Jewellery Making Holidays
Jewellery making holidays at Gartmore House are run by local jeweller Elaine McKay and we offer a selection of 5-night and weekend stays.
An introduction to jewellery – 5 nights
This holiday is a perfect introduction to jewellery making and is suitable for beginners. You will learn how to make a basic ring using sheet or wire, using the various skills and techniques involved to complete your very own Silver ring. You will then have the opportunity to make a bezel set ring with a stone of your choice or a pendant for you and others to admire.
The class will begin with a short overview of the tools and equipment you will be using and health and safety requirements. You will then make a mock-up of a ring in base metal, allowing each student to experience the various techniques required to complete a ring from start to finish. You will learn how to use a piercing saw, filing, softening metal (annealing), shaping, forming, soldering, and polishing.
Once you have completed your mock-up ring you will be shown how to apply texture and finishes to metal for the purpose of creating your very own individual design. Time will be given to experiment and practise these techniques before moving on to create your own ring in Silver, with your chosen design, using the skills you have learned.
Once you have mastered the process of making a ring you can progress to making a stone set ring or pendant. The type of setting you will be making is a bezel set which consists of wrapping fine silver around a cabochon (polished gemstone that has a flat bottom) and attaching a sterling silver base to form a cup.
Each person on this course will be provided with base metal to experiment with, silver for their finished ring/pendant and a choice of gemstone. Elaine will be on hand to work with students on a one to one basis, guiding them through the designing and making of their rings.
Weekend ring making course – 2 nights
The weekend course is a perfect introduction to jewellery making and is suitable for beginners. You will learn how to make a basic ring using sheet or wire using the various skills and techniques involved to complete you very own Silver ring for you and others to admire.
What is included
- En-suite accomodation for 2 nights or 5 nights
- Expert tuition from Elaine Mckay and all materials needed for your course
- Full board – full Scottish breakfast, lunch and 3-course dinner
- A trip to Loch Katrine or The Scottish Wool Centre (5 night break only)
Dates and cost
Sunday 28th January – Friday 2nd February 2018 – £625 per person (5 nights)
Friday 16th – Sunday 18th February 2018 – £349 per person (2 nights)
Sunday 29th April – Friday 4th May 2018 – £625 per person (5 nights)
Friday 25th – Sunday 27th May 2018 – £349 per person (2 nights)
Friday 19th – Sunday 21st October 2018 – £349 per person (2 nights)
Sunday 28th October – Friday 2nd November 2018 – £625 per person (5 nights)
Sunday 25th – Friday 30th November 2018 – £625 per person (5 nights)
Friday 7th – Sunday 9th December 2018 – £349 per person (2 nights)