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Silversmithing & Jewelry

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Days Times & Studios

Day Time Studio Next Course Date Duration Pirce
 Tuesday  10am - 2pm  Hornsby 14 Nov 2017

4 weeks

$390

LIMIT OF 5 STUDENTS

Students to purchase resource kit containing all materials needed for the term to make two pieces (see below for details)

 

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.   Your tutors will teach you the skills needed to create a stunning finished piece.  Students will be assigned projects of increasing complexity depending on their level of skill.

  • Silver Ring
  • Simple pendant
  • Ring with Stone
  • Pendant with Stone
  • Earrings

All students must wear proper enclosed shoes, no sandals or thongs and have long hair tied back. We provide safety equipment and training on how to use all relevant equipment.

Some of the things you will learn include:

  • Elements of design & what makes a piece successful
  • Sawing
  • Annealing (process to softten metal)
  • Bending
  • Filing
  • Sanding
  • Polishing
  • 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 finishsweat soldering,
  • reticulation,
  • doming, and
  • Make small jump rings and various kinds of earing hooks.
  • How to produce 2 identical pieces.
  • Cabochon stone setting.