Silver brooch – jewellery with Laila Smith


Ref: S1D11817

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About this course

Spend a day making a beautiful silver brooch. You will create something truly unique to wear or give away as a present. Make the brooch personal with special dates, names or work on a theme.

Course Description

After an introductory talk and display of a number of examples, you will get to explore and create sample textures and shapes.

During this course, 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!

We will not be covering stone setting within this one day class, please sign up to a specific stone setting course if you would like to work with gems.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • 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
  • On this course the College will supply some of the materials including
  • 0.8mm sterling silver sheet 35mm x 35mm, saw blades, soldering brush and sandpaper.

What students need to bring

  • Any silver you may have from jewellery making

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • A variety of general art materials.
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toed shoes or sandals.


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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