Please note that under the current lockdown situation all course dates for April, May and June are now cancelled. While we wait for definitive advice from PHE/UK Government on the easing of lockdown and promoting safe working contexts, we will begin opening new dates for later in the summer and autumn, if it is safe do so.
If you are booked onto any courses during these dates we will have/be contacting you directly with updates and proposals for rescheduling course dates.
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This is a great beginners introduction to making silver jewellery and is open to anyone, whether they have had some experience before making jewellery or not.
The following topics are covered, with plenty of hands on:
- Introduction to materials and techniques
- Useful tools and resources
- Sanding and filing
- Annealing and preparation for fabrication
- Basic fabrication/soldering
During the day you will learn to make at least one of the following: a set of earrings, a pendant, or a ring, depending on what you fancy….flexibility and choice are key components of our courses.
As all our classes cater for a maximum of three participants, you can be sure that you will have a more personalised experience and truly have the mentoring and guidance needed.
Bespoke course dates can be discussed for group bookings of a minimum of two participants.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
At the end of the day you will have up to 2 lovely pieces of jewellery to take away with you and all materials costs (including silver) are included, as well as a light lunch and tea, coffee and homemade biscuits all day.
You will also be given a complete set of instructions and plenty of resources to take away so that you can continue making silver jewellery after the course.
Jonathan is a great teacher, clearly passionate about his work and also a great person to spend the day with! In addition to learning a lot on silver jewellery making I had a great time and we were well-looked after (including drinks, great biscuits and a lovely lunch!)
When I booked the course I was expecting an introductory session, and already thought about booking additional courses if I liked it but I was very pleasantly surprised (I hadn't read the reviews!) by the fact that Jonathan made sure we could continue on our own, not just by showing us the techniques but also providing guidelines and references to buy tools and giving us advice to get started on our own with a minimum investment in money and space. I'm definitely going to get some of the basic tools and start experimenting! I've also convinced my partner to do the same course as I'm sure he'll enjoy it just as much!
Thanks again! :)
I bought this course as a Christmas present for my partner, and after opening it he asked if I would want to go along with him. I contacted Jonathan who responded that he couldn’t fit in an extra person on the date I had booked, but that he would open up one of his free weekends to include me as well. I can’t thank him enough for being so flexible and accommodating!
We really enjoyed our day with Jonathan. He is a really amazing tutor and we both came away excited to get going with our new hobby! It was relaxed and informal and he is a really entertaining and genuine person, I’m really glad I chose this course.
Jonathan took us through how to set up a workshop, different tools we would need and his recommendations for where to buy them and what to spend. Really invaluable advice for beginners!
Throughout the day we had an endless supply of tea and coffee - some gorgeous home made ginger nuts (which Jonathan was kind enough to send me the recipe for!), and a really lovely lunch of soup, with some cold cuts of ham and cheeses.
Overall we came out with two lovely silver rings, a new hobby to take up, and had a really lovely day together. I cannot recommend this course enough, and will be looking to come back and see Jonathan again in the future!
My friends and I had had a really entertaining and informative workshop making jewellery with Jonathan. It was a very relaxed atmosphere and he made everyone feel welcome and at ease. We got to learn about the processes of making jewellery, about the different components and interesting facts about metals and stones plus we got to make our own jewellery!
I would highly recommend learning with Jonathan as he is highly knowledgeable and has a great way of sharing his skills with his students.
Going on my own, I was a little worried before arriving for the course; but I needn’t have worried at all. Jonathan was so welcoming and provided a plentiful supply of biscuits and coffee all day! I had never tried making jewellery before, but came away with two rings and a set of earring studs! Jonathan was so informative and provided information during and after the course of how we could go on to startup our own mini workshop.
I didn’t anticipate the day to be so educational and came away felling like I’d really learnt a new craft! All my friends want to go on this course now too!
This course was fantastic! I was a little nervous going on my own, but the course was just three of us and Jonathan made us feel really welcome and comfortable. The course itself was fun, and I came home with a lovely pair of earrings I crafted myself. Having never done silver jewellery before, I learned absolutely loads and had enough information to go home with so I could set up my own little workshop... Jonathan makes every effort for you to feel comfortable providing much tea, coffee, home made biscuits and a home-made lunch! It was a perfect day. I will definitely go on another of Jonathan's courses and recommend you do too!
This course was fantastic! Jonathan was a brilliant teacher who really passed on his enthusiasm and passion for jewellery making to all of us on the course! I even came home with jewellery I had designed and made myself. I will be booking on more of his courses and can’t wait to learn more about jewellery making! Aside from the jewellery, the lunch and biscuits provided were home made and delicious. I can’t recommend this course highly enough.
Jonathan is an excellent teacher, and in just a single day we managed to make 2 pieces each under his direction.
Not only that but we were given a whistletop intense introduction to the world of silversmithing, along with plenty of humour, coffee (lovely bikkies), and a great lunch.
The first class factsheets that were emailed later have ensured that you can continue benefiting from his advice and guidance in the future.
I couldn’t have asked for more from this course. Jonathan is very professional, very funny and a great teacher. You really do leave this course feeling like you have everything you need to know to give it a go yourself - the techniques, the understanding of the what’s, why’s and how’s and lots of follow up information so you can make some sensible first time purchases to get you going. Highly recommended.
Cannot stress enough just how fantastic this course is! Jonathan is such an influential tutor, so very passionate about his craft and knowledgeable beyond belief! And a super sensational person too! Thank you so much for your expertise and hospitality and to Helen also! Had a fantastic day and Jonathan really is a great motivator. Absolute master class!
Just to say a big thanks for a great day that caters for a compete novice like me through to folks with more experience.
During the day we were give so much useful information ranging from buying tools, basic design for work stations, to technique use in making jewellery all backed up with practice and handouts.
All along the way Jonathan give plenty of encouragement and constructive criticism and ideas how to achieve your design.
Over the day I made a chunky silver ring with textured surface not perfect, but has given me the confidence to try out a few more pieces of jewellery
The other treat was lunch made by Jonathan partner along with tea coffee home biscuits plus freshly made mince tarts.
Again many thanks wil be booking more courses in new year
Jonathan and Helen are so generous and caring that it sets this experience apart from others I have experienced.
Great teaching and loads of extra info from Jonathan who imparts his knowledge in a gentle and positive way which makes you feel capable of achieving during the day.
His wife Helen adds a hugely welcoming edge to the day with her delicious home cooked treats and lively conversation over lunch.
This course was a gift from my children and I have thanked them since for finding me the best gift I’ve ever received ! Thank you to you both. Looking forward to learning more with you in the coming months.
Thank you Jonathan for a brilliant day!
We couldnt ask for any more out of this course. We went through all the different stages of silver jewellery making and we came away with a lovely ring and a pair of earrings.
The course has given us confidence to practise at home and we will definately book in with Jonathan again.
The lunch was lovely with the perfect homemade biscuits!!!
We have just returned from the Saturday course with Jonathan, clutching the silver jewellery we have made. We have done a lot of Craft Courses through Craftcourses.com and this course is in the very top tier. The instruction was excellent with time to practice on Copper before moving to Silver in the afternoon. There was no time pressure to rush the completion of our pieces as we were using some new skills learnt in the morning, this is very welcome and there was no clock watching. We were very impressed that Jonathan could move us from a state of being completely unskilled to a level where we could produce something that we value. The lunch was excellent and the home made ginger nut biscuits are to die for (as mentioned by others). Overall an excellent day. For the record there were three of of us on the course (my wife and I and one other) and that was perfect.
Jonathan provided a superb grounding in silver jewellery and all the ntechniques were really well explained. It's very hands on which is brilliant, we did lots of activities that made the processes clear. Was really happy with the resulting pendant I made. A real 5 star craft experience!!!
Thank you Jonathan for a fun and informative day. Lots of jokes, cake, coffee, copper and silver, cutting, polishing, annealing and hammering. This master class was my birthday present and I totally enjoyed it. Having made something with my own hands is a different and valuable experience for an office person so thank you for that too.
Excellent course and really great fun! Covers all the basics and also flexible enough so you can explore your own tastes and ideas. Really hospitable course leader makes you feel very welcome. Would highly recommend for both fun and serious silver making
A wonderful day from start to finish. We learnt so much from Jonathan and have come away with enough knowledge, together with worksheets to continue making jewellery. I was so pleased to have made a ring and a bangle.
He was a fantastic host supplying coffee, tea, cake and a wonderful lunch.
I would highly recommend Jonathan to anyone who is interested in silversmithing. We will most certainly b returning!
I attended this course as a complete novice, knowing nothing at all about jewellery making. From a blend of teaching, discussion and practical elements I learnt the basics from Jonathan. I enjoyed the whole day very much and it completely demystified the art of jewellery making. I managed to make both a pendant and a hammered silver ring during the session. Jonathan is very good teacher and manages to make some of the complex processes easy to understand and remember. Plenty of refreshments during the day and a wonderful lunch from Julia. Those ginger biscuits were wonderful. I would thoroughly recommend this course to others.
My friend and I were joined by a third lady for a very personalised introduction to silver jewellery making.
The day was filled with lots of information, explanation and practical activities, I made a beautiful ring.
Jonathan was very enthusiastic and paced the workshop very well. He was also very generous in sharing lots of extra information, including a wallet full of information to take away.
The hospitality was excellent with unlimited refreshments and a delicious lunch.
Many Thanks..... I will be back.
Fabulous workshop with Jonathan, learned so much. So well thought out and with clear instruction. Loved that you keep the classes small too. Thank you for giving us all such a great experience. I have come away with so much knowledge as well as my His 'n' Hers rings - hubby very pleased with his. Can't believe I actually made these. Superb lunch, big thanks to your lovely wife. I'm practising like mad now and will soon be booking another workshop with you. Absolutely 5 stars!
I had a wonderful day on the one day introductory course with Johnathan.
My friend and I had booked the course in February as we found we were both interested in knowing more about jewellery making, it did not disappoint!
An incredibly informative, relaxed, and productive day all round...I came away with a lovely ring and a cheeky little piece of dreadlocks jewellery:o)
A constant flow of coffee and a fantastic lunch was more than I was expecting....so friendly and welcoming.
Highly recommend this.
The course with Johnathan was excellent, a great balance between theory, materials, tools and practical. Is perfect for beginners, but also a great platform to take the knowledge further. Beautiful take away; MADE BY LITTLE OLD ME :-)
The hospitality was yummy too, thank you.
Would highly recommend.
I did the 1 Day Silver Jewellery course on 17 December.
The reason I signed up to this course because I was keen to have a go at making some silver jewelery from scratch and assess whether it was something which was viable to consider not only as a hobby, but also as something which I may be able to explore in the future as an extra income. It's been a long time coming as it's something I've thought about doing for a very long time. Just before Christmas I decided to take the plunge and at least get a taster course...
I got so much more than that! Jon is a brilliant teacher and I thoroughly enjoyed every moment of what turned out to be a one on one lesson (the other couple who had been coming had to cancel at the last minute). He told me more about how he got into jewellery making (be sure to ask him, I won't spoil the story!) and his passion to share the craft as a result of his own learnings is clear (and contagious... in a good way!)
He gave all the basics, including even work station set up and some reference materials and amazing pointers on essential bits of kit to get and what you can cope without at the start. We then went on to actually make a few items, including initially a brass D (involving lots of practise of key techniques) and then a plain silver ring (which I have since given to my sister and she loves! It's holding her wedding ring in place as we speak).
I also made a bangle with his help (have delighted a friend with that) and started on a ring, even smelting the silver, which I wanted to set a some sea glass into (I had lots of ideas before I even got there). We didn't quite have time in the day to get to setting it - and that's another course he does - but he was kind enough to finish it off for me amongst all his other seasonal commissions and send in the post. I was so happy to receive that after Christmas and have already received lots of compliments, which makes me even more excited about getting going.
I hope to be getting some bits of kit in the near future (Dec/Jan have been expensive!) and start experimenting soon, hopefully making lots of gorgeous pieces of jewellery for friends & family by the end of 2017... and then who knows! I get the feeling that once you get the taste for it, theres no turning back!
Thank you Jonathan - I'm sure I will be in touch for further advice and even more courses in the future!
Ps. I have photos of the bits I made as well as me smelting - incidentally this was only possible because I happened to be a solo booking in the end, and isn't a usual 'thing' he does on the course - so will email this to Jon and maybe he can add it to this review for you to see..
I received a Jewellery course with Jonathan Deer, from my daughter and son for Christmas this year.
Jonathan is very friendly and understanding and was a complete gentleman when I told him that I would like to make myself a specific style of ring as my keepsake from my day.
After working in a jewellery shop since leaving school I knew what I wanted my finished item to look like. So we set off to make my ring from scratch.
It blew all of our expectations!
I am now the proud owner of the most beautiful ring that I will wear forever. My daughter came home with a pretty flower pendant that she made with pride. Both my daughter and myself were so impressed with Jonathans encouragement that he showed us at each stage of production that we felt so confident in what we were doing.
To anyone thinking about one of Jonathan's courses, I would highly recommend you book. I am already looking at a couple more courses to hopefully book with him.
A superb course!!
I really enjoyed this excellent course. I did the Saturday 1 day Intro to Jewellery Making with no previous experience. The day was well organised, relaxed, friendly and very informative. Jonathan was very knowledgeable and capable, but things didn't get over complicated. We had plenty of time making things and trying the different techniques and stages involved in jewellery making. I made a cuff for my wife, she loves it and wears it proudly, and I came away inspired to do more.
I recommend the course and feel sure that I will be booking some more time to work with Jonathan in the future.
What a thoroughly enjoyable and informative day, highly recommended!
My 10 year old daughter an I attended a one day introductory workshop this week. Everything was pitched at a perfect level for us both. Jonathan is a natural at fostering great enthusiasm for whatever tasks are in hand and with lots of good humour added to the mix. Will definitely book in some more time once we've had a little more practise on our own.
27th Sept - I enjoyed the full day course so much 10 days later I have returned for a ½ day course on my own. As much as I loved the day with my family this ½ day on my own has been a lot more productive. As I had already received the basics I was able to jump right in. I made earrings, earring hoops and toggle and clasp, all of which were soldered pretty good for a ½ day. Jonathon was as patient and professional as before. On the full day course myself and my sister asked about what was needed to start off and he ran through a list for the basic starter kit, telling us what and where we could get them the different shops and websites, as our eyes glazed over! We asked if there was any way he could get a package together to save us hours of searching, as he knew and used all these sites regularly. So when I came for my ½ day he had everything prepared for me. So efficient.
17th Sept - I can not recommend this full day course highly enough! Jonathon couldn't have been more accommodating, made sure we could all eat, (no mean feat!) as I attended with my sister and niece, and we are all way too fussy.
We were also very nervous but were immediately put at ease, so much so that we didn't stop waffling the entire time.
Jonathon was amazingly patient, and very professional, making sure that you didn't feel pressured or worried especially when you managed to break a saw! (Which of course we did!)
I had a fantastic day, Jonathan was able to give excellent 1-to-1 tutoring. I was able to apply hands on skills from other disciplines, and if you're confident, he'll push you to make ever more intricate items, even if it's your first time.
I took the course just to try something different, I left with useful information and plenty of ideas and I now want to continue it further.
Had a lovely day with my husband on the 1 Day course provided by Jonathan. We gained a really in-depth knowledge of the basics of silver jewellery making and were surprised at how much we managed to fit in. The course materials are really useful and will be used for future reference when we start buying our own tools to get started. We came away with two beautiful rings that we couldn't believe we had made ourselves. Totally enjoyable and informative experience and would highly recommend it.
What a brilliant day. A good mixture of instruction and hands on learning very much geared to the learning style of myself and my friend who attended this one day course with Jonathan. We felt that we learnt a great deal and received lots of encouragement from a very patient tutor. As two complete novices it was certainly a great way to start silversmithing whether you intend to develop this into a new hobby or just do the day for enjoyment. We look forward to doing another day as we were both delighted with our finished pieces and we are keen to learn more. Highly recommended day!
A brilliant workshop with Jonathan. Clear tuition with lots of encouragement and sharing of knowledge. A very generous tutor. Workshop well set up with an array of amazing tools! Plenty of tea, chat and yummy biscuits ... Plus a fab spinner ring at the end of the day. All in all a great result!
Was given a gift voucher for one of Jonathan's course as a Christmas present, to be honest was a bit skeptical at first as it was well out of my comfort zone...but, wow, what a day, have now totally been bitten by the silver bug. Jonathan's straight forward explanation of how to do things made me feel comfortable from the beginning, we worked through the basics and his support and mentoring was invaluable. Can't recommend it enough, whether you are a complete novice like me or someone with some idea about jewellery making.
I had a brilliant day at Jonathan's jewellery making workshop. He made me feel very comfortable as I had never made any jewellery before!! It was a fun and relaxed day and I ended up coming home with a lovely pair of earrings and a new hobby! I would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to start jewellery making or to improve their skills!
Had a great day with Jonathan and learnt loads about jewellery making. I managed to make some lovely earrings and have some ideas about a pendant that I want to make. It was a really good experience (and the biscuits were lovely) and I came away with lots of extra materials. Well recommended
I was a bit nervous about learning silver jewellery making as I’d had a few bad experiences in the past with courses with too many people enrolled and not getting any attention from the tutor. After a session in Ely though, all my nerves went away. Thanks for a great day and the experience, I even came away with a beautiful ring. Your enthusiasm, knowledge and experience are very evident and you are a patient tutor, letting me learn through doing things and helping when needed. Brilliant!