A person is at a workstation, polishing a silver ring with an electric tool

About Traditional Jewellery Making Skills (JE104 Summer)

Learn intricate jewellery skills and finishing techniques in this course for improvers. Maximise your creative thinking and vision to produce unique jewellery of your own.

What will you learn on this course?

A traditional Goldsmith is a metalworker who specialises in working with gold and other precious metals on a small scale. A goldsmith crafts jewellery using mainly hand tools from metal sheet and wire to create fine jewellery and intricate findings.

The terms will be made up of projects which will cover different jewellery skills which will allow you to use your artistic licence to create and design pieces of your own.

You will learn more intricate bench skills, such as:

  • Soldering
  • Annealing
  • Filing
  • Saw piercing
  • Drilling
  • Hammering
  • Forging
  • Polishing and finishing techniques

Students are encouraged to pursue their own projects and ideas whilst following the course timetable to maximise creative thinking and vision.

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 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. The course is designed for improver or advanced level learners who have some experience of making jewellery or have attended a beginners Jewellery level course.

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?

Roxanna Moznabi

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

  • April – July 2025