Silver jewellery making class for groups of 2 -3 people (£80 per person)
Class will begin with an introduction to the tools and workshop machinery used during the day and a safety briefing.
Students will then design their own unique piece of jewellery on paper and will then learn to cut the silver with a fret saw (practice with copper and then move onto silver), soldering tuition as needed, pickling and then polishing using a polishing machine or tumbler.
Finally the student will put their piece together to make a complete and unique jewellery piece.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
All equipment and materials will be supplied to make one piece of jewellery per person.
Extra materials will be available on the day at additional cost.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided but if the class covers a lunch period a packed lunch will be required as there are no shops locally.
10:00am to 2:00pm
This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
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10:00am to 2:00pm
We had a great introduction to working with silver, Sandra is a natural teacher and we came away keen to do more!
Response from Sandra Kerns Jewellery:Thank you Esther, it was a real pleasure teaching you both.
I had a fantastic time on this course and I really learned a lot. Sandra is lovely and I loved the flexibility to make whatever I wanted. I'd really recommend this course to anyone!
Response from Sandra Kerns Jewellery:Thank you for your lovely review Lucy, it was great to teach you.
My husband bought me a class for my 40th and we had a brilliant day! Sandra was so patient with us and really helped us to turn our ideas into designs and then turn those designs into amazing pieces of jewellery. I am amazed at what we managed to make during the session! We came away with a beautiful spinner ring, a Yorkshire rose pendant and two copper heart pendants (that we made honing the skills before we were let loose on the silver!)
A wonderful birthday gift, and such a fab experience! We will definitely be back to try some more techniques!!
Thank you so much Sandra!
Response from Sandra Kerns Jewellery:Thank you Cat, it was a pleasure to have you and David at the studio. You made beautiful pieces x
I recently attended the silver jewellery making course and had a brilliant time! I’m a complete novice but came armed with a number of overly intricate and ambitious designs... I was prepared not to be able to achieve anything like my drawings but Sandra showed how I could simplify the designs keeping the essence of the piece. We covered a number of techniques from cutting, shaping, soldering and finishing which Sandra explained as we went along and I came away with a copper heart pendant and my silver brooch. I’m really proud and amazed of what it was possible to achieve in just a few hours. This was a really rewarding experience and I would love to go back and do more!
This was an excellent introduction for me to making Jewellery, I asked my wife what she may want me to make for her and she picked a ring from Sandra's website that she liked. (Minus the stone) and I asked if I could do that. I not only got to make that ring but a second ring as well, to cover off a number of different skills.
It was an enjoyable 4 hours, Sandra is very knowledgeable and has a very clear and good instruction technique that brings out the best in you. I thoroughly recommend her classes to anyone who has an interest insilver jewellery making.
Response from Sandra Kerns Jewellery:Thank you Aaron. It was a pleasure teaching you.
I took my mum to this course as her 60th birthday present and we both absolutely loved it! Sandra is an amazing teacher, before we went I was worried that we wouldn't be able to get the hang of jewellery making but both myself and my mum came away with pieces of jewellery to be proud of. Sandra really went out of her way to help you create and is a very knowledgable and talented craftswoman. We were taught a number of different techniques and ways to create what we had in mind.
I cannot stress enough how fun this day was! I would love to do it again. It's a perfect birthday present for anyone considering this as a gift.
Response from Sandra Kerns Jewellery:Thank you for your lovely review. It was an absolute pleasure teaching you both and I look forward to seeing you again in the future. Sandra
My daughter has just turned 21 & I struggled to find any jewellery in the shops that was 'just right'! I booked this course as a surprise for her & with Sandra's help, she made herself 3 beautiful rings. I created a silver bangle for her & we both came away with copper heart pendants to remind us of our day together. We're delighted with our creations & really enjoyed Sandra's company, encouragement & knowledge.
I attended a couple of days ago and thoroughly enjoyed the class. Sandra is an excellent teacher. Everything was explained clearly and was not rushed. We went through different techniques and I learned so much. With her help I made a silver butterfly.
Her own beautiful collection of jewellery inspires. Thank you Sandra.
I attended this course with my friend a week ago and we both enjoyed it very much. We were both complete beginners and had no idea what to expect. Sandra very patiently showed us how to make a lovely ring and a beautiful pair of ear-rings. Very happy with our experience
Response from Sandra Kerns Jewellery:Thank you for your lovely comments Diane, it was a real pleasure to teach you both.
Went for a day with my mum and sister and we loved it. Sandra was very patient with us and enthusiastic, showing us different techniques and examples of textures we could achieve. A talented silversmith, so many beautiful creations. She understood what each of us had in mind and helped us get there! Tea and biscuits and good chat along the way too, would recommend to anyone.
Sandra’s patient friendly manner enabled me to have confidence to create beautiful earrings which I had a clear picture of in my imagination but was unable to even draw. I am not artistic with my hands but Sandra demonstrated and then encouraged me to have a go at many different skills to translate my idea into reality. My daughters and I were enabled to transform a flat rectangle of silver using Sandra’s remarkable range of tools and machines. Thank you Sandra you have a lovely studio and are a generous host and skilled teacher. We were inspired by seeing all that you have made.
Having undertaken 3 courses with Sandra Kerns Jewellery at various levels I can say with confidence Sandra is not only a talented silversmith but also a wonderful teacher and has taught me many useful techniques from basic silver clay and silversmithing to more technical processes and problem solving - who would have thought the humble potato such a useful tool! Sandra is incredibly patient and has a well equiped studio in a beautiful location ready to teach basic jewellery making/beading and more advanced skills for those with some knowledge already who want to advance. Great value, learn a new skill, make an item you can wear and maybe leave with one or two bought from her collection which is hard to resist!
I was privileged to be one of Sandra's first students.
The day covered a lot of information which Sandra has obviously put a lot of thought, time and effort into learning in order to pass this on.
But it wasn’t just about the new knowledge I gained. The main benefits came from actually creating a piece, receiving individual feedback and interacting with Sandra about ideas and techniques.
This day gave me a much firmer appreciation of the jewellery making process, especially when Sandra was thrilled when I finally broke a saw blade. (Apparently this is very common). I made some lovely pieces that day which a friend wore for her wedding. I would highly recommend this course. Sandra is a great teacher a wonderful mentor, but ultimately a superb silversmith!