Express yourself creatively by enamelling and making jewellery on a West Dean College short course. Enjoy the freedom of the award-winning gardens and be inspired by the landscape, architecture and interiors of West Dean. Work with like-minded people, relax and take a break from your daily routine. The College offers over 700 short courses in arts and crafts through the year, including Taster Courses for those who like to try different crafts and learn new skills.
Have fun working with seed beads, crystals and pearls and transform a plain old button into beautiful earrings, necklaces and brooches, using traditional beadwork techniques. Colourful beadwork jewellery (NEW 28 - 30 May Beginners/Intermediate £322).
Explore how metal moves under pressure and create fast and effective three-dimensional forms and decorative surface patterns for sheet metal by fold forming. Fold forming for jewellery and silversmithing (NEW 12 - 14 June Suitable for all £220).
Make individual and unusual jewellery by learning to cut and assemble Bullseye and dichroic glass (which undergoes a colour change in certain lighting conditions) for fusing in a kiln. Create rounds, uncut gems or cabochons, and then mount them onto silver findings. Making fused glass jewellery (10 - 12 July Weekend Suitable for all £268)
Discover the alchemy of enamelling by first practising on copper then progress to simple silver jewellery. Enamelling for beginners Sheila R McDonald (14 - 16 August £246).
Reshape old pieces of silver and gold jewellery, combine them with re-threaded antique beads and make striking new pieces to wear. Vintage jewellery: remake and upcycle with Sarah Drew (18 - 20 September Suitable for all £248).
Discover how to shape copper wire and create a variety of twisted wires using simple techniques to make into jewellery. Twisted wire rings and bracelets with Belinda Hager (25 - 27 September Suitable for all £225).
Create an individual piece of jewellery as you master the techniques of chain mail or ring-linking, using semi-precious stones or beads to add colour, pattern and detail. Re-linking with stones and beads for jewellery with Alison Evans (23 - 26 October Suitable for all £322).
ACCOMMODATION AT WEST DEAN
Wake up to beautiful views over the Sussex Downs in the stately splendour of a country mansion. The bedrooms are a mixture of contemporary and traditional styling. Student rates from £55 Bed & Breakfast. Non-students are also welcome to experience staying at West Dean with rates from £75.
For more information about Short Courses at West Dean and to browse the digital brochure visit www.westdean.org.uk. First time bookings receive a 10% discount (telephone bookings only call +44 (0)2143 818300).
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