The main aims of this course are: to make old jewellery wearable and attractive again; to learn new jewellery-making skills, such as stone setting and chain-making, which not only embellish and improve old jewellery, but can be used in the future to make pieces from scratch; to complete several re-make projects, so pieces can be worn home straight away.
Your tutor encourages you to be brave and creative, using your old jewellery as a resource material to combine with other metals (silver, copper, brass), found materials (such as driftwood, twig slices, sea-glass and semi-precious stones) and recycled beads to create contemporary statement pieces. You are welcome to carry out some simple mending, but the main objective of the course is to make new interesting jewellery using old pieces. This is not only a frugal, sustainable way of making jewellery, it also has a personal, historical link as you know the history of the jewellery, where the silver or gold came from, who gave it to you, etc. The jewellery will have meaning for you, re-worked to wear in a modern way.
By the end of the course, you should be confident with soldering silver or gold, making handmade chains, simple rub-over stone-setting, finishing, texturing and polishing, as well as seeing the potential in using what you have. You may well finish at least three projects to be able to wear home, and probably more. Your tutor will also be happy to advise about setting up a simple workroom, so you can continue re-making silver and gold jewellery when back at home.
Some soldering and general jewellery-making skills prior to the course would be useful, but are not essential.
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)
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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