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 planned courses. Most courses are £70 per day per person, plus materials.

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..


In the pipeline

There are a number of courses that are planned for 2022, some are listed below. Further information and a booking link will be added as they are available.

  • 22 and 23 January – Mixed Media Pendants & Brooches with Barbara Spence (2 days)
  • Sunday 20 February – Keum boo with Machi de Waard (1 day)
  • 19 and 20 March – little box with a hinge with Machi de Waard (2 days)
  • 15 and 16 October – trillion stone setting with Machi de Waard (2 days)

Course Details

Mixed Media Pendants and Brooches with Barbara Spence – BOOK NOW

22 & 23 January 2022 – 09:30-1700 – £140.00 plus materials

Barbara makes modern geometric jewellery with a mid-century  influence using contrasts to highlight designs.  In 2020 Barbara introduced brightly coloured Perspex to her work. She has been really excited by combining this with silver in her Perspex & Precious range including brooches which combine elements of silver, gold and gemstones with Perspex.

Course Aims

At the end of the course the students will have made a brooch or locket with elements of both silver and a non-precious material.

  • Review challenges of including non-precious materials – can’t solder
  • Review alternatives – riveting, bezel setting, claw setting, wrapping, sewing, knitting.
  • Design time
  • Making
  • individual demonstrations/ support.

The course is suitable for Intermediate level students.  Stone setting and riveting an advantage.

There will be an outline handout for the course. On day 1 there will be group discussion and demonstrations.  Looking at examples, discussing challenges, thinking about design.  A few techniques e.g. riveting.  On day 2 it will be mainly individual demonstrations/ support.

The most important thing beforehand would be for students to identify the non-precious piece they want to use.  Some research online particularly into techniques they might want to use would be helpful.  But it is best not to finalise the design before the class.

Equipment and materials

The tutor will provide: a range of Perspex discs in a variety of colours and sizes which can be bought for minimal cost

Students should bring: Normal tool box, odd scraps of silver /copper.  Drill bits and hand drills.  Appropriate needles if thinking of knitting or sewing .

Non-precious materials non-precious material they want to incorporate, with spares if possible e.g. paper, photos, textiles, Perspex or other plastic, ceramics, shells, wood, rusty old nails!

Precious : copper, silver, gemstones Any stones /silver/gold/chain they want to include.  Pre made brooch backs or bale for pendant – or materials to custom make.


Keum boo with Machi de Waard  – BOOK NOW

Sunday 20 February 2022 09:30-1700 – £70.00 plus materials

Machi de Waard has been a full-time jeweller since 2007 and was Artist in Residence at South Hill Park Arts Centre, which culminated in a solo exhibition at the end of 2010. Having taught jewellery making for over 10 years now, Machi’s first book, written with fellow jeweller Janet Richardson, “Silver Jewellery Making” was published by award-winning craft publisher Search Press on 1 February this year. She is teaching a series of Masterclasses for us this year. The first is this one day session on Keum boo.

Course Aims

You will learn the technique of Keum boo (Korean for “attached gold”) which is applying gold foil to silver*. We will explore the possibilities of this technique, including:

  • How to cut & handle gold foil
  • How to hold the gold foil in place
  • Keum boo using a hot plate
  • Applying texture before or after Keum boo
  • Practice Keum boo by applying silver foil to copper
  • Layering gold foil to create different colours
  • How to oxidise to emphasise the contrast between the metals
  • Troubleshooting: how to fix the problem if foil doesn’t adhere or there are bubbles

*Machi will not be talking about PMC (precious metal clay), but the methods are basically the same.

Who this class is for: You can be a beginner or more advanced, but if you are a beginner you must know some of the basics, such as how to saw, how to texture and how to solder.

Equipment and Materials:

There will be material packs for everyone. Each material pack is £30. It will include:

  • One 5cm x 5cm square of gold foil
  • Two 2cm X 2cm squares of sterling silver 0.7mm thick sheet
  • Copper sheet for practice
  • Silver foil for practice

Cash or card payment can be made on the day.

If you have an exact project in mind, please contact Machi WELL BEFORE the class so we can discuss! She is happy for you to work on what you want as long as it’s discussed ahead of time so we are sure it is possible!

Tools: Please bring the following:

  • A burnisher. This can be a steel one or an agate one. If steel it should be clean and not scratched.
  • Tweezers
  • Sharp scissors
  • The usual basic hand tools, saw blades, hard and easy solder etc.

If you have any questions, please email me at machidewaard@gmail.com


Make a small round box with a friction fit lid and hinge – BOOK NOW

19 & 20 March 2022 – 09:30-1700

Machi has been a full-time jeweller for 15 years and has taught jewellery making at various locations in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire (nominated for Tutor of the Year three times). She was jeweller in Residence at South Hill Park Arts Centre. She published her first book (with fellow jeweller and JASSO member Janet Richardson) in February 2021, Silver Jewellery Making, for award-winning craft publisher Search Press.

Course Aims

During the course you will make a small round box with a friction fit lid and simple one knuckle hinge in either copper or silver.  You will learn how to:

  • Use punches to decorate sheet
  • Cut a lid with plain or scalloped sides
  • Saw and file the body and lid for a round box
  • Make and solder in a lip for a friction fit lid
  • Solder a tube and wire for a simple one knuckle hinge
  • Explore design options for this small round box
  • Use different grades of solder for different stages of the project
  • Deal with firestain if your box is silver (you can see firestain on one of the box photos attached)

Who this class is for: You must already know the basics of using a saw, files, pliers and how to solder.

Equipment and Materials:

There will be material packs for everyone. You can choose to  work in silver or copper.  (the hinge tube will be silver on both)

Silver:

  • One piece of 0.6mm sheet 40 x 75mm
  • One piece of 0.6mm sheet 30 x 80mm
  • One piece of 0.3mm bezel strip 5mm wide and 75mm long
  • One piece of 1.2mm O.D. tube about 4mm long
  • One piece of 0.8mm round wire 20mm long

£50 per student

Copper:

  • One piece of 0.55mm sheet 40 x 75mm
  • One piece of 0.55mm sheet 30 x 80mm
  • One piece of 0.3mm strip 5mm wide and 75mm long
  • One piece of 1.2mm O.D. silver tube about 4mm long
  • One piece of 0.8mm silver round wire 20mm long

£20 per student

Tools: Please bring the following:  You should bring the usual assortment of hand tools, plus saw blades and hard and easy solder. Emery paper (or wet and dry paper) of about 500/600 and 1000/1200 grit.

Machi will bring extra ring pliers, various decorative punches, letter and number punches, extra sheers and formers and various other bits and pieces to cover eventualities.


Making a setting for a 10mm trillion stone – BOOK NOW

15 and 16 October 2022 – 09:30-1700

Machi has been a full-time jeweller for 15 years and has taught jewellery making at various locations in Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire (nominated for Tutor of the Year three times). She was jeweller in Residence at South Hill Park Arts Centre. She published her first book (with fellow jeweller and JASSO member Janet Richardson) in February 2021, Silver Jewellery Making, for award-winning craft publisher Search Press.

Course Aims

During the course you will make a pendant or ring with a trillion setting. Please note: the stone is trillion, not triangle.  You will set a 10mm trillion, but the process applies to other sizes as well, which will be explained. You will learn:

Trillion stone ring setting
  • How to make bearer wire
  • How to make a setting fit a trillion stone
  • How to solder the setting
  • How to use thermolock to hold a piece for setting
  • How to use a punch to set a stone
  • How to tidy up a setting after the stone is in

Who this class is for: You must already know the basics of using a saw, files, pliers and how to solder.

Equipment and Materials:

There will be material packs for everyone. You can choose to make a pendant or ring

For a pendant: £8 per student

  • -10mm trillion CZ
  • two 7cm lengths of 6mm wide 0.3mm sheet
  • -some silver wire to make a bail

For a ring: £12 per student

  • -10mm trillion CZ
  • two 7cm lengths of 6mm wide 0.3mm sheet
  • -some silver wire to make a ring shank

Machi will have punches and thermolock sticks for students to use and these will be available to purchase IF students would like to buy them (purely optional!!). The punches are £5 and the thermolock sticks are £10.  Payments can be taken in cash or by card.

Tools: Please bring the following:  The usual set of hand tools, including saw blades and solder (hard and easy).

Machi will bring thermolock on dowels for holding the piece while setting the stone. She will also bring setting punches, extra sawblades and solder, a bunch of ring pliers, greaseproof paper and various other bits and pieces to cover eventualities!

Previous Courses in 2021

  • Granulation and Reticulation – Milly Maunder
  • Chain Mail – Judy Rowlands
  • Chasing and Repoussé – Judy Rowlands