During this two day course, you will be taught by Teresa Speer, Ba (Hons) Jewellery, who has been in the jewellery trade for over a quarter of a century and has been teaching jewellery making for over 18 years.
Teresa is a qualified lecturer who has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally and has lectured at Loughborough University School of Art and Design and Birmingham City University.
You will receive a large amount of individual tuition, which ensures that you receive the right amount of help in order to maximise your personal development and get the most out of the course.
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. We make a flower pendant using many different jewellery making techniques. These include piercing (to cut out the flower shapes from a sheet of metal), filing and part polishing. We then texture, using different methods, and then change the shape from flat sheet to pleasing three dimensional flower shapes. We then solder all the pieces together and add a wire tendril to use as the bail for hanging the flower from. After polishing we have a lovely pendant to be proud of.
Day 2. We make a sterling silver stone set ring. To do this we first make the ring from a piece of ‘D’ shaped silver wire. We form it into a ring shape and solder it together. Then we make the setting for a stone that is later soldered onto your ring. The setting is made from sheet sterling silver .925 and pure silver .999 bezel strip wire. Firstly you will choose a stone and then we will make the setting to fit your chosen stone. When the setting is finished we solder it onto the ring, give a final polish and then set your stone.
You will develop first-hand experience in working with a wide assortment of crucial jewellery making equipment.
This will grant you proficiency in a variety of essential jewellery making techniques, such as:
Annealing (Softening Metal)
The course also gives hands on experience of working with gilding metal and silver.
Under Teresa's guidance you will create from scratch, using base materials:
A beautiful Gilding Metal floral pendant, soldered, shaped and textured.
A Sterling Silver stone set ring, set with a stone of your choice.
All materials for this course are provided at no extra cost.