Welcome to Pliers, the educational and not-for-profit social enterprise arm to the Precious Metals Workshop. Starting in January 2017, Pliers will run courses throughout the year at the PMW over a three, ten week term in alignment with the UK's academic timetable. We run three, ten week terms each year in alignment with the UK schools term times, linking up the half terms. Our Evening classes and weekend workshops aim to have something for everyone and for all levels of skills. Towards the end of 2017, we intend to launch an assisted places scheme, whereby learners who couldn't otherwise afford to sign up to courses can apply for discounted places. 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 8 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.
24th April - 3rd July, 6pm-8pm.Suitable for beginners and intermediate makers.
For learners who haven't worked with metal for jewellery before, 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.
This one day course will introduce you to basic forging and forming with copper bar in order to produce a spoon by the end of the day. If you have your own scrap silver or silver grain you will be able to forge your own silver spoon.
Course led by Ian Nicholson - www.thisisian.com
1 day Beginners Course - No Experience Required
This one day course is a great introduction to the tools and methods used by professional jewellery makers. Choose from our faceted gems and cabochons to set into your own silver and custom fitted ring.
Course led by Jaqueline Bell - Facebook page
One person’s trash is another's treasure, through this course we are giving you the opportunity to repurpose something old, giving it new life and injecting it with a special level of preciousness that can only be found when you create something from start to finish yourself.
The course will teach you the process of turning your own scrap silver into a handmade piece of jewellery, one which you can wear with a new sense of joy. You will melt down your scrap silver to make a basic ingot of pure metal. From there you will be shown how to turn this ingot into wire and sheet, after which you will be free to create a textured necklace, a simple ring or a pair of earrings.
Join us at PMW at the OOTB Drill Hall for a day long intensive course recycling your old metal into something new.
Course led by Rae Brown -
This one day workshop will introduce you to putting colour onto your metals. We will be working in copper, but if you have your own silver that you wish to work on please bring it along.
Course led by Jacqueline Bell -
You will learn how to understand different modelling techniques using software that will enable you to create models that can be fabricated using CAM [computer aided manufacture] to generate product. Together we will learn how to navigate through viewports and about the various and extensive toolbars. We will create simple wire frame models to start with, progressing to 3D surface models and get you started with this fabulous tool.
Attendees should have:
a basic grasp of 2D modelling and jewellers should be confident on the bench as these skills are transferrable to this class and will support your learning of CAD – not essential, but will be beneficial.
Please bring with you your own laptop, power cable and mouse.
We will send you a link to download the trial software used after signing up for the weekend.
An open mind, be enthusiastic and have plenty of snacks and water to fuel your brain
Realistic expectations – you will not become proficient in 3D modelling overnight. This software requires dedication to practice….
Course led by Anne Walker - www.heistjewellery.co.uk
Students will learn the basic techniques of how to cut, tool in simple designs and sew leather, whilst creating several small items throughout the weekend, including (but not limited to) bracelets, key fobs and coasters.
Course led by Greg Marr - www.glitteringedge.com
This one-day session will cover various ways to apply texture and colour to sheets of base or precious metals. You will experiment with roll-printing, hammering and etching to create a textured surface, and will then use chemical processes to apply colour. Pattern and texture can also be produced by using small pieces of metal to build up a sheet. If areas of different metals are used, these will react differently with the chemical patination process, leading to a striking result.
Due to equipment technicalities, this course has been rescheduled to the 15th & 16th July .
This two day workshop will discuss in detail the sphere of the casting industry before getting you all to carve your own wax ring. Day two will involve casting that ring into silver before cleaning it up and giving it your own chosen finish. 25 grams of eco silver casting grain is included in the cost of the course.
Course led by Ian Nicholson - www.thisisian.com