Learn how to make jewellery!

I teach evening termly classes and private jewellery lessons in Reading, as well as single day jewellery courses in Henley-on-Thames. New classes are coming soon at the Oakwood Center in Woodley!


Examples of student work:


Henley School of Art

Saturday 25 September – Making Silver Rings

Introduction to silver jewellery making: make two silver rings.

Saturday 23 October – Making Silver Bangles

Introduction to silver jewellery making: make two silver bangles.

Saturday 4 December – Making Silver Rings

Introduction to silver jewellery making: make two silver rings.

Learn the basics of silver jewellery making a wear a piece you made yourself by the end of the course! Courses are 10:30am-4:30pm and include all tools and materials. For more information and to book, see the Henley School of Art website here: www.thehenleyschoolofart.com/courses


Private Jewellery Classes in Reading

Starting again from August 2021

Private jewellery making lessons are available at my studio in Reading. Gift vouchers are available!


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.


Oakwood Centre in Woodley

*New classes coming soon at the Oakwood Centre!*

The Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, RG5 4JZ


Maiden Erlegh School in Reading

At the moment, it is uncertain when these will restart.

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