The Diploma in Silver Jewellery

 

The Diploma in Silver Jewellery is a two term long, 26 week (1 day a week) practical course suitable for beginners and improver level jewellers looking to train in traditional silver jewellery techniques with professional tutors in London’s Hatton Garden.

 
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What You Will Learn

Over the two terms you will learn to work in-depth in traditional silver and related techniques including:

  • Basic bench skills of piercing, soldering, polishing and refining silver pieces

  • A range of stone settings in both silver and wax

  • Jewellery design and technical drawing

  • Intermediate and advanced techniques in silver and much more

 

Curriculum

Term 1

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 

Term 2

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  


 

Who is this Diploma for?

We welcome students of all ages and backgrounds and often have a diverse group. Some students use the course to launch a jewellery business, to experiment with a second career in jewellery or as an alternative to a degree.

This Diploma is aimed at beginners and improver level jewellers and we cover from the basics through to intermediate/ advanced techniques. If you are looking for a part-time course in training to a professional level in silver jewellery this Diploma is for you.

What our Students go on to do next?

Many students go on to start their own jewellery businesses, some set up shops selling their work, some go into further training in jewellery to hone their craft and others work in the field of jewellery.

Some simply enjoy the course and carry on making after for their pleasure!

 

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What is included?

  • Use of all tools and materials (including most silver)

  • Expert tuition from our professional tutors

  • Small class sizes allowing plenty of 1-2-1 support

  • A mentor, feedback and support throughout the programme


Dates and Timing

Start Dates:

Tuesday 15th January 2019

Saturday 21st September 2019

Course timings:

The course runs over 2 terms each lasting 13 weeks and classes take place one day per week during term time.  

Classes run on the same day each week from 10am-5pm with a one hour lunch break from approx. 1 – 2pm. Each term has 10 teaching days, 1 workbench day and 1 marking day.


Fees and booking

There are 2 options in terms of paying for your diploma course to give you maximum flexibility. These are: 

Option 1: 

Pay the full amount of the course at the time of booking

Option 2: 

Instalment 1: £1,100 at time of booking  

Instalment 2: £1,100 before start of term 1  

Instalment 3: £1,050 before start of term 2  

Payments can be made by card, bank transfer or cash.  


Total course fees £3,250 

How to Join a Diploma

  1. Complete the short application form (link below)

  2. We will get back to you asap (usually within 2 days)

  3. Initial payments are processed

  4. We will send you your confirmation and see you on day 1 for a life-changing experience