Please read carefully the notes below in the "Whats Included" box about the extra precautions in place at the moment due to the Covid 19 situation.
My name is Bridget Bradshaw and I am an award winning graduate from Birminghams School of Jewellery, and I have been qualified to teach for over 12 years.
The aim of the day is to develop your skills in the craft of jewellery making whether you wish to pursue it as a hobby or an income.
This is a one day Silver Jewellery workshop can be run on either a weekday or weekend, whatever suits your needs.
It is one to one tuition. This gives the student a more thorough designing and making experience than you would get from a large class.
By arrangement I can have two students. (Discounts available please ask for more information)
The workshop is for beginners, or people that have a small amount of experience, who wish to develop their skills.
The day will include an introduction to the tools in the workshop, which will be used throughout the day and Health and Safety procedures will be discussed.
The workshop is fully equipped with hand tools, power tools and larger pieces of equipment that can enhance your piece of work by adding texture or colour.
Workshop days are tailored to suit the requirements of each student.
We will discuss your simple design, that you have chosen to make and develop this design into an achievable piece of jewellery that you can take away with you.
You are encouraged to be creative and to use your imagination when researching what it is you would like to make.
Guidance on your design can be given throughout your booking process and on the day.
Please don't hesitate to ask if you are unsure as to what is achievable. If you need some suggestions as to what you can make please let me know, and I will be more than happy to help.
Prior to the day I will need to know and discuss your design ideas, in order to agree what is and what isn't achievable, this will then enable me to order in the 925 Sterling Silver that you will need to make your own unique piece of jewellery.
Techniques will be taught, such as how to cut, shape and solder silver, bending, drilling, forming and folding if your design requires it. Finishing and polishing will also be included.
Parking is provided on site.
During the Covid 19 situation students must bring their own refreshments and a packed lunch please
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All my tools and equipment will be at the disposal of the student.
Please note-----This course does not use precious metal clay.
Metal (Sterling Silver) to make your design, is purchased by you, on the day at an extra cost.
If any jewellery findings, chains or gemstones are required, these can be purchased also.
No recycled metal, such as old jewellery, that is no longer worn etc, can be used on the day.
Due to the ongoing situation regarding Covid 19, more health and safety restrictions will be in place.
You WILL be expected to provide your own PPE.
Hand sanitisers, disposable gloves and anti- bacterial wipes will be available to use.
Every effort will be in place to ensure the safety of both my student and myself.
If a date has been booked and you feel unwell for any reason the day can be rescheduled.
1 day (10:00am to 4:30pm)
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.
Bridget is the most patient teacher. She calmed the nerves of this very nervous beginner and got me fully involved in the process of making a lovely bracelet.
Her explanations of all topics was very thorough.
Great workshop with all the tools you could possibly want.
Thanks Bridget I so enjoyed my day.
Response from Bridget Bradshaw Designs:Thankyou so much Janette, it was an absolute pleasure having you in the Workshop for the day.
We had a lovely day making silver rings with Bridget. Bridget was both knowledgeable and made the day fun.
Bridget was able to find a way for us to make our designs (which before the day I worried were a bit unrealistic) which definitely speaks to her depth of experience. My partner made a wood effect ring (which I thought might be impossible but Bridget had just the right tool) and I made a rough textured ring with embossed hearts.
All in all a great day.
We had a busy and exhausting day at Bridget's!
She led us through the design process, helping shape our vague ideas into something concrete and realistic.
She was upfront about metal costs so we could proceed without any unpleasant surprises.
Bridget tutored us through a number of different techniques, one at a time, and giving us plenty of time to practice on scrap metal. Each element of the design was discussed, practiced, then made with attention and care, overseen by Bridget.
When we ran out of energy (it's hard work concentrating on something new for so long!) Bridget was there to take over when needed.
We are delighted with the end result, and thoroughly recommend the day as a real treat for anyone who wants to make something unique and beautiful of their own.
My husband booked me a one to one silversmithing session for my Birthday. I had an absolutely fantastic day. Bridget was so welcoming & patient & nothing was too much trouble. I had a design in mind for the session & Bridget provided guidance, support & encouragement every step of the way. She is extremely skilled & knowledgeable & I gained a wealth of skills, knowledge & tips from the session.
Prior to this session I struggled with soldering & Bridget spent some time with me providing advice on the techniques involved & also provided a demonstration of 3 different soldering torches. I now feel more confident as a result of this.
I would highly recommend this course to people of all skill levels - from beginners to more experienced silversmithers. Bridget has a wealth of knowledge & skills to share & her workshop has every tool you could possibly need. I will definitely be returning in the new year.
Bridget sets a relaxed "can do" environment for you to thrive. Choosing your own piece really gives you the ambition to embrace all of the processes to achieve the goal you have set yourself. Loved my day so much I've finally found something that I want to learn more about. I would wholeheartedly recommend Bridget.
For anyone who enjoys being creative, you’ll love this jewellery making course.
Bridgette is very experienced and is so easy to get along with, we had a laugh and she is very patient indeed. She will have every tool you would possibly need to make anything you would like to make..👍I was very happy with my ring and pendant😃
I will certainly be recommending Bridget to my friends and clients and will definitely be returning again myself . Thanks again Bridget for all your help and making today fun X
I spent a wonderful day in the company of a wise and generous tutor making something beautiful out of my jumbled ideas and without any previous experience!
The best Tuesday I have spent in a long while. Bridget's warm welcome to her studio, her reassurance that I would not leave without my masterpeice was reassuring; from refining my ideas to handling the piece from start to finish. Every step from the cutting, annealling, filing, rolling, beating, soldering, polishing- " you see, you do" under safe guidance with wonderful explanations and anecdotes.
A joy to spend time with such creativity and skill rolled into one very fine silversmith who has captured the imagination and enthusiam of an absolute novice. I wore my piece home, it is a special tresaure and this was the most wonderful day with a remarkable lady- I loved it enough to plan to bring a friend next time- you won't want to leave it at just one day- Fabulous experience and thank you.
I have just spent a most enjoyable day working with Bridget in her workshop, and with her patient guidance have created a most beautiful pair of earrings. I had a vague idea at the start of what I would like to achieve, but certainly had no idea of the complexity of the craft, which was very soon obvious once I had discussed my ideas in more detail. We eventually decided on a very simple design, which was certainly the way forward, because even that took all day! Bridget took time to explain each stage in the making of the earrings, and I was able to practice certain techniques before doing the "real thing". Her knowledge of the craft is impressive, and she took every opportunity to make sure everything was done just right in order to achieve a very pleasing end result. I have come away enthused with what I had achieved, and a determination to spend another day in her workshop to make other pieces to complement the earrings.
Me & my new husband spent the day with Bridget making our wedding rings.
She made the day one to remember for life for us, down to every last detail.
We even had time to make our mother’s presents.
The jewellery we have made with her is finished to a very high standard.
I would highly recommend her.
I’ve just spent a really lovely day with Bridget, excellent hands on teaching and explanations, happy to recommend to others and will be returning.
I had a really lovely day with Bridget, and made two pieces of jewellery that were far more sophisticated than I thought I’d be able to make as complete beginnner. Bridget is very easy to talk to and encouraged me to personalise my designs, so I came away with two entirely unique items: a ring and a pendant. Bridget gives lots of expert help and encouragement so you quickly feel confident and at ease. The studio is bright and well-equipped with everything to hand. A fantastic day for anyone to explore a new skill. Thoroughly recommend!
My sister and I thoroughly enjoyed our day with Bridget. She covered many more skills than I was expecting and encouraged us to explore our ideas from a technical point of view and creatively. We both finished the day with a piece we were really happy with. Bridget is super patient. You can work at your own speed. She has created a very peaceful studio environment to work in. It was a very relaxing day at the same time as learning a lot. I would highly recommend this to anyone who simply wants to explore a new skill or develop the skills you have already.
I had an excellent day with Bridget. Although I expected there was a lot more work that goes into a handmade project than initially meets the eye it was still a surprise how many different techniques can be used to create different items & finishes / appearances.
This course is excellent value for money and Bridget is a lovely lady ready to assist in ensuring you get the most from it. There is no pre structure, everything is tailored around what you want to learn and the product you want to achieve. Thank you Bridget, I had a brilliant day & will return x
What an incredible day! I started a complete beginner and have learnt so much about silver working with Bridget as an amazing teacher. She's patient and gives clear directions when needed and friendly chat otherwise. I'm really happy with what I made (which was much more than I thought was possible in the time!) and her experience and own work (which is beautiful) is inspiring. Looking forward to learning more! Thank you for a wonderful time - I'd recommend this to anyone!
I found Bridget to be a brilliant teacher. She was so supportive and inspiring in such a friendly and welcoming way. Her workroom is well stocked with equipment, and everything I wanted to make Bridget had the gadget for me to be able to achieve it.
I really enjoyed my day with Bridget, and felt she had helped me to achieve a lot in only one day. I would thoroughly recommend Bridget's course.
Bridget was an excellent tutor, friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable. I had a really fun day, learning lots of new skills making a pendent. Despite the piece not going quite the way we planned Bridget went her way to make sure I went home with a quality piece of jewellery.
Her workshop is suitable for anyone wishing to have a fun day learning masses about silversmithing and a desire to make their own piece of silver.
I shall be recommending this workshop to friends.
My Mum and I had an amazing day with Bridget.
We couldn’t of asked for a more welcoming, friendly and passionate teacher for our first taste of silver jewellery making.
Her workshop had everything we needed and more and it was the perfect set up for us.
We were so pleased with the pieces we made and would highly recommend he course to anyone.
My husband and I received a workshop day with Bridget as a wedding gift. We designed and made a pendant and bracelet. Bridget is lovely, patient and very helpful providing her wealth of knowledge. We did not expect to be so involved which was a lovely surprise and both came away with a sense of real achievement and two beautiful items. We highly recommend a day with Bridget making a bespoke piece of jewellery. I cannot wait to attend another workshop!
Thank you Bridget!
Just arrived back home after spending the day with Bridget in her jewellery studio. It was a very interesting and fun day. I liked the fact that I could choose whatever piece of jewellery I wanted, and after discussing the basic design we worked out the details together, which ensured that my piece had enough challenges to teach me the basics of silversmithing. Bridget was very patient and very easy to talk to, I learnt a lot today and am very happy. I thouroughly recommend spending a day with Bridget to anybody interested in jewellery design and silversmithing
Had the most amazing time at Bridget's workshop. I had a brilliant day and came home with two awesome unique rings. Bridget is a wonderful teacher and talked us through every step of the process and made the day a truly enjoyable experience.
Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a fun day of silversmithing.
Yesterday my daughter and I had the absolute pleasure of spending a day with Bridget. We were complete novices in the art of silversmithing but Bridget's confident approach soon made us relax and begin to explore what was actually possible during our day. We both had ideas of what we hoped to achieve but had no idea whether any of it was possible. Bridget approached our ideas with enthusiasm and confidence and guided us gently through the processes required to create our end results which incorporated ideas from Bridget that enhanced our creations in an imaginative and creative way. We would both thoroughly recommend Bridget to anyone who would like to either dip a toe into the art of silversmithing or would like to improve and hone their skills. Tip top tutor!
I have just spent the most fantastic day learning new skills, creating jewellery from scratch and having so much fun under the watchful and expert tutelage of the wonderfully talented Bridget from Bridget Bradshaw Designs. Individual attention entirely geared to what I wanted to learn at my pace, but the day flew by. Lovely company and a lovely lady. Will definitely return to build on what I've learned and tackle some of the 1,000,000 things I now know there are to learn in this fascinating and incredibly creative industry. Best day out I've had in a long time and would thoroughly recommend it to anyone. 10/10. Thank you, Bridget.
What a fabulous Silver Jewellery Workshop. I can strongly recommend Bridget's day course. Before the course took place Bridget asked me to think about what I would like to achieve and think about the item/s of Jewellery that I would like to make, which was amazing as it gives you ultimate freedom and creativity - plus plenty of time to make sketches (even though mine were pretty bad). So when I turned up for the day we had a great starting point. Bridget has an amazing knowledge of her craft and is a very welcoming and lovely person. I immediately felt at ease and it was super interesting to learn about all of the different processes that go into jewellery making. I initially started using tools and techniques on copper to get to grips with the saw and hammers and then we worked on my designs to then transpose on to Sterling Silver. I came away with a great understanding and appreciation in the craft and felt that my teacher was a amazing fountain of knowledge. I would love to go again and try to evolve my designs. Thank you Bridget!
We would highly recommend the silversmiths day with Bridget. It has been a really interesting way to learn new skills, get creative and make a unique item for yourself, partner, family member or friend . It will also make it all the more memorable for the person you give it to, adding that personal touch.
Bridget was welcoming and friendly and made us feel at ease quickly whilst being great at teaching too!!
Response from Bridget Bradshaw Designs:Thankyou so much for your review.
I had a fantastic day making a pendant with Bridget.
Before the course Bridget was very clear about what the day would entail, and ensuring that she had everything needed to make my design.
Bridget is a dedicated teacher and really took the time to talk through options for shaping and finishing the silver, and showed lots of her own work to demonstrate techniques.
I would really recommend this course. Thank you for a lovely day Bridget.
I had a great day with Bridgett. I was a complete novice when it came to silver smithing, every step was explained clearly and enable me to leave with a piece of jewellery that I can wear immediately.
Bridgett has a lovely personality and is a wealth of knowledge and useful information regarding her craft, plus so much more.
Bridgett is a great designer and teacher and I would highly recommend booking some time to learn a new skill or build on previous knowledge.
Bought a friend a voucher for a silver jewellery making day with Bridget. We went together. Bridget was extremely patient, calm and made the day so very enjoyable. Bridget showed us both varying techniques involved in making our two, very personal and unique pieces of jewellery. Couldn't recommend Bridget enough and we will certainly be going again in tje near future to complete another piece.
One Day Silver Jewellery Course with Bridget Bradshaw.
I booked this course for my boyfriends Christmas present. I had concerns initially as my boyfriend is a Carpenter & builds custom Harley Davidson motorbikes. So I needed a jewellery course that would be rewarding for someone who had welding experience and was interested in heavy machinery & hardy chunky bikers jewellery.
This was the most perfect day for both of us. I couldn't imagine a better experience or outcome. Bridget is so friendly, welcoming, hospitable & an excellent, patient teacher. We both got so much out of our day course as well as a custom designed piece of jewellery. My boyfriend was also able to alter jewellery of his own that needed refreshing.
The workshop is fantastic with everything you could ever dream up to design! Bridget will try to make it possible or suggest similar to get a desired result.
This is one of the best gifts I have ever brought anyone, you will get so much out of this experience. Bridget is wonderful & very talented. A huge Thank you to Bridget. HH X
A great day learning in Bridget's workshop - she is very talented and a good teacher too. I came away with two lovely and unique pieces of jewellery. A most enjoyable experience which I would recommend to anyone.
A real privelege to spend a day in Bridget's company. I thoroughly enjoyed learning some basic skills from someone who is obviously skilled in design and jewellery making and a very generous teacher. I particularly enjoyed seeing the different things she has produced as examples of the types of skills I was being introduced to. I came away with some lovely pieces that I will treasure and a lot of different experience for the relatively small time I was with her. A lovely day I would thoroughly recommend!