Learn traditional jewellery skills for beginners and create and design something 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 broken into projects, learning beginner’s traditional jewellery skills to give you the foundation to create and design something of your own. You will learn skills such as soldering, annealing, filling, saw pricing, hammering, drilling and learning how to finish your jewellery with different polishing techniques. By the end of the course you should come away with the confidence and the practical ability to work with tools and precious materials, creating pieces of jewellery you are proud of.
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. It is open to beginners. You do not need to have any jewellery making experience to attend this course as full instruction is given.
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.
MAC will provide equipment for participants, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own tools where possible to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
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
Please note we do not provide gold, please discuss with your tutor for details on where to purchase materials including gold solder.
Who teaches this course?
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