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.

Chain Maille

This beautiful and satisfying technique allows you to create a wide variety of jewellery by interlinking rings in unlimited creative ways.

On this course you will create chain maille jewellery using a diverse range of useful techniques, along the way learning everything you need to know to create your own deigns in the future.

Melanie Arundel qualified to teach too many years ago to say, and has been teaching for over 25 years. Although she loves a wide range of mediums, chain maille is her specialist technique.

Chain Maille

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. The course will start with a demonstration of the basic principles of making chain maille jewellery. After practicing these principles students will make a parallel chain bracelet and a pair of silver earrings. Aspect ratio, an important part of chain making, will be covered fully in this course. We will then move to the versatile Byzantine chain and will look at using this in a variety of ways. Finishing your jewellery to a high standard using a variety of techniques will be demonstrated. At the end of the day we will finish with looking at the best ways of polishing your chain maille.

Day 2. On day 2 we will move to the spiral and vertebra chains and will finish with a Japanese maille motif. Other kits will be available for purchase during the course.

Skills you will learn

All fundamental chain maille jewellery techniques, giving unlimited possibilities

How to produce a range of different chain maille weaves

A clear understanding of aspect ratio

Techniques for finishing and polishing chain maille jewellery

Parallel chain

Byzantine chain

Spiral chain

Vertebra chain

Japanese maille

Jewellery you will create

A parallel chain bracelet

A pair of silver earrings

Byzantine chain

Spiral and vertebra chains

A Japanese maille motif

Materials costs

Materials and clasps for the projects will be produced in copper and enamelled copper plus a silver kit and clasp to take home will be £90.

The cost of the kits also include the pliers and mat for the students to take with them so there is no need to bring anything but yourself.