A person is polishing a silver ring at a jewellery work station

About Jewellery for Improvers (JE107 Summer)

Learn how to design and make your own metal jewellery in this course designed to improve your making skills.

What will you learn on this course?

This course is for those interested in learning how to create beautiful metal jewellery. Throughout this course, you will be introduced to core tools and traditional jewellery making techniques including:

  • Pierce sawing (cutting metals)
  • Fold forming
  • Soldering
  • Basic Texturing Techniques
  • Enamelling
  • Polishing and Finish

The course will focus on a project, make a pendant, and as your skills develop and grow you will be encouraged to design and make your own ring or bangle.

MAC’s purpose-built jewellery studio is a friendly place where you will meet other likeminded people and share your creative journey.

The 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 designed 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 an improver level course for people with some jewellery making experience.

At the heart of MAC is a focus on accessibility and inclusion. Please contact us to discuss your specific access needs. 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.

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 us for pricing information.

Who teaches this course?

Chloe Minihane Slater

During the summer term, April 2025, this course may be affected by building work taking place at MAC. Participants will be notified in advance of any updates.

Dates and times

  • May – July 2025