Jewellery - Water casting for silver

Course details

Jewellery - Water casting for silver DV1092 Friday
10:00 - 15:00
20.11.20 1 £50nc Gearies
Jewellery - Water casting for silver DV1093 Friday
10:00 - 15:00
26.02.21 1 £50nc Gearies

What is this course about?

Water casting is achieved by pouring molten metal into cold water where it immediately solidifies into a random shape.  

How will this course benefit me?

This is a one-day course suitable for learners who have previous knowledge of silver jewellery making. It will benefit learners who want to advance their skills further with the assistance of an experienced tutor. The course will allow you to create organic, natural-looking pieces which you can then incorporate into your jewellery projects.


What are the entry requirements?

You must have some knowledge of the processes and techniques of jewellery making with metals. Excellent eyesight and motor skills are required. You will also need to be able to stand for long periods and be able to use specialist hand tools unsupervised. Concentration and understanding of instructions and workshop health & safety rules is also very important.

What will I learn?

Building on previous skills, you will learn how to prepare your silver for the casting. You will then learn how to melt and pour molten silver, safely into your chosen project idea. You will learn how to think for yourself, to design and finish an individual piece of jewellery to a high standard and advance your knowledge and skill of jewellery making.


How will the course be delivered?

This course will lead you to your own personal project and will be run as a workshop with guidance from a jewellery tutor. The tutor will perform practical demonstrations and give verbal instructions and feedback at various stages of the project. Continuous guidance and help will be available to every learner. Learners will receive one to one as well as group discussion and support.


How will my learning be assessed?

You will be encouraged to assess and refine your work throughout the course to achieve a high quality finished piece. Observation will be done throughout the course with constructive feedback and support to enable you to achieve your project goal.  Suggestions on how to improve your skills to a higher level will be given during the day, there will also be a group ‘end of day evaluation’ to share achievements.


What are the extra costs?

You will need to bring leather gloves, and an apron to protect your clothing and hands. Silver and copper can be purchased from the tutor on the day but at a charge. If purchasing your own, you can visit - Recommended sterling silver or fine silver casting grains 40g minimum, if you have any scrap 925 sterling silver or fine silver you are welcome to bring this with you.


What can I progress to next?

On completion of the course you could progress to other courses outside of the Institute or make pieces to sell in the future. 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.  You must NOT wear open toe shoes and long hair must be tied back at all times.

Learners must wear and old shirt/apron.