What is the course about?
This course will teach you invaluable knowledge and skills in basic jewellery repair and maintenance used in professional jewellery workshops. Whether you're repairing precious valuable pieces or extending the life of those with sentimental value, the experienced tutor will give you professional advice in replacing clasps, resizing, re-soldering, replacing stones and polishing scratched surfaces.
What will we cover?
- Replacing clasps and jump rings
- Resizing precious metal rings
- Re-soldering precious metal jewellery, including jewellery with settings (depending on the stone)
- Securing loose stones
- Different ways of re-polishing scratched items
- The most suitable ways of cleaning different jewellery pieces.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
Repair your jewellery effectively, as well as demonstrate industry knowledge of how to clean, maintain and store it in order to extend the life of your favourite pieces.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
This course is suitable for all levels - previous experience of jewellery-making or silver-smithing is beneficial but not essential.
You will need to 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 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?
All basic materials are provided. You are encouraged to bring some broken jewellery along with you in order to further apply the skills that you will learn on this course. Please note that not all items brought in will be able to be repaired on this course.
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:
VV657 Introduction to beaded jewellery
VV695 Introduction to jewellery making
VV427 Experimental 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