Jewellery - Beginners

Course details

Jewellery - Beginners EV1059 Tuesday
10.09.19 18 £202/£89 Gearies

How will this course benefit me?

You will learn the basic techniques for making beautiful jewellery out of copper and silver. This will help you to develop your creativity in a structured and lively environment. 

What are the entry requirements?

This course is designed for beginners, mainly for those who have no previous knowledge of jewellery making.  However, if you have some knowledge, but feel you need to refresh and start from beginners level, then you are welcome to enrol.

For health & safety reasons, it is essential that you are able to stand, and have excellent eyesight. Jewellery making is very physical and requires excellent manual dexterity and concentration. 

What will I learn?

You will follow a programme of projects to increase your skills and knowledge. During the course, you will be introduced to the basic skills of jewellery making, including the use of tools, workshop equipment and a range of skills needed for designing and crafting jewellery with specific application to basic making. You will have the opportunity to put these skills into practise by making pieces, first from copper and then sterling silver.

You will also learn:

  • To understand and follow health and safety guidelines
  • Soldering
  • Piercing
  • Linkages
  • Surface decoration
  • Finishing techniques


Please note: This course is not run as a workshop, and learners will be expected to follow the course programme and tutor-set projects. Learners must attend regularly to ensure progress. 

How will the course be delivered?

The tutor will perform practical demonstrations and give verbal instructions and feedback at various stages of the project. Learners will receive one to one as well as group discussion and support. Continuous guidance and help will be available to every learner. Hand-outs are given these will demonstrate some design ideas with instructions.   


How will my learning be assessed?

An initial assessment at the beginning of the course will establish your starting point, including skills, experience and confidence and preferred learning styles. It will also give your tutor an indication of your personal objectives. Subsequently, your tutor will be observing and discussing with you your progress at each stage, making suggestions as to how to improve your skills and achieve your objectives. 

What are the extra costs?

A basic tools list will be given out on the first session. Some basic equipment is provided. 

You will have to buy ALL materials and consumable tools e.g. saw blades, solder, etc.  

What can I progress to next?

On completion of the course, you could progress to a course designed for those with some experience.

In Redbridge Institute there are other jewellery making courses available on several different days and times. There will be information given by the tutor as to what other options are available to you.  

Health & safety requirements?

Some of the materials used (silver and copper) may (rarely) cause allergic reactions. If in doubt, please contact your medical practitioner. You will need to follow the tutor’s instructions on health and safety procedures given at the first session. NOTE: You should NOT wear open shoes. Wear an old shirt/apron.