Soldering masterclass for jewellers with Laila Smith

Jewellery

Ref: S1D11467

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About this course

An intensive day for those with some experience focusing on exercises to advance your soldering skills. Techniques covered include pallion, stick and sweat soldering.

Course Description

An intensive day for those with some experience with the main focus on exercises to advance your soldering skills.

This one-day course will help you improve your soldering skills through demonstrations and exercises, and will start you on a project that you can finish at home. You will be focusing on silver soldering and the course will cover pallion, stick and sweat soldering. The day will start with a general overview of the technical processes at play when soldering, along with information on various torches and soldering equipment.

The practical section of the day will begin with a demonstration followed by an exercise. This will then be repeated for each type of soldering technique.

Please note that this one-day class is not suitable for beginners. Please sign up to a suitable one day jewellery making class if you are a beginner.

Timetable

Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

Included

  • An individual pack of materials for the set projects. This pack includes silver solders, copper sheet and a soldering paintbrush.

What students need to bring

  • Please bring any solder you may have, silver wire and sheet if you already have some
  • Silver earring posts (these can be bought in the college shop if you don’t have any to bring with you)
  • Tools applicable to soldering if you have them
  • An apron
  • Shoes that cover your feet (no sandals, flip flops or high heels)
  • Something to tie your hair back with, if it is long

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Silver can be purchased from the College Shop which stocks a range of sheet, wire, rod, tube and findings. These will be available in set sizes and lengths suitable for a wide range of projects.
  • Copper and brass sheet
  • Available from tutor:
  • Silver earring posts
Please note: Recommended bullion suppliers: Argex Ltd, Metalor Ltd, Exchange Findings Ltd, Bloomsteins. Cookson Precious Metals Ltd, Metalor Ltd. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.

Tutors

Laila Smith

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.

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