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 Wrapping Course

Wire wrapping is one of the oldest jewellery making techniques. Jewellery made using this method has been found in the pyramids and has also been seen in Roman and Celtic jewellery. The jewellery uses wire twisted interlocked and woven, there is no soldering or gluing. The art of wire wrapping 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.

Wire Wrapping Course

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. The course will be adapted to each and every group of students to ensure that the best level of skill is achieved.

The first day commences with simple movements of the pliers and wire to create basic bead dangles, however we will move on swiftly to rings of varying complexity followed by earrings and a gemstone pendant.

Day 2. Again, the day will be tailored to the needs of the class. You will create a structured bangle with square wire and a pendant that will encase a semi-precious gemstone. The stone wrap is the building block of nearly all wire wrapped pendants.

Skills you will learn

Tools, use and handling

Wire - the different tempers and their uses, sizes shapes and how they are used in creating jewellery How to manipulate wire using tools and how to produce a softer, more organic form with the fingers

How to use square wire and keep it straight and flat

Using pre made settings to add faceted gemstones to your work

Using a coiling gizmo

Using forms to help with shaping

Finishing a piece to a high standard

Cleaning and maintaining the jewellery

Oxidizing and how it can be used to compliment your work

Most other aspects of Wire Wrapping will be covered also

Rachel is very generous with her experience and knowledge and is delighted to share any information you require, whether it is to find out about suppliers or help with selling your finished pieces

Jewellery you will create

You will create a minimum of:

Several copper rings

A silver ring

Copper and silver earrings

A silver Bangle

2 x pendants - one with a faceted gemstone and one stone wrap

Each class will be slightly different to take in changing designs and fashions as well as the ability of the classes.

Materials costs

Rachel will provide all the materials you will need on this course for £80