What is the course about?
Develop simple and varied techniques to introduce colour to your aluminium jewellery designs. We'll explore a fun array of methods, including dying, printing, stamping and using resists to create patterns and images, as well as helping you seal, file, sand and shape to put the finishing touches to your pieces. By the end of the course you'll have a series of samples and beautiful jewellery pieces to take home with you, and inspire you to keep making at home.
What will we cover?
- Dip dying, stamping and mono printing techniques
- Using resists to create patterns and images
- Sealing to create a colour-fast surface
- Cutting, filing and shaping aluminium
This course is predominantly about experimenting and sample-making, with the opportunity to realise a minimum of one piece of jewellery.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Create colourful patterns, designs and images on aluminium using simple artistic techniques
- Seal aluminium for a colour-fast surface
- Understand the characteristics of aluminium in jewellery-making
- Create your own simple piece of jewellery.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is for all levels. Beginners are welcome. Basic jewellery making skills such as piecing and filing will be of advantage but not necessary.
You will need be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions to support demonstrations, hand-outs and for 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 discussion and feedback are encouraged.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
All materials will be provided, but if you have any rubber stamps or soft textures of interest which you may like to use for printing, please feel free to bring them along.
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 for courses in specialist colour techniques such as enamelling.
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