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Design and Make Jewellery

Thursday 25 April 2019
19:00 - 21:30
27.5 Hours / 11 Weeks
5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath

Fee information. Click here for eligibility details (opens in a new window).

£168.00 Half fee of £85.00 available. Course symbols: CL

Course description

Discover how to initiate ideas and the basic metalworking techniques required to make a piece of jewellery.

Entry requirements

No particular requirements except for an interest in making items in metal using your own hands. On-going students are welcome to extend and continue major projects.

What you will learn

A structured craft course to learn how to design and make pieces of fine jewellery which encompass both precious metals and gemstones. This course will enable you to learn the basic metalworking techniques and gem-stone setting skills necessary to produce high quality fine jewellery with precision and accuracy. We will work on a variety of projects which encompass a range of dif-ferent techniques and which will give students the opportunity to develop skills that can be transferred to the full range of fine jewellery designing and making. Students are also encouraged to work on their own projects if desired

How you will learn on this course

We will start with prototypes using nickel and brass to enable students to gain con-fidence and develop their own designs at the outset before progressing to finished pieces created in semi-precious and precious gemstones and metals.

How you will be assessed on this course

By the end of the course students should have finished: - 1) a bangle 2) a single stone ring, 3) earrings set with stones Students should also be able to show improvement and greater confidence in using the metalworking techniques of: - 1) Sawing 2) Soldering 3) Filing 4) Piercing 5) Texturing 6) Polishing It is anticipated that students will spend approximately 4 weeks on each project but this will depend on the individual ability and speed of each student. This will in-clude the various stages of the techniques listed above Returning students will have the chance to develop their own designs and build upon techniques already learnt.

Qualification and exam information (only for courses leading to a qualification)


What you will be expected to do outside your lesson time

Not required but students are welcome to practice techniques at home if they wish.

What you need for your course

Sketchbook, pen/pencil, rag, own tools if available and a protective overall or apron. Saw blades can be purchased from the tutor. Students will need to purchase their own hand tools and the tutor will advise what they will need to buy to enable them to fully participate in the course.

What you need to bring to the first class

As above however after 2-3 months many students buy a few basic tools/books of their own. The course tutor will be able to give further advice as the course pro-gresses. Students will need to purchase basic consumable items such as saw blades and drill bits as and when needed. Semi-precious and precious gemstones and metal will also need to be purchased.

What you can do next

Other jewellery courses at Bexley Adult Education or further study for a foundation degree.

Additional information

At the beginning of the course, you will have an induction to the College and the course. Your tutor will ask you to complete an Individual Learning Plan (ILP) and agree your personal learning goals. All documents are a requirement of the Funding Agency. All students on courses funded by the ESFA must complete a Learning Agreement and ILP.

Venue information

5 Brampton Road, Bexleyheath, Kent DA7 4EZ Nearest Train Station: Bexleyheath. Buses: 89, 96, B16, B15, B14, B12, 422 Car park available onsite. Please note car parking spaces cannot be guaranteed. For further details of parking please refer to https://www.bexley.gov.uk/services/parking