Jewellery in wood with silver and pearl inlay with Sarah King

Ref: SWE09051

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About this course

Learn how to make contemporary sculptural jewellery pieces using wood with silver inlay and pearls. You will design and make a wood pendant inlaid with small silver dots and then make a pendant or ring with a silver line or embedded pearl.

Course Description

This course explores how to make contemporary sculptural jewellery pieces using wood with silver inlay and pearls. You will look at what sorts of woods are suitable and how it can be shaped and combined with silver. You will learn how to do simple inlay of silver dots and lines and how to inlay pearls into wood. There will be guided exercises which you can adapt to create your own designs. You will look at finished pieces and step-by-step handouts and material sourcing information will be provided.

The first project will be a pendant of 5mm depth wood inlaid with small silver dots. The second project will be to make a more sculptural ring or pendant with 10mm depth wood and silver line and/or an inlaid pearl. You will learn how to saw, file, shape and finish wood parts and then how to combine with silver elements to make completed pieces of jewellery. We will not be doing silver soldering within the weekend. There will then be time to experiment with different woods, designs texturing and decorating techniques. There will be suggestions for further steps to continue after the course.

We will also look at the amazing range and diversity of jewellery made in wood by a range of International designer-makers.

This course is suitable for complete beginners or those with some jewellery hand skills who want to broaden their material possibilities with only minor adaptation to their current hand tools.


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 cost of wood, pearls and a small amount of silver to use as inlay.

What students need to bring

  • Apron, scissors, sellotape, paper
  • Reverse action tweezers and dividers if you have them
  • Any silver tube or wire you may have and drills in matching sizes
  • Any one hole pearls you already have
  • An apron and covered footwear (no sandals) to wear in the workshop

Available to buy

  • Silver
  • A good selection of art materials
  • Jewellery tools


Sarah King

Sarah King specialises in mixing precious and non-precious materials in jewellery. She has pieces in numerous public collections (including Crafts Council and British Council) and books on contemporary jewellery. She won the Association of Contemporary Jewellery Prize and several Goldsmiths' Craftmanship and Design Awards. She has over ten years' teaching experience and also teaches at Central St. Martins and Morley College.


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

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