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"Christmas" Jewellery - Tamsin Leighton-Boyce

Part time course

What will I learn?

By the End of the course, learners will have made a pendant or earrings or a tree decoration in copper sheet and one or two of the three items in silver sheet. The course will teach students the skills of: 
Saw Piercing
Making Findings (Jump Rings and Earwires)
Cleaning up and Polishing Metal
Week 1
Design, Drill, and Saw a design into Copper Sheet (sample designs to be provided)
Week 2
Clean up and Polish Copper Sample, Make Jump Rings and Earwire Samples
Week 3 
Design and make Christmas Pendant, Earrings and or Christmas Tree Decoration in Silver Sheet
Week 4 
Continue, making Silver pieces. Clean up Polish and Finish off Pendants, Earrings and or Tree Decoration 

How will I learn?

Tutor demonstrations, hands on practical projects. Feedback from tutor, developing quality of work produced.

Do I need to have any previous experience?

No experience is necessary.

What can I do next?

Beginners Jewellery Course. You will develop your own designs and jewellery pieces with tutor guidance. There will be opportunity to explore more complicated techniques, such as claw settings and press forming and enamelling techniques. 
Please note: Due to course popularity, we have extended the 10 week beginners course to a 20 week course to ensure learners can learn all techniques needed to move on to intermediate level. A payment plan is available - please ask the enrolment team.

What should I bring to my first class?

A notebook or sketchbook would be useful.  As the course progresses you may wish to purchase a basic set of tools – the tutor can advise on this.

Are there any extra costs?

Not on this course. Copper and Silver sheet is provided to complete the project.

About my Tutor:

Tamsin has been teaching jewellery design and making since 2003 and has taught in the Stroud Valleys since 2011; she has a passion for working in metals and a belief in the power of art and craft skills to empower people.  In 2009 Tamsin graduated from the School of Jewellery in Birmingham with an MA in Jewellery Silversmithing and Related Products. As a jeweller Tamsin uses mainly reclaimed and recycled objects and materials to create one-off pieces of jewellery; she has exhibited in the UK and Internationally.  

Dates & Costs

"Christmas" Jewellery - Tamsin Leighton-Boyce

Duration: 4 weeks, 2.25 hours pw
Qualifications: None