Jewellery Making for Beginners - Course Outline
Duration: 5 weeks 7pm-9pm
Tutor: Teresa Crickmar
Venue: Swavesey Village College, Gibraltar Lane, Swavesey, Cambridge CB24 4RS
A non-qualification course for beginners with an interest in making simple beautiful jewellery using beads, wire & basic tools.
Students will learn the types, uses & methods of working with wire, findings & beads
Students will understand the basic techniques of working with beads and jewellery hand tools.
This course aims to teach essential jewellery making techniques with a focus on design principles. The learners will have the
opportunity to make the following pieces; a charm bracelet, memory wire bracelet, illusion necklace, safety pin brooch, wire
wrap ring and many more designs. The skills gained in this workshop can be easily continued at home with minimal tools and
space. This course is a chance to learn simple and effective techniques to create some beautiful jewellery for you and your
Are there specific requirements for joining?
Students will need an interest in art, craft & design. No previous experience necessary.
How will I learn?
The course is run in a friendly relaxed atmosphere with a chance to discuss your own ideas at the beginning. Powerpoint
slide shows, videos, demonstrations and handouts give additional support. Each piece of jewellery will be led as a step by
step process learning to use the tools and findings with gentle progression as the course goes on. One to one guidance
throughout the course ensures that you have met the course aims and that you can walk away with finished jewellery.
How will I know that I am making progress?
There will be no examinations, just continual support and guidance.
Will there be additional costs?
Yes, materials such as beads and wire will be made available to purchase from the tutor during sessions. This cost will vary
based on individual’s choices of materials but as a guide £5 will cover initial findings, plated wire and beads. Alternatively
materials can be brought from home or local tool or bead shop.
Do I need specific equipment or clothes?
The following items are desirable however not essential as tutor can provide basic tools:
Chain nose (pointed) pliers (teeth in jaws are best avoided but can be worked around)
Round nose pliers
Flat nose pliers
Wire & Beads (other found objects)
Please note there will only be a few pairs of pliers available to share so bringing your own will allow more freedom both in and out of class
time. Other tools such as mallets, hammers, flat stakes, crimping pliers, and hand drill will be provided. If you do want to use skills learned
in class at home it is recommended you have your own set of pliers. Recommended – http://www.cooksongold.com/Jewellery-
What shall I bring to the first lesson?
You do not have to bring anything, however to gain the most from the course here are a few of suggestions. Bring any
previous work, found objects, beads, buttons, charms, broken/unwanted jewellery that you would like to incorporate into your
designs. Examples of anything that inspires you – colours, images, admired jewellery etc. You may find a sketchbook &
pencil useful for recording notes, drawing designs and attaching inspiring images.
Is there anything I need to tell the School about myself before I start this course?
All learners have a right to a confidential interview to discuss their needs and it is our job to ensure that we give you the best opportunity and right conditions
for you to take part, learn and make progress. Your tutor will make you aware of this opportunity but it will help you and us to make adequate preparations if
you make arrangements to discuss your requirements prior to starting the course.
What can I do next?
The course is a great base to gain grounding for students who wish to continue studying jewellery design and making for
example a first diploma in Art & Design at the regional colleges or students who wish to continue practicing privately.
Teresa Crickmar May 2011