I teach regular termly jewellery classes and single day jewellery courses in Great Missenden, private jewellery lessons in Reading and short jewellery courses for the Missenden School of Creative Arts (scroll down for details).


Jewellery Classes in Great Missenden

I teach day and evening classes in Great Missenden (These were in Chesham but are temporarily in Great Missenden).

Be guided through a series of projects progressing to designing and making your own individual jewellery. No experience or artistic skills are necessary. Classes are for both beginners and those with experience. The course provides a range of hand tools and access to equipment. You will be introduced to the tools and given full instruction in the use of tools & equipment as the course progresses. Students can choose to work either in silver or they can work in copper or brass. Silver and other metals are not included in the cost. You will be given instruction in how to purchase your own materials.

Tuesday 9:30am-3:00pm (next 11 week session starts 24 April 2018) £336

Tuesday 7:30pm-9:30pm (next 11 week session starts 24 April 2018) £134

Thursday 7:30pm-9:30pm (next 11 week session starts 26 April 2018) £134

To book, please click on this link to Buckinghamshire Adult Learning or call 01296 382403.

Jewellery Day courses at Chesham (for now at Missenden Abbey)

Introduction to Jewellery Making (single day course) £48 for the day

This course will give you the basics in silver jewellery making and introduce you to the tools and basic techniques involved.

You will learn:
● How to saw, form, solder, texture, file, sand and polish metal
● Make a selection of silver rings
● Wear a finished ring you made by the end of the course

30 June 2018

To book, please click on this link to Buckinghamshire Adult Learning or call 01296 382403.

Jewellery Weekend courses at Missenden Abbey

To book, please click here for the Missenden School of Creative Arts website.

9 and 10 June 2018 (non-residential £197, residential £286)

This course aim to cover the basic techniques of jewellery making while adding a level of complexity by introducing stone setting. We will make a ring and discuss ways to size rings and design options. This will include sawing, shaping, filing, hammering, soldering, cleaning and finishing the piece of jewellery before setting the stone. We will also learn what to do for stones that aren’t totally flat on the bottom. We will then progress to making a pendant, learning how to saw and file shapes out of sheet, how to choose appropriate textures and how to design and make a bail for your pendant. The pendant will also have a bezel set stone, so you can practice your new skill. You can also make a second ring instead of a pendant if you wish. Time permitting, we will discuss embellishment options. If you have your own cabochon stone that you would like to set, please email the tutor to determine ahead of time if the stone is suitable: machidewaard@gmail.com. If you would like to progress in jewellery making, the tutor can advise of suitable classes.

9 and 10 August 2018

This course aims to teach students the basic principles of jewellery making and bezel setting a cabochon stone. You will start by learning how to use the basic tools required to make jewellery, such as the piercing saw, benchpeg, pliers, hammers, mandrels and torch. The first project will guide you through the fundamental techniques of jewellery making, such as piercing, shaping, filing, sanding, hammering, soldering and finishing. We will also make a bezel setting for a cabochon stone and solder it on to your piece of jewellery. We will then learn how to set the stone in the bezel setting. We will practice texturing techniques using hammers and the rolling mill. We will discuss how to design and plan your second project and depending on what you make, we will cover other techniques of jewellery making. You will leave with at least two finished pieces of jewellery in either copper or silver. The tutor can advise you on further courses to take if you would like to continue making jewellery. If you have questions before the class starts, please email the tutor at machidewaard@gmail.com

Jewellery Classes in Reading

Private jewellery making lessons are also available at my studio in Reading. For example, you can make 3 silver rings in a day or make a silver pendant with a bezel set stone in a day.

A day is 10am – 4pm and includes materials for set projects for £120. For more information, please email me at machidewaard@gmail.com.