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Jewellery Beginners with Tamsin Leighton-Boyce

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The course structure is designed to give students the knowledge and skills to design and make jewellery from silver and other metals.

The classes aim to give you the skills and confidence for creating your own jewellery. During the first term (Beginners 1) you will cover techniques such as silver soldering, saw piercing, annealing, and wire and sheet metal forming techniques. Students will also have an introduction to enamelling, make simple jewellery findings and work on their own design project. In the second term (Beginners 2) you will develop and consolidate the skills you have learned in Beginners 1, whilst working on a stone setting and links project.

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.

How will I learn?

The course is taught through a mixture of group demonstrations, individual guidance and feedback. Students will practice a series of techniques to cover basic skills and knowledge of jewellery making and use of specialist tools to create their own samples and finished jewellery pieces. Handouts, and support are also provided through the Teams platform. Basic materials (copper, brass, nickel) and tools/equipment are provided for you to use. Silver is bought individually by students; the tutor will give details and guidance about how to order this. Please bring a sketch book/notebook and pen or pencil to plan your designs and an apron and old towel are recommended.

This course is based at our Stroud campus in the centre of Gloucestershire, surrounded by the Cotswold Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The campus is moments away from Stroud train station and easily accessible by bus.

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Entry Requirements

This course has no entry requirements, we just ask you have a passion for the subject.

If you have any questions regarding entry requirements please email [email protected] before completing an online application.

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Please be aware that some courses have fees that are payable on enrolment. More information on if this course has a fee can be found in the Availability section below.  

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Course information last updated: Friday 31st March 2023 @ 8.02am (1 day ago)

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