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5 Week class - Silversmithing Basics

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Learn a wide range of skills in our 5 week course using mixed metals, silver and semi-precious stones.

This class has been designed for beginners in mind to show you all of the basic skills involved in silversmithing. It is a very hands on course and everything will be done by yourself using your own two hands.

We’ll cover a range of skills over our 5 sessions including but not limited to, soldering, sawing, filing, polishing, sanding, texturing, recycling silver, making your own findings, basic stone setting, using a rolling mill, how to make a ring to size, and bringing your own design to life!

Session 1 : Ring Making

Learn how to make 2 rings in copper and a final one in solid sterling silver. Experiment with texture and finishes on your ring. We’ll have a large selection of hammers for deep texture and different polishes and abrasives so you can decide on the finish, polished, matte, brushed and Satin.

Session 2 : Pendant Making

Using our Pre-made brass or copper shapes try out hammering and texturing to create a pattern to your liking. Solder on some hand made sterling silver findings to bring your shape to life to create a pendant.

Optional – Add a sterling silver bezel cup with a semi precious stone £5

Session 3 : Earring Making
Studs or dangle earrings? You decide!

Learn numerous ways to create earrings, add semi-precious stones and create your own earring hooks in sterling silver along with a few stud earrings too.

Session 4 : Roller printing and making an item of your choice

Gather some fabric, skeleton leaves and different textures of paper before your class and learn how to imprint the texture into metal leaving a detailed impression of the medium. We’ll have some different papers, lace, fabrics and skeleton leaves on hand but you’ll be encouraged to explore and experiment using your own pieces.

We’ll use the sheet of metal with the texture to create various jewellery items like, cuffs, bangles, pendants, key rings etc

Session 5 : Make your own design in a Metal of your choice

Use the skills you have learnt over the past weeks to bring your designs to life with the guidance of your tutor. This class may run longer than previous classes if your design is complex.

Whats included –

Small amounts of silver (For jump rings, earring posts, ear wires, wire for bead wrapping, clasps, and silver for recyling, small amount of silver for the first ring class)
Semi-precious stones

Optional costs average price –

Small sheet of silver for a pendant – £10

Extra silver for a narrow ring – £3/4

Sterling silver bezel cup with semi precious stone – £5

More semi-precious stones (a higher range of stones including some precious stones) – from £1.50