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.
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 30 years, and has been teaching jewellery making for over 20 years.
Robin Fletcher has been teaching this course with Teresa for over 15 years.
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 1/2: 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 shown the procedures of the Lost Wax casting process. Your waxes are then placed into a burn out kiln to begin the over 12 hours Lost Wax process.
Day 3: On the third day you will watch 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
Pieces of silver of made by you
The materials cost is for the Argentium Silver used to create your jewellery, at €1.50 per gram, equating to the weight of the finished silver jewellery.
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.