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.
Wire weaving is a beautiful way to create jewellery and is a very relaxing way of creating things of beauty to wear. The jewellery uses wire: twisted, interlocked and woven - there is no soldering or gluing. The art of wire weaving requires a minimum amount of tools and can be a wonderful and inexpensive way to start your jewellery making journey.
Rachel Murgatroyd is an expert in this field of wire jewellery making, and has been making wire jewellery for over 20 years. She has had tutorials published in many jewellery making magazines and has been teaching wire jewellery 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.
You begin by creating practice pieces in copper. Using several different weaves these pieces can be used to refer back to as the two day course continues.
You will then create a ring and a pendant in copper.
Once everyone is confident using copper you will move onto Sterling and Fine silver to create a choice of a Ring and Pendant or a Bangle. You will also be taught the processes for creating all of these items.
Several different weaves using tools and fingers to form the wires
Which weaves work best with what types of jewellery
Crafting rings and how to ensure they are structurally sound
How to set stones in wire jewellery
Adding clasps and how to make them an attractive feature of your work
Finishing wire jewellery to a high standard
Cleaning, polishing and maintaining your jewellery
How to use oxidation to highlight your work.
Copper practice pieces
A Ring and a Pendant in copper
A choice of either a Ring and a Pendant in Sterling and Fine Silver, or a Bangle in Sterling and Fine silver
All the materials will be provided for £100. Alternatively, you have the option to not work with silver and instead produce all the pieces exclusively in copper, which will reduce the materials cost to £50