What is the course about?
The course is designed for those who have no previous experience of working with metal. We will begin with an introduction to basic techniques. You will then be able to use some or all of the techniques to make a simple pendant.
What will we cover?
An introduction to cutting, drilling, annealing (softening metal with heat), texturing and forming metal.
What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...
- Cut and form metal
- Anneal metal
- Texture metal with hammers, punches and rolling mills
- Drill metal
- Make a pendant using various techniques
- Have an understanding of basic jewellery-making, including the health and safety issues.
What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?
The course is for beginners and improvers who prefer to take a shorter course, or for those who want an introduction
to this subject area.
How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?
Through demonstration, advice and guidance, samples and technical notes.
Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?
General tools and equipment will be supplied. An amount of copper will also be provided. You may choose to work in silver on the second day which you will need to buy. Advice of what and where to buy the silver will be given by your tutor.
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.
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:
VV399 Beginners III
VV413 Beginners Jewellery
VV406 Introduction to Leather 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