Enamel silver earrings or pendant with Sheila R McDonald

Ref: S1D13337

Location: West Dean
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About this course

Learn basic enamelling techniques and make a pair of simple drop earrings or pendant.

Course Description

Make a simple pair of enamelled drop earrings or a pendant in silver.

Following a short demonstration of basic enamelling techniques, you will experiment with colours and designs to gain confidence with the technique. Then you will decide on your own design to create either earrings or a pendant. You will be provided with a small disc of silver (approximately 12mm), which can then be made into a pair of earrings or a drop pendant that can be attached to a chain. You will make and enamel the jewellery.

Your tutor will solder the earposts or attach jump rings to complete your enamelled piece/s of jewellery.

At the end of the course, you will go home with a finished item of silver enamelled jewellery to wear.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • Materials and tools will be supplied for the course, including silver and enamels.

What students need to bring

  • An apron/overall
  • Something to tie your hair back with, if it is long
  • Shoes that cover your feet (no sandals, flip flops or high heels)

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.
  • A good selection of art and craft materials
  • For any materials you need to purchase from the shop, we suggest you do so during the first morning of your course, after having discussed them with your tutor.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Sheila R McDonald: seed head brooch

Sheila R McDonald

Shelia R Mcdonald is a graduate of Glasgow School of Art and the Royal College of Art. She works as a freelance jeweller and enameller, undertakes commissions and exhibits widely.

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