Jewellery & Metalwork

Silversmithing workshops

Most of the jewellery workshops are delivered by me, I’m Anna!

I’ve been a jeweller since setting up my first business Bags2riches in 2001. I have a PGCE (post graduate certificate in education) and have been teaching in one way or another since 1996, I began teaching jewellery workshops in 2008.

I deliver a variety of basic metalwork and 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 me and the group.

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

Basic Jewellery and Silversmithing 5 week course

Our November dates are now fully booked. The next course after that will run on Wednesday evenings, 7-9 pm starting 16th January 2019, £90 plus silver costs (which varies between £10 and £25 depending on the size of your project)

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)

For more information or to book; click here

Winter term dates: Wednesday evenings 7 – 9 pm, starting Wednesday 7th November – SOLD OUT

Spring term dates: Wednesday evenings, 7 – 9 pm, starting 16th January 2019


Wire Bowls With The Wire Lady, Sue Clews

Saturday 3rd March, 10am – 1pm, £45

Taking inspiration from The Wire Lady’s colourful wirework samples and using a wide collection of beads and coloured electrical wire you will be shown how to manipulate this versatile material so that you can easily achieve a small woven wire bowl.

Simple to make and fun to do! All materials will be provided but if you have any beads, trinkets or found fragments that have special significance bring them along to make your piece personal.

The Wire Lady is Sue Clews, based in Shepshed, she’s been creating work in wire for many years now, exhibiting widely around the country.

For more information or to book; follow this link Wire Bowls


 Wire Flowers

Saturday 7th February 12 – 3 pm, £30

Learn to create a variety of flowers using wire and create a beautiful everlasting bouquet. Create a selection for a vase; go big and create pieces for the garden or small and make a delicate brooch or two.

The workshop is suitable for anyone and is a nice introduction to learning basic metalwork and jewellery making skills. You will learn to make poppies and poppy seed heads  and will be provided with a selection of different wires to develop your designs in. All the materials are supplied and you’ll get a handout to remind you of how to do the basics as well as suggestions for suppliers.

The workshops is with Anna Roebuck, who began to develop the wire flowers in response to a Remembrance day commission and has since gone on to explore making different types of flowers out of wire.

For more information or to book; follow this link Wire Flowers


Jewellery with a Heart

Join me, for a jewellery making taster session, just in time for making Christmas Gifts!

Thursday 15th November, 7pm – 9pm

Imprint a message for your loved one on a necklace or keyring, or of course, make it just for you! You’ll get a taste of creating jewellery from sheet metal, using copper and aluminium.

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Pewter Casting

Pewter Casting Saturday 2nd February 2019, 10am – 4pm £55

Learn how to cast in pewter and create beautiful pieces of jewellery or buttons. You will be introduced to 3 different techniques for casting pewter, including delft clay, cuttlefish casting and casting in wooden moulds. You will get to see how each tecnique works and create your own pieces using delft clay and either cuttlefish or using wooden moulds.

You’ll then learn how to finish your pieces and add an antiqueing patina.

Price includes materials and refreshments throughout the day. Please bring along your own packed lunch or if you want to order a simple homecooked lunch add an extra £5.

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 11th August 2018, 10 – 4.30. £70 Price includes all materials, a light lunch and refreshments.
  • Working with Sheet Metal, Satuday 18th August 2018, 10 – 4.30 £75 Price includes all materials, a light lunch 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 11th August 2018, 10 – 4.30. £70

Price includes all materials, a light lunch and refreshments.

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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 18th August 2018, 10 – 4.30.

£75 Price includes all materials and refreshments.

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 Embossed Metal Hook Boards

New dates to be confirmed or book this workshop as a group booking

Learn how to emboss metal and create a decorative hook board for your house or to give as a gift. This is a simple, effective and enjoyable technique for creating decorations for your home, to adorn furniture.

You don’t have to be an amazing artist, we will provide you with plenty of templates and inspiration sheets or you can, of course, create a design of your own. You’ll learn a variety of methods for embossing metal and for mounting your work and will be given lots of ideas for how you could take the technique further at home.

The workshop will be delivered by me, Anna Roebuck from The Making House! In case you didn’t know; I’ve been delivering specialist workshops for over 15 years and will support you in creating your own amazing piece of artwork in a relaxed setting. The workshop price includes your block, a choice of 4 colours of ‘Milk’ paint to colour it, copper or aluminium sheet for you to create your design, a basic hook, as much tea and coffee as you’d like and of course cake! If you want to make your design more bespoke The Jackdaw Rooms have a variety of decorative knobs for you to choose from and buy.


The workshop is suitable for anyone and is a nice introduction to learning basic metalwork and jewellery making skills. You will learn to make a variety of flowers from poppies and poppy seed heads to daisies and cornflowers and will be provided with a selection of different wires to develop your designs in. All the materials are supplied and you’ll get a handout to remind you of how to do the basics as well as suggestions for suppliers.

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Silversmithing Club

We run a fortnightly silversmithing club, which allows you to develop your silversmithing skills, try out new techniques and make use of all our tools and equipment. This is an informal workshop setting where you get on with your own ideas, with support from Anna. New techniques are introduced to give you fresh input and ways to take your designs forward and we have lots of books for inspiration.

Silversmithing Club is designed for people who have completed one of our basics courses and therefore have a basic understanding of silversmithing. It costs £10 per session, materials are additional but can be bought from The Making House at cost price.


 

Testimonials

“Thoroughly enjoyed it, learnt a lot, would like to do more. I liked the informality and encouragement to try things.”

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