Jewellery making with silver clay - one day beginners workshop

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Description

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

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 "chat with the Maker" button 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.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

The workshop cost of £135 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.

Maker

Charlotte Wakeling at Felix & Reuben Jewellery School

Venue

The Cream Rooms, 4 HRFC Business Centre
Leicester Road
Hinckley
Leicestershire
LE10 3DR

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners

Duration

6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)

Gold Badge
What does this mean?

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.

Reviews

In-person course
Steph - - #35055

A Truely fantastic day. Made to feel very welcome. All materials provided, guidance given and full support given all day. Able to take our products home at the end of the day. Lots of lovely coffee and a super lunch. Would highly recommend

Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:

Thank you for your lovely review Steph. The jewellery you made on the workshop was gorgeous - well done! We're glad you enjoyed the day. Regards Charlotte

In-person course
Tracy - - #35046

Had a fantastic day doing the silver clay jewellery making. Charlotte was a great tutor and seeing your work come to life as the day went on was brilliant. I would highly recommend this workshop.

Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:

Thank you Tracy, we're so happy you enjoyed the workshop. It was a pleasure to teach you all about silver clay jewellery making! Regards Charlotte

In-person course
Karen. - - #35043

Really great day out. The course was well presented with Charlotte providing us with a step by step guide. She was very approachable and patient. We had the opportunity to practice making our pieces in playdoh which meant the silver clay part of the course went smoothly. I made 4 pieces of jewellery. It was very satisfying and fairly easy to make them. Lovely lunch included, plenty of drinks, cake and cookies. Fabulous day out. Would definitely recommend.

Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:

Hi Karen, I'm so glad you had a lovely time on the workshop. Well done on maing such beautiful pieces of jewellery! Regards Charlotte

In-person course
Kirsten - - #34882

Fabulous course. Great fun to do, we learnt an amazing amount and came away with several lovely pieces of jewellery. Thanks for sharing your skills and for your patience. Edith and Kirsten

Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:

Thank you for your lovely review Edith and Kirsten! It was a pleasure to teach you all about silver clay! Well done on making such gorgeous pieces of jewellery.

In-person course
Tina Browne - - #34729

Really enjoyed the workshop and very pleased with the pieces of jewellery I made. Charlotte was a great teacher and very patient and encouraging.

Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:

Hi Tina, Thank you for attending our workshop. Well done on making such gorgeous pieces of jewellery! We are really glad you enjoyed the experience! Regards Charlotte

In-person course
Laura - - #34707

This course was amazing! Lovely people and patient leader who held hand along the way. Created a beautiful product that I’ve always wanted!

Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:

Hi Laura, The jewellery you made was very beautiful indeed! Well done! I'm really glad you enjoyed the day. Regards Charlotte

In-person course
Anna Thomson - - #34680

What a wonderful afternoon! I was reluctant at the start as I’m somewhat lacking in creativity, but Charlotte was awesome at supporting the creative process, allowing us freedoms and time to try out all the fantastic resources she had. I’m thrilled with the finished results. Thank you!

Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:

Hi Anna, I'm so glad you had a wonderful afternoon! You should be very proud of the jewellery you made! Thank you for your lovely review. Regards Charlotte

In-person course
Alison Rogers - - #34672

A fantastic birthday surprise. Charlotte was welcoming and friendly. Having never worked with silver clay before her instructions were very clear at every stage. I am delighted with the pendant and earrings I made (actually wearing them as I type this review). Thank you Charlotte for an enjoyable afternoon.

Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:

Hi Alison, I'm so happy you enjoyed the workshop! The jewellery you made was lovely! I hope you enjoyed the rest of your birthday celebrations! Regards Charlotte

In-person course
Stuart Rogers - - #34671

Charlotte was really welcoming and helpful, she really allowed us to create whatever we wanted and accommodated all our needs. It was fun and we were all really happy with the jewellery we made. It was a great experience!

Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:

Hi Stuart, I'm really glad you enjoyed the workshop! It was a pleasure to teach you all about the wonders of silver clay! Regards Charlotte

In-person course
Hayley Watts - - #34667

It was an amazing surprise gift for and on my birthday. We were shown from beginning to the end from designing to firing. And we have some gorgeous pieces of jewellery i will treasure for ever. I will take this knowledge away and continue to make more at home. Loved it.

Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:

Thank you for your lovely words Hayley! It was a pleasure to teach you both all about silver clay, and the jewellery you made was indeed gorgeous! I'm so glad you enjoyed the experience! Regards Charlotte

In-person course
Teresa watts - - #34647

I was extremely impressed with the one day course in silver clay. Charlotte was very knowledgeable and her experience guided us to make individual, unique pieces to a very high standard. I would happily recommend this course to anyone interested in jewellery making.

Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:

Thank you for your lovely review Teresa. I'm glad you enjoyed the day. You made such lovely jewellery. Well done.

In-person course
Pam Cummings - - #33910

I had such a great day. Charlotte is a very talented teacher, extremely knowledgeable and very patient and encouraging. I loved my finished pieces and would recommend this day course to anyone. I had never done any work with silver clay prior to this but that really wasn’t a problem at all.

Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:

Thank you for your lovely words Pam. I'm really pleased you enjoyed the day. Well done on making such beautiful jewellery :) Regards, Charlotte

In-person course
Carol O’Neill - - #33736

It was such a pleasure to take part in this beginner’s silver clay jewellery course with Charlotte. My sister Margaret bought me this as a special birthday gift.(lucky me) We so enjoyed every aspect of the course and Charlotte made us so welcome and explained every detail. We created some surprisingly (in my case😄!)lovely items of jewellery and I found the whole process fascinating and rewarding. Thank you Charlotte.

Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:

Hi Carol, Thank you for your lovely review! I'm so glad you enjoyed the day! Well done on making such beautiful jewellery! Regards, Charlotte

In-person course
Margaret Jeannette Lawrence - - #33685

My Sister and I came to the Workshop.
Charlotte was very efficient and laid out all the equipment that we needed for the various stages of making the jewellery...and explained what we would be doing throughout the day.
She was very patient and kind and made sure that we knew how to work each process. teaching us
on a one to one basis most of the time.
We thoroughly enjoyed making the jewellery and had lunch outside whilst the Silver clay was being
dried.
We came back after lunch and fired the Silver clay with a blow torch and then polished the silver jewellery it was like magic ... the jewellery came to life. We were thrilled with the end results...the people who are going to receive the jewellery will be thrilled as well.
We would highly recommend a Silver Clay Day it is such a pleasant way to spend a few hours and getting such wonderful results from making the jewellery as well

Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:

Thank you so much for attending our workshop. It was a pleasure to teach you both. You both made absolutely gorgeous jewellery. Well done.

In-person course
Louise - - #31602

My daughter and I had a fabulous day making jewellery! Charlotte was knowledgeable and patient and had a really good set up with lots of materials and ideas. She made it easy to create lovely pieces of jewellery that will last a lifetime. Now slightly obsessed and want to buy my own kits to continue creating jewellery at home!
Can’t recommend enough! My 8 year old daughter said it was the best day ever!!!

Response from Felix & Reuben Jewellery School:

It was a pleasure to teach you both Louise! I'm really glad you both enjoyed it :) Thank you

In-person course
Rob and Rachel - - #31012

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!

In-person course
Tamsen Flack - - #30939

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 :)

In-person course
Lizanel - - #30578

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!

In-person course
christine simmonds - - #30387

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!

In-person course
Christine - - #29603

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!

In-person course
Lindsey Beale - - #29464

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!

In-person course
Rachel Tunstall - - #29450

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!

In-person course
Rachel - - #28926

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

In-person course
Joy Heap - - #28243

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 :)

In-person course
ishy eardley - - #27448

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!

In-person course
Amanda O'Halloran - - #26067

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.

In-person course
Emma Bloor - - #25571

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

In-person course
Vicki Arnold - - #25192

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!

In-person course
C Bartlett - - #23342

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.

In-person course
Kathryn Benbow - - #22821

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.

In-person course
Michelle Wright - - #22817

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.

In-person course
Julie Beisner - - #22447

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.

In-person course
Val Nichol - - #21821

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!

In-person course
Jackie Andrews - - #21729

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!

In-person course
Åse Wilson - - #21060

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!

In-person course
Clare Halford - - #20527

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 😀

In-person course
Marylyn richardson - - #20446

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*

In-person course
Charlotte tomkinson - - #20379

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

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Esther Theodore - - #20305

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!

In-person course
Rowan McCarthy - - #20266

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! :)

In-person course
Di Banister - - #18482

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.

In-person course
Clare hayward - - #17073

I had a great time i love all 3 pieces i made . Charlotte was a great teacher explained everything perfectly . Thank you so much

In-person course
Damienne Clarke - - #16987

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 :)

In-person course
Alison Pemberton Smith - - #16853

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

In-person course
Lyn Pearson - - #16687

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.

In-person course
Caroline Aden - - #16559

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

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