february, 2025

2025sat08feb(feb 8)10:00 amsun09(feb 9)3:30 pmSilver Jewellery Gemstone Bezel Settings (FEBRUARY DAY SCHOOL)£116 - Practical, hands-on, creative and information day school creating basic ringsColeridge Community CollegeDay:Saturday,Sunday length of course: 2 days

Time

8 (Saturday) 10:00 am - 9 (Sunday) 3:30 pm

Location

Coleridge Community College

Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ

length of course

2 days

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Course details

Brief Description:

Gemstones have been used for jewellery making for thousands of years. In this course you will enter the world of working with beautiful semi-precious gemstones, working with bezel setting in fine and 925 Sterling silver. In this stimulating, day course you will learn how make rings, earrings or pendants, using processes that exploit the metal’s outstanding physical, chemical, and aesthetic properties. Through a set of teacher led projects, you will create a couple of pieces of jewellery with cabochons gemstones. You will also learn piercing with a jewellery saw, soldering, filing and polishing. This course aims to make you feel safe and confident in the workshop and have a good understanding of how to safely use the various pieces of equipment.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

Manual dexterity is needed. Previous experience is helpful, though complete beginners are welcome.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, you will have the opportunity to:

  • To combine theoretical understanding, sequenced practical activities to develop skills in making a series of jewellery in semi-precious gemstones.
  • Including the basic techniques of cutting, filing, soldering and polishing, bezel stone setting, and shape forming.
  • Develop skills in making jewellery with rub over bezels gemstone settings.
  • Recognise and handle silversmithing tools safely.
  • Develop skills in forming, annealing and pickling metal.
  • Prepare silver prior to soldering or polishing
  • Experiment with methods for adding texture and different finishing techniques

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

There is a £25 fee included for your silver /gems for the day. Silver costs have increased significantly recently so there may be an extra fee for materials – the office will let you know closer to the time.

For the first session you will need to bring:

Please bring a pen, pencil and notebook. Tools will be provided but feel free to bring your own. You may wish to bring an apron.

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

Continue your skills in one of our Silver Jewellery courses. The tutor will advise you 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 Sunday’s, 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.

TO BOOK YOUR PLACE

£116 – Contact the Adult Learn and Train office on 01223 712340 to get booked on

Tutor

Liz TaylorLiz Taylor is the owner of a successful contemporary handmade jewellery business, The Silver Bird (www.thesilverbird.co.uk). 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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