One day silversmithing workshop with Julian Stephens

Silversmithing

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About this course

Beginners will be encouraged to complete a set project of either a dish or spoon. This is a practical workshop, with help given on an individual basis to develop your skills in silversmithing.

Course Description

This is a practical one-day workshop with help given on an individual basis to develop your skills in silversmithing, with techniques demonstrated according to your needs.

Beginners will be encouraged to complete a set project of either raising a dish or making a spoon. Silver or copper can be used to make your item. You will be introduced to basic techniques, including: raising, planishing, soldering and forging.

If you have some experience of silversmithing, you can progress to raised pieces, which include the making and fitting of handles, spouts and lids. In box making, you will learn how to score, bend and stamp metal, and make flush and spring joints. What you can achieve on a one-day workshop will depend on your experience. If you wish to make larger or more complicated pieces, you may need to return to other one-day silversmithing workshop days to complete your project.

Timetable

Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • You will need to purchase the silver or copper to complete your project. This can be purchased from the College Shop, or in advance from a supplier.
  • A sketchbook with a range of possible ideas
  • Enclosed toe covered footwear (essential)
  • An apron
  • Students with experience may wish to bring work in progress with which to continue.

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.
  • A dish will cost approx £110 in 1mm Britania Silver sheet for a 110mm diameter disc.
  • £7 in copper 0.9mm copper sheet for a 140mm diameter disc
  • Silver (anyone requiring more than 40 square cm should obtain it from a bullion supplier – please see Additional Information)
  • Tools (some tools are available for hire from the College)
  • Pencils and drawing materials
Please contact the tutor via the bookings office to discuss which project you would like to make: a spoon or a bowl. Please email: bookingsoffice@westdean.ac.uk Please note: If you require more than 40 square cm of silver, you should obtain it from a bullion supplier. (Some bullion suppliers have minimum order levels (e.g. £25) – please ask for your requirements to be checked against this before placing an order.) Recommended bullion suppliers: Argex Ltd, Metalor Ltd, Exchange Findings Ltd, Michael Bloomstein Precious Metals. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio. This includes stout covered footwear, i.e. no open-toes or sandals. Please tie hair back, if long.

Tutors

Julian Stephens

Julian Stephens has been a practicing silversmith and jeweller for the past 25 years. He has taught at Pruden and Smith in Ditchling and then at his own workshop in Brighton where he has run his own successful goldsmithing business since 2003. He is a member of the British Jewellers Association.
 

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