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Chain Making and Wirework (short course)

Why study this course?

On this course you will learn the basics of working in wire for jewellery. Wire is a lively and exciting material to use with endless possibilities for design and can form the whole piece of jewellery or just the component parts.

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You'll become confident using ancient techniques such as drawing wire and making loop-in-loop chains. You'll also learn various ways of soldering, and how to use them appropriately in different situations, as well as having the opportunity to use the techniques you've learnt to design and make something of your own.

Course structure:

Day one:

  • introduction to wire drawing and annealing
  • twisting and wrapping wire using a hand drill and soldering together to make a ring

Day two:

  • making jumprings  – soldering jumprings using a probe/paste/pallions
  • using jumprings from the previous week to make various loop-in-loop chains for bracelets

Day three:

  • design and make something of your own
  • finish your designs

By the end of the course, you'll leave with finished pieces that can include a ring, bracelet and something of your own design.

This course is taught by Lucie Gledhill.

You should have some experience in jewellery making, and enjoy repetitive processes and a traditional approach to making.

Techniques learnt will include:

  • soldering with probe, paste and pallion
  • drawing and annealing wire
  • twisting and wrapping wire
  • making jumprings
  • making loop-in-loop chains
Course dates 3 - 17 March 2018
Length One day a week for three sessions
Day and time

11am to 5pm

Maximum class size 8
Contact hours 15

A 20% discount is available for:

  • those who are registered as unemployed and in receipt of Jobseeker’s Allowance or Employment and Support Allowance (ESA)
  • those whose sole or main income is a Department of Social Security (DSS) state retirement pension
  • those who are registered as disabled and in receipt of Disability Living Allowance (DLA) or Personal Independence Payment (PIP)
  • full-time and part-time UK students on credit-bearing courses
  • London Metropolitan University students on year-long day courses
  • London Metropolitan University Alumni Association members
  • London Metropolitan University staff

If you're eligible for the 20% discount, please contact us before booking.

In addition to the course fee there will be a charge for materials. The amount of this charge will depend on how many materials are used.

Please read our terms and conditions before booking.

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When to apply

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