Explore the effects created by combining different metals in one
piece of jewellery and learn basic stone-setting techniques.
Develop an awareness of design issues arising from combining
materials and learn how to plan your work to overcome these.
The aims of this course are to introduce you to the effects that can be achieved when combining different metals on one piece and to teach basic stone setting techniques. Also to make you aware of design problems and solutions that arise when combining several materials together and to encourage correct planning and design awareness when embarking on a piece.
You are encouraged to make one or more pieces of work based on the examples and demonstrations given. You might just want to spend the course experimenting and making numerous test pieces for use in future projects, or you might want to bring "work in progress", where advice and guidance is needed as to how to proceed in order to find the best solution,but work has to be relevant to the course content, where metals are combined and/or stones are used insimple settings only.
Materials and techniques covered:
• Soldering base metal sheet on silver sheet, dealing with different material thickness and the problems that may arise
• Soldering wire on silver sheet (copper, brass or gold).
• Twisting silver with base metal or gold wires together, soldering, using drawplates to create stripy effects, using the rolling mills to flatten and create patterns.
• Making a bezel setting for a cabochon stone using fine silver or gold, and setting the stone.
• Finishing surfaces using oxidisation, pumice and surface texturing with different abrasives.
You are shown samples and test pieces made by me, using all the combined metals, with a talk about the techniques used. I shall also demonstrate how a basic bezel setting is made on a silver ring, and I shall show how the stone is set. You then embark on your own pieces after discussing them with me, so planning can be done properly.
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)
This is a short questionnaire to make your time at West Dean as enjoyable as possible. Please email your answers to email@example.com
1. Your experience - it would be very useful to know how much
jewellery you have made before, whether you have attended any
2. Interests/hobbies or any skills.
3. What do you want to achieve on the course - it would be great if you could make some sketches of pieces, notes, maybe think of different colour combinations of metals and stones.