Jewellery Beginners Week

Duration: 5 days

The Lecturer:
The lecturer for the ‘Introduction to Jewellery Making’, and the ‘Intermediate’ course is Teresa Speer BA Hons Jewellery. The schools resident lecturer. Teresa has exhibited both nationally and internationally. She is a qualified lecturer and has lectured at Loughborough University School of Art and Design and Birmingham City University.
The Course: We would like to give you an idea of the skills learnt during the ‘Beginners Week‘.

Day 1 – The course commences with a short ‘Health and Safety’ lecture. A demonstration of piercing (cutting the metal) and finishing to a high standard follows. Students complete the first project as pictured below using guilding metal provided. A demonstration of soldering is given. Students then solder and finish their work.

Day 2 – Students are given silver for production of a ring, together with a cabochon stone. A lecture is given on ring making. Students make their rings. A lecture is given for bezel making (a bezel is the setting to hold the stone) and preparing their ring for the bezel. Lecturer demonstrates stone setting. Students complete their rings by setting their stones in their bezel on their ring.

Days 3 and 4 – A lecture on creating jewellery by wire manipulation and soldering is given. A bracelet and other matching jewellery are made using varying thickness of wire. These may be created in guilding metal. If the students wish to produce them in silver, this will be charged depending on the weight used. The multi soldered joints on this exercise is an excellent confidence builder for students new to silver soldering. Students wishing to provide their own metal, should ask for a list of metal thickness and lengths required for this project.

Day 5 – Students are given the opportunity to spend more time completing their projects, with the opportunity to create an additional brooch.

For the 2 day ‘Introduction to Jewellery making’ course see days 1 and 2 above and the 2 day ‘Intermediate’ course see days 3 and 4. Also you may choose to extend your intermediate course to a three day couse with day 5.