Workshops

SILVER CLAY – FUSED GLASS – SILVER JEWELLERY MAKING

I run a range of full and half day workshops in a comfortable and relaxed environment at my home workshop in Cambridgeshire.

 

Beginners Precious Metal Clay (Silver Clay)

Groups 2 – 6 people

Turn clay into silver – just add heat

Using this fascinating material you will learn a range of techniques that will enable you to make a pair of earrings and a pendant/ bracelet charm in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere. You will be taught about the material qualities, how it can be cut, formed, smoothed, textured, dried, fired and finished. You will also be able to add small stones and patination liquid to your designs to create further effects.

Working with Plasticine to prototype designs

As a warm up task you will plan your designs and prototype them using plasticine which will give you a good understanding of what you can achieve and how your product would look. Then you will have lots of time to create your masterpieces with plenty of help if needed.

Making a silver clay pendant

The course will start at 10am with coffee, health & safety information and a general introduction. Following this I will show you the various techniques and you can get on with prototyping your designs. Light snacks will be available with tea and coffee at regular intervals and as the day progresses you will complete your projects. By 2pm you will have 2 pieces of jewellery to be proud of.

Price: £60 including materials (1 x 10g packet of silver clay + other materials) Please note extra clay can be purchased on the day if required £10 per 5g

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Make Your Own Silver Ring

Maximum 2 people

Make your own ring workshop

This 3 hour short course will deliver all of the necessary knowledge to help you make your own sterling silver ring. You will follow a series of demonstrations to show you how to mark and cut your silver to the correct size. After that you will learn how to shape, solder and clean up your ring to make it smooth. Finally you will be shown 2 methods of applying a texture to your ring before polishing and reaching the impressive end product.

There will be a short, natural break whilst the rings are being cleaned and at this point light refreshments will be provided.

Price: £30 including materials (all materials used are sterling silver)

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Beginners Silver Jewellery Tuition

Maximum 4 people

Learn basic jewellery making techniques

This course will allow you to experience a range of basic jewellery making techniques in a relaxed & friendly atmosphere. It will include marking out, cutting, filing, smoothing and polishing your silver. You will also be shown how to use different pieces of workshop equipment to add textures to your designs helping you to create that one off masterpiece. Get to grips with simple hand tools by making a pair of earrings using forming and texturing techniques.

Example of pendant made at workshop

Then design and create a pendant by marking out, cutting and filing. Finally, as your confidence grows you will manufacture a beautiful finger ring in the perfect size.

The course will start at 10am with coffee, health & safety information and a general introduction to me and my workshop. Following this I will show you the various techniques to complete your first exciting piece. A light lunch will be provided with tea and coffee available at regular intervals and as the day progresses you will complete your projects. By 4pm you will have three pieces of jewellery to be proud of.

Price: £60 including materials and lunch (all materials used are sterling silver)

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Or for further information please get in touch: contact@thebusyboxroom.co.uk or simply use the contact form on the website.

Beginners Glass Fusing

10am – 4pm

Groups 2 – 6 people

Create a range of colourful glass pieces

On this course you will spend the day creating 4 wonderful products to be proud of. We will begin at 10am with a brief introduction to health and safety and this will be followed by your first task. I will concentrate on teaching you how to cut glass effectively, clean it and apply extra features to make a sun catcher.

 

Glass suncatchers in the kiln

Stripy glass suncatchers

Task two will be something a little smaller and more delicate – jewellery. You can practice your cutting and joining skills in this task by designing and creating either a pendant, brooch or pair of earrings. You will also be given the chance to use dichroic glass which will give some beautiful effects to wow your friends.

A selection of fused glass pendants

After a short break we will move onto our 3rd piece – a coaster. Although a straightforward shape, I will demonstrate how you can add copper and silver leaf inclusions into your piece to make them extra special.

Finally, after lunch you will make your last and largest piece of the day. You will have a choice of product which can be discussed at the time based on your earlier experiences and what you feel comfortable doing.

The course will end at 4pm – please note you will not be able to take your products away with you on the day as they will need to go into the kiln for several hours. Products can be collected approximately 48 hours later or they can be delivered by post.

Price: £60 including materials and lunch

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Glass Fusing Short Taster Session

Available mornings 10am-12 noon or Evenings 7pm-9pm

Groups 2 – 6 people

Create 2 imaginative glass pieces

On this course you will spend the session creating 2 wonderful products to be proud of. We will begin with a brief introduction to glass fusing health and safety and this will be followed by your first task. I will concentrate on teaching you how to cut glass effectively, clean it and apply extra features to make a window decoration.

The second of your two products will be something a little smaller and more delicate – jewellery. You can practice your cutting and joining skills in this task by designing and creating either a pendant, brooch or pair of earrings. You will also be given the chance to use dichroic glass which will give some beautiful effects to wow your friends.

Please note you will not be able to take your products away with you on the day as they will need to go into the kiln for several hours. Products can be collected approximately 48 hours later or they can be delivered by post.

Price: £20 including materials

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Or for further information please get in touch: contact@thebusyboxroom.co.uk or simply use the contact form on the website.

 

Intermediate Silver Jewellery Tuition

Maximum 4 people

If you have taken part in one of my beginner’s courses then this is naturally the next step. Here you will experience a range of more advanced jewellery making techniques in a relaxed & friendly atmosphere. I will teach you how to make a bezel and set a cabouchon stone into a pendant creating a beautiful end product to be proud of. You can personalise your pendant shape further by piercing out your own design and adding textures that you learnt about on the beginner’s course. Later, I will demonstrate how to create a stunning ‘fiddle’ ring to impress all of your friends.

 

The course will start at 10am with coffee, health & safety information and a general recap of the workshop facilities. Your warm up task will be to create a design for your pendant and decide what shape and textures it will have. Following this I will show you the various techniques to complete your bezel setting. Later on we will work through the manufacture of the ‘fiddle’ ring where previous knowledge from the beginners course would be an advantage.  A light lunch will be provided with tea and coffee available at regular intervals and as the day progresses you will complete your projects. By 4pm you will have 2 quality pieces of jewellery to be proud of.

Price: £70 including materials and lunch (all materials used are sterling silver)

For further information please get in touch: contact@thebusyboxroom.co.uk or simply use the contact form on the website.

 

 

 

 

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