Our beginner's course

We usually run our five-week beginners course in October, although if there is sufficient demand, we can run one earlier in the year. 

In 2017,  the course starts on 4 October, but is now fully subscribed. It runs alongside the normal group session from 7-9pm in the workshops at John Mason School in Abingdon.  The maximum size is eight to allow for plenty of support and guidance.  The course will consist of three talks that are interspersed with demonstrations.  There are two weeks of practicals where the students will make a silver ring and then they can choose one of a number of items of silver jewellery to make.

Week 1 Metals - properties and shapes, cutting, filing, soldering and polishing. Demonstration of making a ring
Weeks 2 & 3 – students make a ring then choose one of a number of projects.
Week 4 More detail - Texturing, doming, raising, forging, casting methods and design
Week 5 More detail - Enamelling, assay, tools and tying up loose ends

The cost will be £50 payable in advance. It will be refunded promptly if the course doesn't run.  This fee includes all costs except the silver needed for your projects - probably £8-10 depending what you choose.  If you work instead in copper, which has similar properties, there will be no extra cost.

For any other questions about the beginner’s course or to sign up, please contact John Huddleston on 01235 524866 or email john@jhsilver.co.uk. Why not come to our next open evening at John Mason?

 The course will also give you a chance to sample the club and meet some of our regulars! 

After the course you are welcome to join the club and come along every week to make whatever you would like – with continued support from more experienced members.

The images on this page are pieces made by people on the beginner’s course.