What is the course about?
Follow a series of set technical projects to learn or improve on cutting, filing, texturing, forming, soldering and polishing. Those returning from term 1 and 2 will learn to design to a theme and will incorporate one or two new techniques of choice. After completing these projects in copper, and for those new to the subject there will be an introduction to London’s Jewellery Quarter and how to purchase stones and precious metal. With support from the tutor you will design and make your own jewellery piece, applying the skills you learnt.
What will we cover?
- Cutting, filing, forming, sanding and polishing metal
- Silver soldering
- Make a range of samples in copper (a cut out pendant, a ring, textured domed earrings, a chain sample)
- Bezel setting a cabochon stone in a jewellery piece of your own design (can we include images?)
- Extension exercise:, tube set a facetted stone
For those continuing from Beginners I:
- Wax carving
- Calculating the cost of lost wax casting (which is outsourced)
- The process of lost wax casting for jewellery
- Finishing and polishing castings
- Extended exercise : Delft clay or cuttlefish casting
For those continuing from Beginners II:
- Research a theme and find inspiration
- How to produce a sketchbook with designs for jewellery
- Making paper and clay models followed by copper samples
- Incorporating a new technique relevant to your individual design.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Cut, file and sand metal
- Shape and form metal
- Texture metal using a range of methods
- Drill and polish using machinery
- Silver solder metal
- Work safely observing Health and Safety best practice.
- Make a piece of jewellery
Those returning from term 1:
- Design and carve one or more wax pieces for casting
- Pre-calculate the weight and cost of your carved items
- Describe the process of lost wax casting and reproduction
- Make cast items into jewellery pieces finished to a high standard
Those returning from term 2
- Research a topic
- Design by producing sketches and paper or clay models
- Make one or more copper samples
- Make a final piece of jewellery inspired by a theme and incorporating a new technique of choice.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for complete beginners, and those continuing from Beginners I & II.
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?
Copper sheet and wire are provided in reasonable quantities. You will be shown how to buy gemstones and silver to create a piece of your own design. The cost will depend on the type of stone and size of your piece, but generally the cost for a small ring with a stone is £5-£10.
When I've finished, what course can I do next?
Build offer a wide range of short and year-long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.
Have a look at our Summer School programme for July and August 2018.
General information and advice on courses at Build is available from the Student Centre and Library on Monday to Friday from 12:00 – 19:00.
See the course guide for term dates and further details