Teaching

Learn how to make jewellery!

I teach jewellery making classes in Oxfordshire and Reading, Berkshire.

I also teach occassional other classes. If you would like to be informed of upcoming classes,

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Private lessons in my studio in Reading

Introduction to Silver Jewellery Making

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 jewellery making by covering many of the basic skills and tools involved. 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 £160 per person (my workshop can accommodate a maximum of 2 students). Once booked, a mutually convenient date will be agreed.

To book, click to go to this page.

If you would like more information, please contact me.

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Evening classes at Maiden Erlegh

The next 10 week term starts the week commencing 23 September 2024. These classes are suitable for total beginners as well as those with experience. If you have any questions about these classes, please contact me

18:45 – 21:15 Monday evenings – all abilities welcome

18:45 – 21:15 Tuesday evenings – all abilities welcome

18:45 – 21:15 Wednesday evenings – all abilities welcome

Learn or continue learning silver jewellery making. Students will be guided through a series of projects or a single more complex project. Full instruction in the use of tools and equipment will be given. Students can work in silver or copper. Silver can be purchased in class.

For prices, follow this link: 

https://www.maidenerleghschool.co.uk/page/?title=Workshops+%26amp%3B+Courses&pid=130

To book, email mescommunityarts@maidenerleghtrust.org

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Private lessons in my studio in Reading

Silver Jewellery Making

for improvers, intermediate or advanced learners

Is there a particular skill you want to learn? Would you like to improve a skill, such as soldering or bezel setting?

Contact me to discuss what you want to learn. Some options for courses are below. Depending on your skill level, some of these would be a one day lesson, whereas others might take more time. Discuss with me so we can decide what is best for you and how many lessons it would require. 

Bezel Setting

Tube setting

Bangle making

Prong setting for cabochons

Prong setting for faceted round gemstones

Thick bezel setting

Setting faceted stones by making bearer wire

Making a small round silver box with a simple hinge

Delft clay casting

Cuttlefish casting

Keum boo

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Masterclass at JASSO

Jewellery and Silver Society of Oxford (JASSO)

Located near Abingdon, JASSO has a wonderful workshop where they host jewellery and silversmithing masterclasses such as this one. You must be a member to sign up, which is a very reasonable £20/year. See their website for more information: JASSO

ARGENTIUM

Have you heard of Argentium silver but didn’t know why you would use it? Have you tried to use Argentium but have questions about its behaviour? Are you wondering what Argentium silver has to offer your practice? Come and find out. There are three projects that we will use to show some of the advantages of Argentium silver – a pair of link earrings and a ring with a copper or brass detail. There will be a lot of discussion and demonstration of Argentium use, including discussion of fluxes and solders. Students are encouraged to contact me in advance of the class with questions and photos of previous projects regarding Argentium use, to then be discussed in class. The focus will be on understanding Argentium, addressing any issues students have come across themselves and the general advantages of using Argentium.

You can book on to this class as a member of JASSO on their website.