Our beginners’ course
We hope to be running our next five-week beginners’ course later in 2021, subject to Covid 19 restrictions and sufficient demand. Please contact John Huddleston if you are interested in attending the course and he will contact you nearer the time.
The course runs alongside the normal group session from 7-9pm in the workshops at John Mason School in Abingdon. The maximum size is eight to allow for plenty of support and guidance. The course will consist of three talks that are interspersed with demonstrations. There are two weeks of closely supervised practicals, where the students will make a silver ring and then they can choose one of a number of items of silver jewellery to make.
Week 1 Metals – properties and shapes, cutting, filing, soldering and polishing. Demonstration of making a ring
Weeks 2 & 3 – students make a ring then choose one of a number of projects.
Week 4 More detail – Texturing, doming, raising, forging, casting methods and design
Week 5 More detail – Enamelling, assay, tools and tying up loose ends
The cost will be £50 payable in advance. This fee includes all costs except the silver needed for your projects – probably £8-10 depending what you choose. If you work instead in copper, which has similar properties, there will be no extra cost.
The course will also give you a chance to sample the club and meet some of our regulars!
After the course you are welcome to join the club and come along every week to make whatever you would like – with continued support from more experienced members. The class and club are open to adults and one or two 16-18 year olds provided there is a parent or guardian present for each minor.
The images on this page are pieces made by people on or after the beginners’ course.