Making jewellery in silver with Sarah Macrae

Ref: S4D11088

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About this course

Explore ideas for silver jewellery through designing and making. Begin with simple drawings, then with one-to-one tuition, you will learn techniques in general fabrication, surface decoration and finishing.

Course Description

Explore ideas for a piece of jewellery in silver and be guided through the designing and making process. Begin by communicating your concept in simple drawings, then with one-to-one tuition, you will learn a range of techniques in general fabrication, surface decoration (including roller-printing and etching) and finishing.

This course is open to those with no experience at all, or those who have made some jewellery before. The level of experience and complexity of ideas will affect what you can achieve in the time, but even a complete beginner should be able to complete several pieces of work. You will develop an understanding of jewellery processes alongside developing your individual design vocabulary.

The course will include instruction on general fabrication, finishing and polishing techniques for precious metals, and a range of surface decoration techniques, including roller printing, Keum Bo and etching. You may also like to consider introducing alternative non-precious materials into your work, such as slate, wood, acrylic, feathers or paper. Techniques for incorporating non-precious materials are demonstrated and discussed.

The tutor’s approach to making jewellery is strongly ideas-led, and she encourages and helps you to make simple drawings of your ideas to communicate what you wish to make. She will also talk about ways to develop interesting ideas. Her approach to teaching the skills necessary to making is mostly on an individual basis, although where it is relevant to the whole group, she will do demonstrations  She aims to instil confidence and to encourage people to be creative.

By the end of the course, you should have completed at least one and maybe several pieces of jewellery. You will have gained a deeper understanding of jewellery processes, and developed your own design vocabulary.

The tutor is always happy to talk to people before the course to ensure that it is suitable for them. Please email


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, 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

Any tools you may already have (marked with your name).
Please come prepared with a small sketchbook with a selection of ideas that you would like to work on – please do not worry if you feel you can not draw – a few lines just to explain your idea to the tutor is fine.
An apron
Something to tie your hair back with, if it is long
Shoes that cover your feet (no sandals or flip flops or high heels)

Available to buy

Available from shop:
Silver in a variety of forms: sheet, wire and tubing (if you are a beginner, it is better to wait until you have discussed with the tutor what you want to make before buying metal).
Copper wire – for practicing forging.
There are basic tool kits to borrow from the shop, who also stock a range of tools and consumables such as saw blades, drills and abrasive materials.


Sarah Macrae

Sarah graduated Brighton Polytechnic in 1981 and has combined her studio practice as a jeweller with teaching part time. A member of The Designer Jewellers Group, she has exhibited at the Barbican Arts Centre (London) for the last twenty eight years. In 2000 Sarah was invited to write an introduction to Jewellery for Crowood Press and she features in several youtube videos. Sarah's work can be seen on Facebook and Instagram.


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

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