Andycraft Retreats

Jewellery Making with Wire And Metalwork

Rustic Copper Connections.

On this three day retreat we will focus on creating essential components and fastenings for jewellery-making using copper wire and sheet copper. You will learn how to create your own clasps, chains, hinges, rivets, bails, bead caps, cord ends and so on.

You will be guided through several jewellery projects each using different techniques enabling you to build an armoury of skills to transfer to your future jewellery designs.

Day 1.

Wire Findings
Learn how to create a variety of chain links and jewellery findings using wire. We will work on:

• 3 styles of Chain link
• Head Pins- Hammered and Knotted
• S Hooks
• Toggle Clasps
• Cord ends
• Jump Rings
• Wire hinge
• Wire Bail

By the end of the day you will have learned:

• An understanding of the properties of copper wire and how to manipulate and form it using tools

• The correct hammering technique for work hardening and spreading copper wire


Day 2.

Cutting, Texturing and Layering copper sheet

Using various techniques to apply texture to copper sheet, and using cold connections including Rivets

During the day we will make a Layered Pendant, Collar or Cuff.

By the end of the day you will be able to demonstrate:

• The correct use of tools and equipment such as hammers, saws, punches, files, metal sheers and polishing materials
• how to join metals using a rivet, jump ring, wire hinge (cold connections)
• How to use liver of sulphur patina safely
• How to polish and finish designs.


Day 3.

Punching, Forming and Doming Copper sheet.

On this final and exciting day we will use copper sheet to advance our new found wire and design skills. Projects will include: Bead Caps, Pendant bails and a Hinged Bangle.

By the end of the day you will have learned how to:

• correctly use metal shears, saws and die cutters to cut sheet copper
• add texture to sheet copper
• use a doming/dapping block
• create a simple hinge and latch.


The cost of this course including accommodation is between £495.00 and £520.00 depending on your choice of room.

The course tutor is Gemma Crow

There are places available on this course.

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