photography: Kate Gibb 

Jewellery making workshops with Melissa Hunt

New courses for 2016/17 at:

Oxford Barn, Oxford Yard, Brampton Bryan, Herefordshire SY7 0DH

Jewellery evenings Thursday 8th September - Thursday 13th October 2016, 6-9pm   

Levels: All      Price: £150

An opportunity to learn basic bench skills or brush up on chosen techniques, this six week Thursday evening class welcomes learners of all levels. All equipment and base metals included in the course fee with guidance given on purchasing precious metals

Make a silver ring Saturday 21st January 2017, 10am-5pm

Level: Beginner   Price: £110 

Learn the basics of jewellery making: use copper to explore a range of techniques suitable for applying textures and finishes, then make a stunning silver ring to your own design and size. All equipment and materials included in the course fee 

Silver soldering Saturday 15th October 2016, 10am-5pm

Levels: Intermediate/advanced (minimum 10 tutored workshop hours experience) 

Price: £110

Use base metals to explore the technique of silver soldering by practicing complex joins and creating hollow forms. All equipment and materials included in the course fee 

Anti-clastic raising: make a silver bangle Sunday 30th October 2016, 10-5

Levels: Intermediate/advanced (minimum 10 tutored workshop hours experience)

Price: £110 excluding silver

Experiment with the beautiful technique of anti-clastic raising to create undulating and twisting forms in base metals before applying them to sheet silver 

Stone setting 1 Saturday 10th December and Sunday 11th December 2016, 10am-5pm  

Levels: Intermediate/advanced (minimum 5 tutored workshop hours)  Price: £220

The techniques of cabochon, tube and gypsy setting are offered on this two day course. All equipment and materials are provided to produce a sample of each of these three stone setting styles

Stone setting 2 Friday 6th January and Saturday 7th January 2017, 10am-5pm

Levels: Intermediate/advanced (minimum 10 tutored workshop hours experience)

Price: £220

A great follow-on class from Stone setting 1, the techniques of channel and claw setting are offered on this two day course. All equipment and materials are provided to produce a sample of both of these stone setting styles

Stone setting 3 Saturday 25th February 2017, 10am-5pm

Levels: Intermediate/advanced (minimum 10 tutored workshop hours experience)

Price: £110 

Learn how to create a tapered collet mount, solder it on to a workpiece and secure a round, faceted stone in to the setting on this one day course. All equipment and materials are included in the course fee to produce a sample of this setting style

Etching and photo-etching for jewellers Saturday 5th November 2016, 10am-5pm

Levels: All   Price: £110 

Explore the magical technique of etching on to metal using resists and Ferric Nitrate. Learn how to apply your own photographs, text and patterns on to jewellery. All equipment and materials are included in the course fee

Casting for jewellers Saturday 26th November 2016, 10am-5pm

Levels: All   Price: £125

Use water to create beautiful organic silver forms. Reproduce the shape of an object or 'master' by impressing it into delft sand then filling the cavity with molten silver. All equipment and 20gms of silver casting grain included in the course fee

Chain making, wirework and simple clasps Saturday 28th January 2017, 10am-5pm

Levels: Intermediate/advanced (minimum 10 tutored workshop hours experience) 

Price: £110 

Form, cut and solder jump rings to create a variety of chain styles on this one day course. Explore a selection of simple handmade clasps. All equipment and base metals included in the course fee 

Make a silver spoon Sunday 26th February 2017 10am-5pm

Levels: Intermediate/advanced (minimum 10 tutored workshop hours)

Price: £110 excluding silver

Explore the techniques of forging, press-forming and carving wooden formers to create a silver spoon to your own design and size 

Cold Connections for jewellers Saturday 4th March 2017, 10am-5pm

Levels: Intermediate/advanced (minimum 10 tutored workshop hours experience) 

Hinges, rivets, tabs and screws...cold connections are fantastic fixing mechanisms that are alternative to soldering. They offer the addition of movement and a variety of materials to a piece of work such as wood, leather, paper, fabric, resin and shell

All these new one and two day classes are also offered as private tuition, dates to suit.  

On-site parking available, with tea and coffee making facilities in the studio and a cafe at Aardvark Books close by. 

Please call 07931 351233 or send an email to melissahuntjewellery@hotmail.com for more information and to confirm a course booking. Thank you.

Melissa also currently co-ordinates City and Guilds

Creative Techniques Levels 2 and 3 in jewellery

making at Westhope College in Shropshire.

 

Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewellery Makers:

Techniques, Inspiration and Professional Advice for

Stunning Results

By Melissa Hunt

Published in the UK by Search Press

This book by Melissa Hunt is a collection of techniques for combining gems with metal. It offers information about choosing stones according to their properties then designing, making and marketing stone-set pieces.

Based at Great Western Studios in West London, Melissa has been making jewellery for twenty five years. She has drawn on her experiences to create this book, presenting traditional techniques alongside contemporary stonesetting ideas.

Stonesetting for Contemporary Jewellery Makers has tutorials appropriate for all skill levels: its aim is to offer tips for the beginner and demystify some of the more complicated techniques for the advanced maker.

Commissioned by Rotovision and distributed by Search Press. 

Buy a copy from HERE

 

 

                     

 

Pieces for the 20/20 Gallery, Much Wenlock, Shropshire created from Chinese mother of pearl gaming counters, silver, druzy, lava beads and a rose cut white topaz...