Jewellery making: all levels

Course Dates: 29/09/18 - 03/11/18
Time: 10:30 - 16:30
Location: KS - Keeley Street
Tutor: Kevin Stevenson

Ever wanted to turn your hand to making your own jewellery? If you have done it before, would like to hone your skills with a professional tutor? Whatever your level, come and practise making jewellery to your own designs, whether you are picking up the basics of cutting, forming and texturing, or taking your designs to the next level with more complex approaches like chain making.

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  • Jewellery making: all levels

Jewellery making: all levels

  • Jewellery making: all levels

What is the course about?

This practical course will guide you in crafting 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 chain-making and stone-setting.

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.

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
- Use a new skill
- Make a piece of jewellery to your own design

- Set your goals in discussion with the tutor
- Present a sketchbook full of ideas and apply these designs into 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, enamelling, chain

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

For all levels of ability - beginners, intermediate and advanced.

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 demonstrations, handouts, 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?

Build provides many of the basic tools and equipment you will need, but you will need to provide 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.

Build 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.). However, all precious metals (silver, gold etc.) stones, and other materials you need for your specific projects must be provided by you. Again, you will be given advice on what and where to buy them.

You are advised that sensible footwear must be worn in the studio. For heath 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?

Build offer a wide range of short and year-long courses in Jewellery design and making, from beginners to advanced, and for professional development.

These courses, from 17-18 Main Programme might complement what you learned or your outcomes from this course:

VV411 Designing Jewellery through Museum Collections
VV987 Enamelling and Cold Connections
VV435 Try it Out: Resin Jewellery.

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


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I absolutely LOVED this course, and learned SO MUCh over 11 weeks. I was warned by another student at the beginning that it would be "addictive"- oh dear it surely was! I have signed up for practically everything going on the strength of it, and significantly my life is heading in a different direction because of it. As for the skills of the teacher -superlative! It was a real privilege to work under someone so knowledgeable. I told her, Terminator-style- "I'll be back."
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Review by Patz / (Posted on 09/07/2015)
I found this a most productive course, the pace for new skills was well managed, never dull, very enjoyable and great sense of satisfaction.The tutor was always calm and always managed a one-to-one for everyone each session. Sharing achievement and efforts at the end gave all a sense of inclusion.
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Review by Little My / (Posted on 30/06/2015)

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Course Code: VV833

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Sat, day, 29 Sep - 03 Nov '18

Duration: 6 sessions (over 6 weeks)

Full fee: £339.00
Senior fee: £271.00
Concession: £207.00
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