Students in Class
SATURDAY CLASSES THROUGHOUT THE YEAR
The Saturday classes run all year.
Student numbers vary but the maximum is 8.
Students must bring their own lunch.
Classes must be booked in groups of four classes and paid in advance.
A deposit of Euro 50.00 is required with your booking and the remainder to be paid on arrival.
There is a charge of Euro 10.00 towards materials used.
During the week after Project No 2, students must buy the silver for Projects 3 & 4.Details will be given at the end of Project No 2.
Listed below are the four projects
Class 1, Project 1.
To make a pendant in copper and brass. (design supplied) This project is designed to show students how to mark out a design on the metal and give them good control of the use of the jewelers saw and the jewelers file. Marking out, cutting out, filing, drilling holes, riveting, and making a jump ring, are the techniques learned and each student has a pendant at the end of the class.
Class 2, Project 2.
To make a hollow bead in copper and brass.
This project introduces students to the making of hollow forms. For this the metal has to be annealed. This is the process where the metal is brought to a red heat and cooled. This softens the metal and has to be done very often during the forming of a piece of metal to prevent "work hardening". After annealing the metal needs to be cleaned in safety pickle to remove the oxides formed on the surface of the metal. Students will make two copper hemispheres and a brass disc and after drilling holes in all three pieces they are riveted together with a tubular rivet, to form a bead. This can then be strung through the rivet to hang around the neck.
Class 3, Project 3.
To make a silver ring.
In this project students are introduced to using silver ( which they will have purchased during the week prior to class 3) and using the techniques of cutting and filing already learned in class 1., in addition to silver soldering and setting a cabochon stone in a bezel setting.
Class 4, Project 4.
To make a silver Spoon
Using the techniques of marking out, cutting, filing and soldering already learned, with the addition of reticulation (the controlled partial melting of silver.) and polishing, students will make a coffee spoon in sterling silver.