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Jewellery Making – Beginners

Course aim

To enable you to develop skills in using appropriate tools, equipment and techniques to produce items of jewellery such as brooches, pendants, bracelets, necklaces and ear rings.

Course length

30 hours – usually 15 weekly sessions of 2 hours.

Who is this course for?

Anyone who wants to learn about the basic techniques, tools and materials required to be able to independently produce items of jewellery to a basic standard.

Will I gain any qualifications?

No - this is a non-accredited course.

Do I need any knowledge, skills or qualifications?

As the course involves taking notes and measurements you will need to have basic levels of English and maths. You will have a short initial assessment at the start of the course to ensure that it is suitable for you.

Course content

You will learn about:

  • how to use tools, materials and equipment safely and correctly
  • how to take and record accurate measurements to produce correctly sized pieces
  • how to add clasps, form wire loops, and carry out wire wrapping, stringing and chainmail weaving
  • a basic understanding of colour theory for colour matching
  • producing samples of techniques with instructions in your portfolio for you to use later as an instruction manual
  • awareness of employment opportunities in the Jewellery Making sector.

What could this course lead to?

Further courses in jewellery making techniques at Intermediate level, or to a qualification course at Level 1.

How will I learn?

You will be taught through:

  • tutor demonstration and instruction
  • experimenting with different materials, equipment, tools and techniques
  • producing items of jewellery according to personal interest, after negotiation with your tutor
  • changing and adapting existing items of jewellery
  • exploring the work of established or well- known jewellers for inspiration.

What materials or equipment will I need to provide?

Important - the fees for this course do not cover the cost of equipment and materials. There are tools at the centre for you to use to begin with, as well as a selection of beads and wires. However, as the course progresses you may want to purchase wire cutters, round- nosed pliers, flat-nosed pliers, a crimping tool, a bead box with compartments, beading thread and a big-eye beading needle, so that you can practise outside of class times. Your tutor will give advice about prices and suppliers.

We encourage learners to think about the environment whilst studying with us, as many materials such as cardboard, glass, scrap metal, and old or broken jewellery can be used to produce attractive, low-cost jewellery items.

For the first session, you will need to bring a folder, paper and pen.

Your commitment as a learner

To achieve success on the course you will need to attend regularly, and on time. If you need to miss a class, please let us know in advance.

You will need to ensure that you allow sufficient time for self-study, complete any homework set and bring the correct materials to each session. You will be expected to complete all assessments and complete the full course.

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