Here are some basic techniques and processes that everyone, no matter what their ability will use when making and constructing Jewellery and object d'art.
Over the years we have taught many, many students, each and everyone trying their hand at all the techniques and some of the processes too.
These techniques include Piercing, cutting, bending, shaping, hammering, texturing, filing, drilling, riveting, silver soldering, stone setting, finishing and polishing.
There are also processes such as anticlastic raising, wire twisting and texturing using the rolling mill to name but a few.
As you will see from the photos the hand tools that are still used on a daily basis by all Jewellers are incredibly old in design, going back centuries. They still work and have lasted the test of time.
The only modern machinery that we use is the magnetic polisher, polishing machine and handheld rotary tool. Oh and electric lights, not sure we could cope with candlelight!
Students are always fascinated by the silver soldering process. It's a bit like alchemy watching the solder melt from solid to liquid and flow to join two pieces together. Its incredibly satisfying, quick and safe.
It's even better when they can melt scrap silver into bobbles for decoration, that is a fun process. We use culinary torches (from Lidl's!) as they are user-friendly, easy to fill up with gas and are lightweight.
We aim to make everyone's experience fun, safe, rewarding, satisfying and educational. Plus you have the added bonus of the beautiful finished sterling Silver piece that you have made whether it's in a two and a half-hour session or full day.
As you can see from some of the photo's the old copperplate illustrations show that over the centuries the tools have remained largely unchanged. Also, we have compiled for each student their own hand tool pack to minimise sharing.
We look forward to welcoming you, sharing our experience and knowledge to help you achieve amazing pieces.
Check out the gallery below for further images of our workshop and tools.