In the Studio Jewellery School are delighted to announce that we are, at long last, moving our school to Alicante in Spain. Some of our old students have been aware for some time that this was going to happen and have already said they cannot wait to join us in the sun. So please bear with us while we organise the new courses and dates.
We expect the new course dates to be online and ready to book by the end of January and all those that are on out lists will be informed as soon as we have them. We intend that the first courses will take place in the middle to end of March when the weather will be better for those who do not like it too hot.
All our lecturers have agreed to fly out to Spain to continue teaching their wonderful skills to old and new students, in fact they are looking forward to it.
The courses will be slightly shorter days therefore enabling the possibility of family and friends to also enjoy some of your company should they want to join you. We have already been contacted by a company who are organising trips to bodegas and sightseeing should any students and friends want to join in with other things. Our intension is that all should leave with our usual high standard of skills learnt but also have a wonderful experience.
We won’t be able to offer the accommodation anymore but we have already made contacts in the area with people who will let rooms from 15 euros per night per person and will drive them to and from the school for the courses. We will be looking at more options for students as soon as we can. The closest beach of Guardamar is 15 minutes drive from us and Torrevieja 20 minutes, so if it’s a beach you are looking for it’s not far. Alicante airport is about 20 minutes away, we are located down a quiet country lane but close to villages and towns, nothing too far away.
We are hoping to have the course dates up and ready to book by the end of January with the courses starting middle to end of March.
Thank you all for your kind wishes on our facebook page, we really do appreciate them.
A very happy seasonal greeting to you all and a great New Year.
This is the ideal 5 day intensive jewellery making workshop for beginners and for anyone who wishes to learn stone setting, soldering and many more essential techniques.
This course combines our 2 day 'Introduction to Jewellery Making' course and our 2 day 'Intermediate' course, with the addition of an added day filled with more useful jewellery making techniques.
Students learn a wide range of core techniques and produce jewellery using these skills. We will advise you of the best places to go to buy your tools in the future, and we even have some shops that will give you a discount for being a student with us. You will be able to use this new knowledge in many different ways to create your own designs at home after completing the course.
Teresa Speer holds a BA (hons) in Jewellery and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. A qualified teacher, Teresa has been in the jewellery trade for over a quarter of a century, and has been teaching jewellery making for over 18 years.
The course is limited to six places to ensure that there is a good student to teacher ratio, however this does mean that places are limited and as such students are advised to book early to ensure a place on the course.
Day 1. You will create a beautiful flower pendant using many different jewellery making techniques. These include piercing (sawing), filing, texturing, shaping/manipulating the metal and soldering. After polishing you have a lovely floral pendant to be proud of.
Day 2. You create a your own sterling silver ring, which you set with a stone. This will teach you the full process of forming and soldering a ring shank, correctly sized, and soldered. You will also create your own setting, which you will solder to your ring before you give a final polish and then set a stone of your choice.
Day 3. This part of the course is designed to teach you to become extremely good at soldering. Using three different thicknesses of wires we are going to produce a strip, soldering everywhere that two wires cross. How complicated you make your strip will determine how many solder joints you make. So we can say from 50 to 200 solder joints or somewhere in between, which will dramatically hone your soldering skills.
Day 4. Now the fun part, we turn our soldered strip into wonderful pieces of jewellery. It is up to you to decide what pieces of jewellery you would like to make from your strip. Cuff or bracelet, ring, pendants, earrings are all possible. After completion of your pieces of wonderful jewellery it is then possible to add some colour with a few useful beading with wire techniques.
Day 5. You are given the opportunity to use your newly acquired skills to develop your pieces further. You then design and create a cut out brooch. This yet again adds to the wonderful techniques already learnt. It also allows you to further develop the many techniques learnt during this week.
Working with Sterling Silver
Working with Gilding Metal
Techniques for creating many different types of jewellery
Silver soldering to a high standard
Shaping the metals
Working with wire
Annealing (softening metal)
A beautiful Gilding Metal floral pendant, soldered, shaped and textured
A Sterling Silver stone set ring, set by you with a stone of your choice
You will manipulate and solder silver wire into pleasing forms.
You are then given the freedom to transform your silver into whatever beautiful jewellery you desire.
Popular choices include:
The only materials cost will be for the silver used, which will be weighed and calculated accordingly.
You are welcome to use gilding metal instead, which is provided free of charge.