A traditional silversmithing course for beginners, exploring surface pattenation.
Led by Ness Bird, this weekend will focus on developing basic smithing skills through the process of making 2 simple pieces of silver jewellery of your choosing. We will be using techniques such as soldering, forging, planishing (creating a hammered surface,) stamping and oxidising. Students will have the opportunity to experiment with techniques over the weekend to create different surface decorations.
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Please bring a small sketch book and pencil (A5 ish). Make sure you wear old comfortable clothes with no loose ends, and tie long hair back. Materials are included for 2 pieces, extra materials will be available to purchase as necessary. Tools will be provided for your use during the course.
Who’s it For?
This course is aimed at people with little or no experience of silversmithing.
Ness Bird has a degree in silversmithing and 3 dimensional design. She has worked as a professional Designer/Maker of jewellery for 17 years – predominantly of personalised wedding bands – and has been running metalsmithing and jewellery making courses for 10 years.