Jewellery making and silversmithing. Silver re-processing and re-modelling from scrap
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About the Course
Do you have you a piece of silver or gold jewellery that you never wear but can’t bring yourself to selling it, whether it is an old ring no longer worn or has been passed down from Granny or has been given as a gift?
The course of workshops will offer you the opportunity to learn how to re-process raw ingredients such as old silver or gold jewellery back into the basic materials needed to make new work.
You will learn how to re-form old jewellery (if you have any) into new objects or pieces of jewellery (otherwise silver could be supplied at cost) through the process of disassembling, smelting, casting into ingot then reforming into plate wire and bar. Finally, you will learn how to fashion these basic materials into more complex forms such as rings, pendants, bangles, etc.
At the heart of this course is creating something new from old using simple tools and processes. To be able to create a finished and polished item from pieces of scrap feels like a real achievement.
There will be guest appearances by John Wilding who has had over 50 years experience as a silversmith and jewellery maker.
Andrew studied at Wimbledon School of Art gaining his MA in Sculpture in 1999 and was apprenticed in silver work by a local master jeweller and silversmith in Hymachal Pradesh, India. Andrew is a PGCE qualified lecturer with ten years teaching experience who currently teaches sculpture and design alongside his jewellery and ceramics business in Morecambe, Lancashire.
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?
• Tea coffee and biscuits
• Health and safety introduction
• Introduction to materials and techniques
• Useful tools and resources
• Smelting and casting into ingot form
• Sheet rolling and wire drawing
• Sawing and cutting
• Sanding and filing
• Basic fabrication and forming
• annealing & pickling,
• Mop polishing
• Barrel polishing
• Basic Stone setting
- A hot stove when it’s cold
Each session is 3 hours from 6 to 9pm on Thursdays.
You will be equipped with all the tools and equipment to complete the course.
Some Gemstones and silver can be purchased at an additional price if required.
The maximum number of students is 6.
The workshops are useful for both for beginners and those with some experience of working with precious metals.
I really enjoyed the silversmithing course with Andy, he is very friendly but professional, and patient. Andy gave us lots of information and allowed us to try everything. I produced pieces of jewellery that I am extremely proud of :) I would highly recommend his classes.
Thank you Andy,
Jess and David :)
Jessica dickie - - #9817
I had a taster day at Andy's studio and this was my first time at jewellery making. I found the whole process fascinating and I would highly recommend it to others. Andy takes you through every stage from smelting, rolling and drawing, cutting, forming silver and stone setting to the finished work. He keeps you interested throughout the class in a warm and friendly yet idiosyncratic environment. I look forward to joining another class very soon
Mary - - #7643
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