Jewellery – ring-linking with stones and beads with Alison Evans

Ref: SLW31356

About this course

Create an individual piece of jewellery as you master the techniques of chain mail or ring-linking, using semi-precious stones or beads to add colour, pattern and detail.

Course Description

This course is a great introduction to making jewellery using the linking techniques of chain mail. For those already familiar with the technique, it's a chance to learn new designs.

You can choose to concentrate on practising and developing technical skills through sampling, or you could complete one or more pieces of jewellery.

The usual material is silver, but you may work in base or mixed metals if you wish.

You will study the subject from its first principles, which will include wire annealing and drawing, ring forming and cutting, link fabrication (casting is not included in this course), small piece soldering, simple clasp making, finishing and polishing.

The tutor will support you in producing your work at your own pace and level of ability.

The tutor will demonstrate techniques and show examples of her work; you will then refine your ideas, gather or locate tools and materials, and launch into your projects. Thereafter, all available time will be spent on achieving individual aims.

Teaching is by demonstration and individual support of technical processes and requirements.


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

What students need to bring

  • It is always helpful if students arrive with particular projects in mind. The tutor will encourage and help you to formulate ideas on the first evening, depending on your ability.
  • Your own tool kit, if you have one (a basic tool kit is also available to borrow from the College)
  • Any metals that you already have and may wish to incorporate in your work
  • Formulated ideas and an open mind
  • Sketchbook, pencil and rubber
  • Apron, hair tie if you have long hair, stout covered shoes

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.
  • Some base metals (Please be aware of the cost of silver when planning your project. Materials bought prior to the course may work out cheaper, but only if you are quite sure of what you want to achieve, and your ability to achieve it.)
  • A good variety of art materials, including sketchbooks, pencils and rubbers
  • Additional materials will also be available for purchase from the tutor.
  • Whatever cannot be bought can easily be made with specialist tools and supervision provided by the tutor.

Additional information

Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear, ie no open toes or sandals.


Alison Evans

Alison has an international reputation for her distinctive contemporary jewellery based on the ancient techniques of chainmail. Her work explores the contrast between the natural environment and the manmade and industrial world, to produce a unique style.


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

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