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Great Britain has a very long history of blacksmithing and making useful or beautiful items from metal. Our museums display iron and bronze age jewellery, simple coins, swords, knives, armour and an abundance of farming and industrial implements. The craft of forging metal to make sturdy long-lasting implements has a rich history in these islands with so many natural resources. Metal can be heavy and strong for the resilient barricades or hefty locks and bolts of castles and prisons or feathery light and dainty for elegant jewellery and fine adornment. Metal is a material of infinite variety and you will find a metal craft course to suit your interests and skills here with our enthusiastic and skilled metal working tutors

Greater London - Next course on 11th January 2019
A sculpture workshop for experienced sculpture students/sculptors to develop individual projects and/or work from other sculpture classes. There will be technician support for use of all workshop equipment. Tutor approval needed to enrol to ensure you can work independently in your chosen materials and processes as there is no tutoring. All workshop materials or kiln firing will be charged for in addition to the workshop fee. By the end of the course you will be...
Fife - Next course on 23rd November 2018
Come along and learn how to saw, solder, form and texture your own silver rings from scratch! In this workshop, you will create a set of three textured skinny rings that can be stacked together or worn separately. The perfect class for an individual or a group of friends to come and learn, socialise and most importantly, to make some jewellery to take home!
Fife - Next course on 20th November 2018
Making two silver pendants… Throwback to the 90’s friendship necklaces! Make a pendant for you and one for a friend in time for Christmas. These can be matching, contrasting or connecting for when you meet up. What can be cuter than that? Come along and learn how to saw, solder, form and texture, creating your own silver jewellery from scratch! In this workshop, you will design and create your own simple pendants from a piece...
Fife - Next course on 4th December 2018
Want to make a ring for a loved one, but kinda want to keep it yourself too? At this workshop you will make two matching rings, one for you, and one to give to that special someone - twinnys! This class is on special offer pre-holiday season, so grab a bargain while you can! Come along and learn how to saw, solder, form and texture your own silver ring from scratch! In this workshop, you...
Devon - Next course on 16th February 2019
This course is great for beginners to learn some basic silver-working techniques, and you will go away with a solid silver bangle and a copper bangle that you have made! It is run by Fiona Cocks BA(Hons) who is has been teaching classes for over 10 years. She is enthusiastic and fun. The 3 hour session takes place in the workshops of Bigbury Mint, which is in Ermington, near Ivybridge, in the heart of the...
Fife - Next course on 18th November 2018
Come along and learn how to saw, solder, form and texture your own silver bangles from scratch! In this workshop you will use these techniques to create a set of 3 silver bangles held with a ring, before polishing these up ready to wear! No experience necessary.
Devon - Next course on 18th May 2019
Learn to make solid silver earrings using traditional techniques, held in a well- equipped metal-working workshop at Bigbury Mint in Ermington, South Devon. This is a three hour course and you will be taught forming, soldering, texturing and polishing and come away with a pair of finished silver earrings. Group bookings are welcome. For more information on the next workshops contact us above.
Dorset - Next course on 2nd February 2019
On this one-day course you will get a feel for what it is like to work with silver. You will use silver sheet and wire to form shapes for pendants, bangles and rings, and also learn about soldering, adding texture to silver and using the piercing saw to cut out your designs. By the end of the day, you will have a finished piece of jewellery to wear and enjoy. Tutor Kathryn Arbon has been...
Dorset - Next course on 2nd March 2019
On this one-day course the focus will be on making textured rings and bangles. Practicing on copper first, you will learn about applying pattern using texturing hammers and letter punches to personalise your work with hidden messages if you so wish. You will be able to make a stack of rings with different textures, or a Russian bangle. The choice is yours! Tutor Kathryn Arbon has been designing and making jewellery for twenty years. For...
West Midlands
A short course where you will get to make a selection of pretty hammered silver rings. You will get to hammer, form, file and solder silver to create a silver ring all in a morning! Giving you an introduction into all the hand making skills needed to get started in working with silver. Suitable for all abilities. Class is usually held on a Saturday morning 10:30am - 1:30pm in our workshop in the heart of...