september, 2023

2023thu21sep(sep 21)7:15 pmthu30nov(nov 30)9:15 pmSilver Jewellery: Improvers£155 (£97 concession) - Jewellery making course in a workshop environment. Work on your own design and projects. Coleridge Community CollegeDay:Thursday length of course: 10 weeks


September 21 (Thursday) 7:15 pm - November 30 (Thursday) 9:15 pm


Coleridge Community College

Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ

length of course

10 weeks


Course details

Brief Description

Improve your silver jewellery making skills and learn new traditional silver-smithing techniques!

During this course you will practise and hone your skills and widen your repertoire of traditional handmaking jewellery techniques, such as wax carving, granulation and reticulation. You will also refine your piercing skills and learn to solder pieces with multiple joints. Use the skills you’ve learned to work with gemstones and develop your own designs.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

You should ideally have completed a beginner’s course, and be competent in basic silver soldering, piercing, forming and shaping. Experience of basic bezel gemstone setting is an advantage but not essential.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Practice and hone your skills in metal forming, wire bending, soldering, and rub-over stone setting techniques.
  • To widen your repertoire of traditional handmaking jewellery techniques that can be used to design and make your own pieces, such as wax carving, granulation and reticulation.
  • To have the opportunity to refine your piercing skills and soldering pieces with multiple joints.
  • To work with gemstones with more complex forms
  • To apply techniques learn to develop your own designs

Extra costs on the course for example text book, materials or equipment

The tutor will advise regarding purchasing silver and consumables for the course.

For the first session you will need to bring:

Bring a pen, pencil and notebook. Tools will be provided but feel free to bring your own. You may wish to bring an apron. For Health and Safety reasons you must not wear open-toe shoes/sandals, and all long hair must be tied back as it is a workshop environment.

Please note: There are no materials fee included in the cost of the course – the tutor will advise you where to order from – costs will be about £35 – £40 per term depending on what you make.

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

Continue to develop your skills with increasing independence through self-directed projects in future returner’s silver jewellery groups. The tutor will advise you as to which course is most suitable. The Adult Learn and Train office is able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.
Adult Learn and Train offer courses through-out the year.
Try similar courses or maybe look at learning something completely new.
You will find provision on some Saturday and Sundays, you will also find courses available in the day and evening at different venues in Cambridge. Courses vary in length from one-off sessions to 10 weeks or more.


£155 (£97 concession) Please call the office to pay over the telephone on 01223 712340


Liz TaylorLiz Taylor is the owner of a successful contemporary handmade jewellery business, The Silver Bird ( She is a passionate teacher of Design and Technology with over 18 years teaching experience. She has a masters of education focusing on creative idea generation and development and has a particular interest in biomimicry: using and replicating nature through product design to make unique textures and forms. She teaches marking out, piercing, finishing techniques, hammering, gemstone setting, adding texture to metals, rolling, forging, fold forming, and much more.

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