Jewellery Making

Ref: C3841368

This course will introduce students to seed beads. Students will learn a variety of techniques including peyote and bead weaving. Students will re visit polymer clay techniques and will learn moulding and baking the clay. Students will learn how to plan and create their own personal designs as they develop technical skills using a variety of tools and incorporate existing skills to complete a variety of jewellery designs. Students will also explore and discuss jewellery in different cultures and look into how gem stones are mined.

Additional information about this course


Course aim

To provide an introduction to the core principles of a variety of methods and mixed media and for planning and making jewellery items linking different methods of application

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • Plan and record the details for a personal project
  • Use seed beads to create a jewellery item using the Peyote stitch
  • Use seed beads to create a jewellery item using a bead weaving technique
  • Condition and use polymer clay to mould and bake a jewellery item
  • Use a variety of tools and know which tool is for which task

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning
  • You may be asked to undertake additional work in your own time to support your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion
  • You will have opportunities to discuss your progress with your tutor
  • You will be encouraged to share your work with the group and discuss your learning
  • You will be encouraged to consider other students work and give your opinions and suggestions
  • A file of work will be kept which will help to record your progress

What else do I need to know?

  • Students will need to provide their own beads, clay, tools and findings for their own project work but some of these items will be provided by the tutor for class use only and sample work.

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Progress to a course with another provider
  • Become involved with the WEA in a range of voluntary work and other activities including campaigning as a WEA member
  • Become involved as a volunteer for a WEA partner or another organisation
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here

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Jewellery Making


You can if you meet all of the following requirements:

  • are paying the standard fee or are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • are paying with a credit/debit card or are not paying a fee because of a qualifying benefit
  • have a valid email address
  • have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2017
  • have read and accept the standard terms and conditions
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