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Price: $ 390.00
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Days Times & Studios

Day Time Studio Next Course Date Duration Pirce
 Tuesday  11am - 2pm  Baulkham Hills

 TBA   2015

Introductory
6 weeks

$390

Wednesday

6pm - 9pm Baulkham Hills  TBA   2015 Introductory
4 weeks 
$280

Silver is not included in course fees,  Silver can be purchased from the tutor.

with Jeweler Liz Wilson

Learn how to create a personal & priceless piece of jewelry 

Selected Works by the Tutor

Creating Jewelry is a timeless art form.  A common theme in art history, it spans all cultures and continents and was a foundation practice of many master artists.

When you handcraft jewelry from precious metals and stone they become piece of art - something highly personal and priceless - the perfect lifelong gift for a partner, loved one or friend. As the artist you put your own personality into the piece and take it to a level beyond mundane mass produced items.

The practice of silversmithing is enjoyable, creative, tactile and meditative.  The skills required are not intuitive but can be easily learned with proper instruction and equipment.   Sydney Art School's Contemporary Jewelry Director Elizabeth Wilson will teach you the skills needed to create a stunning finished piece.

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silver-ring

Week 1-3: Silver Ring

Students will create a silver ring to learn basic jewelery techniques ie sawing,annealing(process to soften metal),bending,soldering,filing,sanding and polishing

 

silver-leaf-pendant

Weeks 4-6: Pendant of Student's Choice

Students will create a pendant to learn:piercing techniques sawing and how to change blades

how to shape and forge a piece of metal to produce a pleasing result.

Elements of design will be discussed,i.e what makes a piece successful

Some of the Things You Will Learn:

  • Techniques to pierce metal
  • How to make a ring to size
  • How to use a jewelers saw frame
  • How to use a jewelers saw and change blades
  • How to work on a jewelers peg
  • Using jewelers' files
  • Forging metal (how to manipulate metal with a hammer and textured stamps).
  • Silver soldering
  • Creating a polished finish

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Pendant on Leaf 600x500

Weeks 1 - 4: Pendant

In this course you will learn to make a pendant while being introduced to foundation skills in silversmiting including;

  • sawing,
  • soldering,
  • etching,

You will also be introduced to aspects of design and considerations when working with precious metals and stones.

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Week 1-3: Earings

Students will create a pair of earings involving several techniques ,for example sweat soldering,reticulation,doming, and piercing the inside of the metal.students will also learn to make small jump rings and various kinds of earing hooks.Students will learn how to produce 2 identical pieces.

Weeks 4-6: Ring or Pendant

Students will design a ring or a pendant with an oval or a round cabochon semi precious stone.(cabochon is a stone that is flat on the bottom and round on top,ideal for a beginner ). the student will learn how to design and make a piece of jewelry incoporating a semi precious stone and various other techniques.Students will then learn basic cabochon stone setting.

A material list will be provided when you enrol.  You can choose to purchase the materials yourself or buy a kit from Sydney Art School.

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WHAT YOU WILL NEED

A material List will be emailed to you on registration