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Silversmithing Jewellery - Classic and Contemporary
Course Dates: Saturday 21st October 2017 to Sunday 22nd October 2017
Category: Jewellery
Price: £160


Make beautiful pieces of contemporary silver jewellery using traditional silversmith techniques. This course involves extensive hands-on practice and expert tuition in a well-equipped studio. The tutor is an award-winning designer–jeweller and has taught extensively. Beginners will make a silver band ring, and then progress to making items such as earrings, bangles, pendants, cuff links and brooches to their own design. Those with experience will build on existing skills by working on individual projects with one-to-one guidance.

Further Detail

Beginners will learn essential techniques such as saw piercing, filing, texturing, soldering and polishing. Others will refine their existing skills and learn other techniques applicable to their individual projects. 

An extensive range of tools is provided. You will have use of professional equipment such as a rolling mill; bracelet and ring mandrels; a bracelet-forming die set; doming block and dies; texturing hammers; disc cutters and a tumble polisher.

Information will be given on tools and materials for those wishing to continue at home and a small selection of tools will also be available to purchase.

Skills/Techniques Covered

  • annealing
  • texturing
  • soldering
  • saw piercing
  • finishing and polishing
  • workshop health and safety for silver jewellery making


Beginner and intermediate


Materials are not included in your course fee. This is because the amounts used vary from person to person, depending on the project(s) completed.

Materials can be purchased from the tutor, the cost of which depends on the size and quantity of the pieces made and the ever-fluctuating price of silver. Usually this cost is in the region of:

£30–£40 for a 2-day course

£40–£50 for a 3-day course

There is a cover charge of £2.50 per day to pay for consumable items such as saw blades and solder.

Please note that 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 clothes

Whats students have said about this tutor/course:

"Wonderful to learn from such an experieced tutor." C Williams

"Everything necessary to have a full silverwork experience." Anon

"Every enjoyable and satisfying. Good to be able to go away with finished pieces." P Webster

"Hugely interesting - possibly addictive." M Patton

Tutor Profile

Pauline Payne is a local freelance designer, jeweller and tutor who studied at Portsmouth College of Art and Design and has gained a number of prestigious awards for her jewellery work, including Royal Society of Arts commendations and the National Platinum Award. With over 30 years' experience Pauline is highly respected as a tutor and jeweller, frequently attracting outstanding reviews from both students and other professionals.

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.