Silver Jewellery Making with Beccy Gillatt

Five week Creative Course

Photograph by Cat Lane


Term 1 dates
18, 25 January 2022
01, 08, 15 February 2022


Gift vouchers available


We are booking up to 8 people on this course, however this is subject to change based on government guidelines concerning COVID-19.  

We are committed to working with our artists and communities in continuing to provide opportunities for creativity during these challenging times. Together, we have reconfigured our courses to ensure the safety of all concerned without compromising on quality. Find out more about our new safety measures.

Please read our Covid-19 Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.
Who is this class suitable for?
Ages 16+
Suitable for any level of experience.

What will be covered in the class?
Over this 5-week course, artist tutor Beccy Gillatt will gently guide you through traditional jewellery making techniques and designing methods to enable you to develop your own creations and craft them in silver and gemstones.

What will students leave the class with? 
Learners will leave the course with at least 3 finished pieces of silver jewellery designed and crafted by hand.

Over the course, you will focus on the following skills and techniques:

Week 1–3
  • Texturing and layering: pendant, brooch, cuff links or earrings
  • Create designs from visual research to develop ideas for your project
  • Use etching to create patterns
  • Use a rolling mill and textures to create interesting surfaces on silver and copper
  • Demonstrate safe use of saw piercing and blades to cut out shapes
  • Use jewellery tools to finish work including wet and dry papers and polishing compounds
  • Craft findings for items made

Week 3–5
  • (Beginners tube setting) Returners faceted collet set pendant or ring.
  • Choose a suitable stone for your project
  • Use simple design techniques to design a pendant or ring with a tube or collet setting 
  • Select appropriate materials for your stone and project
  • Construct a setting for your stone chosen using traditional fabricating and soldering techniques
  • Make your piece of work to add stone setting to
  • Set your stone using a selection of setting tools to secure stone
  • Finish piece using wet and dry papers as well as polishing compounds
What will I need to bring?
Tools and equipment are included in the course fee.

Materials will be available to purchase from the tutor during the course but if you would like to bring your own materials this information will be sent to you weekly and will depend on your design and choice of stones. Materials will range from £30-£50 depending on your designs and stones of choice.

For the first session please feel free to bring the following (also available to purchase from the tutor on the day):

  • Copper sheet 0.7/0.8 mm thick
  • Silver sheet 0.7/0.8/0.9mm thick (depending on the size of your design

Jewellery Studio: the jewellery studio is situated at the top of a flight of stairs. Tools are all light and accessible. Work benches are not currently height adjustable.

Beccy Gillatt is a Buckinghamshire-based silversmith who has been teaching adults for over 15 years. With a MA from the Royal College of Art in goldsmithing, silversmithing, metalwork and jewellery, Beccy has gone on to show her work in galleries and fairs all over the world, including the Goldsmiths Fair and Collect. She was also awarded the Goldsmiths Company Future of Design Award for Silversmithing (2001) and Goldsmiths Company Young Designer.

Booking Terms and Conditions
Completing your booking with Milton Keynes Arts Centre signifies your agreement to the below terms of Refunds and Cancellation. All profits support our annual programme of exhibitions, events and charitable outreach projects.

Courses may be rescheduled/cancelled by Milton Keynes Arts Centre if the minimum number of required students is not met. Notification of a possible reschedule/cancellation will be sent to students three-working days before the first workshop of the term, in this instance refunds will be issued in full if a course is rescheduled/cancelled.

In acknowledgement of these exceptional times, Milton Keynes Arts Centre has amended its refund policy on a temporary basis. Students are now entitled for refunds in the following circumstances:

  1. If you are unable to attend a class as you are showing coronavirus-like symptoms
  2. If you are unable to attend a class as someone you live with is showing coronavirus-like symptoms
  3. If Milton Keynes Arts Centre cancels or postpones classes.

Refunds shall be made on the basis of every class students have missed.

In all other instances outside of these circumstances, bookings are non-refundable and only transferable at the discretion of Milton Keynes Arts Centre.
Photographs and/or video will be taken during this course
As a registered charity, it can sometimes be necessary to share photos and videos of our community outreach in printed matter, social media, press releases and funding applications. By taking part in this event you grant Milton Keynes Arts Centre full rights to use the images resulting from the photography/video filming to help achieve our charitable aims.

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