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Jewellery: Beginners and Continuing - Morley College - 9/11 weeks on campus

Jewellery: Beginners and Continuing - Morley College - 9/11 weeks on campus

Duration: 9/11 weeks

Price: £185

Run by: Morley College London

61 Westminster Bridge Road
Greater London

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About the Course

This course will cover the basics of jewellery making, while exploring further techniques through demonstrations and simple projects. For beginners or students with some previous experience who want to extend their skills.

By the end of the course you will be able to
Cut, texture, form and solder metal.
Cut, carve and shape wax to your own design to explore the lost wax casting technique
Use an external casting company and learn how to clean up castings and finishing techniques
Explore press moulding techniques to make a 3D form to create a contemporary dress ring brooch or pendant or statement earrings
Complete two or three pieces of jewellery to a professional standard
Class format and activities
This is a practical course and you will start making your own pieces of jewellery from the start. In the first 5 weeks you will learn all of the essential jewellery making skills such as cutting, filing, soldering, texturing, forming and annealing metal. You will make a saw pierced pendant, textured earrings and a silver ring. In the second half of the term we will be exploring wax carving and creating a press mould to explore 3d Form multiples. We will send our waxes to a casting company to be cast in either silver or bronze. We will explore creating a press mould from perspex to make a shallow 3d form in silver leading to a brooch pendant or dress ring design. This will use your skills working in softer materials such as Perspex to make a mould to form repeat 3D shapes and wax carving but the focus of the 10 week course will be to explore sculptural form. Both techniques are a fantastic way of understanding the basics of forming metal and developing a capsule collection of related pieces.
On the course we will also be learning about the wider context of jewellery design such as London’s jewellery quarter (Hatton Garden), jewellery designers, exhibitions and galleries to visit. You will get used to keeping a benchbook for recording processes, ideas and designs.
In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

In order to ensure that you make the best possible progress on your course, you will have regular feedback from your tutor, in a constructive and supportive environment.

Entry requirements
The course is suitable for complete beginners, and is also suitable for students with experience of metalwork and jewellery making who are keen to develop and to extend their skills. Curiosity and readiness to experiment with tools and materials which may be unfamiliar and challenging to you are always an advantage!
Continuing students will be able to improve on existing jewellery making skills applying their skills to their own designs with the help of your tutor and learn and apply a new skill : wax carving press mould design
Extended emboss texture techniques in rolling mlll.

What you need to know before you enrol
The jewellery studio is on the 3rd floor of the main building, there is lift access. You need a moderate level of fitness and arm strength to be able to form metal. Some chemicals used may be harmful in pregnancy. Please let the tutor know if you are pregnant and they will advise you as to necessary precautions

What you will need for your class
All tools needed to take part in the course are available in the workshop. We also provide basic materials in reasonable quantities, such as base metals, paper, acrylics, enamel etc. There are some items you will need to purchase yourself such as precious metals (silver and gold), stones, saw blades and specific sized drill bits. Your tutor will help you assess your metal requirements for each project and provide a list of suppliers. Some silver will be available to buy from your tutor should you wish to use it.
Jewellery casting will be done off-site by a specialist company. You will calculate the estimated cost of your casting should you wish to get your pieces cast in silver or bronze, so that there are no surprises.
Please bring: an apron, a small hard back notebook & a fine permanent pen
Please wear suitable footwear.

What you can do next
Morley offers Jewellery classes day, evening and weekends for students at all levels of experience. Additionally, specialised short courses are provided which focus on specific skills and techniques.
You may also want to look at some of our summer school courses

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.

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Course Start Dates

Monday 29th April 2019

  • Accessible by public transport
  • Qualification offered
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Suitable for events & groups