Aluminium Jewellery Summer School


Fri 23rd - Sun 25th August

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Aluminium Jewellery Summer School

Fri 23rd – Sun 25th Aug

Level: Beginners and Intermediates

Learn how to create a variety of stunning effects for contemporary jewellery using anodised aluminium, a fascinating and diverse material that is lightweight and will keep its bright colours over time.

This lively three-day Aluminium Jewellery Summer School will introduce you to working with pre-anodised aluminium. You will focus on how to achieve a variety of decorative colouring effects to make lots of samples and you will be encouraged to experiment and explore the material’s capabilities before moving on to finished pieces. Working with a broad spectrum of colours, you will be introduced to a host of colouring techniques through demonstrations and discussions, including dip-dyeing, direct application, printmaking techniques and the clever use of resists.

Projects can be tailored by the tutor to suit your jewellery-making experience. During the weekend, you will also cover an introduction to cold connections, alongside basic jewellery-making techniques such as cutting, shaping, drilling, and disc cutting.

You can expect to leave the course with a good set of samples, a small collection of completed jewellery and the confidence to continue exploring the subject at home. This workshop is suitable for complete beginners and those with some experience who wish to experiment further with this vibrant and versatile material.

Your Tutor: Trisha Smith, of White Loch Jewellery is a Dunblane-based jewellery maker who teaches on both our weekly class programme and weekend workshops. Her contemporary colourful jewellery is available to buy in our gallery upstairs from the jewellery studio in Craft Central.

What to bring

  • We’ll provide everything you’ll need for your aluminium jewellery summer school including tools, colours and sheet aluminium. Sterling silver chains and earring findings are also included. Extra silver can be bought from the studio if needed
  • A small sketchbook, pen and pencil would be useful for taking notes and sketching ideas, we have a selection for sale in the shop upstairs
  • Please bring along glasses if you need them
  • Wear appropriate clothing and footwear for a studio environment including closed-toe shoes. Why not order yourself a CSSJ apron to make you feel right at home in your workshop?
  • If you have long hair please wear it tied up
  • If you are the type of person who likes to arm yourself with some knowledge ahead of time then we have prepared a Pinterest page filled with jewellery-making information and inspiration just for you!
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits are supplied. You are welcome to bring your own lunch to eat in the studio or we can advise you of nearby places to eat

Course Info

Friday 23rd – Sunday 25th August

Friday & Saturday: 10.30 am – 4.30 pm with a break for lunch
Sunday: 11 am – 4.30 pm with a break for lunch

(Please note that occasionally our classes run slightly over the finishing time depending on the complexity of student designs. Please allow for an extra 30 minutes buffer time at the end of the day.)

**Please note: classes may be cancelled due to a lack of attendees. In this unlikely event, you will be fully refunded and notified the day before the class is scheduled*


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