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