Q. I am a complete beginner - will the course be suitable for me?
YES! - all of our courses are suitable for total beginners as well as the more experienced!!!. As we only take such a small number of people on each course we can give you all maximum attention which means that we can cater for a lovely mix of abilities on each course - allowing for a great buzz of ideas and inspiration!
Q. I have never done anything creative before - how will I know what to do?
We are here to guide you from the initial design to the finished piece and we have lots of inspirational books and magazines to give you fabulous ideas!
Q. What do you cover in the courses?
The courses are designed to be flexible - we do not tell you what you have to make! (but we can if you like....!) As we only take a maximum of seven people (and there is normally two of us teaching.) on each course it means we can give everyone maximum attention - which in turn means that we can gear the course around what you would like to learn!
Everyone can work on their own projects at their own pace. Normally for beginners we suggest starting with a simple silver band ring or bracelet which will familiarise you with the metal, tools and through which you will learn all the basic jewellery making skills. Once you have gained confidence you will be buzzing and bursting with inspiration to try different techniques!!. If you have jewellery making experience already you can concentrate on particular techniques or tackle a more advanced piece - we are here to help you learn what you need to know.
You can experiment with techniques such as fusing, reticulation, casting, patination, texturing, stone setting..................
Q. Are materials included in the cost of the course?
Materials are not included in the cost of the course and are charged by weight. So you only pay for the materials you use. As a rough guide a simple silver band ring would cost approx £6 or £7.
Q. Will I learn enough on a 2 or 3 day course to be able to continue making at home?
Yes, after a 2 or 3 day course you should definitely be confident enough to be able to practice the basic jewellery making skills at home.
Q. Do you have semi precious stones available for sale on the courses?
Yes, we have a selection of semi precious cabochons, faceted stones and beads for sale but if there is anything you particularly like just let us know in advance!!
Q. What materials can I work in during the course?
We keep a large quantity of silver in stock. If you have a design in mind and know you would like to work in gold (any carat or colour) just let us know in advance and we will make sure we have it in for you! You can also work in copper or brass.
Q. I have never worked with metal before - can I work in gold on my course?
Well yes you can - but if you are a total beginner we do advise you make something in silver first in order to familiarise yourself with the metal, tools and techniques. It is totally up to you but we think you'll have a much less stressful weekend if you practice in silver or copper first!!!!!
Q. Can you advise me on which tools I would need to make jewellery at home?
Yes we can advise you on which are the best tools to get you started and where to buy them
Q. Will I complete a piece of jewellery on the course to take home?
Q. Do you have accommodation locally?
Yes, just ask and we'll send you a list of local B&B's and hotels.
Q. Can I pay for my course or my materials by debit or credit card?
We can only accept cash or cheque or BAC's transfer at the moment.