Introduction to jewellery making
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: KS - Keeley Street
techniques for using metal to create simple yet beautiful earrings, rings, pendants and bracelets to your own designs.
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What is the course about?
On this course you will discover a whole range of basic metal jewellery-making skills such as cutting out shapes in
sheet metal, twisting wire, texturing, etching, forging and soldering, as well as some basic stone-setting techniques.
You will practise your skills on a range of set projects, and by the end of the course will apply your new techniques
to one or more jewellery pieces of your own design. This course is ideal for beginners, but also as a refresher for
those with some experience who want to brush up on their skills.
What will we cover?
Beginners will learn basic jewellery making skills - piercing, filing, drilling, texturing, etching, polishing, annealing,
soldering and basic stone setting. You will apply these skills through the designing and making of jewellery pieces.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Cut and form sheet metal and wire
- Anneal and solder metal
- Experiment a range of surface finishes on metal including roll printing, etching
- Make a simple stone setting and set a semi-precious stone
- Design and make a piece of work using skills you have learnt
- Apply Health & Safety best practice for jewellery making.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for beginners, or those with some previous experience who wish to brush up on their basic skills.
You should 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, shown examples of jewellery displaying how various skills are implemented hand-
outs, practical activities, group discussions and individual tuition. You will receive a learning support pack that
gather information and recommendations such as book, tools and jewellery material suppliers, galleries and
exhibitions which you can visit in your own time.
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, etching resist etc.). You will need to
provide your own metal if you wish to work in silver or on a large scale. You will also need a sketchbook for your
design work and to write notes. As you gain experience you might want to invest in your own tools.
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.
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 offer for complemtary 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.