Beginners Course

From: £175.00 (per person)

The beginners’ course is designed to be an introduction to many of the foundation skills and jewellery making techniques needed to begin to make your own designs. 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 me) outlining each session and each week builds on what you have learnt in the previous session to build your knowledge and understanding.

NOTE: Materials are not included, but sterling silver for this course can be purchased from your tutor at an additional cost (approx £25). 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 three-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 & hammering.
  • 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 #1 course to extend your skills, or join the Freestyle class (currently on a Thursday morning and/or evening) 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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