This Jewellery course will teach you to work with various metals including silver, copper and brass. Project sheets will be given to inspire your designing to help you create unique “one off” items of jewellery. Practical demonstrations and handouts will be given for every new technical process you will learn. Each project sheet given will cover new technical processes and many different visual inspirations will be given i.e. artists, nature, architecture and different cultures.
Initially techniques covered will be; silver soldering, forming, sawing, emerying/filing, texturing and polishing.
Additional technical processes that maybe taught, i.e. metal clay, riveting, casting, granulation, reticulation, stone setting, fold forming, oxidisation.
By the end of the course you will be able to:
Use the technique of soldering to manipulate silver or metal
Implement design in your work through specific project sheets
Set stones in order of ease; bezel settings, tube settings and finally claw settings.
and be aware of and work to relevant Health and Safety guidelines
How will I be taught?
Our craft courses provide an opportunity for you to learn and develop skills, techniques and understand how to design for this craft. Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including: demonstration, instruction, one-to-one tutorial guidance, and group discussions and critiques. You will be encouraged to look at the work of other craftspeople and artists, both contemporary and historical and keep a sketchbook/notebook to record goals/ ideas, processes and progress.
Your tutor will give you feedback during each class during one to one tuition or through group critiques. You will also be given the opportunity to tell your tutor what you want to achieve in the class and you can measure your success in your Individual Learning Plan, ILP.
Our courses are taught by qualified and experienced tutors most of whom are practising craftspeople.
What do I need to bring with me?
You will need to bring an A4 sketch pad, stationary, apron, hair pin/tie for long hair, wear closed in shoes and money to buy silver, copper, brass used during your projects. Tools can be bought at a later stage but all the equipment to get you started is in the Silversmithing studio. Silver, piercing blades, silver solder and emery cloths can be purchased during the class.
What can I do next?
Further Silversmithing or Craft courses with Kent Adult Education.
What do I need to join the course
All students are welcome on this course so turn up with an enquiring mind and willingness to be creative, beginners and the more experienced are all welcome.
It is important to note that craft courses are practical and require a degree of manual dexterity. If you need to bring a carer with you, or be accompanied by another person, please ask to speak with the Curriculum Leader.
Getting to your course
Tonbridge Adult Education Centre
If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code TON/110494/K/NC.
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