Our Bench Skills Masterclass for Jewellers is an intensive 2 day workshop to perfect and hone your jewellery making ability. This class is suitable for you if you have either recently started jewellery making, or have been practicing for a while. The aim of the class is to help with the main bench skills that you may be finding difficult, or want to improve.
What will we do during the Bench Skills Masterclass for Jewellers?
Firstly we will take an in-depth look at using the piercing saw. Mastering this tool is an essential step to becoming a successful jewellery designer and maker. The piercing saw is one of the most important tools you have in your tool kit. we will have a quick re-cap of the basic principals of using the saw. Then we will do a series of exercises that cover different sawing scenarios. These include; making identical items, cutting tubing and curved sheet, sawing from over-sized sheet, and different ways to cut jump rings.
We will also re-cap other ways to cut different materials. This will involve using a few specialised tools and techniques.
The next skill base we will explore is soldering. Ideal if you have ever struggled with soldering, if you’re confused by the technicalities of it, or are competent at soldering but wish to further your skills.
We will start with the basics. Firstly we look at the science behind the process and the relationship between solder and flux. We will study the importance of the correct level of heat. Then how to set up your work to achieve success. This will be followed with a practical workshop; we will look at the several different soldering techniques; pick, probe, stick, sweating, tinning, pallion and how to use solder paste.
How will I achieve all this?
During the workshop you will make a piece of jewellery which will explore as many of these techniques as possible. This may need a small amount of finishing after the weekend. The project can be made of silver, copper, brass or a mixture of different metals. It will be possible to add some of your own design accents to the piece.
Master other important bench skills
Along the way other skills will be addressed. We will re-cap how to drill, file and achieve an expert finish. How to successfully mark out your designs on to sheet will also be covered.
What is included?
All tools and equipment needed for the course will be provided in our purpose built jewellery studio. The different solders you will use are also provided for you.
Materials are extra for this workshop and will be available to buy from the studio shop. We will aim to make a bracelet similar to the one pictured. This is made with a variety of different wires and sheet. You are welcome to bring your own materials and advice on what will be needed can be supplied beforehand on request.
At Lunch time;
We are adjacent to the Chesterfield Canal where lunch may be purchased from the cafe or a pack up may be eaten at the picnic site. There is also a Morrisons supermarket close by with a cafe, cash point, etc. The studio is closed and locked over the lunch break and it is fine to leave any belongings if you wish.
Tea, coffee and other drinks are available during the morning and afternoon at the studio, along with afternoon cakes on Sunday afternoon.
Who can attend?
This class is open to post beginner upwards through to advanced. It is advisable that individuals have completed our Beginner’s 5 week Jewellery Class before attending. Students from other centres or practising on their own at home are welcome to attend. However, you will need an initial basic understanding of soldering, annealing and basic jewellery construction.
It is up to you to make sure you book the correct course for your ability level. We do not offer refunds or transfers from specialist classes. Please call, e-mail or check the terms & conditions of booking if you are unsure.