About the Course
Learn how to make your own ear wires, brooch fittings, catches and clasps and explore how to develop your own individual findings to fit your style of work. Intermediate/ Advanced, you must be able to solder with confidence
By the end of the course you will be able to
Make a pair of ear wires and solder ear posts to earrings
Make a simple catch for a necklace or bracelet
Make a brooch fitting
Tailor/ make a practical finding to a specific design
Class format and activities
This is a practical course. We will start with a demonstration of how to make silver ear wires for drop earrings, whilst also looking at examples of manufactured/bought ear findings and the application of both kinds. You will make a pair of ear wires for drop earrings and solder on handmade silver ear posts for stud earrings to ‘dummy’ earrings in copper. We will also look at the most appropriate positions for ear wires and ear posts on earrings and how the placement affects how the earring hangs on or from the ear.
You will make a simple s-hook catch for a necklace or bracelet and we will discuss how you can use this process to create catches to match your own jewellery designs.
We will look at examples of different brooch pins, both single and double and where and when you would use them. You will make a brooch pin for a ‘test’ brooch, either single or double depending on the size and shape of the brooch and your ability.
After individual discussion with the course tutor you will make a finding, a brooch pin, a catch or ear backs to ‘complete’ a piece that you have made and brought with you to complete.
Each technique for manufacturing the findings will be demonstrated both to the group and to individuals as appropriate. We will explore how other jewellers have made individual fittings to suit the style of their work. The tutor will bring in a variety of examples/ illustrations.
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.
This is an INTERMEDIATE level course and students must be able to solder with confidence. Familiarity with the jewellery studio environment and the use of hand tools is essential to maximise the learning opportunities of the course.
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 to be able to use jewellery equipment. 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.
• A piece that you are working on that needs findings or fittings.
• Please bring in any silver you may have, especially 0.9mm round silver wire for ear wires and posts. We will be working in copper and brass for tests.
• Apron, pen, notebook
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