Learn how to make jewellery!

I teach classes in Oxford, Reading, and Henley-on-Thames.


Examples of student work:


Henley School of Art

Monday Afternoon – Beginners Silver Jewellery 8 Week Course with Machi de Waard £325 (4 spaces left!)

Monday 24th January 2022 – Monday 21st March 2022

2pm – 4.30pm ​ 

You will make:  In the first 2 weeks you’ll be focussing on getting to know the tools, a brilliant way to do that is to jump straight in with some silver stacking rings – 3 different rings, all designed to be worn separately or together (stacked).

Week 3 and 4 will be all about creating a unique silver pendant of your own design – Machi will help you choose the shape, size and texture etc. that most suits you.  Then you get to make it!

By week 5 you’ll all be making a beautiful pair of earrings to continue learning new skills.

Finish by making either a ring or a pendant with a bezel set stone. Be introduced to stone setting!


JASSO – masterclasses

New masterclasses!

Sunday 20 February – Keum boo with Machi de Waard (1 day)
19 and 20 March – little box with a simple one knuckle hinge with Machi de Waard (2 days)
15 and 16 October – trillion stone setting with Machi de Waard (2 days)

To join, you must be a member of JASSO but joining is incredibly good value at £20/year.


Private Jewellery Classes in Reading

Private jewellery making lessons are available at my studio in Reading. Please email me for gift vouchers.


For beginners:

Are you new to jewellery making? Do you want to see what it’s like to make your own silver jewellery?

“Introduction to Silver Jewellery Making” introduces you to the basics of jewellery making, covering many of the basic skills of jewellery making. This includes forming, forging, sawing, filing, sanding, soldering and polishing. You will make three silver rings that you can wear home at the end of the day.

A day is 10am – 4pm and includes materials for set projects for £145 for the first person and half price (£72.50) for each additional person. For more information, please email me at machidewaard@gmail.com.


for beginner/intermediate/advanced:

These are some examples of the classes available. Please email me at machidewaard@gmail.com for more details.

Bezel Setting

Tube setting

Bangles: make 2 bangles

Prong setting for cabochons

Prong setting for faceted round gemstones

Thick bezel setting for pear or marquise cabochon

Bezel setting a faceted trillion stone

Making a small round silver box with a simple hinge

Large cuff bracelet with stamping texture and rivets

Cuttlefish casting

Fusing silver to make earrings and a pendant


Shorter lessons are available at £25/hour.


Maiden Erlegh School in Reading

At the moment, we are aiming to restart in January 2022.

18:45 – 21:15 Wednesday evenings – intermediate/advanced jewellery class

Continue learning silver jewellery making with an emphasis on more challenging projects. Students will be guided through a series of projects or a single more complex project. The focus will be on developing skills, so the class is for learners with some experience, but basic techniques will be reviewed as necessary. We will cover techniques including but not limited to stone setting and complex soldering. Full instruction in the use of tools and equipment will be given. Students can work in silver or copper or brass.

To book, please go to this link: www.maidenerleghschool.co.uk/page/?title=How+to+Book&pid=131