A beautiful necklace can be enhanced by a specially designed catch, using it either as a centre piece, or as a traditional clasp. Investigate the use of catches, how to make them and then how to individualise them with the application of enamel. From the starting point of a traditional box catch, you will be encouraged to develop your design ideas and play with shape and form to create a clasp that is both functional and unique, but that will also be suitable for enamel.
In addition to investigating a number of construction techniques to create the siver clasp, you will cover some of the processes of enamelling, including wet packing, painting enamel, and simple texturing. You will be encouraged to make some experimental samples before you work on the catch.
If you have a necklace, or beads you would like to add the clasp to you may wish to bring them with you to the course in order to assist in the design process, but it is not essential. However some simple threading techniques can be covered if you wish to complete the project during the course.
Experience in soldering and basic jewellery skills are essential to get the most out of this course.
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.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
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)
Silver sheet 1mm thick (Silver can be purchased from the shop)
Small paintbrush (0,1)
Beads if desired
Something to tie your hair back with, if it is long
Shoes that cover your feet (no sandals or flip flops or high heels)
Small glass/plastic containers, to contain wet enamel
Scissors, cutting tools
Any jewellery tools (a kit of basic tools may also be hired from the shop)
Any enamels you may already have
Available from shop:
Silver sheet 1.0mm
Fine paint brushes
Available from tutor:
Enamels will be available for purchase from the tutor
Penny initially trained in Sheffield in Jewellery and Silversmithing, then studied enamelling at the Sir John Cass in London. She has been teaching for 20 years at universities, colleges and schools. Her work can be found at Studio Fusion Gallery, London, of which she is also a director.