About the Course
This course is intended for students who are interested in the handmaking skills of metalworking, jewellery making, and stone setting. Students will learn how to forge metal using hammers and shaping tools to create beautiful and dynamic jewellery forms. Students will use soldering techniques in order to fabricate complex jewellery from multiple elements and finally will use stone setting techniques to complete their designs.
By the end of the course you will be able to
Develop an understanding of the properties of metals and other jewellery materials.
Solder and fabricate simple structures graduating to more complex outcomes.
Use the workshop in a safe and confident manner
Set precious stones.
Design and plan complex projects.
Finish surfaces and use polishing techniques
Apply new ideas and materials to extablished techniques and processes.
Class format and activities
This is a workshop based course so you will be working at a workbench handcrafting objects of jewellery. You will use a wide variety of precision hand tools and more general machine tools. You will use hand saw files, drills, polishing motors, press formers, soldering blowtorches, acids, and the enamelling kiln plus a wide range of specialist tools. You will have the opportunity to design and create handmade craft jewellery in a fully equipped jewellery workshop
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.
There are no entry requirements for this course. It is open to beginners and more experienced students
What you need to know before you enrol
Jewellery making is a craft process and as such it does involve occasionally getting your hands dirty. The Jewellery making studio is on the top floor of the building, but it does have lift access. You need a moderate level of manual dexterity to complete some of the activities. Some activities like hammering and forging are physical and may leave you with a sore arm in the morning, but just as many are low impact and are conducted seated at a workbench. 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
The workshop is fully stocked with all of the equipment a beginner might need. If you are already familiar with jewellery making then you may bring any of your own tools with the exception of chemicals.
In general it is good to bring a sketchbook and pencils, as well as a box or container to transport your on-going jewellery work in.
The course provides some materials free as part of the course content. This includes copper, brass, and acrylic sheets as well as many of the chemicals, enamels, and other materials that a jeweller may require. Silver and other precious metals are not provided free of charge. For beginners silver can be purchased from the tutor at cost price in the form of wire and sheet depending on the project. Students who are already experienced will be instructed on how to purchase any materials that they might need.
What you can do next
This is a progressive course and you will gain further experience by continuing on the same course in term three- VJE040C. Morley College also offers weekend, day and evening courses in jewellery making for all levels.
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.