6 Day Jewellery Business Intensive
This fun and intensive 6-day course is designed for anyone interested in setting up their jewellery business but not sure where to start, who would like to learn the technical jewellery making skills as well as the business skills to get started in the world of jewellery (this class is for 6 consecutive days from the start date).
An experienced tutor will guide you through the main skills we cover including, practical jewellery making skills in beginners beading, beginners metal clay and beginners silver jewellery. Alongside this, the course also covers business set up skills including marketing yourself, legal requirements, pricing and selling your jewellery, getting into galleries and shops, photographing your jewellery, building your own website, jewellery design and much more.
This course is suitable for beginners but is an intensive course which we have packed lots of things into so be prepared for 6-days of learning, brainstorming and creativity.
Skills and techniques covered in this course include:
Day 1 - Beginners Beading. Skills covered include: threading, crimping, creating earwires and clasps, attaching findings, making complete earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Using a wide range of beads to create pieces. Making multi-strand pieces, adding tassels, using different wires, proper use of tools including pliers, mini-files and crimping tools.
Day 2 - Beginners Metal Clay. Skills covered include: rolling out the clay to a consistent thickness, the different types of metal clay and what is used for what, earring making, basic stone setting, texturing the clay, tools used in metal clay, mould making, torch and kiln firing, sanding, polishing and achieving a professional finish. Attaching findings to your finished pieces.
Day 3 - Beginners Silver Jewellery.
Techniques covered in this class include:
- Sanding and polishing
- Working with silver
- Tools and resources
Day 4 - Jewellery Design
Topics and areas usually covered in this class include:
- Basic sketching for designs
- Finding inspiration (we have lots of magazines, books, samples and weird and wonderful things to get you going)
- The key elements of design
- And throughout the day we will get you started on making your very own design scrap book to kick-start your new collection
- What materials to use for what designs
- How to make your design ideas a reality
Day 5 - Jewellery Business (business skills). The skills discussed include: marketing, PR, websites, photography, budgeting, pricing and selling your jewellery, getting into galleries and shops, packaging, legal requirements, insurance as well as networking and class discussions.
Day 6 - Website Design
Techniques covered in this class include:
Setting up your own website with your choice of colours and layout
Creating different pages so you can showcase photos of your work, create a ‘contact me’ form, about me section etc
Practice editing and adding to your pages so that you are confident in doing this at home
Be able to purchase a domain name (a website address) and attach it to your website
Set up a sliding gallery of your images
What you need to bring to this class:
For this class you don't need to bring anything but yourself to the jewellery making sessions on this course as everything is provided.
For the website design class please make sure you bring a note of any email and social media accounts and passwords you may want to link to your website, plus if possible some pictures of your jewellery on a memory stick or have them available on your phone. Laptops are provided for this class but you are welcome to bring your own.
As with all of our classes, all materials are included in the cost of the class as well as plenty of tea, coffee and luxury biscuits! The classes are all run by expert tutors with years of professional experience who are friendly, knowledgeable and approachable. The size of the classes is kept small to allow plenty of one-on-one attention and the maximum number of students for this class is 7.
We take an hour break for lunch and there are plenty of local shops to get food from, or you can always bring a packed lunch to eat in the studio. If you have any questions regarding this, or other courses please don't hesitate to get in touch.
What some of our students have said about this class
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Please Note: Our classes are suitable for those aged 16 and over & for health and safety reasons, all students need to wear closed toe shoes when coming to the workshop. If you have any access requirements, please contact us before booking a course. And due to our small class sizes we are unable to offer transfers or refunds on our courses once booked. Please make sure you can make the date before booking. Thanks LJS x