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NEW 3 day Beginners Silver Jewellery journey at the London Jewellery School

Have you been wanting to try your hand at making silver jewellery for a while? Or have you given it a try and want to know what to move onto next?

We have responded to feedback from students that were looking for a course in between our beginners silver and our more advanced silver courses. So now we have two!

Introducing new classes – Beginners Silver Jewellery II and Beginners Silver Jewellery III

AND we have a special offer price for those who’d like to take all 3 beginners silver jewellery courses! Read on to find out more.

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Beginners Silver Jewellery I, 10-5pm (one day), £149

This course, taken by hundreds of students over the years, remains the same. On BSJ1 you will learn to make lovely silver jewellery using traditional techniques a great beginners class and an excellent introduction to making silver jewellery. Covering techniques like sawing, soldering, annealing, polishing and finishing you will make a soldered silver ring and a pierced silver pendant. This is a great course to start with to see if you will enjoy working with silver.

Find out more >

If you have already taken this course we recommend you move onto Beginners Silver Jewellery II or Beginners Silver Jewellery III. You can choose to do one or both. They are a great introduction to our more advanced silver jewellery courses.

 

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*NEW* Beginners Silver Jewellery II, 10-5pm (one day), £149

You will take your skills up a level, practice soldering multiple pieces and work with the doming technique. You will make a double domed ring and a pair of domed earrings or a pendant.  This will give you lots more scope in your jewellery making skills so it is a great follow on from BSJ1

Find out more >

 

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*NEW* Beginners Silver Jewellery III, 10-5pm (one day), £149

Let’s add some beautiful gemstones to your work! In this day course, you will be guided by a tutor to make a silver bangle and set a simple cabochon stone using a pre-made bezel cup – the perfect introduction to stone setting.  If there is time, you will also make a pair of gemstone earrings.

Find out more >

 

And we have a special offer for you …

If you would like to take all 3 of these courses then choose the beginners silver jewellery bundle >

Buying the bundle saves you £68 (based on the cost if you purchase each course individually).

 

But I’ve already taken Beginners Silver Jewellery I …

If you have already taken Beginners Silver Jewellery I and are interested in making those gorgeous pieces taught in II and III then do contact us in the office. If you buy the two-course bundle (Beginners Silver 2 and 3) you’ll get them both for £250. That’s a saving of £48. (Regular price is £298). This offer price is valid until 28th February 2019 so get in touch now!

Call us on 0203 176 0546 or email info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

Note: we will continue to add dates through the year so don’t worry if you can’t make the dates we have at the moment. We are working with our tutors to schedule more asap!

 

Ready for a new challenge this year? Now is your last chance to join our January Diploma courses

Are you excited for 2019? Or is it more of the same? Would you like to start 2020 (yikes, that’s scary) having completed a Diploma in Jewellery making? There’s still time to join one of the two Diploma courses starting this month but you need to be quick.

Diploma in Creative Jewellery


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Silver and glass jewellery created by a Diploma in Creative Jewellery student

 

This is our original Diploma that includes nearly all the silver jewellery making courses that the Silver Diploma does but also includes other methods including resin, perspex, glass, beading, metal clay, jewellery design, jewellery business and more. The course lasts for three terms so ends in December 2019.

We still have a few places left for the January start so get in touch now if you are interested. It runs on Mondays and induction is on 7th January with the first taught class on 14th January 2019.

Find out more about the Diploma in Creative Jewellery here >

 

Diploma in Silver Jewellery

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Silver and gemstone bangle designed and made by a Diploma student

The Diploma in Silver Jewellery is taught on Tuesdays and starts on 15th January. This two-term course is taught one day a week and focusses on silver jewellery techniques taking you from beginner to professional.

We currently have two spaces left on this Diploma course for January so don’t wait if it’s the one for you.

Find out more about the Diploma in Silver Jewellery here >

 

Why take a Diploma course?

  • they are taught in one intensive day per week so can fit into your current schedule
  • they focus on technique and practical making
  • we have small groups, the maximum number is 8 so you get individual support from the tutor
  • taught by specialist professional jewellers who run their own businesses
  • you will be assigned a mentor so you can find out more about the jewellery industry and ask questions
  • they cost less than half a one-year payment for a degree course
  • payment can be made by instalment
  • the vast majority of materials are included
  • no tool sharing and waiting for equipment
  • based in Hatton Garden, the heart of the jewellery quarter in London
  • they are suitable for beginners as we start with beginners level courses but quickly take you to more advanced levels so also good for those with some experience

Find out more on our Diploma website. You are welcome to give us a call on 0203 176 0546 to discuss your suitability for the course and to organise a studio visit.

Free online Gemstone and Wire intro mini-course for you this christmas 🎁

free-gemstone-wire-course-jewellers-academyHere is an early Christmas present 🎁 from our sister company Jewellers Academy.

Intro to Gemstone and Wire FREE mini-course >

Join Jessica Rose in this fun and relaxed online mini-course covering three projects to learn to make:

– Simple and beautiful gemstone earrings
– Stacking gemstone bracelets
– Wire wrapped gemstone hoops

This is a great mindful activity to help focus your thoughts on the present, overcome overwhelm and learn a fun new skill while you are at it.
Join the course >

See below for some of the pieces you can learn to make with the mini-course…

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And if you enjoy that course check out the latest full Gemstone and Wire Jewellery course from Jewellers Academy. Launching tomorrow (18/12/18) it is currently available for a pre-sale price of £12.50, that’s 50% off!

What do you get?

  • 7 professionally filmed videos that you can watch any time you like as many times as you want!
  • Downloadable notes
  • A full list of tools and materials (and a bonus link to Kernowcraft to buy it all if you want!)

What will I learn?

  • Briolette wrapping
  • Creating wire loops
  • Creating shapes in wire to wrap your gemstones in
  • Working with cast components
  • incorporating chain into your designs
  • Using mini-mandrels, pliers and beading tools
  • And much more

Take a look at some of the gorgeous samples from the course below:

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Tempted? Take advantage of the special pre-sale price now > 50% off

Have you ever considered a Jewellery Diploma? Join our free open event to find out more

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Would you like to know more about our Jewellery Diplomas? Did you know we have three to choose from?

We are running a LIVE online session to take you behind the scenes to tell you more about them.

Hosted by London Jewellery School Founder Jessica Rose and Diploma mentor Anna Campbell you will find out:

+ The differences between our three Diplomas and which one is right for you
+ What you’ll learn and what’s included in the cost
+ How our courses differ from a traditional degree (hint – they’re cheaper and focus more on learning technique!)
+ How it could kickstart a whole new career for you

And you can join us from the comfort of your home as it is all online!

How does an online open day work?
Join me, Jessica Rose, online at 8pm GMT on Thursday 29th November using this link https://www.crowdcast.io/e/jewellery-diploma-open
You can join anywhere you have an internet connection

Tech tips: the platform we use is called Crowdcast which works best from chrome browsers (not safari or I.E.). If you are joining in on a phone or tablet you can download the Crowdcast app.

What will happen?
I will chat to you about the Diploma courses alongside Diploma tutor and assessor Anna Campbell. We have also invited Sally Costen, a Diploma graduate to give you the student perspective.

You’ll have the chance to ask any questions you have. You will be able to see us and type questions to us but we won’t see you – so PJs are welcome!

What if I’m not free on Thursday?
Sign up anyway. If you can’t watch live you’ll be emailed the recording which you can watch back anytime.

Sign up now and you’ll be emailed a reminder 10 minutes before it is due to start.

We look forward to talking to you on Thursday.

Last chance for 10% off in our Cyber Monday sale

Our Black Friday/Cyber Monday sale ends at midnight on Monday. This is our last sale this year and prices on some courses will be increasing in January so if you have your eye on a course for 2018 or 2019 now’s the time to book.
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Get 10% off our day and evening classes. That’s 71 classes to choose from! Whether you are a beginner, want to learn a new skill or are a professional and want to attend an advanced masterclass we have something for you. And we have dates available to the end of December 2019!

Why not learn silversmithing, take a stone setting course or learn about gemstones? Click here to learn more and book a place >

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Do you live/work in London? Why not take a look at our evening classes. We have 7 to choose from including silversmithing for beginners and intermediate learners, metal clay, jewellery design, beading and wax carving. Learn more >

There are also discounts on our metal clay classes, resin and perspex, wax carving, beading and wire, jewellery business (including the very popular Jewellery Photography), glass and enamel and jewellery design.

Get 10% off with the code ONYXFRIDAY at checkout or give us a call on 0203 176 0546. Offer ends on Monday 26th November 2018 at midnight or while places are available.

Terms and conditions apply

What to say about metal clay? A silversmith tries silver clay

Lil Adams is our Sunday studios manager and is a silversmith who loves wax carving. She decided to try one of our metal clay classes to see what she thought!

I’m usually one who likes to bash away at silver or cast a random object. But I I couldn’t resist the evening taster course in Metal Clay at London Jewellery School to see what all the fuss is about.

Metal clay is a little bit like magic. The material goes from being very much a malleable clay to a very much set solid silver. Which is still a surprise even though you know it will happen. It can be soldered onto, but also pieces can be attached with water before the heating process. This is a very versatile material to experiment with, it can be used to set stones, enamelled onto and have gold added to it. There are different types of metal clay, like paper clay that can be folded for delicate creations or origami shapes and metal clay that comes in a syringe used to make hollow beads or add detail. It’s a great way to make impressive results quickly. There is no waste, as any extra metal clay pieces can be ground down to use again. Metal clay can take a deep pattern that might be tricky to achieve from sheet metal and fine prints from fingerprints or even feathers. Larger pieces do need a kiln, there may be one accessible to you in your local area, and it’s worth trying community colleges if you are not quite ready to invest in your own.

Here are my creations from the silver clay taster class: (just a little snap on my phone, I have used patina!)

Metal Clay Earrings

Different textured asymmetrical earrings

& Metal Clay ring

Ring made from a leftover blob with stamped ampersand symbol.

So what’s the verdict for me and metal clay? I think it’s such a versatile material I would like to experiment with it more to try out different possibilities. It’s good to have my fingerprint in the metal clay pie in case a design idea I have would work best with metal clay. If my hammering arm tires or the noise starts to really annoy my neighbours I will definitely try immersing myself in the magical world of metal clay. As there are 9 other metal clay courses taught a London Jewellery School there is enough to get any metalhead fired up.

Lil Adams is the London Jewellery School Sundays Studio Manager. Lil studied Fine Art in Leeds and lived in Melbourne before travelling about and settling in London. She now works at the British Architectural Library and enjoys making jewellery with found and natural objects and is shamelessly addicted to casting. You can see her work on Instagram @smalltoad_jewellery

50% off online metal clay class with Jewellers Academy

We’re excited to share that our sister company Jewellers Academy has launched the pre-sale of a brand new online metal clay course 🎉

And right now, you can get 50% off in the pre-sale! 🤗
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Fancy Bezels, Prongs and Bails in Metal Clay is taught by world-renowned metal clay artist Julia Rai and is designed for those with some experience of working with metal clay. On the course you will learn:

Two interesting stone setting techniques:

  • A fancy bezel (to set natural stones that have to be set after firing)
  • A prong setting (to set fire-in place stones) creating each prong out of metal clay by hand

Plus ways to embellish your work with:

  • Small components to add detail
  • Different bail types to add interest

You will also learn:

  • How to use jewellers investment to make a mould of your stone to create the correct size of bezel
  • Design ideas on how to create interesting layered designs
  • Plus lots of tips and tricks that Julia shares along the way

(Note: this is an advanced online course and it is recommended that the pieces are kiln-fired).

Take a look at the trailer:

 

 

And best of all, you can get 50% off in the pre-sale! The cost of the course will be £79 but with discount code BAILS at checkout, you can purchase it for £39.50 (Pre-sale discount ends on 12th November 2018).

This is an online course which launches on 13th November so there’s not long to wait! On that date, you will get access to all 11 professionally filmed videos as well as downloadable notes. You get lifetime access to the course and can watch the videos as often as you want.

Click here to find out more and to purchase the course >

New – Wax Carved Jewellery certification course at the London Jewellery School

wax-carved-silver-pendants-london-jewellery-schoolWould you like to work towards a certification in wax carved jewellery?

We are excited to announce our newest certification course – Certificate in Wax Carved Jewellery level 1, accredited by the London Jewellery School.

This course is suitable for beginners or those that have some wax carving experience, either experimenting at home or in a class.

Taught over 5 consecutive Wednesdays (10-5pm) you will go from beginners level (a great refresher for those who have tried it before) you will then move on to intermediate techniques, stone setting and finally work on your own project with support from a tutor.

Take a look at what you’ll learn:

Week 1 – Beginners Wax Carving 
– Basic designing for wax carving
– Qualities and properties of different forms of wax
– Using wax carving tools to achieve your designs
– Making finished wax carved masters ready to cast
– Full information on how and where to get your wax pieces cast locally and affordably and much more…
Week 2 – Intermediate Wax Carving 
– More complex pieces including pendants and earrings
– Designing and making a collection
– Working with symmetry and being able to make symmetrical pieces
– Developing ideas and creating pieces with multiple layers and much more…
Week 3 – Stone Setting in Wax 
– Qualities and properties of different forms of wax
– Rub over settings including setting cabochon and faceted stones
– Using wax carving tools to achieve your designs
– How to carve recesses for different sizes and shapes of stone
– Making finished wax carved masters ready to cast
Week 4 – Stone Setting in Wax 
– Claw settings
– How to carve recesses for different sizes and shapes of stone
– Making finished wax carved masters ready to cast
Week 5 – Own project 
A self-led workbench day allowing you time and support to work on a projecto of your own design with the support of a tutor
The cost of the course includes 2 cast pieces which will be organised, paid for and collected for you by LJS 

The course will be taught on Wednesdays, 10-5pm starting on 7th November 2018

And if you enrol on this new course, scroll down to see the special bonuses you’ll get!

Be inspired! Take a look at some of the course samples

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Also, check out the work of jeweller and LJS tutor Sophie Arnott who regularly wax carves her collections.

What do you get?

  • 4 taught classes (24 hours teaching time) in a small group at our Hatton Garden studios
  • 6 hours of supervised practice to work on your own designs with tutor support and guidance
  • Two pieces cast organised and collected for you by LJS

Click here to find out more about the course and to book your place >

jewellers-academy-logoBonus offer from Jewellers Academy
For those students that join us on this course starting in November, we are adding an additional bonus courtesy of our sister company Jewellers Academy.
You will get lifetime access to the Jewellers Academy online wax carving classes.
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Stone setting in wax (note, this has been filmed but is not yet published. You will get access to the course as soon as it is published)

With the online courses, you can watch the video modules as many times as you like and it works as a perfect refresher for your training at the London Jewellery School.

What are you waiting for? Now’s the time to really get to grips with this fantastic technique. Click here to enrol >

Any questions? Get in touch! Give us a call on 0203 176 0546 or email info@londonjewelleryschool.co.uk

Design jewellery inspired by architecture – a partnership with the Royal Institute of British Architects

royal-institute-british-architectsYou’re invited to a unique jewellery workshop inspired by Art-deco surroundings.

We’re very excited to announce that we are partnering with the Royal Institute of British Architects and will be running a beginners wax carved ring workshop in the gorgeous art-deco RIBA building.

What: Wax carved ring inspired by architecture

Where: RIBA, 66 Portland Place, London

When: 3rd November 2018, 11-4pm

Tickets: Click here for more information and to book tickets >

Suitable for complete beginners

 

This taster workshop will be run by an LJS tutor at RIBA’s iconic art-deco building where the incredibly intricate interiors can be used to inspire your ring designs. We just love all the gorgeous details of this fascinating building. Take a look at some of the carving that you’ll get to see

riba-carvingUsing photos and sketches from your tour, you’ll then develop two unique designs that you’ll bring to life in blue jeweller’s wax, pre-cut into ring blanks.

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With our expert guidance, you’ll then use hand tools to carve and shape your designs throughout the rest of the day. We’ll take you through the process of sizing, shaping, applying heat and how to add intricate detail and texture to your carvings.

By the end of the workshop you’ll have created two rings in wax, and have learned about the full process of wax carving and casting jewellery. The difficult part will be selecting your favoured design to be cast offsite. With a choice of silver, copper or bronze, your spectacular ring will be fully polished and finished for you or the intended recipient to wear. We’ll post your ring to you within 2 weeks of the workshop.

This event is for students and adults aged 18 and over. It is suitable for complete beginners and we have a maximum of 7 students per class allowing lots of one-on-one attention from our experienced tutor.

All materials will be provided. Online booking in advance is essential. Click here to find out more and to book a place >

Images are courtesy of RIBApix 

World Architecture Day-1st October

Here we look at the many ways that jewellery can be made architectural as a celebration of World Architecture Day. Architects love putting on different creative hats within the design world. The humble chair is often the focus of their attentions, but they are equally inclined (rather than reclined) to turn their hands to the decoration of necks, fingers and ears. Architectural jewellery is a term, it seems, used for what modern architectural forms can bring to design, rather than the incorporating of the columns and domes of classical architecture into collections-which is frankly a shame.

However Vicki Amberly Smith doesn’t shy away from this creating recognisable mini-structures in meticulous detail. From Palladio to Lubetkin’s Penguin Pool in mini metal models, you can sport a whole building on your hand from her ring collection.

Starchitects who have dabbled in the jewellery world include Frank Gehry in collaboration with Tiffany & Co and the late, great Zaha Hadid with Georg Jensen.

As we know, the lure of jewellery making is strong and many a former architect has turned full-time jewellery maker, to the good fortune their customers and inspirational joy for us. Great jewellery is something you want to inhabit. It makes you feel good, just as a well-considered built environment should do. Jewellery should be as aesthetically pleasing as it is functional and improve the quality of your life (not a lot to ask. Is it?). It’s the kind of high-level design work that architects do for their clients, thinking about their needs, lifestyles and use of materials. I think we should feel privileged to be in the company of makers like the following converts Amanda Li Hope, Jeanne Marrell and Yeena Yoon.

Images: Juliet Sheath

 

These pieces by Jeanne Marrell highlight the precise and intricate use of materials in her work.

 

 

Reminiscent of an iconic building that may not have been built yet, Ute Decker makes pieces that are both sculptural and architectural in their flowing forms.

 

The bold, brights of Finest Imaginary are often directly inspired by architecture, making versions of houses that can travel with you – clearly better than just one home.

Usually it’s the buildings that an architect leaves behind that become their legacy. While jewellery can be a reminder of a loved one who has passed away. But in the case of Luis Barragan, artist Jill Magid ensured that the memory of the prominent Mexican architect was immortalised in a diamond ring. A 2 carat diamond ring was created from his ashes as an offering for his archive.

Of course, you may want to put your heart and soul into your jewellery making, but maybe not your mortal remains. So if you are feeling like you could be inspired by architecture, visit us at our new digs for the day at the RIBA. We will be partnering with the RIBA for a Wax Carving Class in magnificent Art Deco surroundings on Saturday 3rd November.