Silver jewellery – leaf pendant with Sarah Macrae

Ref: S1D13191

Location: West Dean
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About this course

Learn how to make an elegant pendant inspired by autumn leaves, by impressing the delicate tracery of veins onto silver sheet.

Course Description

On this one-day course, learn how to make an elegant silver pendant using autumn leaves as an inspirational starting point.

You will be using leaf skeletons to impress into sheet silver, leaving the delicate tracery of the veins of the leaf as a surface pattern on the precious metal. You will then learn how to saw pierce the shape of the leaf and file the edges smooth, and then to shape and polish it and finally to oxidise it to make the leaf vein pattern stand out clearly on the silver.

This project is a basic introduction to some of the skills and processes of making jewellery in silver, which will hopefully inspire you to want to learn more about this fascinating discipline.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • Silver and consumables (saw blades, abrasives, solder etc)

What students need to bring

  • An apron
  • Hair tie, if needed

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Silver can be purchased from the College Shop, which stocks a range of sheet, wire, rod, tube and findings. These will be available in set sizes and lengths suitable for a wide range of projects.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no open toes or sandals).


Sarah Macrae

Sarah graduated Brighton Polytechnic in 1981 and has combined her studio practice as a jeweller with teaching part time. A member of The Designer Jewellers Group, she has exhibited at the Barbican Arts Centre (London) for the last twenty eight years. In 2000 Sarah was invited to write an introduction to Jewellery for Crowood Press and she features in several youtube videos. Sarah's work can be seen on Facebook and Instagram.

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