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Why choose this course?

Due to the coronavirus outbreak we are monitoring the situation and will update our short courses when we have further information.

Jewellery - Working with Silver

This course is ideal for those who want to get started with making jewellery from silver, either as a hobby, or for artists/maker-designers who want to develop their jewellery skills further and who work in a craft-based creative industry.

Through weekly hands-on tutorials and demonstrations you will be learning the basic techniques and stages of making metal jewellery, initially working with copper and then moving on to silver.

The course will cover and introduction to:

  • The basic skills required for all silver work including annealing, soldering, piercing and forming.
  • Creating designs from your own ideas and planning how to make them.
  • Working with copper and silver to produce at least 2 finished pieces – you can choose from a ring, bangle, pendant, cufflinks or earrings.
  • Polishing and finishing techniques.

For those who have attended a course previously and want to learn further techniques or refresh existing skills, you will create more difficult pieces. For instance, you will be able to make a chain pendant or to texture more complex pieces of jewellery.

By the end of the course you will have a good understanding of the process and techniques involved in jewellery making, from start to finish, and you will be able to produce your own finished pieces of jewellery. You will also be offered support and advice if you would like to continue making and selling jewellery or want to set up your own studio.

Course dates

This course runs on a Thursday evening from 19.00 - 21.30 on the following dates:

  • 17 September to 29 October 2020
  • 05 November to 17 December 2020
  • 14 January to 25 February 2021
  • 04 March to 29 April 2021 (7 weeks, excluding 01 & 08 April 2021 -
    Easter Break)

Course length

7 weeks


£185.00 for each 7 week course

Forging, Texturing, Soldering and Forming - 3 week add-on course

In this add-on course you will learn traditional techniques of forging, soldering and forming pieces of jewellery followed by the process of creating texturing on the surface. This is more intricate work and it would be beneficial but not compulsory for you to have previously attended one of our 7 week courses in Jewellery.

The course will cover:

  • Week 1 – The basic process of forging wire.
  • Week 2 – Forming your forged wire shape.
  • Week 3 – Texturing and finishing your chosen design.

By the end of the course you will have created and finished either a pendant or a ring to take home.

Course Dates

This course runs on a Monday evening from 19.00 to 21.30 on the following dates:

  • 28 September to 12 October 2020
  • 09 November to 23 November 2020
  • 25 January to 08 February 2021
  • 08 March to 22 March 2021

Course length

3 weeks

Course cost

£80.00 for each 3 week courses

Both courses are suitable for complete beginners and for those with previous silver jewellery experience.

Course expert

Sally Andrews

If you wish to discuss this or any other Creative Arts short courses, please contact the short course team on 01707 285327 or


Please note that materials are not included within course fees and are payable to the tutor on the first evening of your chosen course:

Jewellery (7 week courses)

Starter pack: cost of £14.00 payable at the first session.

  • Copper sheet 300mm x 75mm x 0.9mm
  • Copper 1mm round wire x 1 metre
  • Copper 2mm round wire x 1 metre
  • Hard silver solder 10cm
  • x1 bundle saw blades
  • Wet & dry Sand paper x2 sheets

Forging, Texturing, Soldering and Forming. (3 week add-on course)

There will be a charge of £19.00 payable direct to the tutor on the first evening of this course, for precious metals.

  • 20cm of 3mm round copper wire
  • 20cm of 3mm round silver wire.

Booking Deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed 2 weeks before the start date of each course. This will allow the Short Course team to determine whether a course has met the minimum number of students needed for the class to run. If a class has failed to recruit, the class will be re-scheduled and you will be informed. Where relevant you will be offered an alternative class. If the course has met minimum numbers, bookings will stay open to the course start date or until it has met maximum numbers. 

We encourage you to book early before the deadline to avoid disappointment.

Bookings for all short courses need to be made online through the Universities’ online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enrol or attend a class on the day the course starts, without prior arrangement. 

Where to find us

Our address is The School of Creative Arts, College Lane Campus, Hatfield, Herts AL10 9AB.

For Maps and Directions please visit our helpful ‘Where to Find Us’ page. Further details are sent by email when you have booked.


If for any reason you change your mind about joining us after you have accepted the offer, you have a legal right to cancel your contract to study with us within 14 days. This cancellation period therefore ends at the end of 14 days after the day on which you accepted our offer.  For further details of cancellation terms, please see the following link

Entry requirements...

This course is suitable for both complete beginners and for those with previous silver jewellery experience.



Start DateEnd DateDay and TimeCostLink
05/11/202017/12/2020Thursdays 19:00 - 21:30£185Apply online
09/11/202023/11/2020Mondays 19:00 - 21:30£80Apply online
14/01/202125/02/2021Thursdays 19:00 - 21:30£185Apply online
25/01/202108/02/2021Mondays 19:00 - 21:30£80Apply online
04/03/202129/04/2021Thursdays 19:00 - 21:30£185Apply online
08/03/202122/03/2021Mondays 19:00 - 21:30£80Apply online