Jewellery: Option 1 Chainmaking, Soldering and Pattern Transfer (Foundation)

1. Overview

Working exclusively in metal, this course will introduce students to basic workshop practice and the use of traditional jewellery tools and equipment.

Students will be able to familiarise themselves with metalwork techniques using methods such as pattern transfer, piercing, drilling, texturing and forming, soldering, etching and basic chain making.

2. What you will study

Students will be able to familiarise themselves with the versatility of the metals copper and aluminium. Students will learn and practice essential jewellery skills in the following:

  • Piercing and filing
  • Sawing, drilling, folding and polishing
  • Wirework
  • Annealing and Soldering
  • Doming and forming
  • Texturing metal: hammering and roll printing
  • Acid etching
  • Soldering
  • Pattern Transfer
  • Jewellery findings
  • Finishing

Students will be encouraged to develop their design understanding through personalised projects, exploring the potential of test pieces towards the production of elementary small scale pieces.

Students are encouraged to keep a visual diary, which reflects their personal practice, individual interests and the work of other designers. This becomes a personal journal of their development during the course. The student will be introduced to the design process through integrated design drawing, class talks, individual/group discussion and studio-based practice.

3. Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course. Foundation Jewellery provides an excellent starting point for beginners.

All students are required to be at least 16 years of age on the commencement of course.

4. How to apply

Course fee: £305 

Gray's Short Course Online Registration

Successful enrolment will be confirmed by email.

RGU Registration

All students should be aware that when registering as a student at RGU they are accepting a contract of enrolment. (In order to attend short courses all students must register and accept RGU's conditions).


Please inform Gray’s School of Art if you are withdrawing your course. Any student absent for more than 4 weeks consecutively will be contacted by the school. Should no explanation of absence be given, RGU will withdraw you from the course.


A refund is only applicable where there has been at least 4 weeks illness and a medical certificate to support it.

Contact Us

If you have any questions about registration, contact:

Gray's Short Course Team

5. Additional Information

A complete health and safety induction will take place on commencement of the course.

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Start Date

Semester One:
3/6 Oct - 21/24 Nov 2018
Semester Two:
9/12 Jan - 28 Feb/1 Mar 2019

Course Length

40 hours (16 weeks)
Wednesday evening
7:00pm - 9:30pm OR
Saturday afternoon
1:30pm - 4:00pm

Mode of Attendance

Short Course/Part-time

Academic School
Gray's School of Art
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