Learn how to make a sterling silver ring or bangle from scratch. We will start by working out the size needed first in copper wire or sheet, and learn how to create textures using punches, stamp letters, shape and form metal. I will show you how to use a jewellers piercing saw to cut the metal. Next, you'll form the ring or bangle, using a mallet to shape it to the mandrel. I will demonstrate how to solder the join, and then you'll get a go! Then we can make the final piece in silver to your own personal design. And then it gets a final finish burnished, matt or shiny... and you get to put it on and it's yours to keep...or give to someone special as a thoughtful gift.
I have taught jewellery making skills in several colleges over 10+ years and am now able to offer one to one or couples tuition from my own studio in North Yorkshire as either a jewellery making course or as individual classes/workshops and open access supported bench time. My own training at a small college was under the direction of a master silver/goldsmith and practicing tutors with their own successful businesses. I have won awards and received private and National Commissions, I have experience selling through craft and design shows, independent and public galleries, selected National Trust shops and on-line with Etsy and NotOnTheHighStreet. I offer introductions to the fundamental craftsmanship techniques of cutting, shaping, forming, soldering and finishing in precious metals.
A jewellery course of 5 sessions should see you able to set-up a small workspace at home and be designing and producing pieces for friends and family or an artisan collection to sell to a wider audience via Etsy and local Craft Fairs. After an initial introduction to basic techniques and the use of equipment and tools, I can also offer supported bench time and flexible open studio access. I am very happy to share my own skills and knowledge and to tailor our workshop sessions to suit your own needs; most people find making something from scratch with their hands very satisfying and quite magical, I can help you achieve that and open the door to a creative hobby, a small lifestyle business or to extend and explore techniques to your own existing art or craft practice.
I look forward to working with you.
Would you like to take some jewellery making classes with a qualified tutor in my studio/workshop?
Do you need workshop days and times tailored to suit your needs?
A half day jewellery taster or regular one to one classes?
Would you like to make a silver ring or a personalised silver bangle?
A special gift for a family member or friend? Ask about vouchers!
Would you like to set-up and run a small craft business in your spare time?
Just need to have some creative ‘me’ time?
One-to-one tuition at my studio/workshop in Thirsk/York, North Yorkshire, UK
Own bench, all tools, and starter silver supplied
£75 half-day (2 1/2 hr) experience making your own ring or bangle to take home (and treasure forever!)
I can do a £150 full day class including light lunch and refreshments by appointment
Regular course 2 hours £60 morning, afternoon or evenings to suit / £50 if you book 5 or more
Open access supported bench time/space £15 an hour
Book direct these sessions with me, a deposit of £25 to confirm your booking please, non-refundable
Pre paid open-dated gift vouchers available and can be sent to friends or family. Valid for 6 months.
Basic techniques for beginners will include: piercing, soldering, texturing, filing and polishing…and a beautiful hand-made piece to take home.
Intermediate techniques include rub-over stone setting, forming, repousse, chain making, granulation, wire techniques, fittings and much more. Advanced techniques as required.
Advice on design projects, setting up a home studio, sourcing materials and tools, selling through galleries, craft fairs and online from a practicing designer/maker.
The philosophy of the studio focuses on the idea of learning through making and it encourages experimentation, understanding of materials and processes, designing and problem-solving...friendly and relaxing and with a little bit of magic and alchemy.