Diploma in Silver Jewellery (26 Weeks)
Diploma in Silver Jewellery
This two-term Diploma Course is designed to develop the bench skills needed to produce professional silver jewellery.
It has been launched to complement our successful, mixed media Diploma in Creative Jewellery and particularly to meet the needs of makers who want to focus exclusively on silver.
The course will take you from basic silver jewellery skills to being able to design and produce your own collection using a range of techniques and design skills.
The course includes high quality tuition in small groups in a fully-equipped jewellery workshop with an allowance of 20g of silver per applicable class.
Course Start Dates:
We currently have 3 courses scheduled
Saturday 16th September 2017
Tuesday 16th January 2018
Saturday 15th September 2018
The classes on this course are taught by experienced and successful designer jewellers including Helen Walls, Hayley Kruger, Penny Akester, Michelle Leaver, Amy Keeper, Alison, Natasha Lisa.
The course is structured in two terms (of 11 weeks of taught classes plus a work bench day and a marking day each, with one teaching day per week). At the end of each term students will design their own end of term piece of silver jewellery which implements all the skills they have developed over the preceding weeks.
What is included:
Included in the cost of the course are all of the basic materials needed for each lesson, including 20g of silver for each applicable class, use of our fully equipped studios during your classes and our usual expert tuition. You will also be assigned a support tutor.
What will be expected of you:
You will be expected to attend all classes, once a week throughout the programme and need 90% attendance or more to pass the course. If you miss a class it will be up to you to make up the work missed in your own time at at your own cost.
This class is run and assessed by London Jewellery School
(subject to changes)
Week 1: Beginners Silver Jewellery – an introduction to key silversmithing techniques while making a ring and a charm
Week 2: Piercing, Polishing and Finishing – learning techniques to give your work a professional finish.
Week 3: Jewellery Design – providing techniques for you to marshal inspiration and turn ideas into practical designs
Week 4: Soldering Masterclass – soldering is an essential skill so in this class you don’t make a finished item but develop the skills to tackle a range of joints.
Week 5: Intermediate Silver Jewellery – put the skills you have learned so far into practice with a choice of more complex project
Week 6: Cold Connections – learn how to join pieces when soldering isn’t an option
Weeks 7&8: Stone setting in Silver – covering cabochon, tube and flush (or gypsy) settings
Week 9: Chain-making – as well as being able to create your own chains, this class further develops your soldering techniques
Weeks 10&11: Personal Project – use what you have learned so far to create a piece of your own design with the guidance of a tutor.
Week 12: Workbench Day – self-guided day to complete your term one pieces.
Week 13: Term 1 marking
Week 1: Fold Forming – this technique involves repeatedly annealing, folding and hammering sheet metal to produce unique, organic and strong three dimensional shapes.
Weeks 2&3: Intermediate Stone Setting – collet and channel settings and working with irregular shaped stones
Week 4: Technical Drawing – in this lesson learn how to draw accurate technical drawings for jewellery making
Week 5: Beginners Wax Carving - carve and shape the wax into different shapes and design whole pieces of jewellery in wax reading for casting in metal
Week 6: Enamelling – this ancient art is a great way to add colour to your silver pieces, class covers both wet and dry techniques.
Week 7&8: Mixed Media – work with wood, Perspex or other metals alongside silver to create striking mixed media pieces
Week 9: Intermediate Wax Carving – learn techniques to carve complex pieces including pendants and earrings with a view to designing and making a collection
Weeks 10&11: Personal Project – bring together all the skills from the course to create a final piece of your own design with the support of a tutor.
Week 12: Workbench Day – complete your final pieces for marking
Week 13: Term 2 marking
You can download the complete course dates by clicking on the start date of your choice below
Installment 1: £1,100 at time of booking
Installment 2: £1,100 before start of term 1
Installment 3: £1,050 before start of term 2
Payments can be made by card, bank transfer, cash or cheque.
To find out more give us a call on 0203 176 0546. If you would like to apply please complete this application form
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