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Pewter Work Christmas Ornaments
Course Date: Thursday 23rd November 2017
Category: Metal
Price: £80


Make a beautiful pewterwork ornament for the tree. On this course you will learn how to give texture and form to soft pewter sheet to produce a decorative hanging decoration on a Christmas or winter theme. Pewterwork can be done at home with just a few inexpensive hand-held tools, so you can make more of these ornaments at home. Give your tree a stylish handmade touch this year. This course offers an introduction to the craft of Pewterwork, made popular by the Arts and Crafts Movement, and is suitable for both beginners and experienced students.

Further Detail

Learn the basic techniques common to all pewter work projects. With practice you will be able to work on similar projects at home or progress to future courses, which might include stone setting, covered boxes, and pewter applied to glass. The tutor will provide suitable designs on the chosen theme, from which you may choose. If you are already experienced in the craft of pewterwork, you might like to bring a design of your own to use. 

Skills/Techniques Covered

  • raising and texturing the metal by a variety of techniques
  • filling raised areas to provide strength and durability
  • applying patina to enhance definition
  • polishing
  • finishing, including attaching hanging mechanism


This course is designed for a range of abilities including beginners.


Materials are not included in your course fee.

All materials will be provided by the tutor. The approximate cost of these will be £10, payable to the tutor during the course.

The items you will need to bring with you are listed below.

We do not have the facilities to take card payments in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if your course involves buying materials from the tutor.

Please bring with you:

  • an apron to protect your clothes
  • ‘close-up’ glasses, if you use them for reading or craft work
  • pencil and paper for taking notes
  • any pewter working tools you may already have

Tutor Profile

Bonnie Mackintosh is a designer, craftsperson and teacher in both enamelling and pewterwork. She has more than 25 years’ experience in both crafts and currently shows and sells her work through the Surrey Guild of Craftsmen and galleries in the South East.  She has lead regluar tutorials on behalf of the Guild of Enamellers at Art in Action.  

Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS: If you are vegetarian, please tell us when you book. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please see our terms and conditions for detailed information on the food provided.