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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

£150
Powys - Next course on 22nd September 2018
The course will start with a short health and safety talk, followed by an explanation of the workings of the fire, fire control and working heat colours. Pete will do a demonstration on basic hammer skills, techniques and working rhythm, whilst also demonstrating process and process design, to create the first artefact you will make. As the course progresses new skills will be added via narrated demonstration and you will have the opportunity to make...
£85
Yorkshire - Next course on 10th November 2018
Bronze Smelting and Casting Introduction to metallurgy: Looking at the evidence for the first use of metals. It reviews the archaeological evidence and considers the problems for those wishing to reconstruct the processes. Pulling swords from Stones: The smelting of minerals: Working in groups of 2-3 this session provides you with the opportunity to transform minerals in to metal. You will reconstruct some of the earliest processes used by humans to win metal from the...
£200
Lothian
Chasing & Repousse Masterclass with Bryony Knox. Are you tempted to add this adaptable skill to your jewellery & silversmithing repertoire....Inspired by the stunning metalwork of the Glasgow style in this 150 anniversary year of Charles Rennie Mackintosh? Award winning Silversmith Bryony Knox teaches the ancient art of Chasing & Repousse- where sheet metal is formed and embossed using small steel tools, whilst held in pine pitch. Bryony Knox, an Edinburgh based silversmith, designs metal...
£65
South Yorkshire - Next course on 27th October 2018
A fun session for the festive season, learning the skill of hand piercing, with silversmith Charlotte Tollyfield, to produce unique copper creations for the tree or as an ideal token gift to commemorate the year. You will be greeted by Charlotte at the entrance to the Persistence Works studio building, where her workshop is based, in the heart of Sheffield, who will accompany you to her studio where you will start the day with an...
£140
Yorkshire - Next course on 10th November 2018
An introduction to blacksmithing at the J G Graves Woodland Discovery Centre. This day course will introduce you to the basics of Blacksmithing and hand forge work. Starting with fire control and hand hammer work, you will learn carbon steel forging and make small objects such as a poker or spoon, you will leave with an authentically hand forged object. Forges are hot and can be noisy; Eye & ear protection will be provided and...
£50
Lincolnshire
3hr course for beginners Course Time 9.30am - 12.30pm Learn how to make a decorative silver pendant necklace. Suitable for complete beginners and those with a little experience. You will learn how to make a decorative sterling silver necklace, which you'll be able to wear on your way home! You will learn how to cut metal, form, solder, apply texture and finish a necklace. You may make a unique design if you wish to. The...
£195
South Yorkshire
Learn the specialist silversmithing technique of hand raising, with contemporary silversmith Charlotte Tollyfield, and create a beautiful copper bowl using traditional hammer techniques. A great introduction for beginners and perfect practice for those wanting to increase their skill. In a maximum class size of two, you will spend two days with Charlotte in her workshop in the heart of Sheffield, where you will learn the techniques of annealing, blocking, raising and plannishing whilst creating your...
£165
Cambridgeshire
BA Hons Degree Jewellery Designer Sarah Madsen offering a beginners workshop to hand make your own Ring in Sterling Silver. We will be using a 10 or 12mm Round Cabochon stone for your ring. This can be 6 hr day class or over a couple of 3 hours sessions. You will learn to saw, file, hammer, solder, polish and make and set your own ring. No experience necessary as I will guide you throughout the...
£200
Dundee City
Would you like to learn new skills? Have you ever wanted to make your own piece of jewellery? You can by taking part in a bespoke jewellery making class in Dundee. No matter what age you are and if you are male or female. No prior knowledge needed. My classes are different from the normal jewellery making class as I offer a bespoke jewellery service, I am carrying this forward to my jewellery classes. I...
£300
Lincolnshire - Next course on 15th September 2018
Join bladesmith Matt Aldridge at his forge in Lincolnshire for a range of two day workshops where you will learn how to make a knife from start to finish. The sessions include forging a billet of steel to shape, using a belt grinder to remove excess metal, heat treating your knife, and how to fit and finish a solid handle. Each student will go home with one completed knife. We have a range of dates...