|Jewellery - Fold forming
How will this course benefit me?
During this course, you will be refining and perfecting some of the hammering techniques you have already acquired, folding and manipulating the metal, similar to origami or paper-folding, but with 0.5 mm copper sheet. You will be creating beautiful textured pieces which could be turned into earrings, pendants, brooches and more.
What are the entry requirements?
This course is open to beginners, but some experience in jewellery making may be useful and an interest in learning a new technique using various hammers and copper sheet is essential. For health & safety reasons, it is essential that you are able to stand, have good eyesight, good manual dexterity and strength when using hammers, good concentration, be able to understand verbal instructions and safely use the workshop equipment.
What will I learn?
You will be learning the basics of folding and manipulating copper sheet into wonderful forms, like leaves and curves. It all starts with learning some simple 'folds' and hammering. You will learn how to hold the hammers safely, to anneal the metal with the workshop torches, which flame is appropriate for annealing and how to work safely. Those who are familiar with the technique will be able to create something with 0.4 mm sterling silver sheet.
How will the course be delivered?
The tutor will perform practical demonstrations and give verbal instructions and feedback at various stages of the project. This is a hands-on practical course: practical demonstrations showing the techniques, hand-outs on some of the projects and with one-to-one tutorial support when necessary. Learners will receive one-to -one as well as group discussion and support. Continuous guidance and help will be available to every learner.
How will my learning be assessed?
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?
You will be given a piece of copper to start your first fold forming piece. Learners can bring their own copper and silver sheet, however, this can also be purchased on the day at a small charge. If purchasing your own, you can visit www.cooksongold.com – recommended sheet thickness is 0.5mm for copper and 0.4mm for sterling silver.
Size and length will depend on individual preference.
What can I progress to next?
‘Jewellery – All Levels’ here at the Institute.
Redbridge Institute offer other jewellery making courses available on several different days and times.
Courses at other colleges - a 'What Next' leaflet will be available at the end of the course.
Your tutor will give you advice as to what is appropriate for you.
Health & safety requirements?
Some of the materials used, including the copper sheet, may, rarely, cause allergic reactions. If in doubt, please contact your medical practitioner. As this is a very hands-on course, good manual dexterity and eyesight is required in order to handle the hammers and all the hand tools. You will be required to use the workshop torches to anneal your metal and hammers to work your metal sheet with. Corrosive chemicals are used to clean the copper. This is essential equipment for use on this course.
Learners MUST follow health & safety guidelines set by tutor. Open shoes must NOT be worn. Hair, and anything loose, must be tied back at all times. Please ensure you wear an apron or old shirt in the workshop to avoid damage to clothing. All workshop equipment must be used with respect according to the workshop rules. It is a requirement for every learner to have a good understanding of every instruction given.