Course Provider: Quirky Workshops at Greystoke Cycle Cafe
Contact Name: Annie Swarbrick
Telephone: 01768 483984
Greystoke Cycle Cafe
Course Length: Two days (9.30 - 4.30)
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Two day Silver Jewellery Course with Sterling Silver, Pearls and Semi Precious Stones.
Melinda Scarborough is a professional jewellery designer of many years experience and will be travelling from North London to take this weekend course. Suitable for both beginners and those with previous experience, under Melinda's guidance, you will design and make several pieces of jewellery from scratch. All tools will be available to enable you create your very own master piece over this 2 day workshop.
Your designs will be individual to you and in the process will learn techniques including cutting, forming, doming, soldering, texturing and polishing. Melinda brings an array of tools and equipment - gas bottles, polishers etc and each person has a saw frames and special jewellers bench vice, which are all pre-requisites for any proper silver jewellery course.
Once people become familiar with the tools that are available they become more confident and designs start flowing once they realise the possibilities. People will be able to work at their own pace and make the most of workshop time. Over recent course students have also bought existing pieces of jewellery to redesign and remake - for example turning necklaces into earrings or earrings into bracelets - almost anything is possible. You should also be able to melt down some precious metals to create new pieces.
Melinda training for 4 years to acquire a BA Hons in Jewellery at Middlesex University and a 2 year Diamond Mounting course at London Metropolitan. Melinda previously exhibited at The Goldsmiths’ fair and was ‘Winning Student Designer of the Year’ at the British Jewellery Association Awards and awarded a 1st Goldsmiths Craft Council design award. Her beautiful contemporary designs use all the traditional jewellery making techniques.
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What's included in the price?
Use of all specialist equipment provided by Melinda, you will have your own 'work station' with your own saw frame and clamp and set of tools. You may bring some of your own existing jewellery to recycle (Melinda will let you know which ones are possible to remake) and perhaps melt down some silver as well.
The material costs start from £15 for the weekend. You can make many items, once you have the hang of things and spend more - or be frugal and recycle
Welcome drinks : fresh coffee & home made biscuits, a lovely 2 course Aga lunch served in our farmhouse kitchen or outside in the Greystoke Cycle Cafe Tea Garden as soon as it's warm enough. To finish off the day, a freshly made Cream Tea (including Aga-baked scones, cream and jam).
Our days are considered special treats; many come back time and time again and often combine it with a short break to the Lake District.
We have been hosting and organising 'Quirky Workshops' since 2005 from our friendly family run Cycle Cafe Tea Garden on the northern fringes of the Lake District. All our tutors are carefully hand selected experts and professionals and many considered as leading nationally in their field.
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