In the Studio Jewellery School are delighted to announce that we have, at long last, moved our school to Alicante in Spain. Our first set of Spain-based courses are now viewable on our Calendar page and available to book.
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 from 9am to 1pm, 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 intention is that all should leave with our usual high standard of skills learnt but also have a wonderful experience visiting Spain.
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.
Thank you all for your kind wishes on our facebook page, we really do appreciate them.
Very best wishes to you all and look forward to you joining us in the lovely warm sunshine.
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.
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 that may include: single stone, claw, triple claw, cluster and channel set. Depending on time some people who have been setting before are a little quicker than the complete beginner, but as everyone will work at their own pace then some will manage all the settings.
You are then given the opportunity to focus on whichever you prefer.
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 and 10 pieces depending on their skill set as each student works at their own pace.
The materials fee for this course will depend on the amount of settings completed by you, and John will also have some scorpers to sell for anyone who wishes to buy them. Usually the materials fee for this course varies between £70 to £100 and is paid during the course to the lecturer.