Foundations of Jewellery Manufacturing *4 week course*

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This Foundation of Jewellery Manufacturing course is suited to anyone who wants to design and make their own jewellery - or who wants to find a career in the jewellery making space but doesn't know where to start. It is designed to give you real world insights into the mostly closed-off world of professional jewellery making. 

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 5 people; 
  • 8 weeks, 24 hours of lessons, in the form of 1 x 3 hour class each week, on a specified day; 
  • 1,680 Euro including VAT; 
  • There will be homework!
  • 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 350 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. 


Class will run weekly from 17:30 to 20:30 Uhr on the specified day, for 8 weeks. 


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. 

Course components: 

You will touch on the following in the course: 

  • Design
    • Concept development 
    • Sketching & bench drawings 
  • Materials 
    • Wax
    • Silver
    • Gold
    • Alloys 
    • Stones
  • Suppliers 
    • Measuring & estimating amounts 
    • Casting 
    • Who, where & what
  • The Workshop 
    • Setting up the workbench 
    • Safety
    • Tools & equipment
    • Hand tools
    • Workshop equipment
    • Liquids, polishes &
      other perishables 
  • Wax carving 
    • Materials & skills 
    • Best use & limits
  • Metal forming
    • Measuring & marking
    • Sawing 
    • Filing
    • Hammering
    • Bending 
    • Rolling 
    • Wire drawing 
    • Annealing 
  • Joining techniques 
    • Soldering 
    • Cold-joining
    • Rivets
    • Shepherds hook
  • Finishing techniques
    • Filing
    • Sanding
    • Polishing
  • Resizing & repairing 
    • Sizing up
    • Sizing down
    • Repairing
  • Stone setting 
    • How to make a basic setting
    • Pre-made settings
    • Stone-setters