What is the course about?
If you have some jewellery-making experience this course will help you to set your own projects, develop your ongoing making skills, discover different techniques, and consider new ways of approaching design and making. The tutor will support you to set your own projects, encouraging you to develop your personal designs and pursue your jewellery making objectives.
What will we cover?
There will be guided exercises set by the tutor to help you develop your design ideas, set your own projects and realise your own jewellery pieces. The tutor will discuss your personal objectives and encourage you to experiment with materials and processes to develop truly individual work. Where required the tutor will offer optional structured projects, demonstrations and discussions. You should bring ideas with you of what you would like to make, and with guidance from the tutor you will realise these plans at your own pace, picking up new skills, techniques and approaches along the way.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- understand the working properties of metal and other materials
- Confidently set your own projects, developing ideas, experimenting with materials to create unique work.
- Use a range of techniques used in the making of jewellery pieces.
- Use a range of hand tools and types of machinery with confidence
- Recognise and implement good health and safety practice in the workshop.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is not suitable for complete beginners - you should be confident in basic jewellery-making skills
such as piercing, filing, drilling, annealing, soldering, bending and forming. You should be familiar with properties of
commonly used metals in jewellery, and be aware of basic health and safety issues in the studio.
You should be able to follow simple written and verbal instructions, demonstrations and hand-outs, and health and
safety information. It will be beneficial if you can take part in informal group discussions. You should be happy using
numbers, able to do simple measurements and calculations, and recognise and draw simple geometric shapes.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
The course is held in a well-equipped workshop setting, and is taught through demonstrations and photographic examples, with individual support and advice given to guide and extend your abilities. The tutor will guide you in developing your own work.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
Build provides most of the tools and equipment you will need for jewellery-making, and basic materials in reasonable quantities such as base metals, paper, enamel, chemicals, and sundries (etching resist, polishing compound etc.) However you will need to buy some specific items such as saw blades, precious metals, and stones. 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 heath and safety reasons no sandals, open
shoes or small pumps can be worn, even in hot weather.
You are advised that sensible footwear must be worn in studio 311. For heath and safety reasons, no sandals,
open shoes & small pumps can be worn – even in hot weather.
You will need to provide your own metal if wishing to work in silver or on a large scale. Your tutor will be happy to
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 be of particular interest to develop what you learned or your outcomes from this course:
VV413 Build Beginners Jewellery
VV399 Beginners Jewellery 111.
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