Foundations of Jewellery Manufacturing

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Our Foundations of Jewellery Manufacturing course is for people who want to design & make their own jewellery.
It is a practical & accelerated introduction, set in real life, i.e. taught by a working and experienced goldsmith (Nathan), held in a working environment.
We created the course in order to give our private lesson students more structure and clearer goals. Often students are with us for many months, so our course provides a clear and measurable framework. 

Key details:
  • Very limited places - class size is maximum 2 people; 
  • 8 weeks, 24 hours of lessons, in the form of 1 x 3 hour class each week, on a specified day; 
  • 1,150 Euro including VAT; 
  • There will be homework! So it will be required that participants also purchase a tool box with all of the tools & equipment they need to set up at home - will provide guidance with this purchase after you make your booking, however please note that the cost is likely to be around 300 Euro for the toolkit. 

By the end of the course, you will have been taught the skills, and given the information & resources, necessary to begin your foray into jewellery making. 

Dates

Next course begins early August 2020 - contact us for more information about your starting date. 

Materials 

Base Metals such as copper will be used for most practice and example pieces, with Silver being supplied for projects throughout the course. 

See above re the toolkit for working at home. 

Payment options

Contact us about a payment plan if required. 

Course components: 

  1. Design 

    1. Concept development 

    2. Sketching & technical drawings 

    3. CAD & Rhino

  2. Materials 

    1. Wax

    2. Silver

    3. Gold

    4. Alloys

    5. Stones

  3. Suppliers

    1. Measuring & estimating amounts

    2. Casting

    3. Who, where & what

  4. The Workshop 

    1. Safety

    2. Tools & equipment

  5. Metal forming

    1. Measuring & marking

    2. Sawing

    3. Filing

    4. Hammering

    5. Bending

    6. Rolling

    7. Drawing 

    8. Annealing

  6. Joining techniques

    1. Soldering

    2. Cold-joining, incl. hinges & rivets

  7. Finishing techniques

    1. Filing

    2. Sanding

    3. Polishing

  8. Resizing & repairing

    1. Sizing up

    2. Sizing down

    3. Repairs

  9. Stone setting basics

    1. Claw setting

    2. Bezel setting 

    3. Pre-made settings

    4. Stone setters

  10. Photographing jewellery