Learn how to make a sterling silver ring or bangle from scratch. I will show you how to make your own sterling silver ring or bangle from scratch. We will start by working out a design and the size needed first in copper wire or sheet, and how to create textures using a rolling mill, hammers or punches. I will show you how to correctly use a jeweller's piercing saw to cut the metal. After annealing the metal using a blow torch, 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! You will 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
£85 half-day (3 hr) experience making your own ring or bangle to take home (and treasure forever!)
One to one or couples £170 full day class including light lunch and refreshments by appointment
Regular private workshops 2 hours for £60 morning, afternoon or evenings to suit / £50 if you book 5 or more
5 session short course £250 ( 5 x 2hrs/ 10 hour package ) £25 deposit/ balance payable £45 per session
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.