Jewellery Making

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This course is suitable for beginners and those who have some knowledge of making jewellery. The course is divided into 3 terms (of 10 weeks per term) that are self-supporting and beginners can join at the start of any term without disrupting the progress of any continuing learners. Please note that each 10 week term is enrolled and payable separately. In the first term (autumn), learners will learn - how to use a piercing saw, bow drill, pliers and mandrels to make earrings, jump rings, chains, bracelets (and/or necklaces) and cage settings for stones. In the second term (spring), learners will learn - how to use a blowtorch to solder and anneal metals; they will make ring…

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About This Course

This course is suitable for beginners and those who have some knowledge of making jewellery. The course is divided into 3 terms (of 10 weeks per term) that are self-supporting and beginners can join at the start of any term without disrupting the progress of any continuing learners. Please note that each 10 week term is enrolled and payable separately. In the first term (autumn), learners will learn - how to use a piercing saw, bow drill, pliers and mandrels to make earrings, jump rings, chains, bracelets (and/or necklaces) and cage settings for stones. In the second term (spring), learners will learn - how to use a blowtorch to solder and anneal metals; they will make rings, cabochon settings and bangles. In the third term (summer), learners will - make pendants and rings using hard enamels and metal clays In all cases learners will be given suitable projects with which to practice and develop the techniques needed. Learners will be encouraged to work on any compatible jewellery projects of their own. Learners will be advised about the tools and equipment they will need to acquire if they wish to work for themselves. By the end of the course, learners will be able to - employ the basic techniques used in the making of jewellery - design their own jewellery - make their own jewellery using copper, silver and gold By the end of the course, learners will know - the different qualities of metals and alloys - hallmarking regulations - names and uses of the tools and materials used by jewellery makers What will happen on the first evening? Learners will start on a simple project. Attention to health and safety is extremely important on this course, as sharp tools, high temperatures and corrosive liquids may be used. Full instruction on this aspect will be given on each technique before any project is attempted. What materials or equipment need to be provided by the student? Learners should bring a pencil, pen, paper/file/notebook. All tools will be provided, although learners may have to share in their use. Any additional costs the student is likely to incur? There is an initial charge of £5 per term to cover consumable items e.g. saw blades. All projects will be carried out using copper wire and sheet. Learners may work with Sterling Silver, which the tutor can supply at cost. Feedback from learners who recently attended this course. "I have enjoyed creating crafted pieces of jewellery and working with silver"

Additional Notes

Any additional charges for materials have been listed separately above. Gloucestershire College main sites have refectory facilities. Limited facilities are available in the evenings.

Entry Criteria

There are no specific entry requirements for this course but you must be aware that most of the work is done seated at a bench. Our recreational courses generally appeal to learners aged 19 and older.

Progression Details

There is no qualification associated with this class. In the past, learners have - made jewellery for themselves, family and friends - made jewellery for sale at Craft Fairs and on the internet - attended master classes to learn new skills or hone old ones - attended a degree programme at university

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