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 course will benefit beginners and the experienced alike, as many different types of settings are covered all to be taken at each individual students pace. Students will use an electric pendant motor in addition to hand tools such as gravers and scorpers.
On our course many different types of settings are achieved. These include – different types of claw settings, channel set, rub over and star settings that may be carried through to pave.
Other settings may be achieved if students have any particular setting you wish to learn that has not been mentioned.
John Russel has been a professional stone setter for over 40 years. He has lectured at the University of Central England and continues to be a professional setter in demand in the Birmingham Jewellery Quarter.
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.
On the first day, you will:
Learn to star set
Learn to use the graver and scorper
During the following days, you will set a variety of different types of settings, including single stone, claw, triple claw, cluster and channel set.
You are then given the opportunity to focus on whichever you prefer.
You are also welcome to request any style of setting you desire that has not been mentioned.
How to set stones effectively
Techniques for a variety of different stone setting styles
How to use a graver and scorper
How to use a pendant motor to set stones
How to drill through metal correctly
How to sharpen gravers
How to prepare and size a graver
You will take away a number of beautiful stone set sterling silver rings, all of which you will have set yourself in different styles of settings. Students typically set between 5 to 8 silver rings.
The only materials cost is for the sterling silver rings and cubic zirconia stones, which are available to purchase from John during the course.