Come along and join us in our spacious studio in Summerhall for three hours and make a sterling silver ring. Choose from a flat band and make hearts, stars or letters and words a feature with metal stamps, or make a set of stacking rings, or even a more traditional D shaped band. Our tutor will guide you though every step and show you how to polish your ring so it shines! A loan of tools, and sterling silver to make a ring included.
Classes last between 2-3 hours depending on class numbers.
To book simply call us on 07775 707 199.
Silver clay is a fantastic material comprised of very fine particles of fine silver, an organic binder and water. The clay can be rolled out, textured with ease and even cut into shapes with a craft knife or mini cookie cutters. It is then dried, fired in a kiln or with a torch, the binder burns away and you are left with a pure silver piece. We offer a 2 hour beginner session and a full day comprehensive course. Details below.
Silver Clay beginner session £55
Sunday 21st May 12 - 2
Sunday 9th July 12 - 2
This new 2 hour workshop is perfect for those who want to try out silver clay. Perfect for those who have no experience working with metal clay, our Instructor will take you through all the basic techniques including: handling the clay, shaping and forming it, pre-finishing, firing times and temperature & finishing. Expect to make a pendant or smaller charms. Price Includes tuition, 7g of Art Clay and a loan of Tools.
Comprehensive Introduction to Silver Clay £120
Saturday 24th June - 11:00am - 5:00pm
Our comprehensive introduction to silver clay course is one of our most popular courses, suitable for those who are new to metal clay as well as those who have some experience. You can choose to make several charms for earrings or pendants or take your skills to the next level with a more challenging project like a hollow form such as a lentil bead.
Whatever you decide to make you'll be guided through every step by our experienced tutor, and you will be taking home new skills at the end of the day for you to use in future. You'll learn how to
* Handle and texture the clay
* How to set CZ gemstones
* How to fire the clay with a hand held jewellers torch & Kiln
*How to finish and polish your finished silver piece.
The price includes tuition & 15g of silver clay. Tea & coffee are provided. There is a cafe and bar onsite for lunch though you are also welcome to bring a packed lunch.
*Beginners* Introduction to Silversmithing £120
Saturday 18th February11:00 am - 5:00pm
Saturday 27th May 11:00am - 5:00pm
Saturday 1st July 11:00am - 5:00pm
These day workshops are aimed at those who are new to basic metal working techniques. The aim is for you to make your own piece (or pieces) of jewellery whilst learning various basic techniques, giving you a good foundation of skills by the end of the day. The course fee includes enough sterling silver sheet or wire, to make several pieces of jewellery. Topics covered include:
* Introduction to basic tools
* A safe workspace
* Working with silver
* Using a piercing saw
* Soldering, shaping & texturing metal
* Drilling & Filing
* Annealing & pickling
* Polishing & finishing
Summerhall has both a cafe and bar where can enjoy your lunch, or you are welcome to bring along a packed lunch. There are also several shops and eateries in the area. Maximum number of students - 4. To book call us on 07775 707 199.
Saturday 18th June 11:00am - 5:00pm £105
In this exciting new class our resident glass artist Helen Chalmers will teach you how to make beautiful fused glass pieces suitable for making into jewellery. You will learn how to handle and cut the glass safely and will have the opportunity to work with both dichroic and clear glass. Helen will guide you through a variety of projects ensuring that you cover key skills and techniques.
You'll experiment with frit and stringers and making bubbles! You'll learn all about the technical aspects like cathedrals, opalescents and glass compatibility. Your glass pieces will be fused in our kiln ready for you to take away with you at the end of the day.
Included in the price is plenty of glass, your tuition, a loan of tools and unlimited tea and coffee! We will take a break for lunch and you are welcome to bring along a packed lunch or eat at the Summerhall cafe, or any of the various cafes around this area of Edinburgh.
*please be aware that this course focuses on making fused glass pieces - you will be able to make these into jewellery after you take them home*
Glass bead making is a truly mesmerising experience, allowing you to make your own glass beads, to keep or use in your own jewellery designs. We offer 1-1 tuition in melting glass and making your own beads with glass artist Helen Chalmers.
Lessons can be tailored for complete beginners as well as those with a bit of lampwork experience. We offer four hour sessions (£65) where beginners get to grips with the basics, six hour sessions (£95) where you'll learn the basics as well as explore colour combining and design elements, an eight hour session (£115), which gives the opportunity to refine the skills learned in the initial few hours. Alternatively we can arrange a two day course over 12 hours (£180), which is a comprehensive introduction for beginners or improvers looking at setting up their own studio.
All lessons are one to one, so you will get Helen's full attention as well as maximum time at the torch. Both weekdays and weekends are possible for booking, just contact us on 07775 707 199 to arrange your lession at a time to suit you.
Anodized Aluminium Jewellery £85.00
Sunday 7th May 11:00 - 5:00
Sunday 6th August 11:00 - 5:00
In this day workshop students will be introduced to the world of anodized aluminium jewellery. Your tutor Gil Baird will teach you a variety of techniques step by step, including how to colour and add texture to the metal using dyes & inks, dip-dying and the use of resists.
During the day you will experiment and create a range of samples which you can choose from to make into jewellery pieces. At the end of the workshop you can expect to take home a bangle, pendant and a pair of earrings.
No previous experience in jewellery making is necessary. All materials and equipment are provided.
To book simply call us on 07775 707 199
Resin - Weekend Course
Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th June
11am - 5pm
We are delighted to offer another date for our exciting resin class with our tutor Gil Baird. During this two day course you will use moulds to learn the techniques of casting with resin. We will cover how to and add insertions like petals, glitter, charms or other objects into your jewellery. On the first day students will have the opportunity to experiment and make several pieces, including rings, bangles, earrings, charms and pendants etc. On the second day the emphasis will be on how to sand and polish your resin jewellery to a professional standard with a high shine. You'll also learn how to drill holes and finish them properly, attach findings and much, much more.
What to bring?
For this class you don't need to bring anything with you as everything will be provided. However please feel free to bring along your own flowers (note they MUST be dry) or other items for inserting into the resin.
To secure your place simply call us on 07775 707199.
The bangles pictured here were made by students at previous workshops!
Resin in Frames
Resin in Frames - £85
Next Date TBA
In this workshops students will be introduced to working with resin in frames. You will be using 2 part epoxy resin as you learn how to embed objects into bezels and moulds to make your jewellery.
A variety of items can be embedded into resin including flowers, pictures and photograph, paper, glitter etc. If you have any items you would like to embed please feel free to bring them along though do not worry if you do not as a variety of items will be available on the day.
No experience of jewellery making is needed to attend this course. Please bring an apron with you as the resin can be a little messy. Everything else you require is provided. Please call us on 077775 707 199 to book.