Jewellery Making - Beginners

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Course Description

Learn basic techniques including how to use hand tools and achieve a variety of metal finishes while using safe workshop practices. You will make simple pieces of jewellery in metal including pendant, earrings and a cuff bracelet. Some tools and materials are provided, but you will have to purchase your personal toolkit and metals as listed under “Other Costs” below (approximately $200 extra).
This is a ‘hands-on’ practical course introducing students to the basic techniques necessary for making jewellery using metals. The course is based on learning essential metal working skills by completing 3 projects, a pendant first, then a textured cuff bracelet, and finally a pair of earings. You may need to do some work at home to finish all 3 projects.
There is no stone setting in the Beginners course, this is covered in the Continuation class. Students with previous metal working experience are welcome, and projects will be developed accordingly.

What you can hope to achieve

You will learn how to:

  • Use the jeweller’s saw to cut out metal shapes.
  • Use miniature files to refine metal edges and surfaces.
  • Use emery papers and polishing equipment to produce a highly polished surface on your jewellery designs.
  • Solder metal shapes together in various ways, using silver solders.
  • Make simple jewellery findings including jump rings, earwires.

What to bring

  • A folder for handouts and notes.
  • Writing paper and pen.
  • Pencil and eraser for drawing jewellery designs.

Other costs

A number of tools will be available to students on a shared basis – including jewellers' pliers, hammers, torches, buffs, drills etc... (they are part of the levy you have paid for the course). However, if you do not already have the tools listed below, you will need to purchase them for your personal toolkit from interstate suppliers.
Please mention that you are a student in Tasmania when ordering and ask if they give student discount.

  • 1 jewellers saw-frame (prefer “fixed back” type if possible)
  • 2 dozen jeweller’s saw-blades – grade 2/0
  • 2 needle files – (2 cut) - 1 x half-round, 1 x round
  • 1 small scriber
  • 150mm steel rule
  • 1.0mm twist drill bit (3/32 shank) OR a 1.0mm drill bit from a hardware store
Purchase at least 1 of the following:
  • Nickel silver sheet: (silver colour) 150 × 150 × 1.0 thick.
  • Copper sheet: (pink gold colour) 150 × 150 × 1.0mm
Silver Solder:
  • 1 metre pack Hard solder wire
  • 1 metre pack Medium solder wire
  • 1 metre pack Easy solder wire
Other requirements:
  • Wet & dry emery papers – You will need to purchase 1 sheet of – 400, 600, 800, 1000 grade (available at hardware stores and Jewellery Suppliers)

Safety Precautions

  • Wear fully enclosed shoes to all classes.
  • Avoid wearing loose clothing.
  • Longer hair? Bring a hair net, hair tie or elastic band to secure your hair.
  • Bring a face mask and safety glasses.

Important information

  • If you are required to purchase materials for your class, please check the class viability with adult education prior to making the purchase.

Please note that children must not attend this class unless it is a specified parent/child activity.

Disability and special needs

Libraries Tasmania is committed to achieving open, equitable access and participation to a range of adult education programs and courses. If you have a disability or medical condition which you think may impact on your ability to participate in an adult education course, please complete the Special Needs Form available at: http://adulteducation.libraries.tas.gov.au/enrolling, or contact the adult education team: http://adulteducation.libraries.tas.gov.au/contact. This will help us to make the necessary adjustments to maximise your enjoyment and experience in your chosen course. All enquiries are confidential.

Please note that carers supporting learners with disabilities can attend our classes free of charge. For more information, please contact adult education team: http://adulteducation.libraries.tas.gov.au/contact.

Refund policy

Cancellations and Refunds
Please choose your course carefully. A full refund is payable in the event that a class is cancelled. No other refunds are considered except for extenuating circumstances which are supported by a written application.

Contact details

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  • (03) 6165 5600

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