Ring-linking with stones and beads for jewellery with Alison Evans


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About this course

Create an individual piece of jewellery as you master the techniques of chain mail or ring-linking, using semi-precious stones or beads to add colour, pattern and detail.

Course Description

This course is a great introduction to making jewellery using the linking techniques of chain mail. For those already familiar with the technique, it's a chance to learn new designs.

You can choose to concentrate on practising and developing technical skills through sampling, or you could complete one or more pieces of jewellery.

The usual material is silver, but you may work in base or mixed metals if you wish.

You will study the subject from its first principles which will include wire annealing and drawing, ring forming and cutting, link fabrication (casting is not included in this course), small piece soldering, simple clasp making, and finishing and polishing.

The tutor will support you in producing your own work as you work at your own pace and level of ability.

The first session of the course, after the tutor demonstrates techniques and shows examples of her work, is taken up with refining your ideas, gathering or locating tools and materials, and launching into your projects. Thereafter, all available time is spent on achieving individual aims.

Teaching is by demonstration and individual support of technical processes and requirements.


Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above

Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.

6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).

8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.

Daily timetable

Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.

From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).

Evening working - students may have access to workshops until 9pm, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.

Last day

Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.

Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.

(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • It is always helpful if students arrive with particular projects in mind. However, this is a course for all ability levels, and the tutor will encourage and help students to formulate ideas, depending on their ability on the first evening.
  • Your own tool kit, if you have one (a basic tool kit is also available on loan from the College Craft Shop)
  • Any metals that you already have and may wish to incorporate in your work
  • Formulated ideas and an open mind
  • Apron
  • Something to tie your hair back with, if it is long
  • Shoes that cover your feet, no open toes.

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.
  • Silver sheet and wire, and some base metals. (Students should be aware of the cost of silver when planning their project – if there is a dramatic change in the price of silver, there may be an extra charge. Materials brought by students may work out cheaper, but only if they are quite sure of what they want to achieve, and their ability to achieve it.)
  • Sketch book, pencils and rubber
  • Additional materials will also be available for purchase from the tutor.
  • Whatever cannot be bought can easily be made by students with specialist tools and supervision provided by the tutor.
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.


Alison Evans

Alison has an international reputation for her distinctive contemporary jewellery based on the ancient techniques of chainmail. Her work explores the contrast between the natural environment and the manmade and industrial world, to produce a unique style.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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