Colourful anodised aluminium jewellery with Lindsey Mann


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About this course

Create a unique piece of jewellery in colourful anodised aluminium. You will be introduced to a host of colouring and decorative techniques, and will experiment and explore the material before focusing on final pieces of jewellery.

Course Description

Anodised aluminium is a fascinating and diverse material, which can be decorated to create a wide variety of stunning effects for contemporary jewellery.

During this workshop, you will be working with pre-anodised aluminium and focusing on the decorative colouring of the material. You will be introduced to a host of colouring techniques through demonstrations and discussions; including dip-dyeing, direct application, printmaking techniques and the clever use of resists.

You will create a series of samples and notes as you try out each colouring technique, providing a useful reference collection. You will be encouraged to experiment and explore the capabilities of the material before making final pieces of jewellery. Projects will be tailored to suit the jewellery making experience of each individual. The workshop will cover designing for anodised aluminium, and an introduction to cold-connections, along with basic jewellery making techniques.

Students can expect to come away from the course with a good set of samples, at least one completed piece of jewellery, and the confidence to continue exploring the subject alone. You will be given workshop notes and a useful list of suppliers during the course.


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


  • On this course the tutor will supply all of the materials including
  • - Pre-anodised aluminium sheet (1x A4 sheet of each, 0.5mm and 1mm, per student)
  • - Dyes
  • - De-ionised water
  • - Use of alcohol marker pens
  • - Use of alcohol ink pads from the College

What students need to bring

  • An apron
  • Something to tie your hair back with, if it is long
  • Shoes that cover your feet (no sandals, flip flops or high heels)
  • A sketchbook, pen and pencil
  • Students are encouraged to bring along any prepared rubber/lino cuts or any other flexible materials from which to print. Students could also bring any jewellery findings or other materials they wish to incorporate into a finished piece of jewellery.

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Stainless steel pin wire
  • Silver wire 1mm, 0.8mm or silver findings
  • 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.
  • Available from tutor:
  • Stainless steel pin wire
  • Silver wire 1mm, 0.8mm or silver findings
  • Additional anodised aluminium sheets
  • Copies of book “Coloured Aluminium Jewellery: design & make”
Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals. You may need safety boots, if specified above.


Lindsey Mann

Lindsey Mann trained in Jewellery at Middlesex University. She is well recognised for her innovative approach to colour and decoration on anodised aluminium, along with the vibrant pieces of jewellery that she creates. Lindsey has been teaching since 2004 and is the author of Coloured Aluminium Jewellery: design & make. Her work has been exhibited throughout the UK and abroad.


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

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