Jewellery & Metalwork

I deliver a variety of basic metalwork and silversmithing courses here at The Making House, allowing people to learn essential skills for making their own jewellery and sculpture.

Silversmithing

5 Session Course

Learn the basics of Silversmithing and how to work in both wire and sheet metal; from cutting and shaping to soldering then texturing, forming and finally finishing your pieces. You’ll learn a variety of basic techniques through developing your own designs in different metals and/or by incorporating with beads and other materials.

Autumn dates:

Wednesday evenings, 7 – 9pm, commencing 9th September 2020
(9th, 23rd September, 7th, 21st Oct, 4th Nov)

Due to Covid – 19 dates may have to be changed, in the event of this happening I will postpone and offer a new date, however I will, of course, be more than happy to give a full refund if this is your preference.

The course is suitable for beginners and is designed to allow you to develop your own simple 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 it will be supplied to you at cost price from The Making House throughout the course (most people use between £5 and £15 worth of silver depending on the size of their projects)

Due to the intensity of this course, numbers are limited to 5 people.

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Silversmithing Course


Wire Poppies Online

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.

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Wire Poppies Online Workshop


Wire Alliums

For your garden in the garden

Saturday 25th July 10 – 4, £55

Due to the current situation dates may have to be changed, in the event of this happening we will postpone and offer a new date, however we will, of course, be more than happy to give a full refund if this is your preference.

Price includes all basic materials and refreshments, please bring your own lunch.

Learn various wire forming techniques and create a wonderful everlasting Allium for your garden.

The workshop is suitable for anyone and is a nice way to learn basic metalwork and jewellery making skills. Please note though, the technique is quite repetitive and the wire used for the large Alliums needs to be relatively thick so it may be tiring on your hands, so please bare this in mind if you have any issues with hand strength.

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Wire Alliums


Jewellery Taster Session

Thursday 20th August 6.30pm – 9pm, £25

Due to the current situation dates may have to be changed, in the event of this happening we will postpone and offer a new date, however we will, of course, be more than happy to give a full refund if this is your preference.

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Join Anna for a jewellery making taster session and create personalised gifts for friends or just for you. This is a great simple introduction to jewellery making techniques.

You’ll get a taste of creating jewellery from sheet metal, using copper and aluminium and use different stamps to add your own personalised messages

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Jewellery Taster Workshop


Pewter Cast Jewellery and Buttons

Saturday 18th July 2020, 10am – 4pm £60

Due to the current situation dates may have to be changed, in the event of this happening we will postpone and offer a new date, however we will, of course, be more than happy to give a full refund if this is your preference

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

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Pewter Casting


Silversmithing Saturdays

Through Autumn, I’ll, (hopefully), be running a series of Silversmithing Saturdays.

You can book on each workshop individually, but to give you a full introduction to silversmithing I recommend you book on all 3:

– Silversmithing Sheet Metal Jewellery on Saturday 7th November (price £75).
– Silvermithing Wire Jewellery on Saturday 12th September (price £70)
– Silvermithing Stacker rings and bangles on Saturday 10th October (price £75)

Book 2 workshops for £130 or book all 3 for £195.


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.

Saturday 12th September, 10 – 4.30. £70

Price includes all materials and refreshments.

 

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.

Find out more and book here:

Silversmithing – Silver Wire


Silversmithing Basics – Working in Sheet Metal

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

Saturday 7th November, 10 – 4.30 (price £75).

Price includes all materials and refreshments.

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.

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Silversmithing – Sheet Metal


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

I 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 £12 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.”