June 2010: Silver Jewellery Making Workshop

June 06, 2012

On 5th June I taught a silver jewellery making workshop. Four students, two new and two returning, all worked on individual projects. We had a really enjoyable day in the studio, and everyone made a lovely piece of jewellery to take home. We worked on several techniques including basic soldering, piercing, forming, planishing, shaping and finishing as well as setting, and using a drill for decoration. Here are some images from the day and the finished pieces. Have a look at the feedback back page to hear what some of the students said.

 


Laura piercing the silver to make rings.


Ali at the bench filing one of the three rings she made before linking them all together.


Melanie planishing 2 small circles to make into earrings.


Laura's work in progress.


Lunch time allows us chance to have some fresh air and take a break from the studio for half an hour. We gather around the dining table and enjoy homemade cake baked by my mum!


Ali made a really lovely ring made up of 3 bands, 1 textured, 1 matt and 1 polished, held together with a gold ring.


Laura made 2 rings and joined them with a band with drilled decorative holes


Melanie came for a day one to one tuition last year and made a ring in gold, then I melted the scrap pieces with some antique gold she owned and made a blob. Melanie rolled it down and cut out the heart shape and added the wire.

 


Melanie still had a few pieces left so made a pair of earrings based on one of my designs, eventually using every last scrap of metal!

 


Sarah's finished silver ring, set with a tourmaline.