Textured silver bangle with Keum-Boo with Jessica Jue

Jewellery Silversmithing

Ref: SLW12305

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About this course

You will learn how to form a silver cuff bangle from a wide strip of silver, texturise the surface and decorate it with gold foil, using the ancient Korean technique of Keum-Boo.

Course Description

This course will enable makers with a bit of experience to work with silver and gold to create a silver cuff style bangle. The process will utilise the techniques of hammering, piercing, filing, texturising with hammers and other tools, as well as applying the ancient Korean, gold fusing technique of Keum-Boo.

During the course, you will be given the opportunity to form a piece of silver, using some basic hammering techniques. The silver can be enhanced by decorating it with rich surface textures and fusing patterns of gold across the piece.

The level of experience and complexity of design will affect what can be achieved within the timescale of the course. All techniques are taught through practical demonstrations. It is, however, recommended that you prepare a design or two in advance.

Making a cuff will give you a great initial understanding of hammer work and the possibilities of manipulating the form of metal. Texturising a piece of metal consistently requires a great amount of control, and the art of Keum-Boo will allow you to transfer two-dimensional patterns onto a three-dimensional form.

Timetable

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 until 9pm, 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

Included

  • On this course the tutor will supply most of the materials including :
  • 8 strips of 25 x 200mm sterling silver sheet, 1mm thickness
  • 8 pieces of Keum-Boo 24k Gold Foil, 35 x 50mm
  • (If you would like larger dimensions of silver sheet, you may buy it beforehand.)
  • 1 sheet of 400 x 200 copper sheet, 1mm thick for practice

What students need to bring

  • Suggested tools:
  • Basic jewellery hand tools
  • Long Tweasers
  • Pliers
  • Piercing saw and blades
  • Files
  • Burnisher
  • Models/drawings of designs
  • Leather gloves (thin gardening gloves) for hammering
  • Any hammers you would like me to look at – for texturising or forming
  • Tools that could be used for texturising metal

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Extra silver sheet and gold leaf if needed
Your tutor will contact you prior to the course to touch base and discuss any design ideas you may have to make sure they are achievable in the time frame. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear (no sandals or open toes).

Tutors

Jessica Jue

Jessica Jue, trained in Edinburgh College of Art and Bishopsland Educational Trust. She has won several awards at the Goldsmiths' Craft and Design Council Awards and is represented in major collections including National Museums Scotland and the Goldsmiths' Company. Jessica has taught the Graduate programme at West Dean College and postgraduates at Bishopsland.

Accommodation

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

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