Working with the raw materials frees you to produce exactly what you envision. Jewellery designers are often at the mercy of the metalsmiths they commission to create their pieces. Fashion jewellery artists depend on their component suppliers. As a metalsmith however, your only limit is your imagination. Roll, saw, solder, rivet and polish precious metals into unique, wearable artworks.
Learn traditional ways to manipulate gold, silver, copper, bronze, and metal alloys. Build confidence working with metals by piercing, drilling, forging, fusing and soldering. Apply textures, rolling your own metal sheet and draw wires to custom thicknesses. Make joints and cold connections and prefect professional finishing techniques. Understand how metals are cast and options available to small studios.
1. Making and rolling sheet metal and wire
Most jewellery projects begin by shaping raw materials. Learn tools and techniques to produce usable, even and malleable metal sheets and wires. Learn how wire/sheet hardness is increased and how to anneal hardened metals to regain their softness.
2. Sawing, piercing and drilling techniques
Sawing, piercing & drilling are the most essential processes used by any metalsmith; learn to saw & pierce effectively & cleanly with minimal waste. Practice accurate drilling with hand & power tools.
3. Roll printing and texturing metals
Practice with the use of steel punches to create textures; learn how to apply textures through the use of a rolling mill. For more unusual surface textures, master the technique of reticulation.
4. Hot joining: soldering and fusing
Practice gas torch soldering on different metals and understand metal and solder compatibilities. Also learn fusing, the process of bonding metals together at melting point without solder.
5. Cold joining and mechanism
Many mechanisms and joints require movement and thus cannot be soldered or fused. Learn common cold joining techniques to combine different design parts by rivetting.
6. Stone setting
Apply traditional prong and bezel stone setting styles from first principles and understand the challenges of more advanced setting techniques such as but not limited to channel, flush and pavé settings.
7. Professional finishing
Create mirror-finishes, unusual textures and exciting contrasts using both hand techniques and power tools to achieve perfection in your finished creation.
Tools and materials
Like all JDMIS courses, students receive everything they need to complete all their coursework. This course includes all the tool and reference material needed in order to immediately start producing jewellery.
You will be you taking back your jewellery workbench, high-speed rotary drill, torch and tools of the trade to continue producing stunning jewellery from home.
Class size and safety
With only 6 students in a class you learn fast and expert international instructors keep you safe in class and ensure you stay safe as you continue to practice this ancient art.
If you are creative and enjoy working with your hands, metalsmithing is much more accessible that you would imagine. You do not need jewellery or art experience to get started, and your classmates come from all walks of life - ensuring an enriching and enduring experience.
This course offers a practical hands-on experience. At the end of the workshop, participants will have produced one or more pieces of jewellery.
Next Steps (Powder Metallurgy Specialisation):
MS400 - Traditional Metalsmithing 4: Casting Metals and Advanced Stone Setting
Next Steps (Complementary Metal Arts Specialisation):
NM300 - New Metal Technology 3: Advanced techniques with Moulds to Gold
Participants attending and completing this programme as a stand-alone certification can choose to enroll for the Precious Metal Arts Advanced Diploma.
1 week (Full-time), or
5 weeks (Part-time)
JDMIS runs week-day, weekend and weeknight courses for this popular course. JDMIS also has flexible make-up schedules and graduates can return without cost for refresher courses (subject to availability).
Course fee is inclusive of GST as well as all tools and materials provided during the course.