Silver leaf earrings or pendant with Abigail Brown


Ref: S1D11796

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About this course

Make either a stylish pair of leaf earrings or a pendant by piercing, forming and texturing the metal with reticulation.

Course Description

This course will enable both beginners and those with some experience in working with metal the opportunity to create at least one pair of earrings or a pendant utilising the techniques of piercing, reticulation, forming and patination (optional). By manipulating the metal using cutting and hammering this simple technique can be used to create a stylish pair of earrings or a pendant.

During the course you will be shown how to cut, reticulate, heat, hammer and finish sheet metal, and to manipulate wire.

The level of experience and complexity of ideas affects what can be achieved in the time but you can complete at least one pair of earrings or a pendant. The techniques are taught through practical demonstrations with the emphasis on encouraging you to have a go and to develop your own ideas.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • Materials and tools required to make one pair of earrings or a pendant are included in the course fee.

What students need to bring

  • Leaf shapes for inspiration if you don’t want to use the tutor’s template
  • Sketchbook and/or technical notebook
  • Pens, pencils and drawing materials
  • If you have time to make more than one item you can purchase silver from the College Shop. You can also bring your own silver sheet if you wish (for additional items should the time allow for this) Dimensions for silver required are: 40x55mm 0.6mm sterling silver sheet, 80mm 0.8mm round wire.
  • Practical clothing/apron/footwear for use in the workshop at all times. For example: no long loose sleeves or dangly jewellery and long hair must be tied back to avoid catching in machinery or gas flames; sensible sturdy shoes with no open toes.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A limited supply of sterling silver in a variety of forms: sheet, wire and tubing. These will be available in set sizes and lengths suitable for a wide range of projects.
  • There are basic tool kits for hire from the College Shop, who also stock a range of tools and consumables such as saw blades, drills and abrasive materials.
  • The College Shop also stocks a good range of art materials.
Please note: Silver supplier: Argex Limited Tools, Precious Metal: Cookson Precious Metals Note: Some bullion suppliers have minimum order levels (e.g. £25). You may wish to check this before placing an order. Wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Safety boots, if specified.


Abigail Brown

Abigail Brown has been producing contemporary designs in silverware since graduating from Loughborough University School of Art & Design in 2001. Her work has been exhibited internationally and is widely collected.

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