Short Courses

We run a variety of Masterclasses, which are taken by experts in their fields for members only throughout the year. These courses are between one and four days long, running on Fridays to Sundays. Below is a list of the courses which are planned for 2021. We also run short courses including our 10 week beginners’ jewellery making course. Most courses are £80 per day per person, plus materials. There were a number of courses which had to be postponed in 2020, these are listed at the bottom of the page, we hope to hold these in the near future.

Please be aware that with the current Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation the Masterclasses may need to be cancelled at short notice. Jasso will inform participants should this be required..


Course Details

Creating Chain Mail with Judi RowlandsBook Now
1 day course – 24th July 2021 – £80.00 -plus materials

Chain Mail was first used in warfare; the tightly linked metal rings providing protection from blades and arrows. It is tactile and lends itself to jewellery making, by itself or combined with beads and stones. Chain mail has 3 types:

  • European, looks a bit like knitting
  • Persian / Islamic, a much looser linking
  • Japanese (not visible under the Samurai’s silk padding)

Getting started is the difficulty, so to save time you will be given a sample of European and Persian construction. You will also be provided with useful notes and diagrams. Chain linking can be done anywhere, initially we will be working with copper links (provided by Judi).

  • Construction of Persian / Islamic mail
  • Construction of European mail
  • Japanese is so simple you just need to see the construction
  • Byzantine pattern (a useful construction, you will be provided with a sample)
  • How to make quantities of jump rings

You will need to bring:

  • 2 x pairs of flat nosed pointed pliers (vital for you to have your own)
  • Piercing saw and fine blades
  • Old metal knitting needles or pieces of rod as formers
  • If you want to bring sterling silver wire, 0.8 is the best.

Chasing and repousse with Judi RowlandsBook Now
1 day course – 14th August 2021 – £80.00 -plus materials

Chasing and repousse are twin techniques which involve moving metal, adding volume and depth to sheet metal. You can create substantial looking jewellery without increasing the weight. Chasing and repousse are ideal techniques for decorating the surface of various items of silver ware e.g. box lids. Chasing is worked from the front and repousse from the back.

  • Starting off, putting your metal onto the pitch bowl
  • Looking at the basic tools to be used
  • Playtime, practice using the tools
  • How to remove your design, forge etiquette
  • Making a simple design, suggest abstract rather than figurative
  • How to transfer the design on to your metal
  • More practice
  • Maybe using silver?

Reference notes will be provided; there is not time for making pitch bowls and tools. JASSO has bowls and tools, if you have your own that would be most useful.

  • Copper sheet will be provided by Judi
  • Off cuts of silver of your own, 0.6 to 0.9
  • Ball point pen
  • Carbon paper.
  • Tracing paper, double sided tape
  • Fragment of fine wet and dry paper
  • Old knife
  • Reversible tweezers
  • Small bottle and piece of rag
  • Lip balm or equivalent
  • Old tin biscuit lid or baking tray; if you have, not essential
  • Doming punches if you have them

Beginners’ Jewellery course Summer 2021
5 sessions with Sally Spencer
Beginners – Fridays 10am to 4.00pm – 2 July, 9 July, 23 July, 30 July, 20 August 5 sessions
Course content: Participants will work through a series of projects, building on the skills they are learning. They will be taught how to design a piece of jewellery so that they can understand the process and how to develop their designs. NOTE: in order to access this course, you will need to become a JASSO member. Membership fee £20.
Cost of course: £280 including materials (gemstones extra)
For membership and to apply for a place on the course please contact Jasso: jassoenquiries
Sessions and Projects will include:

  • Introduction to the workshop, Health and Safety
  • Introduction to jewellery and design
  • Learning how to make a simple band ring
  • Designing and making a pierced pendant
  • Designing and making both stud and drop earrings featuring textures
  • Designing and making a pair of decorated cufflinks
  • Learning how to make a setting for a cabochon stone and then turning this into a ring

This course will provide a broad introduction to a number of techniques which students can then continue to build on as they develop their skills. All tools needed to complete this course will be supplied for students’ use.
Improvers’ sessions will be held on 16 July, 6 August am, 13 August am, 27 August 2021.


In the pipeline

There are a number of courses that were planned for 2020 but had to be postponed. We hope to be able to run these in the near future. They are listed below.

  • Lost Wax Casting with Jeff Wallis (4 days)
  • Granulation and Reticulation with Milly Maunder Designs (2days)
  • Faceted rub-over gemstone ring with Ophelia Brathwaite (2 days)