Introduction to Silver Jewellery Making
Tutor: Machi De WaardCourse Code: 3217-05


Learn the techniques of piercing, shaping, filing, hammering, soldering and finishing as you make a simple silver ring, then try out different texturing methods with a second piece of jewellery. No experience or artistic skills are necessary. You will be given instruction in the use of tools and equipment as the course progresses. Students can choose to work either in silver or they can work in copper. Silver is not included in the course cost.


This course aims to teach students the basic principles of jewellery making. You will start by learning how to use the basic tools required to make jewellery, such as the piercing saw, benchpeg, pliers, hammers, mandrels and torch. The first project, a ring, will guide you through the fundamental techniques of jewellery making, such as piercing, shaping, filing, sanding, hammering, soldering and finishing. Once your first project is completed, we will expand into texturing techniques using hammers and the rolling mill. We will discuss how to design and plan your second project and depending on what you make, we will cover other techniques of jewellery making. You will leave with at least two finished pieces of jewellery in either copper or silver. The tutor can advise you on further courses to take if you would like to continue making jewellery. If you have questions before the class starts, please email the tutor at

Please bring with you

  • Cash for purchasing silver or copper
  • Small box or sealable bag to keep your jewellery and scraps in
  • Please note: Do not wear dangly clothes/jewellery that may be caught in machinery (and tie hair back). Wear closed shoes (no sandals). Dress for mess, as it will get dusty.
  • Apron (optional)
  • Notebook for sketching designs (optional)

The following items can be purchased from your tutor

The tutor will have silver and copper available for the planned projects. Please note that metal prices change on a daily basis, so prices may change. The silver for the first ring project will be £4. The silver for the second project will either be £15 for a pendant, £8 for a ring, or £10 for a bangle. Time permitting, you may make another project. The tutor will have a limited amount of silver available to buy for extra projects.  Please be advised the materials can only be paid for with cash, cheques cannot be accepted. If you would like to do a larger project or have questions about metal prices, please email the tutor before the class starts at



Course Location

Missenden Abbey
Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire HP16 0BD


Machi De Waard

Machi De WaardMachi has been designing and making jewellery for over 10 years. She has shown her work in galleries and exhibitions across the UK. An active member of the jewellery community, Machi combines running her own studio practice with teaching. She now teaches jewellery making in Chesham for Buckinghamshire Adult Learning and in her private studio in Reading. Previously, she was Artist in Residence at South Hill Park Arts Centre in Bracknell and also taught at Studio E174 in High Wycombe. Machi continues to make and exhibit her own work, expanding her range of modernist silver and gold jewellery. Machi’s work can be seen on her website,
10th to 11th Aug 2017
Thursday to Friday


9amCoffee on arrival
9.15amWelcome and tutor introductions
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmTeaching session
6.45 for 7pmDinner for residents
7-9.15amBreakfast for residents
9.30am-1pmTeaching session
1-2pmLunch for all
2-5pmLast teaching session