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About Introduction to Jewellery (Summer)

Learn basic techniques, including soldering, saw piercing and filing, and make jewellery from your own designs.

What will you learn on this course?

Learn the skills necessary to design and make your own unique pieces of jewellery. The materials covered are copper, brass, gilding metal, and sterling silver. You will be taught a range of traditional jewellery making skills and techniques including:

  • Sawing and cutting out metals
  • Soldering to join metals
  • Polishing and buffing
  • Forming
  • Casting techniques
  • Vitreous enamelling
  • Finishing processes

These techniques will be taught through a series of exercises such as:

  • Making a simple ring to a set design
  • Making a pendant to your own design
  • Making and enamelling a piece of jewellery to your own design

MAC’s fully equipped jewellery studio has work benches, a soldering hearth and torch, enamelling kiln, polishing motor, and various hand tools which the tutor will teach you to use safely and correctly.

On completing the course, you will have gained confidence in basic bench skills, developed your fine motor skills and hand eye coordination, and several pieces of jewellery you have design and made to wear. Learners who create valuable jewellery from precious metals in our Jewellery Studio will now have the opportunity to have their work hallmarked at the Birmingham Assay Office using the official MAC hallmark. This exciting new partnership offers MAC learners a discounted rate and opportunity to use the MAC hallmark to authenticate their finished designs, alongside access to discounted specialist courses run by the Assay Office.

Who is this course for?

This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ years. It is open to beginners who have no prior experience making jewellery. It is also open to improvers who have such previous experience, such as making beaded jewellery or other basic procedures, and would like to develop their skills further and learn some new techniques with the tutor’s support and guidance.

This course may be accessible for people with disabilities. A high level of manual dexterity and tool handling is required. The room is wheelchair accessible. A support worker or carer may assist; carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending to provide support. Please contact us to discuss your specific accessibility needs.

Do you need to bring anything?

Students are required to wear flat closed-toe shoes, preferably trainers or boots, as this is a workshop environment with heavy tools, soldering equipment, and a kiln. Unsuitable footwear may result in the student not being able to take part in the session.

Long hair must be tied back. Protective equipment will be provided with the guidance of the tutor.

You will need to purchase materials for the jewellery you wish to make as below.

Are there any additional costs?

There are additional costs for materials such as base metals, sterling silver, solder, saw blades, and findings. These can be purchased from MAC individually or in packs.

Jewellery Start Pack – 2x copper sheets, 2x brass sheets, 2x wet & dry paper, 2M copper wire, 12x saw blades.

Silver by the gram. Discounted hallmarking services using the MAC official hallmark. Cost will be determined by individual items and subject to a handling fee.

Please contact for pricing information.

Who teaches this course?

Vanessa Miller

Dates and times

  • April – July