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All our Jewellery and Glass courses are available for adults aged 19 on 31 August 2017 and over only.

 

Please click on the Jewellery and Glass Art course title in blue for more information and how to enrol.

Daytime & Evening Jewellery and Glass Courses

Beaded Jewellery and Wire Work (Beginner/Intermediate)

This course explores jewellery made by combining beads and wirework construction. You will learn a range of bead weaving techniques and to create findings from scratch. You will learn to manipulate and twist wire and beads to create a range of accessories and how to develop, plan and realise your own designs.

These are techniques that you will be able to practice at home as they require minimal specialist equipment.

Fused Glass Jewellery (Beginners/Intermediate)

This course will introduce you to a range of skills and techniques needed to create Fused Glass Jewellery.

Your tutor will demonstrate techniques including kiln carving, glass collage, surface decoration, frits and stringer design, as well as powder and pattern techniques, to make exciting glass pieces.
Learn how to attach jewellery findings (not supplied) to transform your fused glass into unique pieces of jewellery including pendants, brooches, bangles, earrings and rings.

Jewellery Making (Beginners/Intermediate)

On this course you will learn a range of jewellery making and surface decoration techniques. These include annealing, bending, piercing, filing, soldering and polishing. You will learn to use various jewellery making machines and tools such as: the rolling mill, chasing and forging hammers, metal stamps and the torch. Returning learners are welcome as each term offers a new theme and the opportunity to learn new techniques and improve previously learned skills.

Jewellery: Combining Beading and Metalwork (Beginner/Intermediate)

On this course you will design and make pieces of jewellery combining beadwork and traditional jewellery-making techniques such as: soldering; attaching of findings/ beads and polishing items to create unique and wearable pieces of jewellery.

Returning learners are welcome as each term offers a new theme and the opportunity to learn new techniques and improve previously learned skills.

Jewellery Design and Metalwork (Intermediate/Advanced)

This flexible course is structured to address practical and creative needs of individuals who would like to learn about or to improve and explore jewellery making techniques, whilst developing design ideas and how jewellery relates to the body. You will practice a range of practical making techniques and you will be encouraged to develop your creativity and your own distinctive design style.

Jewellery Making and Stone Setting (Intermediate/Advanced)

On this course you will learn to create mounts (settings) for stones and incorporate these into your jewellery designs.
Beginners will start with either “bezel setting” a cabochon stone or by setting small faceted stones in a tube or flush into the sheet metal, also called gypsy setting. Intermediate learners will develop their metalwork and precision skills through making a round claw, collet or crown settings. Please note that pave and channel setting will not be covered on this course.

Jewellery Making (Mixed Level)

In this class all levels are welcome. Beginners will follow set class projects to learn basic jewellery making skills. By the end of the course you will have made several unique and wearable pieces of jewellery.

More experienced learners are encouraged to work on self-initiated projects. You will develop your technical and design skills with the support of your tutor. The emphasis of this course is on developing each learner’s creative potential.

Jewellery Metalwork (Mixed Level)

On this course you will learn basic jewellery skills, such as saw piercing, soldering, filing, attaching findings, texturing metal and finishing techniques, enabling you to construct exciting and
wearable jewellery.

Complete beginners will start by making a pendant followed by a wraparound ring. You will make a soldered ring and some will also add a bezel set cabochon stone. As you progress, projects will become increasingly complex.

Jewellery: Casting Techniques (Mixed Level)

This course is an exciting opportunity to learn and experiment with different casting techniques used in jewellery making which will enable you to create a small batch of identical objects, as well as unique, one-off pieces.

Silversmithing (Mixed Level)

This course is for anyone who would like to make jewellery and small sculptural objects using silver, copper and brass. You will learn a range of techniques including forming metal sheet (anti-clastic raising, fold forming and repousse), fabrication (soldering, riveting and bezel setting with prongs) and forging.

Beginners and Intermediate learners can follow set projects whilst Intermediate and advanced learners will be encouraged to explore their own ideas through self- initiated projects.

Beaded Jewellery & Wirework (Studio Practice)

This course explores jewellery made by combining beads and wirework construction. You will learn a range of bead weaving techniques and to create findings from scratch. You will learn to manipulate and twist wire and beads to create a range of accessories and how to develop, plan and realise your own designs.

These are techniques that you will be able to practice at home as they require minimal specialist equipment.

Jewellery (Studio Practice)

On this Studio course you will be supported and encouraged to explore and develop your own jewellery ideas, designs and practical skills.

You can expect to finish at least two pieces of jewellery and you will learn jewellery making techniques such as shaping and doming, surface texturing and decorating, stone setting, and fold forming.

Silversmithing (Studio Practice)

This course is designed to build on your existing experiences by offering comprehensive strategies for improving your studio based work. The tutor will give guidance while providing strategies designed to stretch and challenge you as a maker.

You can follow set class projects or work on self-initiated personal projects. The emphasis is on developing your creative potential.

Beautiful Bangles (Mixed Level)

On this course you will design and make a sculptural bangle or cuff.

You will explore ideas through paper designs and will learn various jewellery-making techniques to create your copper, brass or silver bracelet into a bespoke piece of jewellery.

Bridal Beading (Mixed Level)

This course is for those who would like to design and make bridal beaded jewellery for a special occasion or to sell.

Using a variety of techniques you will combine wire, faceted crystal, diamante and pearls to create bridal jewellery sets, such as a necklace with matching earrings and bracelet. You might also consider creating head-combs/pins and headbands. There is no limit to the creativity that you can bring to your designs.

Enamelling (Mixed Level)

On this course, you will learn a variety of enamelling techniques and be encouraged to experiment and play. You will explore colour, pattern and texture to produce a series of sample pieces to include in a jewellery project; for example as a pendant, cufflinks or earrings.

You will explore surface texture and learn the process of applying and firing liquid and powdered enamels, and different fixing techniques to incorporate your samples into simple jewellery pieces.

Experimental Jewellery & Sculpture (Mixed Level)

An experimental course to explore the synergies between jewellery and sculptural practices with the view to developing your personal practice.

Jewellery (Studio Practice)

On this Studio course you will be supported and encouraged to explore and develop your own jewellery ideas, designs and practical skills.

You can expect to finish at least two pieces of jewellery and you will learn jewellery making techniques such as shaping and doming, surface texturing and decorating, stone setting, and fold forming.

Jewellery: Gypsy or Flush Setting (Mixed Level)

Add sparkle to your jewellery and learn to set small round facetted stones directly into the surface of your jewellery pieces.

Those new to jewellery and metal work will follow a set project and intermediate/advanced jewellery makers will make jewellery of their own design to add stones to.

Jewellery: Silcone Casting (Mixed Level)

This course is an exciting opportunity to learn to create and use silicone moulds for jewellery making, in order to create a small batch of identical objects as well as original unique pieces.

 

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