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Silversmithing: Basics

Non-accredited Short Course

Discover the intricate work of Silversmithing

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NEXT INTAKE On campus: Coomera Start date: 20 May 2023 Duration: 3 weeks
Full Fee

Course overview

Jewellery has been a part of our lives for over 7,000 years, marking important rites of passage as well as embellishing our bodies.

Whether you wish to learn something new or want to start a career in the jewellery industry, you will benefit from this course. Under the guidance of an experienced tutor, you will learn all of the Silversmithing techniques you need to know how to make beautiful drop earrings, bracelets and a pendant in the most equipment savvy ways. Simple design outlines will be provided, however you will be encouraged to develop your own unique designs using newly learned skills.

View some of your tutor's fantastic work on instagram @lexidecora. 

Topics covered in this course include:

Basic health and safety training and basic skills acquisition

  • Demonstrations: marking metals for cutting, sawing and drilling
  • Exercise: You will be working on acquisition of core silversmithing techniques, such as using metal marking and metal cutting tools, and using a jewellers saw frame

A drop earring construction

  • Demonstrations: a classic earring hook construction using Foredom flexishaft for drilling; filing and sanding, design basics
  • Exercise: Following a design outline you will create a pair of silver drop earrings

A bracelet construction

  • Demonstrations: creating handcrafted chain links, drilling delicate components, cold joining chain links
  • Exercise: You will start working on the components for the bracelet

A bracelet construction – continued

  • Demonstration: Making a classic ‘S’ clasp
  • Exercise: Bracelet assembly completion

Basics of stone setting and pendant construction

  • Demonstrations: Design principles for setting stones using tabs
  • Exercise: You will start working on your pendants

Basics of stone setting and pendant construction – continued

  • Demonstrations: pendant hanging systems (wrapped loops, jump springs and bails)
  • Exercise: Pendant assembly completion

This short course is non-accredited therefore is not registered with the National Training Register

Course outcome:

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Ways to study
20 May 2023
3 weeks
9.00am - 3.30pm
  • Full fee: $645

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Silversmithing: Basics (NONAC10010)

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Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this course.

Resources required
  • You will require fully enclosed shoes, a note pad, a ruler, a pencil, a fine felt tip pen (preferably permanent marker for metal) and a glue stick.
  • Please note: there are no canteen facilities at Coomera or Ashmore after hours, so you are encouraged to bring your own refreshments.
Need to know

Your enrolment fee includes course supplies provided at each class by the teacher which are non-refundable.

Course commencement is subject to minimum enrolment numbers.


University pathways

If you want to go on to further study at university, TAFE Queensland has a pathway option to get you there. In many cases, completing one of our diplomas may give you a full year of credit towards a degree with one of our partner universities.

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  • James Cook University
  • Southern Cross University
  • University of Canberra
  • Griffith University
  • Queensland University of Technology
  • University of Southern Queensland

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Course Disclaimer

All information was accurate at time of publication, however TAFE policies, tuition fees and course content is subject to change without notice. Course commencement is dependent on sufficient enrolment numbers. Timetable information is subject to change prior to commencement and/or during the duration of your course.