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.
Design your own pieces of jewellery and then create them in 3 different types of wax. Then learn how to magically transform those pieces into beautiful silver jewellery using the Lost Wax casting process, a technique that dates back over 5,000 years and is still widespread today.
Teresa Speer holds a BA (hons) in Jewellery. 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.
Robin Fletcher has been teaching this course with Teresa for over a decade.
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. On this course, you are given the opportunity to create your own designs, with ideas and assistance constantly on hand. You will create a piece of jewellery in each of 3 different types of wax, and then a fourth piece in whichever wax you prefer. You will experience manipulating soft sculpting wax by hand, using melting wax to develop a form, and also carving into hard wax using a variety of tools. Your 4 wax pieces are then mounted onto wax trees, and you are taken into the casting workshop and shown the procedures of the Lost Wax casting process. Your waxes are then placed into a burn out kiln to begin the overnight Lost Wax process.
Day 2. On the second day, you are taught about alternate mould making materials as well as different mould-making techniques. You will then witness the casting of your waxes using the centrifugal casting equipment. You will release your jewellery, which has now been magically transformed into silver. You will use a variety of cleaning, finishing and polishing techniques to turn your cast pieces into finished jewellery.
How to make jewellery using sculpting wax, melting wax and carving wax
How to cast jewellery using the Lost Wax casting method
How to turn your castings into beautiful finished jewellery
How to clean, file and polish jewellery
Four finished pieces of jewellery of your own choosing
The only materials cost is for the Argentium Silver used to cast your jewellery, at £1 per gram.
Argentium Silver is an amazing material, which is much easier to clean and than Sterling Silver. Argentium Silver is also more pure than Sterling and can be hallmarked to a higher standard.