What you'll do
I will welcome you in my home based studio at the beach side suburb North New Brighton. This is a very exclusive, hands on experience. Only 2 people at the most in this class so you’ll have lots of one to one teaching. While I show you around the studio I will point out any health and safety tips to help create a safe environment for all. This workshop is a great introduction to Silversmithing. Your project will be according to your level. Before you arrive I will message you to hear whether you have a specific project in mind or whether you are open to see what can happen. Its up to you to make a ring, a pendant, a small link bracelet or earrings. You can bring and recycle old broken pieces of jewellery and turn them into new wearable keepsakes You can make use of letters to stamp personalised messages into your work. If you have brought any broken or old jewellery with you I will assess whether it is Silver or Gold and will suit your project. The first 5 grams of Silver for your project is included in the price. The hands-on fun part is fire and flames and forging (hammering) the metal. Some of the processes are cleaning the work by hand like filing, sanding and polishing. The final end result is totally up to what ever look you like. Please contact me for any other times and or days available im happy to change to suit your itinerary
I am an experienced Silversmith with more than 10 years of experience, i’m also successfully selling my jewellery at various galleries throughout NZ and I am tutoring at a local college. I love combining our precious Jade with Sterling Silver and have developed quite a unique method of creating one-off contemporary jewellery pieces. I enjoy working towards exhibitions, supplying artwork to galleries and teaching, these all seem to be the right balance for me. I gained my teaching degree 22 years ago and have taught in The Netherlands and New Zealand for many different Colleges and other educational organisations ever since. It is such a thrill to help people create a special piece from scratch and see ideas coming to life.
A hot beverage of your choosing coffee tea hot choclate
Use of all specialised equipment in my studio plus 5 grams of sterling silver to create your project.
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Where you'll be
We will work from my studio situated at the end of my driveway near my home. I converted my garage into a sunny and room workspace and you will get to work with all my tools and anvils.
Things to keep in mind
For a full refund, cancel at least 7 days before the experience is scheduled to start or within 24 hours of purchase.
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Up to 2 guests ages 18 and up can attend.
You dont need any previous knowledge to do this workshop. Please bring some extra cash in case you need to buy more Silver for your project.
Silversmithing Made Easy Melt and Forge