After an introductory talk and display of a number of examples you will get to explore and create sample textures and shapes.
You will be utilising both sheet and wire to realise your ideas using a number of jewellery making techniques including piercing, stamping, texturing and forming. Students may choose to make a personal brooch with imagery and shapes based around a theme, or perhaps you’ll use shapes you are drawn to. We will then discuss the various ways you can create the brooch fitting and you’ll choose the one you are most drawn towards. This will lead to working on your final piece in silver and completing your brooch, ready to wear it home!
Timetable for one day courses
Students should arrive by 9am for registration.
Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm
Lunch is included.
On this course the tutor will supply some of the materials including
Silver jump rings and some specialist silver wires
Stainless steel wire to make the brooch fitting
The College will supply some of the materials including
0.8mm sterling silver sheet 35mm x 35mm
Any silver you have from jewellery making
Something to tie your hair back with, if it is long
Shoes that cover your feet (no sandals or flip flops or high heels)
Available from shop:
Extra silver if desired for chosen design
Available from tutor:
Fancy wires such as sterling silver beaded wire approx. £5
The course fee includes the cost of providing the silver required for the specific project set by the tutor. Please note that if there is a dramatic change in the price of silver, there may be an extra charge (or refund if the price goes down!).
Laila Smith is a studio jeweller and tutor. Her mathematically inspired geometric jewellery is sold across the UK. She trained at Manchester Metropolitan University and then undertook a 15 month Fellowship in The Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham. She has 17 years teaching experience, both in further, higher education and leisure classes.