Jewellery for beginners – silver earrings or pendant with Rachael Plassard

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Location: West Dean
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About this course

Discover essential jewellery making techniques while creating your own unique pair of decorative, three-dimensional earrings or pendant in silver.

Course Description

During this one-day course, you will learn how to make a pair of three-dimensional, decorative earrings or, alternatively, a pendant in silver. You will have the opportunity to explore a variety of samples and templates, which you can either use for your own piece or expand on, creating a beautiful, unique piece of jewellery.

Within this exciting project you will discover basic jewellery making techniques, including piercing (sawing), filing, annealing, soldering, forming and polishing. You will explore the relationship between form and the body in this versatile project, starting from flat sheet and then forming into a beautiful, sculptural piece of silver jewellery.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • On this course the College will supply most of the materials, including a piece of Sterling silver sheet 40mm x 80mm, a small brush and some saw blades, plus some materials to be shared amongst the group, including hard solder strip and silver earring pins.

What students need to bring

  • An apron
  • Shoes that cover your feet
  • Hair tie, if your hair is long

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 sandals or open toes). Possible equipment restrictions in tutor absence.


Rachael Plassard

Rachael Plassard is a third-generation contemporary jeweller with an MA in jewellery from UCA Farnham. She is a member of the association of contemporary jewellers and her highly decorative work is sold in galleries across the UK. 

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