9th September to 22nd November
Welcome to the Precious Metals Workshop's courses. We run courses throughout the year in alignment with the UK's academic timetable. Our Evening classes and weekend workshops aim to have something for everyone and for all levels of skills. Please see our Terms & Conditions when booking any course. Please see our list of courses below for the up coming term. Places are limited to 7 in order to allow good one-to-one time with the tutors and assistants. Any course enquiries can be made directly through our contact heading above.
our evening classes
10 weeks - 6pm to 8pm - 9th September to 18th November
Jewellery for beginners, the first 5 weeks will concentrate on the necessary techniques required to then undertake your own projects. You will learn, saw piercing, filling, drilling, hot and cold connections, texturing, forming and polishing. After this (and for intermediates at the start) you will be encouraged to bring in your own ideas to discuss with the tutor and develop your own work. There will also be an option to learn some more advanced techniques such as stone setting, etching and casting.
Half term 14th October, no class.
Course led by Ian Nicholson and Amanda McGrattan
10 weeks - 6:30pm to 7:30pm - 11th September to 20th November
Want to make a real go at starting up a jewellery business but not sure how? Come along to our business mentoring ten week course and cover all the important topics in how to be successful.
Your business and plan to succeed – how to write a business plan and the look ahead
Vision – Dreams and reality
Products and Services – your jewellery, operations and sales
Time management - motivation and organisation
Corporate Brand – How you represent yourself visually, logo, colours, fonts and values
Business Identity – Who you are, how are you perceived and customer relations
Social Media – websites, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Buffer…
Marketing – target audience, how and where
Financial Plan - Start-up Expenses, pricing your work & accounts
Applications – how to put it all together to apply for grants, loans, awards & shows
Half term 16th October, no class.
Course led by Ian Nicholson
Our weekend workshops
26th & 27th October - 10am to 5pm
Reduce, reuse, recycle - The world is in need of us all to change how we operate. Just because we have tired of something doesn’t mean it should end up in landfill and jewellery doesn’t have to be made up of precious metals and gems to be valuable. Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder and sentiment is priceless. Come along and up-cycle jewellery, learning how to use cold connections to make beautiful new jewellery.
Course led by Amanda McGrattan and Cameron Murdoch
2nd & 3rd November - 10am to 5pm
Repousse' and Chasing are among the most ancient techniques of working precious and non precious metals.
Metal processing with these techniques allows to obtain low and high reliefs without removing material; in fact the metal is pushed out (Repousse') or moved in (Chasing) by using tools as a hammer and punches of different shapes and sizes.
For the nature of this process the metal is usually set or filled (in case of a vase) with pitch, which as a given medium allow the metal to take shape.
As a form of art, the beauty of those techniques is that they both together give plasticity to the metal and a wide range in terms of expression to the artist.
During the course the students will be introduced to both of the techniques, learning how to create their own tools, setting up the metal on pitch and how to annealing the metal for make it workable during the process.
The students will work on a piece of copper, first creating a suitable design, learn to transfer that on the actual piece of metal, working in both Repousse' and Chasing to obtain a final product.
Course led by Dario Batzella
9th & 10th November - 10am to 5pm
This workshop will cover various ways to apply texture and colour to your metal using various enamels and patinas. You will be provided with copper to experiment with the rolling mill and hammers to create textures which can then be oxidised or enamelled. You are welcome to bring your own silver along to add colour to it.
By the end of the weekend you will have your own range of colour samples to take home along with a finished piece of jewellery.
Course led by Amanda McGrattan
16th & 17th November - 10am to 5pm
Box Clasps are the ideal fitting for bangles, bracelets, heavy necklaces and bead strings.
The basic principle can be adapted to a huge range of different designs and sizes, and can become the central attraction of a piece of Jewellery.
In this two day workshop you will make a box clasp and learn how to make the simple mechanism strong and secure.
We will also make a 3 or 5 part hinge, which is can be used with the clasp when making bangles or adapted for making boxes with lids.
Material provided will be copper, if you would like to work in silver the tutor will discuss your project with you before the workshop and give advice on what to purchase.
Course led by Jackie Bell
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