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The University of Southampton
Winchester School of Art

Short Course – Jewellery and Silversmithing

During this course you will study, explore and experiment with a variety of traditional jewellery making and silversmithing techniques in a relaxing, creative environment. Through demonstrations and guided workshops you will learn techniques including saw piercing, metal working, soldering, wax carving, metal texturing, polishing and more. The course welcomes students with no previous experience and is tailored with beginners in mind. Toward the end of the course you will design and manufacture your own collection of jewellery, utilising the skills you have learnt.

Schedule

The Jewellery Making and Silversmithing short course runs every Wednesday from 6.15-8pm, excluding 19th February for half-term.

Week 1 – Introduction and silver ring making. We’ll begin the course by learning some of the basic silversmithing techniques such as saw piercing, metal forming, soldering, metal texturing and polishing. We will explore these techniques by making a set of silver stacking rings.

Week 2 – Bangle Making. You will build on the basic techniques learnt in Week 1 and will learn to utilise these skills on a larger scale, by making bangles. We’ll learn to make several different style bangles including torque, D shaped and Circular. We’ll further personalise our bangles through metal texturing and letter stamping.

Week 3 – Wax Carving. Wax carving is a brilliant way to achieve a more organic style of jewellery. We’ll learn how to carve the wax using files and wax blades as well as other techniques, such as feathering using a flame. We’ll practise with a couple of test pieces and then your favourite designs will be sent for casting in your chosen metal. You can choose whether you’d like to carve a ring or pendant.

Week 4 – Finish Wax Carving (Silver). After our break week, we’ll return to the workshop to finish our freshly cast pieces. During this session you will learn about mass production processes in jewellery manufacturing.

Week 5 – Saw pierced pendant. A technical challenge week! Each attendee will have a sheet of metal to design an intricate lace style pattern, to then carefully cut out with our saws to make a pendant. You will create your own design, the more detailed the better!

Week 6 – Bezel Setting. During this session you will learn the final technique, bezel setting. We’ll each have a cabochon stone to build a setting for which we’ll then solder onto a ring or a pendant and polish before setting the stone.

Week 7-10 – Final Collection. You will now have all the necessary skills to design and fabricate a jewellery set of your own, with full use of the workshop’s equipment. Your time in the workshop will be fully supported and will also include group discussion to help each other with iterate and critique their designs. We’ll photograph our pieces at the end of the course, so you can learn how to create stylised, professional looking, jewellery collection photography.

Course Aims & Outcomes

This course aims to:

Booking & Fees

Bookings for the short course are made via the University of Southampton online store, where you will be required to complete some basic information about yourself/the attendee. Please note, in some instances we may also ask you to complete some additional forms once your booking has been made, including but not limited to: photography permission forms and pickup/drop-off details for those aged 16 or less.

The fee for the Jewellery Making and Printmaking short course is £400 and includes the cost of any materials, which we will provide. Please note: the course fee includes all the materials required for the course excluding materials required for the final project – which will be discussed between you and the tutor during the proceeding weeks and aligned to your interests and the techniques you enjoy. The materials used for your final piece need not be expensive.  Hard, closed toe shoes must be worn and long hair tied back.

For more information about bookings or for any further information on our short courses please contact Kay May, Director of External Affairs, via km@soton.ac.uk.

Bookings Opening Soon – please check this page or contact Kay May on the details above to be informed of when they are live.

Please note: the course fee includes all the materials required for the course excluding materials required for the final project – which will be discussed between you and the tutor during the proceeding weeks and aligned to your interests and the techniques you enjoy. The materials used for your final piece need not be expensive.

 

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