This Silversmithing course encourages working with hand tools to design and construct a range of metal objects as well as the manipulation of metals (gold, silver and copper etc.). There will be a choice of 2 basic projects including their processes during this course. This includes: the use of tools and forges, the introduction to soldering and safety in workshops, finishing techniques and the use of polishing spindle and flexidrive motor.
Items, if made in silver, can be hallmarked by the London Assay Office.
By the end of the course you will be able to manipulate the four elements that will help create a finished piece of work including:
Cutting - the use of piercing saw and files,
Shaping - the use of tools to manipulate the material into the desired form/shape,
Joining - use solder to join silver together,
Finishing - the use of emery papers and polishing compounds to create a high finish on objects,
and be aware of and work to relevant Health and Safety guidelines.
How will I be taught?
Our craft courses provide an opportunity for you to learn and develop skills, techniques and understand how to design for this craft. Tutors will use a variety of teaching methods including: demonstration, instruction, one-to-one tutorial guidance, and group discussions and critiques. You will be encouraged to look at the work of other craftspeople and artists, both contemporary and historical and keep a sketchbook/notebook to record goals/ ideas, processes and progress.
Your tutor will give you feedback during each class during one to one tuition or through group critiques. You will also be given the opportunity to tell your tutor what you want to achieve in the class and you can measure your success in your Individual Learning Plan, ILP.
Our courses are taught by qualified and experienced tutors most of whom are practising craftspeople.
What do I need to bring with me?
Please bring to the first session a protective overall or apron and notebook and pen. Later on in the course a few basic tools can be obtained. You can buy silver direct from suppliers after the first week; the tutor will help you to start doing this as there are a number of suppliers you can use. Details will be discussed at the first session or if necessary your tutor will send a list a week before the course starts.
A small contribution towards emery cloths is payable each term. Silver, piercing blades and silver solder can be purchased in class. Silver items can also be sent for hallmarking to be paid for on return.
What can I do next?
Further Silversmithing or Craft courses with Kent Adult Education.
What do I need to join the course
All students are welcome on this course so turn up with an enquiring mind and willingness to be creative. All levels of experience are welcome.
It is important to note that craft courses are practical and require a degree of manual dexterity. If you need to bring a carer with you, or be accompanied by another person, please ask to speak with the Curriculum Leader.
Getting to your course
If you require any information about this location then please call 03000 41 22 22* and quote the Course Code TWL/118572/M/LC.
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