Silver hoop earring workshop with Lindsay Forbes of Laconic - Durham

Silver hoops


Join experienced jeweller/goldsmith Lindsay Forbes, jeweller and founder of Laconic jewellery, as she guides you through this beginners course to make silver hoop earrings. Learn how to cut and bend wire into both wavy shapes and straight before forming into hoops. You’ll learn a few techniques for bending and shaping the wire, including freehand and the use of wire jigs to create your desired effect.

You’ll also learn how to add texture using hammering techniques and basic soldering skills to finish your earring stud before it’s given the final finish. You can choose a polished finish or opt to apply a matt effect instead.

In this course, you will practise using copper wire to experiment with shape and texture. Once you’ve learned the techniques you’ll choose which design you prefer to commit to making in sterling silver. You can expect to make x1 pair of hoop earrings in silver.

The Venue: Elvet & Bailey

Elvet and Bailey is a shop and workshop space in Durham with the best gift items from a growing community of over 40 artists, crafters and makers.

Coming together with a "strength in numbers" attitude allows them to support independent, local creatives by providing high street selling opportunities in the heart of Durham City. Think of them as the best local craft market but on the high street and open seven days a week.

Elvet & Bailey is owned and operated by Creative Spaces Durham CIC - a social enterprise designed to use its profits and assets to benefit the community.

Their aim is to support, develop and benefit small scale creative businesses focusing on handmade gifts, as well as providing an environment where people of all ages and abilities can come together to develop craft skills. Upstairs they have developed a creative space for workshops and crafting for the community.

There are regular buses into Durham City, the nearest parking is at Prince Bishops.

Covid Safety:
Upon entering the venue there is hand sanitiser available for visitors. The craft room will be ventilated as much as possible and numbers are limited to 6 people for each class. You are asked to wear a mask for participation in this class (if everyone feels comfortable to do so, these can be removed during), unless exempt. Masks can be removed to drink tea/coffee. The work area and tools will be sanitised before the start of each session, I kindly ask that you sanitise the tools after use too.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

Use of required equipment/tools.
All materials to make; x1 pair hoop earrings in silver.
On hand experienced tutor to instruct and guide you through the course.
Tea/coffee & biscuits/cakes (including vegan and gluten free snack options).


Lindsay Forbes at Laconic

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Elvet and Bailey
23 High Street
County Durham

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Public transport
  • Suitable for beginners


2½ hours (10:30am to 1:00pm)

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