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Who is this course for?
This is an introductory level course that aims to introduce “beginners” to the basics of Jewellery Making. The course is for anyone who has an interest in developing a new practical skill, or with an interest in design. This course will cover the basic elements of silver jewellery making for personal use and gifts.
What do you need to apply for the course?
No formal qualifications are required to enrol on this course. Although and interest in crafting, and some basic hand tool experience would be useful, this course is suitable for complete beginners. You’ll receive full guidance and support on using basic silver smithing tools and equipment.
What are the key things you'll learn?
This course will teach you the basics of creating wearable jewellery pieces from silver and gemstones. You will learn the foundation skills of silver smithing including shaping and forming silver, soldering pieces together, setting gemstones, and finishing and polishing of silver jewellery
How you will learn
Lessons will be practical and studio-based, giving maximum opportunity to develop the skills required for silver smithing. You’ll develop your silver smithing skills through a range of practical projects, producing jewellery pieces which are yours to keep and wear. By the end of the course you’ll have a set of silver jewellery for yourself or to give as gifts.
There is no formal examination to the course, but to achieve the NCFE level one qualification, you are required to submit a portfolio of coursework for assessment. Staff will advise and assist you on the presentation, collation and review of this work as part of the course.
What costs will you incur?
You’ll need a sketchbook and pencil to sketch designs and record your progress. Consumables including solder and polishes will be provided but you will need to buy silver and gemstones which you can purchase from your tutor at a maximum of £5 per project.