Jewellery remade – recycle silver and gold with Sarah Drew


Ref: SLW11125


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About this course

Remake all your old silver and gold chains, earrings and rings into new contemporary jewellery using simple casting methods, stone setting, fusing, wire-work, chain-making and texturing techniques. Some soldering experience would be useful.

Course Description

The main aims of this course are to make old jewellery wearable and attractive again; learn new jewellery-making skills, such as stone setting and chain-making, which not only embellish and improve old jewellery but can be used in the future to make pieces from scratch; to complete several re-make projects so pieces can be worn home straight away.

I encourage everyone to be quite brave and creative, using your old jewellery as a resource material to combine with other metals (silver, copper, brass), found materials (such as driftwood, twig slices, sea-glass and semi-precious stones) and recycled beads to create contemporary statement pieces. People are welcome to do a bit of simple mending if they like, but the main objective of the course is to make new interesting jewellery using old pieces. As well as this being a frugal, sustainable way of making jewellery, it’s also nice to have a personal, historical link to new pieces you’re making: ie you know where the silver or gold came from, who gave you it and so on. It still has meaning for you but you can wear it in a more modern way.

By the end of the course you should be confident with soldering silver or gold, making handmade chains, simple rub-over stone-setting, finishing, texturing and polishing as well as seeing the potential in using what you have. You could have finished at least three projects to be able to wear home, and probably more. I will be happy to advise about setting up a simple workroom so you can continue re-making silver and gold jewellery when you get home.

Some soldering and general jewellery-making skills would be useful but not essential.


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


  • The course fee includes basic materials shared amongst the group and silver for the set projects.

What students need to bring

  • Old bits of silver jewellery – check for hallmarks or stamps that say 925
  • Own pliers/snips if you prefer to use them
  • Old jewellery and beads
  • Semi-precious stones and pearls
  • Any found materials such as rusty metal, driftwood, twigs/branches, wood, worn beach plastic, sea-glass, broken pottery, string, cable, wire.
  • 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 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 very small selection of gold wire and sheet, beads, findings
It’s good to sort out your jewellery boxes and bring any sterling silver or gold jewellery with you (not silver-plated or gold-plated as they aren’t any good for soldering). Old earrings, brooches, broken chains, old bangles, bracelets and rings are all very useful. Pieces without stones already set in are easier to re-make. Broken beads are also useful for putting together mixed media necklaces for example.



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

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