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Jewellery Making in Metal (10 Week Course)

  • Tue, 03 Oct 2017 - Tue, 12 Dec 2017
  • 6.45 PM - 9.00 PM
  • Tickets: £180

Learn the basic techniques of jewellery making and make a piece of jewellery each week. Includes how to use a jeweller's piercing saw, drilling, filing and polishing metal correctly and how to create colour, texture and patinas on metal.

The course will be taught by Helen Leigh Dolan.

Helen has exhibited and taken part in events nationally and internationally and her work has been recognised by leading publications and curators.

All materials and tools are provided.


Winter Session 2017, Tuesday evenings from 6.45-9pm

3 / 10 / 17 / 24 / 31 Oct // 14 / 21 / 28 Nov // 5 / 12 Dec

£180 for the 10 week course (full course must be booked in advance)

It is possible to split this cost into two payments of £90, please call 0345 017 6660 for more details.

For more information or to book please click here or contact dot-art with enquires at or 0345 0176660


  • Week 1: Basic Sawing and Drilling

- Learn how to install a saw blade into a piercing saw frame.

- Learn about the different blades and which to use for different materials.

- Practice the correct grip of the saw and learn how to cut metal using a jewellers piercing saw.

- Learn how to use a drill and it’s uses in cutting shapes in metal.

  • Week 2: Fretwork Piercing, Filing and Sanding

- Create a design to cut out of metal, using the techniques practiced in week 1.

- Incorporate sawing curves and straight lines in the design.

- Introduction to files and their correct uses.

- Learn about the different grades of wet and dry sandpaper to sand and polish metal.

  • Week 3: Making an Impression

- Experiment with creating textures in metal using centre punches and hammers.

- Use the surrounding environment to find and create textures on the surface of sheet metal.

  • Week 4: Tabs – Trapping Objects

- Create a pendant by cutting tabs into the sheet metal in order to trap objects to create a pendant.

  • Week 5: Earrings and Findings

- Learn the correct use of different jewellery findings.

- Make your own earring hooks, eyepins and headpins.

- Design and make a pair of earrings hung on earring hooks you have made.

  • Week 6: Slotted Pendant

- Using a slot system to create a 3D pendant

  • Week 7: Rings

- Create a selection of adjustable rings in different designs and textures.

  • Week 8: Design Your Own Jewellery

- Design a piece of jewellery to create.

- Taking inspiration from all the techniques learnt from the previous weeks.

- Learn how to transfer the design onto your chosen metal.

- Practice and experiment the techniques that are going to be used in the final jewellery design.

  • Week 9 & 10: Create and complete final jewellery design.

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