Refine your skills and produce a high standard silver gem set ring or pendant.
There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
You will be guided through the following techniques:
Sawing/piercing - Become proficient in setting up and using the jeweller's piercing saw to cut metal to size.
Annealing, texturing and shaping - You will gain an understanding in how to gently heat your metal to soften it, allowing you to then decorate and shape your metal.
Reticulation, granulation, doming and jewellery findings – You will become able to bring rich depth to your pieces with ancient metallurgic knowledge and 3 Dimensional shapes. You will have the opportunity to learn how to make your own catches, earring hooks and jump-rings.
Setting - You will learn the basic technique of how to construct a bezel and set a cabochon shaped component.
Finishing - You will acquire a knowledge of how to file and polish your finished design and introduce colour to your work using patination techniques.
The focus of this course is to refine your skills and produce a high standard silver ring or pendant. The skills you learn can be used later with pendants, bracelets, earrings and organic forms, such as sea glass.
You will be introduced to industry standard machinery and equipment that will help you to refine your approach to jewellery making. Everyone will complete one silver ring and pendant.
All materials included. A take home starter kit is supplied for your initial projects (day 1) and a small selection of precious metals and base metals for your remaining designs. Sterling silver for your ring/ pendant, sterling silver sheet, components and consumables are supplied.
We adhere to rules and regulations from the NSW Government and Department of Health and have put in place the recommended Covid protocols to keep our community safe at The Bench.
Disposable masks are available and we continue to encourage their use when students are not able to socially distance.
The Bench is a registered Covid safe business and we are committed to taking all necessary steps to ensure our community can work safely and with confidence at our facility.
All visitors to Joynton Avenue Creative Centre must check-in on arrival and digital records are kept on file as required.
We will have no more than 9 students plus the tutor in any class or workshop, some workshops are capped lower. Our classroom can safely host 13 people.
The 4 square metre per person rule applies.
Protocols are in place for frequent hand washing and sanitising of surfaces and high touchpoints.
Sanitiser is available in the classroom and throughout the Joynton Avenue Creative Centre.
The protocols we have in place for attendance of The Bench courses are sent to all students on enrolment.
No-one is to attend The Bench classes if they are unwell.
NSW Health updates information daily so we encourage you to check the NSW Health website for updates regularly.