Have you ever wanted to design & make a piece of your own jewellery? Do you want to gift a unique piece of jewellery to someone close to you? Or do you just want to learn a new skill?
Join me in my workshop in the heart of the Kent countryside for a personal tuition jewellery-making workshop and I’ll help you create something completely unique to take home at the end of the workshop.
Suitable for beginners, workshop days can accommodate 1 to 5 people in your private group (price is per person), so why not get some friends / work colleagues together and come along? Please remember to select 'quantity' for the total number of people in your private group when you check out.
As the session is completely designed around you, you can choose to make:
- Reticulated leaf earrings & pendants
- Cuff Bracelets
- Cuff Necklaces
- Or anything else that you would like to try (assuming it’s possible!)
The day runs from 10:00 to 16:00 with a light lunch included and as this is personal and designed around you, you can select dates that work for you.
You will learn traditional silversmithing techniques including forming, sawing, sanding, filing, hammering, annealing, soldering and polishing, and leave at the end of the workshop with your own unique piece(s) of jewellery.
My workshop experiences also make an ideal birthday, anniversary, wedding or Christmas gift, as well as an unusual, stag/hen or corporate team-building event.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
The silver to make one basic piece of jewellery is included – additional silver, brass and copper can be purchased on the day if you wish to make more or different pieces of jewellery.
Personal tuition in a fully equipped workshop in a delightful garden setting.
A light lunch.
This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
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6 hours (10:00am to 4:00pm)
Had such a great time. Made a pendant for a necklace. Would highly recommend!
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Hi Joanna - thanks so much for your review and I look forward to seeing you next time - Sara
We booked a morning session with Sara and time flew by. We decided to to make rings and we had such a fabulous time, just what the doctor ordered. What a lovely setting and what a great teacher. We will definitely be back to make more.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Susi
Wonderful morning spent with Sara making a spin ring. Lovely setting, informative teaching, would highly recommend and will be back to make more and learn more. Thank you Sara
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Thanks so much for your review Kate, I'll look forward to seeing you again. Sara
I booked this workshop as a surprise for my friend's special birthday. Neither of us have artistic leanings at all and my friend is not really into crafting so I really pushed her out of her comfort zone. Sara assured me that we would be able to go home with something that we had designed and made ourselves and would be proud to wear. How true that was. Sara's instruction, demonstration and patience was brilliant. I managed to make a pair of stud earrings that I have been wearing since our workshop in October and my friend has a lovely necklace. We both have pieces that we are proud to wear and that have such special memories attached them. It was such a lovely morning spent with Sara and I would love to do it again and would certainly recommend it to anyone, no matter how inexperienced.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Julia - what a wonderful review, thank you for your very kind words, you both made such lovely pieces and am so glad they are being worn a lot. I really enjoyed our time too and will look forward to perhaps seeing you again some time. Sara
Oh, highly recommend !!! I am a total novice and at the end of the workshop, I left with 2 pieces of jewelry!! I was amazed! Sara is fantastic. Direct, precise, to the point! Explaining everything and using time very well so u learn the maximum! She is very patient and the place is in beautiful surroundings and there is a lovely dog as well!😀
I m very grateful I met her and done the course. I have now decided to buy all tools I need and jump into my new flow. Sara also helped me a lot going through the tools and advising so many things and simply sharing her knowledge.
You will love it!
Thank you again Sara very much!
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Natasha - thank you so much for your amazing review, it was lovely to meet you and I look forward to seeing what you do next.
Booked an afternoon course with Sara, my daughter who is very artistic was in her element!! Me not so much...both came away with beautiful rings, it doesn’t matter on your capability as Sara is so helpful & attentive. Sara & her friendly dog Misty were the most warming & welcoming company ever & we are very thankful for them as we had an incredible afternoon in her beautiful workshop.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Michelle - Wow .... thanks you so much for your lovely words, it was an absolute pleasure to work with you both and I really did love the design and ring your created. Sara
I recently attended a 1/2 day workshop with a group of friends. We each came away with a stunning unique piece of jewellery, learnt lots of new skills and had a fabulous time. Sara was a very informative, clear and encouraging teacher and the workshop was very well equipped. Only one of the group had previously done any jewellery making but we all really enjoyed ourselves and achieved so much. I would thoroughly recommend!
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Sam, thanks so much for taking the time to write a review and for your lovely words. The whole group made some amazing pieces - you did a great job with your cuff bangle. Sara
Wow! What an amazing teacher Sara is! So patient and encouraging, I learnt so much and never imagined on booking the workshop that I would come home with such a stunning ring. I had a thoroughly enjoyable and relaxing afternoon and will definitely be booking another workshop soon.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Sarah - Thank you so much for your kind review, I had such a great afternoon with you both and will look forward to seeing you again - you really did make a lovely ring.
We all had a fab time making our jewellery in a very well equipped workshop with an excellent & professional tutor.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Mel
I have just spent two wonderful afternoons with Sara, coming away with a spinner ring, a pendant and a pair of earrings. I have been taught an array of techniques, all of which I hope to be able to use when I attend another one of Sara's workshops. I had the opportunity to use a wide variety of tools and equipment, all under expert guidance. More than anything else I would say that I had fun and came away feeling that I had accomplished alot in a very short space of time. My dogs had a wonderful time too!
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Hilary, thank you so much for taking the time to write me a review. You have a great natural eye and that leaf was lovely .... I will look forward to seeing you and your lovely dogs again and to your next creation. Sara
A great way to spend an afternoon. Sarah is very relaxed, helpful and able to pass her enthusiasm onto you whilst still allowing you to undertake every part of the process. Good fun, informal and relaxing we really enjoyed ourselves and came away with something (slightly wonky in my case) to enjoy for a long time.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:James, thank you so much for taking the time to write your review, I'm so glad you both enjoyed your time ...... it was lovely to meet you both. Great results ..... and not thank wonky it the end!!!!
This workshop was a surprise birthday gift for me and what an amazing idea for a present! Despite absolutely no experience or particular aptitude I was delighted / amazed with my achievement of creating a beautiful bangle/ cuff. The whole environment is just lovely. Sara expertly guided the session and made it very relaxing. I actually found the whole process to be extremely therapeutic. I will definitely do it again and will absolutely be treating some of my (lucky!) friends to workshops for their birthdays. Highly recommended!!!
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Penny, thank you for your lovely review, it was so nice to see you both and glad you enjoyed your birthday treat & of course your lovely hand crafted silver cuff - great job ..... you didn't deserve the grade you said you got for metal work at school!!! Sara
A wonderful way to spend a creative afternoon, in tranquil surroundings. Sara’s workshops were lovely, very professional with excellent range of tool and equipment.
My daughter made an amazing neck cuff and I, with a great deal of help, thank you Sara, made a pendant.
Sara was endlessly patient and helpful and very generous with both her time and sharing her knowledge, and answering any questions, plus she had the sweetest maddest dog that did a wonderful seal impression!
We have both come home with unique pieces of jewellery and would love to go back again.
We thoroughly recommend this course.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Susie, thank you so much for your thoughtful review ...... I am so pleased that you both enjoyed your time as that is one of the most important things for me. The extra time was well worth it to see your finished results :-). if you come back we can try some other techniques so you can try something else. Sara (and a lick from Misty)!!
Me and my partner attended the jewellery making workshop a couple of days ago. Sara is a fabulous teacher and is very patient and relaxed, the workshop is a lovely environment to be in. Having no experience whatsoever the one to one tuition really helped and we will definitely be coming back to learn more! We had such a great day and both came away with beautiful jewellery, plus is was amazing to meet Misty too!
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Hi Alix - thank you so much for your lovely review, both of your pieces were great and I am so glad Rob went for the bigger ring ..... it worked out really well. Loved your cuff too, absolutely perfect - you are a natural and really do hope to see you again. Sara (and Misty)!
I had such a lovely time with Sara and came home with some pieces of jewellery I will treasure for a very long time.
The space was calm and professional and I felt very encouraged to create a piece of jewellery that was unique to me.
I would love to come back with friends or in a group as I can imagine the atmosphere would be just as fun and expressive as it was by myself.
I couldn't recommend Sara or her course enough!
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Catherine, thank you so much for your thoughtful review, I loved your rings, you are a natural at soldering!! I shall look forward to seeing you again, maybe with a group of you - that will be fun :-)
What an amazing afternoon, i bought this experience as a gift for my mum's birthday! Sara is so knowledgeable and patient, what we produced was beyond our expectations! Her workshop is lovely and easy to find. We all had such a great time and I am so glad that I have booked another afternoon to do it all again! Can't wait!
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Rowena - thank you so much for your lovely words and I had a lovely afternoon with you all .... looking forward to seeing what you make next! Sara
What a lovely way to spend a day. Sara was the perfect teacher and host for a productive day of silver jewellery making. Nothing is too much trouble and Sara welcomes your ideas and helps you every step of the way to ensure you are more than happy with your finished product! Can’t wait to sign up for another day.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Thank you so much for your wonderful review Michelle ..... It was a really fun day for me too working on both your idea and seeing them come to life. You really made a very nice bangle, and I can't wait to see you again to maybe make a matching ring and earrings !! Sara x
I've had the perfect morning making my own silver cuff bangle with Sara. Her little wooden workshop is perfect for one on one or group visits, it's set in her beautiful quiet garden, alongside her very gorgeous picture postcard cottage. Sara was a brilliant teacher, very knowledgeable, really helpful and she has helped me create something I absolutely love!
Thank you so much Sara, I had a brilliant time with you (and I love my bonus ring purchase!!) and i would recommend you again and again x
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Paula
If you are looking for a very knowledgeable, flexible and skilled silver smith, Sara is your person. I had the most lovely day and threw all sorts of problems at Sara and she knew exactly how to resolve them. I have only the most basic silver-smithing experience and Sara was brilliant at showing me techniques and making sure I was on the right track. I even turned up with a scrap of silver that looked like an offensive weapon, it was so sharp; and she helped me make it into a fluid and beautiful bracelet - an iterative process which I really enjoyed. We had happy dogs at our feet all day - Sara and Misty welcomed my lurcher Fiasco and were very accommodating of a rather large dog in their space! We even took the two dogs for a little walk before I headed off with two new bangles and several beautifully polished rings. A day of fascinating conversation, creativity and a sense of achievement, all due to Sara's generosity. I highly recommend this course. Great fun! Thank you Sara!
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Wow .... Lizzy thank you so much for your review and very lovely words. You made my day a pleasure too, we chatted over so many things as well as worked and you achieved such lovely bracelets. Fiasco was a delight to have as well, it made a nice change to the day and I know Misty loved the doggy company! I'm really hoping to see you again to make some more wonderful jewellery. Sara
A fantastic workshop with results that surpassed my expectations!
Sara is knowledgeable, highly skilled and very patient (helpful in my case!)
I would definitely recommend and hope to do another course soon
Thanks for a great day
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Liz, thank you so much for taking the time to write me a review. I really enjoyed working with you all .... really nice results and glad we got your piece finished :-) Hoping to see you again! Sara
My friend came down from Shropshire and I thought we do something different so booked this course at the last minute.
What a great time we had! Completely different to anything we had done before and under the patient guidance of Sara, we created unique silver cuffs, earrings and pendants, learned new skills and had a blast doing it!
Sara is talented artist and an amazingly gifted teacher ..at no time did we feel may be leaving without something that looked professional, she deftly showed us each step and assured us it would be fine!
We are now proud owners of one off pieces to be worn and appreciated for many years.
We can't recommend this workshop highly enough, a creative few hours with an expert has certainly brightened our dull February weekend, and Sarah made us very welcome in her lovely country cottage .. with frequent guest appearances from Misty, who completed the ambience!
Response from Silver Designed Personally:My dear Fran & Jayne - A total pleasure to work and chat with you both. I had a great afternoon too, so wonderful to see your work develop...... what's next????? Look forward to seeing you again some time I hope. Sara (& a lick from Misty)!
A lovely way to spend a few hours with friends and enjoy the pleasure of creating your own special piece of jewellery-I came away with a wonderful silver bangle that I couldn’t believe I had created myself-can’t stop looking at it! My friend made a perfect pair of earrings. Sara made the day for us-her Studio was so professionally laid out with every imaginable tool possible-she was very helpful and encouraging and made us most welcome. We will certainly go again this year-I can thoroughly recommend the experience-thank you so much Sara-
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Dear Annette - thank you so much for your review, I had such a fun day with you and Liz, it was my absolute pleasure to work with you ..... and you both made lovely pieces - I'm glad you like your bangle. Can't wait to see you both again later this year to make some new things ...... maybe some spoon rings :-) Sara
I have really just started trying to make jewellery in silver but still had no idea of what I wanted to do - despite seeing hundreds of images in Facebook, Instagram etc!
Over mugs of tea in Sara’s lovely kitchen with Misty sitting by our feet, we went through what I had done, what I liked and what we could feasibly do in the time we had
Then off we went to the amazing workshop in her Kent garden. I spent all day learning new techniques and using Sara’s own tools to make a hammered silver cuff bracelet, a pair of sparkling little silver star earrings and the adventurous retriculated silver earrings with star cut outs - suitable for any high flying meeting or potential girl band rock star!
Star is warm, friendly and kind (no wrist slapping or sighs). She lets you work at your own pace and steps in at exactly the right moment
Anyone booking this course will have the most fantastic day or even few hours here. Spoil yourself and spend some time mastering a little piece of silver magic
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Heather .... thank you so much for such an amazing review, I'm so glad you enjoyed your day and I had fun too ... looking forward to seeing you again to see what we can do next :-) Sara
I booked a half day silversmithing workshop with Sara for a birthday present and it was an excellent experience. Sara was very welcoming and instantly helped us with lots of design ideas, ensuring she was there to support throughout. Sara had lots of suggestions if anything needed correcting and she was a great teacher, explaining the process as we went through.
It was fantastic to take home some finished pieces and I would highly recommend this course to all!
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Katy, thanks for taking time to write me a review, it was lovely to meet you both and I really enjoyed working on your ideas - great results!! Sara
We had such a great morning making Christmas tree decorations as part of our office day out before breaking up for the holidays. Sara was so helpful in designing a course for us that would accommodate a larger group than normal and that catered for mixed characters and abilities. We all came away with a lovely handmade memento of the day, as well as having spent a fun and relaxing morning. I have no hesitation in recommending the courses at SDP, and I now really want to return at some point to try out some other jewellery-making skills.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Wendy, thank you so much for choosing me and your review, it was great fun meeting and working with you all ..... Looking forward to seeing you again some time. Sara
Really enjoyable one day course with Sara who is a very patient and encouraging teacher. I’m a complete novice in all things creative but came away with a lovely hammered silver bangle and a silver gingerbread man Xmas decoration both of which I’m very pleased with. I’d thoroughly recommend this course and I’ll definitely be booking again next year.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Sarah - thanks so much for your great review, it was such fun to work with you both and I'll look forward to seeing you again !! Sara
Sara was lovely!! I booked an afternoon session to create a personal, handmade item to give as my family Secret Santa present. I am so pleased that I took the chance and booked a session - I have no creativity (!) and no previous experience but now I have a gorgeous pair of earrings and I completely loved my afternoon.
Initially, Sara made me tea and we talked about possible designs of the earrings. Sara guided me through the process and we came up with a totally original design! I loved using all the tools and learning about the different silver techniques- the time flew by and Sara’s gorgeous little dog sat happily watching us throughout. I loved my afternoon and will definitely be back. Thank you so much Sara.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Lisa, wow that you so much for your amazing review, I absolutely loved working with you, it really was fun and you made such a great set of earrings (I am sure she will love them - let me know!) ... here's hoping to see you again to make something else and learn some more skills.
Brilliant one day course. I chose to make a leaf shaped pendant, probably threw Sara by choosing an unusual leaf but she didn’t baulk at all. She was so patient and explained everything so well. Nothing was too much trouble and I’ve gone home with a necklace to be proud of. Thanks very much Sara
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Thanks so much for your wonderful review Kathryn, you made a lovely pendant and were a pleasure to work with.... and I leant a new plant too!! Beautiful shape. Thanks Sara
I chose to attend a 1:1 workshop with Sara to make a memorial pendant to match an existing piece of jewellery. Sara is patient and takes her time to explain each process and tool. Within 2 hours, under Sara's excellent guidance I was able to achieve far more than I expected and left with a beautiful pendant in memory of my dad.
I can't recommend Sara enough.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Gail, thank you so much for your review and it was a pleasure to help you make your lovely pendant in memory of your Dad - such a lovely idea.
I bought this for myself to make some personal gifts for Christmas. I booked the half day bangle session. I would throughly recommend this. Sara was friendly and welcoming from the start and was patient and supportive throughout making me feel confident by modelling the techniques and guiding me through each part. I’ve done a couple of silver courses before but this was far superior and completely bespoke to me. Sara was an amazing tutor who made the session so enjoyable and made me feel super confident and we actually made a ring as well as a bangle during the session. They turned out so beautifully that I’m keeping them instead of giving them away for Christmas!! I will definitely be going back to make some more items and can’t recommend this session highly enough. 5 stars - thank you Sara!!
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Jacqueline - thank you so very much for your amazing review, I loved our time as well and what you made was just perfect! You have some great skills and I can't wait to see you again to make some more!!
Absolutely brilliant course booked for me by my daughter as a birthday treat. From the moment we arrived Sara made us feel at ease and very welcome. She was supportive and encouraging of our efforts and encouraged us to work independently whilst being on hand to guide and step in if needed.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Thank you so much for your review Naomi ...... you were both great students too .... looking forward to maybe seeing you again to try something different :-) Sara
A wonderful,fun day designing and making leaf earrings.
Sara is really friendly and instantly made me feel at ease. All the different steps and processes were clearly explained which meant that I felt confident in my design (am not arty!!) and in using the various pieces of equipment.
I came away having learnt a lot, having had a great experience and with a pair of earrings that I am really proud of.
I would definitely recommend Sara's workshop days.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Julie, thank you so much, you were a model student too! and as I said on the day .... the best piecing saw skills I have seen in a beginner :-). I had a great time working with you and seeing the results of your work. Sara
Sara adapted the day especially for me and I was able to produce a beautiful torque bracelet, a bracelet made from my silver sugar tongs, a ring made from my silver spoon and two tiny rings for my granddaughters. Sara guided me through the course with skill & encouragement and I
learnt so much. I really enjoyed my day which included a lovely lunch & playtime with Sara’s lovely assistant Misty. Thank you so much 😊
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Pauline, thank you so much, it was an absolute pleasure and I'm looking forward to creating some more things with your spoons a t some point in the future. Sara
My friend and I had a brilliant time at the silver leaf jewellery making day with Sara. Sara took us through the techniques to make a beautiful leaf pendant each, which we are wearing with pride. Sara made it very interesting, fun and safe.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Thanks so much for taking the time to write a review Deb, it was lovely to meet you both and I really enjoyed the day as well - you both made a lovely pendant. Hoping to see you again sometime. Sara
I had a great afternoon making a silver cuff bracelet with Sara. She was a fantastic teacher and I was delighted with the finished product. Would highly recommend the course.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Thanks so much for your review, it was lovely to meet you, and you made a great cuff bangle. Hope to see you again one day. Sara
Fantastic day making a silver cuff. Sara is a great teacher, very passionate about her craft and made me feel so welcome. Would definitely recommend.
Response from Silver Designed Personally:Tace, thanks you so much for your kind review, I really enjoyed our day and you did a great job too ! Looking forward to seeing you again.
We all had a really great day. Sara is a lovely lady who is kind and patient in teaching us the new skills, and offers lots of positive reinforcement along the way. Really pleased with the finished products. Thank you.
A lovely and interesting day in Sara's workshop to make a silver pendant.
The setting is superb, so tranquil.
Sara was very friendly and patient with us.
An enjoyable day that my friend and I will share memories of in the future.
My one to one workshop with Sara, trying my hand at silversmithing was a totally satisfying and enjoyable day. The studio is well equipped, and organised and I tried several interesting techniques with Sara’s experienced guidance. She is an excellent teacher, relaxed yet purposeful and was very open to helping me achieve a piece of my own design. I was so pleased with the pendant I made, would love to go again and thoroughly recommend it.
My daughter and I had a thoroughly enjoyable day. Sara is an excellent tutor, both informative and attentive. It was a lovely opportunity to try a variety of techniques and we would definitely recommend the workshop.
What a treat. I was a little nervous going on my own but had a fabulous day. Sara is really welcoming and the one to one tutoring is excellent. It’s harded than you think so it was great to learn new skills and make a unique piece of jewellery; when people admire it I can say I made it.
Sara’s workshop and gardens are so pretty and relaxing and it was a pleasure to meet Misty the dog.
I would really recommend this day out a real treat.
Had a wonderful time learning a new skill from a true expert. Thank you for being incredibly patient, welcoming, friendly and good humoured - a great day in a beautiful tranquil setting, tailor made to help anyone release their creativity
I had a great time at the silver leaf jewellery making day with Sara, so wanted to post a review! If you enjoy making things and want to try something different this is perfect for you. Sara took me through all the steps and let me try all sorts of tools (flame torch was a favourite for me!). The day was very insightful, fun and I came away with a beautiful leaf pendant. Sara is an awesome tutor who is really friendly and encouraging and I can't not mention her workshop and garden which are absolutely gorgeous!
There's magic at the bottom of this lady's garden. Spent a very enjoyable and productive day with the incredible Silver Designed Personally. I have always wanted to make a pair of my own earrings and the teacher was so helpful and inspiring. Lovely setting too! Great 'sandwich' lunch and supply of green tea. Would recommend this experience as a unique and creative day!
I attended the Silver Designed Personally Workshop a few weeks ago and it was an excellent experience. I was impressed by the location of the studio as it is a truly magical setting. Also, all the equipment is brand new which is a lovely environment to learn in. The teacher is very patient, friendly and knowledgeable. This is more than a class, I would recommend this experience for anyone who has an interest in jewellery making but also to anyone who is looking for a fun day outside of London in a magical environment.
As I had such a great service with a bespoke trinket box from Sara, decided to treat myself to one of her workshop days.
As a complete novice and not used to using tools I was a little sceptical that I could make a wearable piece of silver jewellery in only one day.
I needn’t have worried, Sara was so patient and helpful, the day was a delight and I came away with a beautiful pair of leaf earrings that were all my own work.
One to one tuition was superb, no waiting for help. Sara is a delight and easy to talk to, she made me very welcome and at ease.
Such a great experience, I will be buying a couple of gift vouchers as Christmas presents for special friends.