Design and make a complete piece of jewellery in a weekend.
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for adults aged 18+ and is open to improvers and advanced students who have jewellery making experience. Improvers may have previously attended a course at mac or elsewhere and should be confident 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. All students should come with their own design ideas.
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.
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. These two day intensive weekend workshops are intended to enable learners to design, make and complete a small project by the end of the course.
Improvers will be offered tutor demonstration exercises that will teach you a range of techniques and processes to develop your existing skills. This may include processes such as forming, polishing, vitreous enamelling, granulation and casting techniques using wax. 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 as required.
Advanced students will work on individual projects at your own pace but with the knowledge that the tutor is on hand to support you in realising your designs. You can take part in the demonstration exercises to learn new techniques or refresh your knowledge if you choose. The tutor will be available to offer any advice or demonstrations you require.
All students will have access to a range of professional equipment including work benches, a soldering hearth and blowtorch, enamelling kiln, etching solutions, 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 a completed piece of jewellery to your own design and further developed your skills and confidence in jewellery making.
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.
Health and Safety
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?