Introduction to making
contemporary silver jewellery
A hands on and practical approach to designing and making a unique piece of jewellery
Taught by Claire Acworth
Click course date below to book your space
Suitable for beginners to intermediate level jewellers
This course is aimed at adults, aged 18yrs +
This course is hands-on from start to finish. By the end of the day, you will have created your own design in sterling silver, with one bezel set stone if you choose.
So to avoid designer’s block, you will be asked to bring 3 or 4 drawings of what you would like to make.… but don’t worry if you don't have any ideas beforehand. We will analyse each of your drawings against some key design principles so that your piece is not only beautiful, but makeable too!
Starting with an introduction to tools, basic techniques and safe working, we will discuss and practice the principles of soldering. Before finalising your design, you will have the chance to experiment with piercing, texturing and forming so that you can incorporate any of these techniques into your piece.
As the day finishes, you can expect to have made at least one of the following: a ring, bangle, pair of earrings or a pendant using the following techniques. The images below show what students have achieved in one day. Click here to see Claire's work
Introduction to tools & basic techniques
Fabrication and soldering
Bezel making & cabochon setting (possibly!)
Filing, sanding and finishing
COURSE GIFT VOUCHERS
What better gift to give your family or friends; to spend the day together making beautiful piece of jewellery that will always evoke happy memories. Just mention that you would like to book a space for someone else on the booking form.
£25 per hour, £200 per day or £500 for 3 days
Group tuition up to four students
£15 per hour per student, £120 per day or £300 for 3 days
Tea, coffee and simple lunch - included in course price
Silver will be charged per grammes used
(This is likely to be £25 & £75 depending on your designs)
A variety semi-precious stones will be available at varying prices
Accommodation for multi-day courses
£8 per night - Basic wild camping in Wernog wildflower meadow
Breakfast & evening meals - not included in costs.
We have an outdoor kitchen and pizza oven for cooking evening meals.... we can shop for you!
We hope to offer quirky woodland cabins in future
Stories from our students
'A fantastic day! Claire is incredibly knowledgeable about her craft and was a very supportive teacher. She helped us all realise are individual designs and within a day we each made a beautiful piece of jewellery that also serves as a physical reminder of the wonderful experience we shared together.
Claire’s teaching approach was very relaxed and adaptive, which worked well for us, because we all had very different designs that we were working from. She was also extremely dedicated, Would recommend this day to all!'. - Naomi
'I came not knowing what I would be capable of creating. With Claire’s guidance, I was able to accomplish everything I hoped to do. The course was the right balance between structured and flexible to allow me to gain all the necessary skills needed, whilst keeping my creativity.
I was worried that I would get bogged down with lots of technical information, but I found Claire very clear and her teaching was gentle but informative. It suited me perfectly. Claire was also very encouraging and made me feel very proud of what I created.' - Bronte
'This course was just what I had hoped for, starting with the basics then progressing to a final product. The fact that Claire insisted I did everything myself demonstrated that I could do it.
With the sense that Claire was also exploring possibilities demonstrated that jewellery making will be an ongoing learning track and that it was not important where I was on the track.' - Tim