Oxford Summer School

Silver Jewellery

Monday 8th August for 5 days — Cost: £260

Tutor: Pauline Payne

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An opportunity to make beautiful pieces of jewellery using traditional silversmithing techniques with step-by step instruction from choosing the correct materials to adding surface decoration and finishing. Beginners will make a silver band ring, and then progress to making items such as earrings, bangles, pendants, cuff links and brooches to their own design. Those with experience will build on existing skills by working on individual projects with one-to-one guidance. Beginners will learn essential techniques such as saw piercing, filing, texturing, forming, soldering, simple gemstone setting and polishing. Others will refine their existing skills and learn other techniques applicable to their individual projects. 

An extensive range of tools is provided with a set of basic tools for each student. You will also have use of professional equipment such as a rolling mill; bracelet and ring mandrels; a bracelet-forming die set; doming block and dies; texturing hammers; disc cutters and a tumble polisher. Information will be given on tools and materials for those wishing to continue at home and a small selection of tools will also be available to purchase including a basic tool kit.


A wide range of silver materials are provided including all that is needed to finish your jewellery including fittings and chain. There is also a collection of gemstones, beads and copper and brass for a cheaper alternative.

These materials are not included in your course fee and can be purchased from the tutor, the cost of which depends on the size and quantity of the pieces made and the ever-fluctuating price of silver. Most students spend £60+ There is also a cover charge of £6 for all the consumable items used such as saw blades and solder.

Materials Costs to Students

£60+ for materials and £6 to pay for consumables like saw blades and gas etc.