Drilling Gems & Glass Workshop

Duration: 3 hours

Price: £42

Run by: Fred Wildgust
at Weewoo Designs


Dan y Coed, 4 Churchwood
np4 8dd

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About the Course

The workshop is held at Pontypool Museum, with full disabled access and parking facilities onsite; the course lasts 3 hours from 12.30pm until 3.30pm.

The student will gain an understanding and the confidence to diamond drill a wide range of jewellery media including glass, ceramics, gems and stones enabling it to be used in a wide range of jewellery designs and styles. The process is often slow and can be dirty, but its incredibility useful to be able to create unique and beautiful pendants from naturally polished stones and washed glass.

This is a very practical workshop, it involves a lot of practice and 'hands on' doing. The student must be prepared to get wet and dirty as stone drilling is not a clean activity.

The session is aimed at someone that has an interest in jewellery making or wishes to build on an existing skills base, the student must be confident enough to use a range of hand tools and specialist jewellery making equipment including diamond drills and power tools, This will provide a skill base on which the student can further develop their jewellery making expertise. There are only 3 spaces on every course as this allows for maximum opportunity to develop the skills and engage with the trainer. The student will produce a pendent from a chosen stone or piece of media.

The Trainer is an experienced jewellery maker and trainer, he has worked for a number of organisations within Wales delivering training on a range of subjects, including IT and Health and safety. He focuses on his interest area which is jewellery making and provides a range of specialist sessions on jewellery making including, silversmithing for beginners.

Payment of Fees
Payment must be made prior to the start date of the course to reserve the students place on the course. Course fees can be paid in a range of ways:

1) Via a paypal invoice on request
2) Credit/Debit Card payment by phoning Pontypool Museum
3) Cash payment at Pontypool Museum
4) Purchase of a gift voucher

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

The student will be provided with all equipment and safety equipment, they will have choice of a range of media to work with and select a piece to convert into a pendant. Diamond drills are used in the session and the cost of the workshop reflects the charge for the drills used by each student. There are refreshments provided all through the session and at the close of the session prior to leaving. The museum has free and ample parking and the building is fully accessible by persons in wheelchairs.

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Course Start Dates

Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.

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