Bluecoat: dot-art: Jewellery Making in Metal (10 Week Course)

Bluecoat: dot-art: Jewellery Making in Metal (10 Week Course)
Bluecoat: dot-art: Jewellery Making in Metal (10 Week Course)

Venue: Bluecoat
Dates: 09/05/2017
Times: 18:45 - 21:00

Jewellery Making in Metal (10 Week Course)

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.

***To avoid a booking fee and pay by card, cheque or cash, please contact dot-art Services directly on 0345 017 6660***

Tuesdays 6.45pm-9pm starting 9th May 2017 (£170 for 10 sessions)


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.

Tutor: Amy Ridyard

“I graduated in 2014 from Staffordshire University with a BA Hons in Three dimensional contemporary design where I specialised in metal-smithing. Prior to this I studied woodwork for my foundation degree and graduated with a distinction. I set up my own jewellery business in 2011 and have successfully sold my designs ever since.”

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

Selected events:

•November 2016- SIERAAD, Westergasfabrick, Amsterdam

•June/July 2016- New Designers-One Year on, Business Design Centre, London

•June-September 2016- ‘Crafted’, Liverpool

•April 2016- LOOT:Mad about Jewellery, Museum of Art and Design, New York (invite only)

•September 2015- The Great Northern Contemporary Craft fair, Granada Studios, Manchester


Spring Session 2017, Tuesday evenings from 6.45-9pm

9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th May

6th, 13th, 20th, 27th June

4th, 11th July


Bluecoat, School Lane, Liverpool, L1 3BX

Situated in the centre of Liverpool, just behind Church Street, down Church Alley and in front of Liverpool ONE. You can enter the building via the front courtyard off School Lane, or through the garden at the back off College Lane. Nearest train station- Liverpool Central.


£170 for the 10 week course (full course must be booked in advance)

It is possible to split this cost into two payments of £85, please call 0345 017 6660 for more details.


All materials and tools are provided.

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