Jewellery - Working with Silver

About the course

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.

What will I study?

Learner hours: 17.5

This 7 week short course will cover an 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 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.

Where will I study?

Mode of delivery: Face to face

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.


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

Starter pack: cost of £18.00 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 0.5metre
  • Hard silver solder 5cm
  • x1 bundle saw blades
  • Wet & dry Sand paper x2 sheets

Key Staff

Course Tutor(s)

Rebecca Ilett

Booking deadlines

Bookings for all Creative Arts Short Courses will be reviewed two 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 our online booking system, before a course commences. You cannot enroll or attend a class on the day the course starts, without prior arrangement.


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. Find further details of our cancellation terms here.

How to apply?

Start DateEnd DateDayTimeCostLink
07/11/202319/12/2023Tuesday19.00 - 21.30£240.00Apply online

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Contact us

If you wish to discuss this or any other creative art short course please contact the Short Course team on 01707 285327 or complete our short course enquiry form.

Nick Thomas, Short Course Coordinator,
School of Creative Arts