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Silversmithing and Jewellery Design Classes

Learn how to create a personal & priceless piece of jewelry 

Studios Dates Times

Day Time Studio Next Course Date Duration Pirce
 Tuesday  10am - 2pm  Hornsby 17 October 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)

Overview of this Art Class

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.

Course Information

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.

Material List

WHAT YOU WILL NEED

New students will need to purchase the Resource Kit for the basic Sterling Silver Ring & Pendant Projects.

Resource Kit - Silversmithing - Ring & Pendant Projects - Resource Kit - Silversmithing - Ring & Pendant Projects -

This kit has the tools and materials you need for the following silversmithing and jewellery projects

  • Basic Silver Ring
  • Basic Silver Pendant

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Contents of the Kit

Item Amount in Kit Comment 
     
Silver    
Sterling Silver Sheet 1mm 50mm x 50mm (approx 32 g)  For the silver pendant
Sterling Silver Rectangular Wire
7.0 x 1.9mm
70mm (approx 10g)  For the silver Ring 
 Silver solder wire 25cm (approx 0.5g) A selection of easy, medium & hard types
Jump Rings Qty 2 Sizes may vary 
 Additional Silver  - Can be purchased at a price of $2.50 per gram 
     
 Tools and Consumables    
Saw Blades  Qty 12  Spiral design of blade allows it to cut in any direction
 Buffsticks Qty 3   Firm wood sticks wrapped with a single layer of emery.
Various grades and styles
 Twist Drill 1.2mm Qty 2 All burs have a standard shank diameter of 2.32mm, which fit Jewellery Industry standard handpieces.
 Emery Sheets Qty 3 

1 sheet of each of the following grades:

320: Very Fine
600: Extra Fine
1200: Super Fine

     

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Notes

Silver Sheet

This sheet will be used to make a pendant. Tutor has allocated 50 mm x50 mm per pendant, which will cater for most students.  If you want more metal it can be purchased.

Flat Wire

 This wire is heavy duty and wonderful to use as a beginners ring as it can be textured and hammered.

The tutor has allocated 70 mm per student.

This wire can also be used to make earrings. This size is used for earring hooks.

Jump Rings

Jump rings can be soldered onto pendant or earrings to allow chain or earring hooks to be attached.  The size would really depend on the size of the student works. A more delicate pendant requires a smaller jump ring etc.

Solder Types

Easy solder: Has the lowest melting point easiest to work with.

Medium solder: Stronger than Easy solder but with a higher melting point but stronger.

Hard solder: Is the one you will use the most as the alloy is the best and most similar in colour to Sterling. It has the highest melting temperature. Can be used to make jump rings.

Drill bits

Drill bits are consumable items as they can break and also become blunt.  The resource kit provides 1.2 mmbits.   Students can burr hole larger if required.  

Saw Blades

Saw blades are also a consumable item as they can break and become blunt.