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Exploring shape and folding forming




Two Days

About the Course

Build or improve your repertoire of methods for shaping and texturing silver using a variety of methods including fold forming, forging, doming, using a rolling mill, adding texture and oxidation techniques. This course combines theoretical understanding through sequenced practical activities, though you will be able to customise your outcomes.

This course aims to make you feel safe and confident in the workshop and have a good understanding of how to safely use the various pieces of equipment. Other basic techniques of cutting, filing, soldering and polishing, will also be covered.

There are therefore no materials fee included in the cost of the course – you can purchase silver from the tutor/you will be advised where to order from – costs will be about £15-20, depending on what you make. Tools will be provided but if you have any, feel free to bring your own. 

Complete beginners and improvers welcome.

Your Instructor

Liz Taylor

I am the owner of The Silver Bird, an artisan, handmade jewellery business based in a semi-rural village in Cambridgeshire. I specialising in bespoke commissions, and customisable pieces, as well as teaching traditional jewellery making techniques.

I have recently retired from an18 year career as a secondary DT teacher, over which time, I taught  taught hundreds of young people how to design and make novel, beautiful products, by exploring material properties and generating unique forms.  I have completed a Masters of Education at Cambridge University, focusing on creative idea generation and development. This gave me a particular passion for biomimicry; using and replicating the nature through product design to make unique textures and forms.

I teach silver jewellery making at evening classes in several schools local to Cambridge and have designed my own teaching room to accommodate up to four aspiring silver-smiths. ​

Jewellery making with silver is easily the most addictive thing I have ever done. And that's before we talk about the enchanting world of gemstones! Whether you are into contemporary or classic pieces, you are learning for pleasure or you want your own career change, I can help you fall in love with the processes and achieve your jewellery-making potential.

Contact me for an informal chat if you'd like more information of what I can offer. I look forward to making with you.

Liz Taylor
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