Learn intricate jewellery skills and finishing techniques and maximise your creative thinking and vision to produce unique jewellery of your very 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 traditional jewellery skills for you to use your artist licence to create and design something of your own. You will be learning more intricate bench skills, such as soldering, annealing, filling, saw pricing, drilling, hammering, forging and learning how to finish your jewellery with different textures and polishing techniques.
Students are encouraged to have their own projects whilst following the timetable to maximise creative thinking and vision, to produce new ideas.
Who is this course for?
This course is suitable for adults aged 18+. It is for those with some previous experience who would like to further develop skills, learn new techniques and work on your own designs with the tutor's support and guidance. 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?
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.
You will need to purchase materials for the jewellery you wish to make as below.
MAC can provide basic equipment to participants attending this course if needed, although attendees are encouraged to bring their own if they have them 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 - 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”, Saw blades (x12), Wet & Dry Paper
Please contact us for pricing details.
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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