Silver Jewellery Improvers: Stones and More (MAY DAY SCHOOL)

Location Coleridge Community College

Day Saturday

Start Date 19 May 2018

Time 10.00am - 4.00pm

Weeks 1 weeks

Price £48

Brief Description

A weekend of stone setting practice… For students who have already made silver jewellery by soldering.   The tutor suggests that it might even be worth bringing some projects of your own that you might like to set stones into if you wish.

There will be handouts for the techniques to take away at the end.

Making simple tube settings – round & square.
Making tube settings from silver tube
Bezel settings – square, round, oval, random shapes
Gypsy setting – round stones only.

For those who need it we will also offer some time to study and familiarise with the Dremel type drill.

We will be using the following:-
2mm faceted CZ for Gypsy setting
3/4/5 or 6mm faceted round CZ or Garnet – depends on what I have available
8mm round/oval Cabochons
6-8mm faceted square/rectangle CZ or Garnet.
Some random/freeform cut & polished stones.

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

Previous knowledge is essential. This could be from other jewellery classes that included soldering techniques, metal forming and patination, casting and patterning/surface texturing.

About Your Tutor:

John Rothwell has been a self-employed silversmith jeweller for over 19 years.  Since leaving the School of Jewellery in 1996 he has had his own shop, sent his jewellery all around the world, and even had his jewellery at the NEC Clothes Show. He has taught adults with Learn and Train at various community colleges for over 10 years. Courses have included Beginners, Intermediate and City & Guilds silver smithing and jewellery making courses.

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

There will be some extra costs if you choose to use different stones than what are provided, fell free to use your own and some other large more expensive stones will be available from the tutor at a cost of no more than £6.

For the first session you will need to bring:

If you have your own tools please feel free to bring them… Make sure they are marked for you to identify them.
Dremel/pendant drill – if you have this please bring.
Bezel rocker, Burnisher etc.

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

Start own business or take further education classes or take focussed specialist courses.
The Learn and Train office is able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.


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Some courses are funded by the Education & Skills Funding Agency

Equalities and Diversity Statement: We are fully committed to equality of opportunity and welcome enrolments from everyone.

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