Jewellery making: all levels
Time: 18:00 - 21:00
Location: Keeley Street
Course Code: VV826
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Duration: 6 sessions (over 7 weeks)
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What is the course about?
This practical course will guide you in creating metal jewellery to your own designs. Geared to all levels of
experience, simple projects practising basic skills are set for beginners and intermediate learners, while more
experienced makers are encouraged to extend their skills and experiment with complex approaches such as
granulation and stone-setting.
You will be taught how to add textures to our designs by using etching, hammering, stamping, reticulation and
patinating processes and incorporating found objects and stones and how to deal with the relevant technical
Please note that this course runs over 7 weeks but is 6 session long as the 3rd of May is a bank holiday.
What will we cover?
Beginners will learn basic jewellery-making skills - piercing, filing, drilling, polishing, annealing and soldering.
Intermediate/ advanced learners will have the opportunity to work on individual projects and to practise, improve and
perfect their basic skills. You will have one-to-one advice and demonstrations from the tutor when needed.
All levels will have plenty of opportunity to explore the use of surface in their work and to experiment with a range of
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Cut and form sheet metal and wire
- Anneal, texture and solder metal
- Experiment with materials and finishes
- Design and make a piece of work using skills you have learnt
- Demonstrate awareness of and work to the health and safety guidelines.
- Set your goals with help from the tutor
- Sketch out your design ideas
- Use improved jewellery-making skills e.g. piercing, filing, drilling, polishing, annealing and soldering
- Demonstrate a new skill
- Make a piece of jewellery to your own design.
- Set your goals in discussion with the tutor
- Present a sketchbook of ideas and apply these designs to finished pieces
- Achieve a high standard of design and craftsmanship
- Realise your designs by making use of challenging techniques (e.g. stone setting, wax carving, granulation,
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
For all levels -- beginners, intermediate and advanced.
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 demonstrations, hand-outs, practical activities, group discussions and individual tuition. There will be recommendations for books and information on current exhibitions which you can visit in your own time.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
City Lit provides 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 compound etc.).
All precious metals (silver, gold etc.) stones, and other materials you need for your specific projects must be provided by you, as well as some items, such as saw blades, wet and dry paper, drill bits, paintbrushes and a sketchbook or notebook. Your tutor will give you a handout detailing the list of items and where to buy them - you do not need to provide them before the start of the course.
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.
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:
VV824 - Jewellery making: all levels
VV491 - Jewellery making: 20 pieces in 5 days
VV930 - Flush setting for jewellery makers
Your tutor will be able to advise you during the course.
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.