Improver level

Jewellery Making with Silver and Gold

excl materials
Nerissa Parker Jewellery Designer
Nerissa Parker, Class tutor

Jewellery Making with Silver and Gold

Learn how to work with silver and gold to add gold accents to your jewellery.

We start by learning the differences between the two metals. We look closely at how different carats of gold each have their own characteristics when working with them. This will inform students on which metal is most suitable to work with for a project.

We take a look at recycling precious metals and melt down your scrap silver and gold into ingots. We then transform your shiny new ingots into sheet and wire to work with.

Once you have prepared the necessary materials we move on to explore various approaches to creating gold accents within your jewellery designs. These approaches include

  • Stone setting – how to use gold for stone setting.
  • Keum-boo – how to fuse gold foil onto silver.
  • Gold plating – how to use an electro-plating pen to plate silver with gold.
  • Gold inlay – how to create surface patterns using gold.

Students will apply some or all of these new techniques to a jewellery piece of their own choosing with guidance from the tutor.

Throughout the course, you will have access to our fully equipped studio, which is stocked with all the tools and materials you need to create jewellery. You’ll also have the opportunity to work alongside other students, sharing ideas and inspiration and learning from one another.

Student Ability Level

This intermediate-level course is suitable for students who have already mastered the basics of jewellery making and are looking to take their skills to the next level. If you’re unsure whether this course is right for you, please feel free to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.

The class is not suitable for beginners, if you have never made jewellery before please consider our Beginner Silver Jewellery Course.

Student Age Requirements

All students attending classes or workshops at Kingham Jewellery School must be 18 or over, unless otherwise stated in the course information.

The minimum age for students attending group bookings is school year 11, 15-16 years of age provided they are accompanied by fee paying adults. We do not offer group bookings solely for under 18’s.

Course Start Dates

We update the schedule every 3 months, usually around half term once we have an idea of how many current students wish to continue into the following term. This helps us plan which courses we can run. If you don’t see any dates listed below it’s because there’s nothing in the schedule yet. The best way to find out when courses are updated is to subscribe to our newsletter.

Tue 30 Apr 2024
10.00am – 12.30pm
8 weekly classes
The start date for this course has already passed

Course Materials

Course fees for our silver and gold jewellery course include solder and saw blades only. Metals, findings and a variety of stones are available for purchase at the school or feel free to bring your own to work with.

Students working in gold must purchase their own gold and gold solder. We do not carry gold at the workshop, however, we can order gold in advance of a term if required. Please contact us if you do intend to order gold from us.

Workshop Safety

As a student you are responsible for your own safety in the workshop. The most important things to remember are;

  • Please listen to directions from your tutor to ensure you know how to use all the equipment safely and correctly.
  • Do not operate equipment you do not know how to use.
  • Covered footwear is required and absolutely no high heels.
  • Tie back long hair when using motorised equipment.
  • Please respect others and don’t interrupt students who are soldering, using the drill or any other equipment that could create a safety concern if the operator is distracted.
  • Remember to take all your belongings with you when you leave.
  • Please leave all unnecessary personal items at home.

You will need to bring

  • Your own apron, to protect your clothes.
  • Packed lunches are recommended if your class runs for a full day.

Please do not attend the workshop if

  • You feel unwell.

A more comprehensive guide to workshop safety can be found in our Workshop Guidelines pdf.

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