Forging iron jewellery with Janos Gabor Varga

Ref: SLW13476

Book now

Places available

About this course

Learn hybrid jewellery-blacksmithing techniques to make iron jewellery, including hot and cold forging and hot-forming.

Course Description

Iron is an uncommon material for jewellery, though it is more than suitable due to its beauty and wearability. You will be introduced to the main principles of iron jewellery design, including how to highlight the material's unique geometry and topology in your work.

You will learn some of the most important techniques to realise your ideas, including hot and cold forging and hot-forming.

During the course, your tutor will deliver a talk about the story of iron from the very beginning until the present day. Your tutor will discuss iron’s nature, character and importance in our life and explain why he refers to this cheap, common metal as "precious". He will also present an overview of historic, traditional and contemporary, ferrous jewellery.

After the course, you will have the skillls to carry on at home where the equipment needed is mainly a basic jeweller’s bench tool set, where some pieces could be made easily at home in a shed. The knowledge from this course will fertilise your way of thinking about more common jewellery metals, such as gold or silver.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials


  • Mild steel bars, tube and sheet

What students need to bring

  • Your own jewellery/metal tools, if you have them – files, saws, etc. The College provides a basic tool kit for you to use.
  • An apron
  • 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.
  • Copper wire and sheet
  • The shop also stocks a range of tools and consumables, such as: saw blades, drills and abrasive materials.

Additional information

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


Janos Gabor Varga

János is a jewellery artist based in Italy. He is a self-taught artist who focuses on ferrous jewellery. After his studies at the University of Agricultural Sciences he lived in the United Kingdom for three years, before moving to Italy thirteen years ago.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

Courses of interest

Interested in a career in metalwork?

Our Foundation Degree in Metalwork will enhance your employment prospects, give you the skills to set up as a self-employed craftsperson or allow you to continue to higher education. Encompassing both silversmithing and blacksmithing, you will learn practical skills, material properties, placing your work in a broader context and historic metalworking techniques. Find out more