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    Hello all you lovely people. I just wanted to share my excitement that I have now officially enrolled in a Silversmith course starting in September I really can't wait. I even have a student number!

    No idea how good I'll be but I can't wait to escape for 2.5 hours a week and have some ME time away from poopy nappies and just do what I love doing Not that I don't love time with my family, but ykwim.
    Magriet

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  • #2
    Well done Babushka.
    I did a silversmith coure a couple of years back and really enjoyed it.
    Let us know how it goes.
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    • #3
      Excellent news! I see from your blog that you're based in Kent. I study at an evening class in silversmithing at adult education in Kent so, you never know, we might be at the same class or have the same tutor (my tutor seems to have Kent and much of Sussex covered!).

      Either way, I'm sure you'll find it great to get really involved in that side of jewellery and smithing.
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      • #4
        Originally posted by ShinySilver View Post
        I study at an evening class in silversmithing at adult education in Kent so, you never know, we might be at the same class or have the same tutor (my tutor seems to have Kent and much of Sussex covered!).
        Is your tutor Saskia?
        Magriet

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        • #5
          Ah, no, my tutor's Owen. I'll let him know he's got competition!
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          • #6
            Oooh I hope it goes well (WARNING silversmithing courses can lead to serious tool junkie addictions)
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            • #7
              Sounds great I hope you enjoy it.

              I would love to start silversmithing, do you mind me asking roughly how much the classes are?

              do you need spe******t equipment at home as i live in a flat so don't have any space for messy tasks. we really must move soon so i can get a shed!
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              • #8
                The last course I went on was £280 for two days (inc overnight)
                but there are many that are cheaper than that...
                Apart from the normal pliers, files, sanding papers, jewellers saw etc then basic
                silversmithing uses very little additional tools most of which are to do with the soldering...
                1) A handheld butane torch (your tutor should be able to suggest some)
                2) A soldering station (flameproof block)
                3) A borax cone & grind stone (for making flux)
                4) Hard, Medium & Easy Solder
                5) A paintbrush for painting on flux
                7) Tongs (for picking up hot pieces)
                6) A quench pot for cooling them (old butter tub if you're careful not to melt it)
                7) A Pickle Pot (I used a slow cooker, cover up any metal on the lid with electrical tape) mine cost £9 from Argos which is cheaper than £200 for the "proper kit"!
                8) Safety Pickle
                9) Brass tongs for pickle pot (the Acid corrodes Ferrous metal)
                10) Pumice powder & an old toothbrush

                Slightly more expensive Extras would be something like a tumbler for beautiful finishing, a dremel for quick sanding, hand polishing etc,
                (ooops going into tool junkie mode better stop now)
                Most of the tools above can be picked up cheaply (under £5) on Ebay
                OR Both Cooksons and Walshes do starter kits with most of the tools you'd need

                Happy melting, banging, shaping, joining & most of all CREATING!!!
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                • #9
                  My course costs around £250 through adult education for 32 weeks of two hour classes. I do the odd day class which is around £30 for about 6 hours.

                  Building up tools is an expensive business and I think the trick is to go slowly, get advice from your tutor and buy what you need when you need and try and figure out what's worth cutting corners on and what you need the quality for.

                  MuranoSilver has given a really good list of tools to set up a workshop; I'd say hammers are very important as well and, again, that's something it's worth getting advice on unless you're buying anything but basic ones.

                  It's an expensive craft- not helped by the price of silver at the moment! - but you can find ways to do it with as much economy as possible.

                  And it is addictive! I don't have a shed or workshop but I do want one!! It can be messy, especially soldering, piercing silver and filing. You also have to be careful with fumes and some of the chemicals needed.

                  Do hope you decide to find a class - I'm sure you love it!
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                  • #10
                    oh, id REALLY love to do it too. How do you find classes? Iv had a hunt about and the only one i can find is a full time one at the Glasgow school of art !!!!! I really need one that a few hours a week. But i just dont know where to start
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                    • #11
                      I was looking at some around scotland too. I actually wanted the full time one but Glasgow is too far away. Leith academy in Edinburgh do an evening class starting in September, which il hopfully do!
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                      • #12
                        Sorry to hijack the thread and make it all about me....but oh well .

                        I can't carry on at the place I've been doing jewellery making as the course I would like to do clashes with the new course I'm going to be doing in September. I'm thinking of carrying on with jewellery making at Greenwich community college instead of the old place, anyone ever been there? Know what it's like? Nice? Scummy? Etc....


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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Babushka View Post
                          Hello all you lovely people. I just wanted to share my excitement that I have now officially enrolled in a Silversmith course starting in September I really can't wait. I even have a student number!

                          No idea how good I'll be but I can't wait to escape for 2.5 hours a week and have some ME time away from poopy nappies and just do what I love doing Not that I don't love time with my family, but ykwim.

                          I know exactly how you feel as I signed up for the same course which also starts in September. I'm in Bournemouth though.

                          It's just sooo exciting .

                          Good luck.

                          Love
                          Rie
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                          • #14
                            Finding a silversmithing course

                            A good place to search for courses is to contact your local council, which often provide courses locally at community learning centres around the area you live e.g night courses in your local college.
                            You can also contact learndirect on 0800 100 900, they wouldn't provide a silversmithing course directly but they can do a proper search for you to find your nearest one. That's how i found mine! I can't wait to start in September!
                            Good luck
                            Natalia x

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                            • #15
                              I've been doing silversmithing evening and the occasional Saturday class with Owen in Folkestone, Kent for about 5 years. Which one are you in ShinySilver?

                              If you're starting in September, you could start to think what you might want to make and start drawing it - typical places to start are a bangle or a spoon.

                              Most classes have some common tools to get you started and you don't need your own tools to begin with. If you're going to class every week you may never need some of the tools in Muranosilver's list unless you also want to do silversmithing at home.

                              You'll need a piercing saw fairly soon but the tutor will advise what to buy, and you're bound to break many, many blades at the beginning (take a piece of candle in with you to 'grease' the blade, and learn not to force it).

                              Have fun!
                              kind regards
                              Georgia

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