifically want an introduction to this subject area.
You must be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations, hand-outs and health and safety
information, and be prepared to take part in group discussions. You should be happy using numbers and able to
do simple measurements and calculations.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through practical demonstrations both to the group and to individuals. Group discussions and feedback are encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
General tools and equipment will be supplied. A reasonable amount of base metal (copper, some brass and gilding
metal) sheet and wire are available for your use. Enough silver to make one ring will be included in the course fee. You will need to supply your own sketchbooks/notebook.
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.
An introductory or beginners' course is the natural progression. Browse our current online offer for complementary courses.
Aurelie is a visual artist and jewellery designer who graduated from the Royal College of Art of London in the Goldsmithing, Silversmithing, Metalwork and Jewellery department. For over 10 years, she has worked as an independent designer, and has created numerous jewellery collections highly recognized by well known galleries (Rob Koudijs, Amsterdam, Tactile, Geneva), museums (MAD of New York, Bellevue Arts Museum of Washington, MUDAC of Lausanne) and fashion websites (Boticca, Lyst). She has received awards including The Catlin Prize 2012 and the Theo Fennell Prize 2011.
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.