Our Autumn course dates are now online. For now we’ll be focucing on jewellery making, silversmithing.

I began developing my jewellery and silversmithing skills after setting up Bags2riches in 2001; over the years I’ve learnt lots and began delivering jewellery making courses in 2008. At the moment our focus is on basic skills, but hopefully we’ll be able to get some guest tutors in to do workshops in more technical areas of silversmithing.

Silversmithing workshops

Anna delivers a variety of basic silversmithing courses at The Making House, allowing people to learn the essential skills for making their own jewellery. On the course you will create your own one off pieces, you can of course, then buy your equipment and start making at home or why not join our fortnightly silversmithing club and build your skills gradually with support from Anna and the group.

Due to the intensity of this course, numbers are limited to 6 people, so book early!

Basic jewellery and silversmithing 5 session course (£80)

Mondays 7-9 pm: The next course will run every other Monday starting 12th September 2016

Learn basic wire and metalworking techniques, including silversmithing basics, wirework, cutting, shaping, texturing to soldering. You can then take the basic techniques further by developing your own designs in different metals and/or by incorporating with beads and other materials.

 

The course is designed to allow you to develop your own jewellery designs; Anna will introduce a key skill each week and support you in making your own idea. The price includes basic materials such as copper/brass and findings, but silver isn’t included in the price, however you can buy it at cost price from The Making House throughout the course (most people use between £10 and £25 worth of silver depending on their projects)

Book here


One Day Basic Silversmithing Workshops

We now run two basic day workshops; you can come along to just one of them, but to get a full understanding of the basics of silversmithing we recommend you do both days.

  • Working in Wire  Saturday 24th September 2016, 10 – 4.30. £70 Price includes all materials and refreshments.
  • Working with Sheet Metal, Saturday 8th October 2016, 10 – 4.30 £75 Price includes all materials and refreshments.
  • Book both one day workshops for £130

Silversmithing Basics – Working in Wire

You can create amazing jewellery just using wire; Learn basic silversmithing skills and create a simple pendant and earrings or a bracelet.

 

Through the course of the day you’ll learn the basics of how to work with wire, including shaping and texturing the metal, how to solder and then finish your piece. You’ll also learn some staples of jewellery making such as how to make your own jump rings, earring findings and clasps.

Your tutor Anna, is at hand to help you develop your design if needed. You’ll be working in copper and an allocated amount of silver to create your final piece.

Silversmithing Basics – Working in Wire  Saturday 24th September 2016, 10 – 4.30. £70 Price includes all materials and refreshments. Book here


Silversmithing Basics – Working in Sheet Metal

Learn basic silversmithing skills and create a simple pendant and earrings or cufflinks or maybe even a brooch.

 

Through the course of the day you’ll learn the basics of how to work with sheet metal, including cutting out, shaping, texturing and simple forming of the metal; how to solder and then finish your piece. You’ll start with a practise piece in copper and then create your own designs in silver or a combination of the two. Some basic jewellery making skills are helpful but not necessary.

Your tutor Anna, is at hand to help you develop your design if needed. You’ll be working in copper and an allocated amount of silver to create your final piece.

Silversmithing Basics – Working with Sheet Metal. Saturday 8th October 2016, 10 – 4.30. £75 Price includes all materials and refreshments. Book here

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