Advanced Jewellery Making Classes

These classes are designed for people with a good understanding of jewellery making. Skills such as soldering, filing and saw piercing are essential, as is good eyesight. If you have any queries about whether these classes are right for you, please get in touch before booking.  

Jobbing & Repair

This course is for jewellers looking to expand into repair work, beginning with the simplest of techniques. During the course, there will be an in-depth and thorough look at each skill. Extensive tutorials will give you an opportunity to watch a true master at work, before you turn your own hands to your new-found methods. Plenty of time and guidance is on hand, however further practice in your own surroundings is most definitely recommended.

 

INTERMEDIATE 2 - SUMMER

This is an eight week evening block which is designed to give you further insight into the world of jewellery making.

A step up from the Intermediate 1 course, it's designed to help advance your knowledge and broaden your skill set. In the first four weeks you will learn more complex processes, including how to build and set a square stone, wax carving, both cuttlefish and water casting (this uses silver which is included in the price), and Mokume Gane.

 

Basic stone setting – weekend

The Basic Stone Setting course is for jewellers looking to enter into the world of stone setting, beginning with the simplest of techniques. On both days there will be an in-depth and thorough look at each style. Extensive tutorials will give you an opportunity to watch a true master at work, before you turn your own hands to your new-found skills. Plenty of time and guidance is on hand, however further practice in your own surroundings is most definitely recommended.

 

Smelting, melting and forging

Scott will take you through the smelting process where you will learn to test, smelt, pour, roll and draw down old jewellery in to new. This is a demonstration class where you will be given hints and tips and also the opportunity to ask Scott any burning questions.

 

Summer school - revision

Vanilla Ink invites students who have already started their journey into jewellery making to revise their practice and skill up during their new winter school course.

Situated at the fully-equipped Vanilla Ink Jewellery School, the course will be a week-long intensive look at processes, techniques and skills designed to increase your ability and confidence before heading back to college, uni or your own bench. 

 

Finishing school

This course is for jewellers looking to expand their finishing, beginning with the simplest of techniques. During the course, there will be an in-depth and thorough look at each skill. Extensive tutorials will give you an opportunity to watch a true master at work, before you turn your own hands to your new-found methods. Plenty of time and guidance is on hand, however further practice in your own surroundings is most definitely recommended.

 

Introduction to enamelling

A two day, weekend course learning the magic of enamelling! The class will look at traditional techniques such as Sgraffito, Plique a jour and Cloisonné. Students will learn how to prepare the metal, the different types of enamel, the use of the kiln, stencilling and stamping, graphite with enamel as well as other effective, simple techniques. We will also look at how to apply findings to an enamelled design i.e earring post, jump rings and brooch backs. By the end of course you will have a beautiful piece of enamelled jewellery and the skills to create more!

 

Introduction to wax carving

This weekend is for talented jewellers looking to add wax carving to their already impressive repertoire. Carving is an essential skill on the road to becoming a complete goldsmith. It is cheap, forgiving, and a great way to improve both design and manufacture.

 

Soldering, joining and fusing

This course is for jewellers looking to enhance their torch work and joining skills, beginning with the simplest of techniques. During the course, there will be an in-depth and thorough look at each skill. Extensive tutorials will give you an opportunity to watch a true master at work, before you turn your own hands to your new-found methods.

 

CAD for beginners

A two-day course on which you will learn how to understand different modelling techniques using software that will enable you to create models that can be fabricated using CAM [computer aided manufacture] to generate product. Together you will learn how to navigate through viewports, explore the various and extensive toolbars, and how to start creating curves and freeform surfaces with this fabulous tool. We will create simple models, using primitives to start with, progressing to 3D surface models and get you confident in progressing with your own designs.