Explore the effects created by combining different metals in one piece of jewellery and learn basic stone-setting techniques. You will also develop an awareness of design problems and solutions that arise when combining several materials together, and learn 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 in simple 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).
• Rolled inlay and puzzle inlay using soldering, piercing and the rolling mill to inlay base metal/gold into silver.
• 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 will be shown samples and test pieces made by the tutor using all the combined metals, with a talk about the techniques used. The tutor will also demonstrate how a basic bezel setting is made on a silver ring and how the stone is set. You will then embark on your own pieces after discussing them with the tutor, 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 until 9pm, 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)
Laura trained at Middlesex University and the prestigious Bishopsland Workshops in Oxfordshire. Her work is experimental, manipulating metal to create reimagined natural landscapes sympathetic to a gemstone’s individual character.
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Our Foundation Degree in Metalwork will enhance your employment prospects, give you the skills to set up as a self-employed craftsperson or allow you to continue to higher education. Encompassing both silversmithing and blacksmithing, you will learn practical skills, material properties, placing your work in a broader context and historic metalworking techniques. Find out more