This workshop is aimed at those with no little or no experience of working with silver clay. After this workshop you will have the knowledge and skills to be able to create your own designs in the comfort of your own home.
Join us on our one day beginners workshop to learn the fundamentals of creating your own beautiful solid silver jewellery.
Silver clay is made up of very fine particles of recycled pure silver, water and a non toxic binder. When your piece is fired, the binder burns away, leaving you with solid fine silver. The process is truly magical. Art Clay fine (99.9%) silver will be used during this workshop.
Guided by your instructor you’ll make approximately three / four pieces of solid silver jewellery. The number of pieces you make will be dependant upon the size you make your pieces. What you choose to make (charms/pendants/earrings) is entirely up to you. Please note that ring making will not be covered during this workshop. You will have access to all our different textures, texture mats, moulds and shapes, to create wonderful, unique pieces of jewellery. You will also be able to include a gem stone or two should you wish.
You will learn the process of making jewellery with silver clay from start to finish. The first part of the day focusing upon how to handle, roll, shape and texture it, before drying and refining. The second part of the day will focus upon torch firing, polishing and learning how to patina. Your jewellery will be ready to take home with you on the day!
How have our workshops changed due to COVID-19?
• You will be required to sanitise your hands upon arrival, sanitiser will be available all through the day for you to sanitise your hands regularly
• You will be required to wear a face mask/face covering for the duration of the workshop. You can either bring your own or we can provide you with one
• Visors / Face Shields will be available to wear, should you wish to
• The workshop instructor will be wearing a face mask and visor throughout the day
• We are unable to supply drinks and biscuits, until further notice, so ask that you bring your own with you.
• All tools are sanitised between workshops. You will have your own tools set out in front of your for the workshop, however, there are some tools that you will be required to share, these of course will be sanitized by your instructor between use
• There will be a maximum of TWO students per workshop at our Hinckley workshops, for the next three months (August – November) after November numbers per workshops may increase to FOUR (Workshops carried out at The Leicestershire Craft Centre in Market Harborough will still include SIX students per workshop)
Full details in regards to how the workshop will work will be emailed to you following booking.
Full payment is due upon booking.
If you have a particular design/s in mind, please do let us know ahead of the workshop, so we can discuss and plan the workshop to suite your needs.
Workshops available, weekdays and weekends. Each workshop will last six hours. Please use the contact form above to enquire about the availability of spaces and to book your place.
You may get a little dusty, so ensure that you wear old clothes or bring an overall. Please don't wear open toed shoes or sandals.
Please note that we can run these workshops on additional dates, weekdays, evenings and weekends. Please get in touch to discuss other available dates.
This course is run by Charlotte Wakeling, who is founder and designer at Felix & Reuben Keepsake Jewellery, based in Hinckley, South West Leicestershire. Charlotte is an experienced jeweller with a degree in jewellery and silversmithing.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
The workshop cost of £130 includes silver clay, use of tools on the day, sterling silver jump rings / earrings wires, and up to two fireable gem stones.
Please bring a packed lunched with you.
This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.
Hi Charlotte neither of us had done this sort of thing before so we were not sure what to expect, but you made the day fun, informative and creative and gave us the confidence to produce 7 lovely items that are personal to us both.
This proved to be a perfect gift to each other for our 25th Wedding anniversary!
We have already recommended the course to friends and colleagues. Thanks Again Charlotte!
Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:Thank Rob and Rachel. :) What a fantastic idea to create these beautiful pieces in celebration of your 25th wedding anniversary! It was an absolute pleasure to teach you both about silver clay!
I had a lovely day and really enjoyed making the pieces of jewellery that I made under Charlotte's instruction. I was so pleased to come away with 4 unique jewellery pieces that were personal to me.
Thank you Charlotte and thank you Warwickshire Artisans!
Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:Thank you Tamsen. The pieces you made were beautiful - well done :)
The workshop I had has been simply fantastic. Charlotte is friendly and professional and as soon as I arrived I felt welcome and started from the very basics flowing to the practical aspects with continuity and logic. Definitely will come back for more training and warmly recommend her courses and workshops as really effective and well planned and conducted.
Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:Thank you Lizanel, we are glad you enjoyed the workshop. It was a pleasure to teach you the wonders of silver clay!
Charlotte is a brilliant instructor and very generous in sharing her knowledge and experience of using Silver Clay. The day was really well organised and Charlotte had ensured her approach was appropriately socially distanced and following safe working arrangements, which was very reassuring and enabled me to feel relaxed and confident through the day. The day was well paced, really interesting and Charlotte supported me in making two pendants and two pairs of earrings, which I am delighted with.
Being able to work through all stages of the process of making and come away with my jewellery was a real bonus. Brilliant way to spend the day. I would definitely recommend Charlotte's workshop to anyone.
Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:Thank you Christine. I am so pleased you enjoyed the day. The jewellery you made was beautiful. Well done!
I recently attended this one day course and had a great time! Charlotte was really friendly and extremely helpful! I absolutely love the pieces I made and still can’t believe how high quality they look! Size of the class was perfect and gave us the opportunity to ask lots of questions! We were spoilt for choice in terms of the designs!
Would love to do this again one day!
Thanks Felix & Reuben ☺️
Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:Thank you for the lovely review Christine! Well done for making such gorgeous pieces of jewellery!
Fabulous course. Small group, good selection of materials. Charlotte is supportive, knows her stuff and will alter and amend the session to accommodate our ideas. I'm really pleased with my pendants. I was looking forward to the course but it far exceeded my expectations. I would certainly like to do another course at Felix and Reuben.
Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:Hi Lindsey, we are very pleased that the workshop exceeded your expectations! Well done on your gorgeous silver clay creations!
Thank you for an excellent workshop! I really enjoyed the day, and loved seeing something I created turn from a blob of clay into beautiful pieces of silver jewellery. Charlotte was really welcoming and patient and explained everything really clearly, and provided extra information so we can try it ourselves at home.
Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:We are so glad you enjoyed the workshop Rachel! The jewellery you created was superb - well done! Thank you for your lovely review!
The silver clay jewellery course was great, I learnt so much and made beautiful fine silver pieces on the day. Charlotte was very helpful and I can’t wait to start making my own jewellery at home. Definitely recommend!
Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:Hi Rachel, Thank you for attending our silver clay workshop. The jewellery you made on the day was beautiful - well done! Thank you for the lovely review :) regards, Charlotte
A really fantastic day. Charlotte was very welcoming and made the whole experience very relaxed and pleasurable. Charlotte was very knowledgeable about the subject and provided an extensive range of possibilities to explore. I would recommend the experience and hope to continue this fascinating subject.
Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:Thank you Joy for your lovely review. It was a pleasure to teach you all about silver clay :)
I had an excellent day with Charlotte yesterday. The class consisted of me and just one other lady so we had her expertise to ourselves for the whole day. I had no idea what I wanted to make when I arrived but by the time I left I was very happy with what I had achieved. Charlotte explained every process in detail and the reasons why we did things the way we did. She was extremely attentive and knowledgeable and helped us achieve our goals. Charlotte was also very generous with her knowledge and I felt very at ease with her tuition. Sometimes on these types of workshops I feel that tutors are unwilling to share their knowledge so freely but Charlotte was very open and easy to talk about techniques and possibilities. I thoroughly enjoyed my day and came away with a pair of earrings and a lovely brooch/pendant. I would thoroughly recommend this workshop to anyone. Thanks Charlotte for a really fun introduction to working with silver clay :)
Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:Hi Ishy, Thank you for the lovely review. I'm pleased you enjoyed the workshop. The jewellery you made was gorgeous! Well done!
I had a really fantastic day on this course. The instructor was very friendly and knowledgeable and explained everything very well. I made some amazing pieces that I am really proud of thanks to expert tuition. Well done Charlotte and thank you for giving me a new skill, I will think of you every time I make a new piece of jewellery.
Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:Thank you for your lovely review Amanda.
This workshop surpassed all expectations for myself and my friends. We had a fabulous day with Charlotte and she was an excellent teacher. She explained things extremely well and supported us to do what we wanted to do, helping us develop our creativity. We all felt a great sense of achievement with our finished item, and came away feeling very pleased with our lovely pendants.
Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:Hi Emma, Thank you for your lovely review :) Well done to you all for making such gorgeous pieces of jewellery! It was a pleasure to teach you :) Charlotte
I spent a wonderful Saturday at Charlotte’s studio learning how to make pendants and earrings from silver clay. I came away with 4 pieces of jewellery as well as the confidence (and instructions!) to try making some more at home. Charlotte is a very patient teacher with a clear passion for her craft. I thoroughly recommend attending one of her workshops.
Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:Thank you for your lovely review Vicki! It was a pleasure to teach you. I'm really glad you enjoyed the workshop!
Well explained instructions and assistance. Good supply of equipment to use. I made lovely items of jewellery which are much admired by my friends and family.
I had a wonderful day creating silver jewellery. Charlotte explained everything clearly, and soon had us experimenting with patterns and textures before creating our own designer pieces. I can't believe I came home with such beautiful items that I can proudly tell everyone that I made myself.
The setting was relaxed, the company great and the experience fantastic. I would recommend this workshop to anyone.
What a brilliant day. Lovely host & I came away with 3 amazing items. Just wanted to say thank you to Charlotte for all your help & advice.
The silver clay workshop I attended was very good and well presented. The instructor Charlotte was so kind and patient taking you step by step through the process of transforming clay into silver- truly fascinating. I
am absolutely thrilled with the jewellery pieces I was able to make. They are unique pieces of art I am proud to wear and they feel all the more special because they were under Charlotte's careful guidance, made by me!
I thoroughly enjoyed the informal friendly atmosphere of the workshop and the delicious chocolate biscuits which were supplied.
I would have no hesitation in recommending this course to others - Charlotte is a brilliant teacher as well as a very talented and creative individual who can inspire others to have a go at making silver clay jewellery themselves.
Charlotte was friendly and enthusiastic, and definitely knows her stuff.
My earrings and pendants are lovely, and a triumph to Charlotte's help and advice over my cack-handedness!
Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:Thank you for leaving us such a lovely review Val! It was our pleasure to teach you! The jewellery you made was fab. I especially loved the earrings!
Had a brilliant day Charlotte is a great teacher and explains things clearly. I made some great pieces and am confident I could continue this at home. Would highly recommend the course.
Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:Thank you for your review Jackie. It was a pleasure to teach you! You made some beautiful jewellery on the day!
A fantastic day with Charlotte in her studio! She is really friendly and made me feel at ease straight away. Due to low teacher / student ratio she was able to tailor the level of teaching and I felt equally guided and inspired. Enjoyed developing my own ideas with Charlottes help. Very knowledgable - great that she had a background in silversmithing as well as the silver clay. Venue easy to find by car. Highly recommend!
This was a christmas gift from my mum .
I was really looking foward to it and charlotte didnt disapiont .
We had an amazing day and left with some beautyful charms, Charlotte was patient and very informarive .
Id highly recommend spending the day doing this activity 😀
Just spent a Sunday with Charlotte learning techniques, working with silver and making some lovely charms
Charlotte is very professional charming and certainly inspiring, thank you so much for making mine and my daughters Christmas present so special
I would certainly recommend 5*
Cannot recommend Charlotte at felix and Reuben enough. So patient and flexible and explained everything fantastically, can’t wait to do it again thank you x
Thanks so much Charlotte. The workshop was brilliant - so fascinating and fun! I love my earrings I made! Thanks for taking so much time to explain everything so clearly and help us make jewellery we will treasure for years to come. It was a super experience!
I really enjoyed the silver clay workshop. Charlotte was really helpful and patient whilst I made my earings and pendants. The workshop room was quiet and peaceful and it was a relaxing morning. I learnt a lot and would recommend this to everyone who enjoys art and jewellery.
Thank you Charlotte!
Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:Thank you for writing us a review Rowan! We are happy you enjoyed the workshop! You made some fab pieces - well done! :)
I came away with 2 pieces of jewellery that i love snd havent stopped wearing. Charlotte was helpful, knowledgeable and generous with her time and experience. Would recommend to anyone.
I had a great time i love all 3 pieces i made . Charlotte was a great teacher explained everything perfectly . Thank you so much
I loved everything about this course! Charlotte was a brilliant instructor who took time to ensure I was confident working with the materials and gave me plenty of time to experiment until I had the designs I wanted. The whole process was fascinating and I am delighted with the two pendants I made. They are really beautiful and unique and I wouldn't have dreamed I could have made something as lovely!
Being able to take away my jewellery on the day was great too. I'm wearing one of the pendants and my daughter is wearing the other. We both love them.
It was a wonderful way to spend the afternoon and I'd recommend Charlotte's workshop to anyone. I will definitely be doing another one soon!
Thank you Charlotte :)
I had a wonderful afternoon working with Charlotte and thoroughly enjoyed working with the silver clay. I was sooooooo pleased with my final pieces. I had plenty of time to experiment and Charlotte helped me every step of the way to get the effect that I wanted. I will definitely be joining Charlotte again and would recommend her sessions to anyone wanting to make their own personalised jewellery.
Thank you so much Charlotte
Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:Thank you soooo much for your review Ali! We're so glad you enjoyed the workshop! Thank you, Charlotte
I really enjoyed the silver clay workshop it was brilliant to be able to come away with some beautiful pieces of jewellery the same day.
It was lovely having 'one-to-one' instruction which made the workshop very personal.
I would recommend doing this workshop to anyone and in fact have done already!
Thank you again Charlotte for sharing your knowledge, I'm very keen to buy a starter kit now and start making lovely jewellery at home.
Would like to learn how to make rings so will definitely be back when that course is available,
Thank you again.
I had an AMAZING experience with Charlotte in her cosy studio, one to one instruction on how to craft my two beautiful pieces was fantastic.
I wasn’t expecting to come away with such beautiful, unique and personalised jewellery. I couldn’t be happier with my pieces or the experience, I would recommend this to anyone!
Thank you so much Charlotte- I will definitely be back!!
Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:Hi Caroline, I'm sooo glad you enjoyed it. The jewellery you created on the day was stunning, and very well thought out. Well done. It was a pleasure to show you the wonders of working with silver clay! Thank you for the lovely review. Kind regards, Charlotte Wakeling