Make a decorative silver ring with Rachael Plassard

Ref: S1D32772

Location: West Dean
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About this course

Discover basic jewellery making techniques as you make and decorate a simple silver ring.

Course Description

Have you ever thought you would love to learn to make jewellery but are not sure about what is involved, and whether you will enjoy and have an aptitude for working in silver? Before you sign up to a longer course, come and try making a simple piece and see how you feel.

This one-day course will introduce you to the basic tools and processes and teach you how to make a silver ring with the option of stamping and applying decoration to produce an individual and unique piece. The day will take you through the basic skills of sawing, filing, annealing, texturing with punches, soldering and polishing, hopefully inspiring you to want to learn more and develop your skills in this fascinating discipline.

You will complete a silver band ring by the end of the day.


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: a basic tool kit, a basic pack and silver for the ring.
  • (The course fee includes the price of providing the silver for the specific project set by the tutor.)

What students need to bring

  • An apron
  • Shoes that cover your feet (no sandals, flip flops or high heels)
  • Something to tie your hair back with, if it 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 open toes or sandals).


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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