30 Nov 2015

Jewellery Classes in High Wycombe

Classes will be starting again at the end of January:

Jewellery Making Classes in High Wycombe at Studio E174
Thursday 28 January - Thursday 31 March 2016
1:30pm - 4:00pm
£230 for 10 weeks

Be guided through a series of projects progressing to designing and making your own individual jewellery.
No experience or artistic skills are necessary. Classes are for both beginners and those with experience.

Classes are small, up to 6 students. Due to small numbers you are guaranteed one-to-one tuition and all
the support you need to translate your ideas into finished pieces.

All our courses provide a range of hand tools and access to equipment. You will be introduced to
the workshop and given full instruction in the use of tools & equipment as the course progresses.
Students can choose to work either in silver or they can work in copper or brass. Silver is not
included in the course cost.

To book or for more information, please email machidewaard@gmail.com

I also offer private lessons at my studio in Reading. Last week I had two students for a day class on how to make silver rings. It was a lovely day and they succesfully finished three silver rings each:

13 Nov 2015


My cousin does woodworking (you can see his blog here: handguitar.wordpress.com) and we decided to do a collaboration combining his woodworking and my metalwork. So, he made this jewellery box:

And I've made these two hinges and one clasp. They are all round, of course, given my propensity for making circles. They all have tiny countersunk holes for nails which I have yet to make, but will be forthcoming at some point. We think we're going to have to also glue (with epoxy) the hinges and clasps on for added strength. He's also going to add a chain on the inside of the box to reduce strain on the hinges. Since we're in different countries, it's going to take a while to get a photo of the finished project! Especially as initially, we thought he'd be able to put the hinge on but now I think it's going to have to be done with a riveting hammer and I'll need to clean up any accidental marks on the flat part of the hinge. Also, I'm pretty sure we'll need pilot holes for the silver nails, which will require some of my 0.5mm drill bits. Anyway, luckily, I'm seeing my cousin tonight so we can discuss the details! Fun to do something together and any excuse to talk about tools and maybe needing more tools....