Jewellery Making

Ref: C2525490

An introduction to creative jewellery making, working with buttons, beads, ribbons, and regular jewellery findings. Learn how to make earrings, bracelets, necklaces, brooches, key rings, bag charms or hair ornaments. If you have something that is special to you, such as a button or a piece from some broken costume jewellery, it can be incorporated in a beautiful new item to keep and treasure. You will make (and use) your own buttons, beads and charms from polymer clay. You will have lots of fun learning how to design your own pieces of jewellery from the materials available (these can be purchased at cost price from the Tutor or bring your own). This course will develop confidence in your practical skills, and encourage you to consider that there are numerous types of craft jobs or self employment opportunities where you can make use of your creative skills.

Additional information about this course

To enrol on this course you will need to contact Donna Middleton on 01642 296166, who will provide you with a pin number which will enable you to enrol online or by phone.

Course aim

An introduction to creative jewellery making. Learn to make necklaces, bracelets, earrings, brooches, hair ornaments, keyrings, bag charms, wine glass charms, and will include making (and using) your own beads & charms from polymer clay

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed
  • This course is suitable for beginners and improvers
  • This course is for women only as it is held in a women's centre

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

  • Taking into consideration the materials available, create and follow a design for a new piece of jewellery from scratch
  • Produce a set of usable beads or charms, from polymer clay
  • Use a variety of techniques to construct four different items from the following: necklace, bracelet, bag charm, key ring
  • Construct four different items from the following: pair of earrings, brooch or hair ornament
  • Complete an item of your choice using the polymer clay beads/charms you made

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

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
  • You will be encouraged to keep a record of the things you make, and the processes involved in making them (this could be in a simple notebook, a photo album, or digitally

What else do I need to know?

  • A selection of materials and basic equipment will be provided but you are welcome to bring additional materials with you
  • Tools will be provided, and there will be a selection of beads, charms, findings, ribbons for you to purchase from the tutor at cost price, but feel free to bring any materials of your own you wish to use. Bring a notebook for your designs - and your imagination!

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading is required but research on the subject on the internet or in the library may be helpful
  • Think and make notes about what colours, shapes, textures, you find pleasing. Look for ideas in books, magazines, shops or on the internet

What can I do next?

  • Progress to another WEA course
  • Access the WEA What Next? booklet here
  • Use your new skills to make jewellery items for yourself, to give as gifts, or to sell for charity. Discuss opportunities for self employment.

Download full course information sheet

Jewellery Making


This course is funded by the Tees Valley Combined Authority but is also open to residents of other areas.

As a registered charity, and to meet our funders’ requirements, we need to check a few things with you before you book. Please could we ask that you check the list below to ensure you meet our basic criteria:

  • You are paying the standard fee (with a credit or debit card) or you are on any of the qualifying benefits
  • You have a valid email address so that you can receive confirmation of your booking
  • You have been resident in the UK, EU or EEA for the last 3 years
  • You are aged 19 years or older on 1st September 2019
  • You have read and accept our standard terms and conditions

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