In this introductory course you will experience the use of a range of jewellery tools and techniques in a friendly and relaxed environment.
Your experienced tutor will guide you through a range of techniques for basic introductory jewellery making. You will have the opportunity to learn different styles and design ideas.
Suitable for ages 14 - 18. There are no formal entry requirements for this course.
You will be guided through the following techniques over the first few weeks:
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. You will learn how to measure a ring size; form, shape and use a hand held oxy/gas torch to solder your silver.
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.
Finishing - You will acquire a knowledge of how to file and polish your finished design and introduce colour to your work using patination techniques.
Each course begins with short, structured technical exercises and then fabricating, decorating and joining will be demonstrated. You will learn the basic skills needed to create your own sterling silver ring and the remaining time can be used to create your own simple design using your new skills. Everyone should complete at least one piece of jewellery.
Discussion between tutor and the students as a group and as individuals will take place each week, to guide you to improve your skills.
A take-home starter kit is supplied for your initial projects (day one) and a small selection of precious metals and base metals for your remaining designs (day two and three).
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.