Learn further jewellery techniques to extend and develop your skills, incorporating these into your own design projects.
What will you learn on this course?
This is an opportunity for students with some previous jewellery making experience to learn some new skills, develop their own designs and make them in our fully equipped studio with the support and guidance of an artist tutor.
Students will be guided through a series of exercises that will teach you a range of techniques and processes to develop your existing skills.
No two terms are the same, the tutor writes a different program per term which is adapted to suit the students interests, developing new projects to challenge and encourage learning. Students are welcome to re-book the course to continue their jewellery development.
Projects have included:
Silver locket making
Cylinder container with a bezel lid
Multi-media brooch with a silver back – using cold connections
Making a ring from scratch with a tube-set faceted gemstone
Creating a silver barrel catch
Learn the following techniques:
- Cold Connections (incorporating other materials into jewellery – e.g. plastics, textiles, wood)
- Stone-setting (including cabochon, tube setting, claw setting, flush setting)
- Advanced soldering
- Fold Forming
- Silicone Mould Making and Resin (Cold Enamel)
- Improving existing skills such as finishing and polishing, soldering and accuracy
You will then have the opportunity to incorporate these processes into your own designs. You will be encouraged to work independently on your own projects with tutor support and guidance available.
All students will have access to a range of professional equipment including work benches, a soldering hearth and blowtorch, enamelling kiln, polishing motor and various hand tools. You should have previous experience of working with traditional jewellery making tools.
On completing the course you will have produced completed pieces of jewellery to your own design and further developed your skills and confidence in jewellery making.
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ and is open to improvers and advanced students who have some jewellery making experience. Improvers may have previously attended a beginners course at mac or elsewhere and should be able in a range of basic techniques such as soldering, filing and cutting. Advanced students will have a good working knowledge of jewellery construction and be confident working independently.
The course is accessible for adults of all abilities but requires a high level of manual dexterity and tool handling. A support worker or carer may assist. Carers must book a complimentary ticket if attending a course to provide support. The studio is wheelchair accessible. Please enquire to discuss your specific needs.
Do you need to bring anything?
All tools and equipment is provided. However you will need to purchase materials for the jewellery you wish to make as below.
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. The use of protective equipment will be provided with the guidance of the Artist Tutor.
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 e.g.
Jewellery Starter Pack - £8.50 (2x copper sheets, 2x brass sheets, 2x wet & dry paper, 2M copper wire, 12x saw blades)
Silver - £1.30 per gram
0.9mm Copper Sheet 6”x3” - £2.10
Saw blades (x12) - £2.60
Wet & Dry Paper - £1.10 per sheet
Who teaches this course?