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.
The courses below might complement what you learned on this course:
VV976 Introduction to precious metal clay
VV358 Introduction to stone setting: flush and gypsy setting
VV729 Introduction to mould-making for 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