From absolute beginner to more experienced maker.
Maximum of six students per group.
Classes can cover all basic bench skills, casting, enamelling, etching, working with anodised aluminium, beginners stone setting, press forming and more.
If you are new to working with silver we will start with the basics – soldering, piercing out, riveting etc. Classes are designed to move at a pace that suits you, and as you gain confidence more skills are introduced.
The small class size means lots of one-to-one tuition from experienced, qualified teachers, and a friendly and (hopefully!) fun atmosphere to learn in.
£260 for a 12 week term
Monday evening 6-9pm with Tony Sanders
Tuesday evening 6-9pm with Emma Leonard
Wednesday evening 6-9pm with Tony Sanders
Thursday evening 6-9pm with Emma Leonard
Alternate Thursdays 10am-5pm (with an hour for lunch) with Emma Leonard
Start date either Thurs 19th April or Thurs 26th April.
**Please contact me to join the waiting list for the April term**
A workshop voucher makes a great gift, or a chance to try out a new skill for yourself. The one day beginners workshops are suitable for someone with no previous experience, and make a great introduction to silversmithing – with a fantastic finished piece to wear home!
Silver Clay Inspired by Nature with Grainne Reynolds (Times to Treasure)
One day workshop 10am-5pm £70 (+£20 materials)
Sunday 1st July – Fully booked
Sunday 24th June – Fully booked
Come and make your own solid silver jewellery inspired by nature in this fun and informal workshop suitable for beginners or someone who wants to try mould making for silver clay. In this class we will be using natural forms such as shells, leaves, fossils, feathers and seed pods to create beautiful jewellery.
You will learn…
How to make reusable moulds and texture mats from a two part silicone moulding compound.
How to use the moulds and texture mats with silver clay to create a pendant, charms or earrings.
How to refine and tidy your piece for a beautiful finish.
How to fire, polish and patinate your jewellery to highlight detail and make your design pop!
Sterling silver chains, ear wires and jewellery findings will also be available to buy on the day.
The £20 material cost covers a 10g pack of silver clay, which is sufficient to make a small pendant and a pair of earrings or 3-4 small charms. If you would like to make your own moulds then compound is approx £3, or you can chose to use a selection of ready made moulds. Additional silver clay, lab created gemstones, sterling silver chains and earring fittings will all be available to buy from Grainne on the day.
Make a Spinner Ring – great for beginners.
One day workshop 10am-5pm £65 plus materials.
Saturday 26th May – Fully booked
Make a fantastic spinner ring in a day – ideal for complete beginners. Learn how to form a ring, solder, texture and polish, and go home wearing your creation. With lots of options for different combinations of textures, spinning bands and finishes each one is unique.
Materials costs vary depending one the size and style of ring made, but as a rough guide allow approx £10.
Make your own patterned pendant – great for beginners.
One day workshop 10am-5pm £65
Saturday 17th March – Fully booked
A great workshop for absolute beginners. You will be introduced to some basic skills including using a piercing saw, soldering and finishing and polishing. The rolling mill can be used to ‘print’ a pattern or texture onto the silver and various shapes can be cut and decoration added to make a beautiful simple pendant. You can also experiment with using hammers and punches to add texture, and the use of chemical patina.
The price includes enough silver to make a pendant size 3x3cm and a choice of chain.
A great way to try out a new skill, or a lovely gift.
Make a cabochon stone set ring – great for beginners.
One day workshop 10am-6pm £65 plus materials
Sunday 10th June – Fully booked.
Learn how to set a stone and make a beautiful ring in a day. Step by step demos help you to make a ring and set a cabochon stone in a simple rub-over setting. A great introduction to stone setting and a way to introduce colour to your jewellery making. Suitable for beginners wanting to make a one-off piece of lovely jewellery, or someone looking add a new skill to their making.
Materials are extra due to the differing costs of stones etc. Both silver and a selection of stones are available to buy at the studio (as a rough estimation allow £10-£15 extra for materials). You are welcome to bring your own stone if you have one – we will be working with round or oval stones.
Make a bangle – great for beginners!
One day workshop 10am-2.30pm £40 plus materials
Sunday 13th May – Fully booked
Saturday 23rd June – Fully booked
Come and make your own bangle in this great beginners workshop. Experiment with hammers to create textures or use letter punches to personalise your work. You will try out a range of basic skills including soldering, forming and polishing. Choose to make a single bangle or link multiple bands together.
Materials costs vary depending on number and size of bangles being made, but as a rough guide allow approx £20 for a single chunky bangle.
Beginners Enamelled Pendant
One day workshop 10am-6pm £70
Saturday 28th April – Three spaces available
This class is suitable for someone with no previous experience of jewellery skills, or someone looking to add a new process to their making.
This colourful and creative workshop introduces a variety of vitreous (kiln) enamel techniques, allowing you to work with colour, pattern and texture. Try using inclusions, sgraffito, experiment with colour mixing and overlaying textures. The possibilities are endless! This workshop is a great introduction to enamelling. The cost of the class covers all materials and pre-cut copper blanks are provided so a complete beginner can go home with a great pendant to wear. However, if you already have some previous silversmithing experience you are welcome to bring silver blanks to work on for finished pieces (just drop me a line if you have any questions).
One day workshop 10am-6pm £70
Dates to be confirmed
Experiment with texture, pattern and print in your jewellery designs. Learn how to apply resists and etch metal to create detailed designs. The day includes time to experiment with free hand, paint on resists and also photo etching using PnP paper which allows you to work with any black and white image (patterns, drawings, photos etc).
Fees include copper to experiment on – if you would like to work in silver this can be purchased at cost price on the day at the studio.
This class would suit a beginner who wants to try something new (etched pieces can be turned into a simple pendant for example) or someone with some silversmithing experience who wants to use a new skill in their work.
A one day workshop covering different types of casting. Learn about different casting processes, try out delft clay casting, and learn how to carve waxes ready to send away for lost wax casting. A great way to expand your making skills and develop your jewellery designs. Lost wax casting offers an opportunity to reproduce forms and produce small batches of work. All tools and wax are provided, and silver is available to purchase at the studio if you wish to use your delft casts.
This class is better suited to someone who has some silversmithing experience and would like to develop a new skill.
Gift vouchers are available and can be customised for any occasion – contact me for more details.