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A Festive Day of Jewellery Making

Day of week:
The Amelia , Tunbridge Wells
Mixed Level
10:00 - 16:00
1 week

Would you like to create something for the festive season that you can wear again and again, then look to this Jewellery course. This one day course is suitable for those who wish to create a Christmas themed piece of Jewellery using Sheet Silver Copper or Brass. This could be a pair of earrings or a pendant piece, perhaps as a Christmas Gift. You will draw ideas from your own inspiration and visual research, plan out your idea, and select a suitable material. You could finish with perhaps oxidization, and applied gold leaf details.

Individual tuition will be given in techniques such as piercing, filing, shaping and forming,
soldering, texturing, and polishing.
By the end of this course, you should be able to:
Select and use the correct tools and equipment for 2 specific processes.
Demonstrate at least 2 of the following jewellery making skills, piercing, filing, shaping, forming, soldering, or polishing
Understand the Health and Safety guidelines for the tools/equipment you have used

The costs of the metal is not covered in the fees for the course and needs to be covered by the student.

Who is the tutor?

About the Tutor: Robert Birch

Robert Birch is a silversmith who served a craft apprenticeship and studied design at The Royal College of Art in London. He established his workshop in Edenbridge Kent in 1977 and has maintained his craft practice throughout a career teaching Silversmithing and Jewellery working in various University Departments as well as many Adult Education Centres.

His courses offer traditional and contemporary techniques of Silversmithing and Jewellery and can accommodate both beginners and those with previous experience.

You can see some of his creations on

View all courses taught by Robert Birch here

How will I be taught?

Studio Craft courses provide an opportunity for students to learn and develop skills, techniques and understand how to design for a chosen craft to a higher level. Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including demonstration, instructions, one-to-one tutorial guidance, group discussions and critiques. It is important to note that craft courses are practical, requiring a degree of manual dexterity. Our courses are taught by qualified and experienced tutors most of whom are practising craftspeople.
Your tutor will give you individual feedback throughout the course.

What do I need to bring with me?

You will need an A4 sketchbook, pencil and pen for ideas and notes and a protective apron or overall. Tools are available at the centre but if you have some tools please bring them along. Students have to meet the cost of their materials You can bring any items you wish to use in your design e.g. wire, beads etc.and there is a charge for materials such as blades, solder and emery paper that is included in the fee. Silver is available at approximately £1 - £1.20 per gram, cost will reflect world prices at the time of the course so please bring along some cash to cover these costs. You will be required to wear protective goggles for some techniques. Basic goggles are available at the centre but for clarity students are advised to purchase their own.

What can I do next?

Students in the past have progressed to degree level courses and make work to sell.

What do I need to join the course

The course is suitable for beginners as well as more experienced students who are both welcome. students will be introduced to the craft of handmade jewellery making using a variety of mixed media techniques and materials.

Getting to your course

Find us

The Amelia
The Amelia
Monson Road
Tunbridge Wells

If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code TWL/122396/M/LC.