The courses are designed to help you succeed in your jewellery making and also have some fun!
We will do what we can to accommodate your ideas although please remember that we currently work in silver and do not set stones.
You start with some wire bending, practicing in copper, you will learn how to size and solder a simple wire ring. You will then use a small sheet of copper to develop cutting and shaping skills. That will lead onto some practise adding texture, letter/ number stamping and polishing.
After a slice of cake or two, you will use your newly acquired skills to make a simple silver plain band. With careful measuring and some accurate filing your ring will fit perfectly! You will choose from flat, round, oval or “D” section material.
Add a date or personal message on the inside of the band. You will learn to use the butane torch to solder the ring join before final shaping and polishing.
Open Bangle – choose from flat or wire open bangle – ideal for beginners .
Silver Flat “Open” Bangle – A really straightforward making activity with some impressive results. This one of our most popular making activities. You will be introduced to some basic workshop tools and use them to make a simple flat open bangle. You will start working in copper wire and sheet to develop your metalworking skills. You will learn to cut to size and shape, file and polish, adding texture with punches and hammers. You will practise using the letter and number stamps to personalise your jewellery. Once your skills are developed, with some close support, you will take your strip of silver and turn it into a beautiful piece of personalised jewellery!
Practice using the copper wire creating a series of shapes and textures. Learn to use the butane torch to solder the rings closed. You will learn how to use basic workshop tools to cut, shape, join and finish the metal components that will go together to make a beautiful necklace or bracelet. As your chain making skills progress you will find yourself “getting into the zone” and it’s sometimes hard to stop! Once you have your sections, give them a polish. Join them up with the jump rings you have also made to assemble a bracelet or necklace.
If time allows add a simple charm made from silver sheet.
Practicing first with copper sheet and wire, you will learn to cut, shape and finish a pair of stud earrings from the provided material. Choose a shape from the stencils or design and draw your own.
When your shapes are cut and polished, you will solder the ear posts using a butane torch. They will need ten minutes in the pickle and it’s tea and cake time! Give them a clean and a final polish and take them home!
Ring making – and enjoy a day learning the techniques our ancestors may have used to create your own piece of jewellery to complement your re-enactment outfit. Ring making will include some experience with soldering and sizing, moving onto a choice of Saxon signet rings, roman snake rings or Viking knot rings. Come dressed in your Anglo Saxon clothes but no weapons please!
Fibula – Our other historical jewellery making day is designed to help you make your own toga/ scarf fibula badge – in silver or bronze. This will involve some cutting and shaping of metal, bending and polishing – with maybe some soldering skill too.