Silver Smithing dates available :
Wednesday 17th April – Wednesday 22nd May 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Wednesday 5th June – Wednesday 10th July 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Wednesday 11th Sept – Wednesday 16th Oct 6.30pm – 9.00pm
Silver Smithing Course Our metal work classes are taught by Janet Fraser, a silversmith who has been designing and creating jewellery commercially for over 15 years and Delia Hamer who specialises in wire work and silver clay. On our beginners course we will teach you the basics of using precious metals, namely Silver, Copper and Gold to make jewellery. Techniques you will learn including sawing, soldering, filing, sanding and polishing. The courses run on Wednesday evenings in six week blocks and you can expect to make several items during this time, depending on the complexity of your designs. Usually students continue in this class for up to 18 wks before they progress on to more advanced techniques.
Advanced Techniques: Students start to learn advanced techniques at 12 to 18 wks depending on skill level achieved. You will learn some of the more complex techniques such as anticlastic raising, reticulation, stone setting, hot and cold connections and additional methods of soldering. This class is ongoing and runs every half term. As new people join they are taught the new techniques and existing students can watch demonstrations again if they wish.
Wirework & Macrami On our beginners course we will teach you the basics of working with silver wire, beading wires and hemp cord. You will learn the basics how to turn a loop, make an ear wire, make links, simple knots, basic findings. Each week we aim to make a piece of jewellery to take away but some techniques are harder to master! The courses run in six week blocks on Tuesday afternoons. The more advanced techniques include macrami, wrapping stones and knitting with wire.
Wirework & Macrami dates available :
Tuesday 16th April – Tuesday 21st May 12.15pm – 2.45pm
Tuesday 4th June – Tuesday 9th July 12.15pm – 2.45pm
Tuesday 10th Sept – Tuesday 15th Oct 12.15pm – 2.45pm
Tools and equipment
Tea and coffee making facilities (very important!)
What do you need to bring with you?
Money for buying materials
Wear old clothes or bring an old apron if you have one.
Long hair must be tied back
No scarves or long necklaces should be worn in the class for safety reasons
What you will learn?
You will learn all the techniques required to design and make your own beautiful pieces of jewellery, whether you like smooth and shiny or rustic jewellery we can teach you how to achieve the finish and texture you want.
Health and Safety
Advice will be given at the start of each course and all the posters pointed out. Please follow these at all times.
Any new topics and techniques are taught by class demonstrations. As a group, there will always be opportunities for our students to ask questions at various stages in the process, and to see the piece at the various stages of development. After demonstrations are over, students have the opportunity to discuss their own personal designs with either Janet or Delia, so they can move forward with their piece.