Learn how to make jewellery!

I teach termly classes in Oxford, termly and private jewellery lessons in Reading, as well as single day jewellery courses in Henley-on-Thames. New classes listed below at the Oakwood Center in Woodley (Reading)!


Examples of student work:


Henley School of Art

Monday Afternoon – Beginners Silver Jewellery 5 Week Course with Machi de Waard £195

Monday 27th September 2021 – Monday 25th October 2021

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 finish off this fabulous course.

Monday Afternoon – Beginners Silver Jewellery 8 Week Course with Machi de Waard £325

Monday 24th January 2022 – Monday 21st March 2022

2pm – 4.30pm ​ 

Same as the 5 week course but also making either a ring or a pendant with a bezel set stone. Be introduced to stone setting!

Single day courses:

Saturday 25 September – Making Silver Rings £105

Introduction to silver jewellery making: make two silver rings.

Saturday 23 October – Making Silver Bangles £145

Introduction to silver jewellery making: make two silver bangles.

Saturday 4 December – Making Stacking Silver Rings £105

Introduction to silver jewellery making: make three stacking 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


JASSO – 10 week jewellery making course

New termly class!
Thursdays 10am – 1pm
Starts 16 September
2021


I will be teaching a 10 week class at the fantastic workshop of the Jewellery and Silversmithing Society of Oxford. To join, you must be a member of JASSO but joining is incredibly good value at £20/year. This class is NOT full, please contact me with any questions.


Private Jewellery Classes in Reading

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

31st October 10am – 4pm

Make silver flower hook earrings – £90 (silver for set project included)

Make a pair of flower hook earrings in silver. Wear them home by the end of the class!

Learn how to:

  • Make a conical shape in silver sheet
  • Use a jeweller’s saw
  • Texture and anneal silver
  • Form silver sheet with pliers
  • Cut, sand and polish silver
  • Make ear hooks

28th November 10am – 4pm

Make a textured pendant with a tube setting – £90 (silver for set project included)

Make a textured pendant* with a small gemstone in a tube setting. Learn how to:

  • Texture silver
  • Saw and file a shape out of silver sheet
  • Drill a hole
  • Solder a jump ring
  • Set a small gemstone in a tube setting
  • Sand and polish silver

*chain not included

The Oakwood Centre, Headley Road, RG5 4JZ


Maiden Erlegh School in Reading

At the moment, it is uncertain when these will restart. Classes will *not* start in September 2021.

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