Silversmithing and Jewellery Beginners Course

From: £220.00 (per person)

The beginners’ course is an eight week introductory programme running on Thursday evenings from 6.30pm-9pm or Friday mornings 10am-12.30pm running term time only- school holidays and bank holidays excluded. Designed to explore many of the foundation skills and jewellery making techniques required to begin to make your own designs, the next beginners course starts on Thursday April 21st  2022, or Friday April 22nd, ending on Thursday June 16th, or Friday June 17th  depending on which day and time suits you best. Each session a new technique is introduced by tutor demonstration and explained in detail in the course notes. The accompanying notes are all in a week by week booklet (written by Karen your tutor) outlining each session, and each week builds on what you have learnt in the previous session to build your knowledge and understanding.

NOTE: All tuition, tools, and materials are included but not silver, which must be purchased by yourself – your tutor can advise. Fewer than 4 participants on the course means it is at the tutors discretion whether the class runs.

Please read the full Terms of Booking, and particularly the REFUNDS policy within those terms BEFORE making your booking. 


The beginner’s course is about introducing you to as many processes as possible and is based on the acquisition of skills. This course is not outcome based i.e. we do not aim to make a finished piece of jewellery each session, although you will finish 3 or 4 pieces (dependant on yourself) by the end of the course. Each two and a half hour session is designed to give you maximum hands-on practical time in the workshop, getting used to selecting, holding and using the tools efficiently.

Skills Covered:

  • Exploring the texturing of metals by embossing, hammer texturing, etching & stamping.
  • Correct use of a piercing saw e.g. fitting blades & how to drill holes in metal.
  • Introduction to using and making your own wire.
  • Introduction to silver soldering techniques
  • How to effectively design & make your own jewellery
  • Polishing your work to a high standard of finish

A list of essential tools will be provided if you wish to set up your own workbench at home along with a list of trusted suppliers for all your jewellery making needs.

After completing the beginners course, you could always enrol on the improvers course to extend your skills, using the workshop tools and equipment and the support of your tutor. We also have the “BENCHspace Collective” where we get together to sell our jewellery at pop-up events and artists/ craft markets, this is a supportive way to start selling and promoting your work.


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