Duration: 5 days
Teresa Speer holds a BA (hons) in Jewellery and has exhibited both nationally and internationally. A qualified teacher, Teresa has been in the jewellery trade for well over 30 years, and has been teaching jewellery making for over 20 years.
Day 1 – You will create a beautiful flower pendant using many different jewellery making techniques. These include piercing (sawing), filing, texturing, shaping/manipulating the metal and soldering. After polishing you have a lovely floral pendant to be proud of.
Days 2 and 3 – You will finish off the final tweaks to your pendant and then begin to create a your own sterling silver ring, which you set with a stone. This will teach you the full process of forming and soldering a ring shank, correctly sized, and soldered. You will also create your own setting, which you will solder to your ring before you give a final polish and then set the stone.
Days 4 – This part of the course is designed to teach you to become extremely good at soldering. Using three different thicknesses of wires we are going to produce a strip, soldering everywhere that two wires cross. How complicated you make your strip will determine how many solder joints you make. So we can say from 50 to 200 solder joints or somewhere in between, which will dramatically hone your soldering skills.
Now the fun part, we turn our soldered strip into wonderful pieces of jewellery. Cuff or bracelet, ring, pendants, earrings are all possible. After completion you will be really proud of what you’ve achieved.
Day 5 – You are given the opportunity to use your newly acquired skills, and some extras, to develop your pieces further.
For the 2 day ‘Introduction to Jewellery making’ course see days 1 and 2 above and the 2 day ‘Intermediate’ course see days 3 and 4. Also you may choose to extend your intermediate course to a three day couse with day 5.