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Jewellery making Courses  in St Albans, Hertfordshire

Hopton and Furlong offer a range of courses at St Albans School of Jewellery to meet the diverse needs of all our students. The courses provide in depth tuition in jewellery and silversmithing for students of all abilities ranging from the beginner experimenting with a new hobby to the more technically able, experienced student.


The classes have a maximum of 10 students per class to maintain an optimum student to tutor ratio. Within this framework we are able to work on a one-to-one basis, enabling each student to pursue their own goals at their own pace.

Jewellery Courses for Beginners

This course is ideal if you have no or minimal experience in jewellery making. In this eight-week course, you should complete at least five projects. In your first project, you will learn how to create a simple band ring, and once you have completed this, you will progress onto  other  projects. This course has been specifically designed to ensure you understand the fundamentals of jewellery making.   


If the eight-week course does not suit your schedule, we ensure that the same syllabus is covered in our Sunday classes. In this course, you will learn how to create the following: 

Courses 1

  • Simple Band Ring

  • Domed and Textured Earrings

  • Pendant or Keyring

  • Cabochon Stone Setting

  • Pillow Pendant

Techniques Covered

Courses 2

  • Marking Out

  • Sawing

  • Filing

  • Annealing

  • Soldering

  • Forming and Shaping

  • Hammering

  • Refining and Finishing

  • Polishing

  • Adding Texture to Metal

  • Using Rolling Mills Drilling

It is recommended that you bring the following items with you to the course:

· A Sketch/Notebook and Pencil
· Closed Toe Shoes
· A Band to Tie Long Hair

· An Apron or Clothes That You Don’t Mind Getting Slightly Dirty

Important Information

Everything you need for your first project including copper or gilding metal is provided by us. If you would prefer to use silver for any of your projects we can provide this at an additional charge. After your first class, you need to provide your own materials. However, we can provide Starter Packs which include the following:


· Sawblades
· Solder (Hard and Easy)
· Emery Paper (A Selection of Grades)
· Sketchbook and Pencil
· Rectangular and Round Finishing Buffsticks

The cost for this Starter Pack is £15 per kit. Please contact us to order your St Albans School of Jewellery Starter Pack in advance of your class.

Upon completing our beginners’ course, many of our students continue to develop their skills by progressing onto one of our other jewellery making courses, which involve working on your own design.

Please contact us for the details of forthcoming scheduled classes and availability.

Intermediate Jewellery making courses 

This course is suitable when you have either completed our beginners’ course or if you understand the fundamentals of jewellery making. In this course, you are given the opportunity to work on your own designs or on a design project set by your tutor.

Current students on this course range from those who are already working as jewellery makers/ designers to those who are making gifts for family and friends and those who have simply fallen in love with the art of jewellery making.

The prime focus of this course is to build your confidence by allowing you to express your creativity through producing bespoke designs. Furthermore, we teach you how to create innovative jewellery drawings as well as how to make models. In addition to this, we provide all the support you need regarding jewellery making techniques. In this course, you are taught the following:

Courses 2

  • Marking Out

  • Sawing

  • Filing

  • Annealing

  • Soldering

  • Forming and Shaping

  • Hammering

  • Refining and Finishing

  • Polishing

  • Adding Texture to Metal

  • Using Rolling Mills Drilling

Please contact us for the details of forthcoming scheduled classes and availability.

Advanced Jewellery Courses 

These projects are perfect when you have an in-depth understanding and experience in jewellery making techniques. You will have a strong and clear design identity but may need some extra guidance on developing your own style and creating more complex designs.   Some of the  projects for the more advanced student are noted below. 

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  • Hollow Form Work

  • Wax Carving

  • Fabrication

  • Forging

  • Repousse

  • Chasing

  • Hydraulic Pressing

  • Fly Pressing

  • Intermediate Level Stone Setting

  • Flush Setting

  • Reticulation

  • Granulation

Please contact us for the details of forthcoming scheduled classes and availability.

Create Your Own Piece of Silver Jewellery

Learn how to make your own piece of silver jewellery in a friendly, relaxing environment. This workshop is ideal when you want to create a handmade ring using traditional and contemporary silversmithing and jewellery making techniques at the bench.

Supporting you throughout the process, one of our professional jewellery designers shows you how to cut, shape, form, solder, file and polish your jewellery piece. After you have been shown how to do this, you are able to create your own simple and timeless sterling silver band ring in our 4 to 5-hour workshop. We provide everything you need, including all silver and equipment. This workshop is ideal when you want to spend a day with your friends, family or work colleagues having fun and learning a new skill.

This workshop takes place on a Sunday from 10:00a.m. – 3:00p.m. It is £115 per person and this includes the silver needed for the workshop.

“Had A Great Day and Left with My Handmade Unique Silver Ring”

“I had been thinking of trying silversmithing and jewellery making for some time and heard about the skills of the designer and goldsmith Martin Hopton through a friend who was a student at Central St Martins College Of Art & Design in London. I contacted The St Albans School of Jewellery studio in Hertfordshire and booked on a Sunday class. As a complete novice, my first project was to make a silver ring. The first step was to measure and mark out the width of ring I wanted to make on sheet metal. Using a piercing saw and a steady hand I carefully cut off the strip without deviating from the marked line. After this, I filed the edges of the strip of metal to ensure it was smooth and perfectly straight. The next stage in making my ring involved a process called annealing which required me to heat the sheet of metal with a small blow torch. Great fun! I learned that this process gives the metal the flexibility it needs for bending. Once I had achieved this I decided to add a pattern to my band and chose to emboss a series of small letters onto the band using a metal letter print and a rolling mill. To get the spherical shape I then manipulated the embossed strip into a round shape to fit around a mandrel by tapping it with a leather mallet. I was then shown how to solder the two ends of the band together to form a complete circle of metal. For a fantastic finish, my ring then required further filing and papering. This ensured smooth edges and any fire stain from the metal that occurred whilst annealing disappeared. Using a pendant motor, the final stage of making my ring was to polish it. Incredibly, the process suddenly transformed my band from a dull matt colour to a bright, sparkling silver and I was absolutely thrilled with the results! Martin and Tracy were excellent tutors providing clear guidance throughout and yet allowing me the freedom to experiment and apply the techniques myself. Had a great day and left with my handmade unique silver ring which made a wonderful birthday present for my sister, who was thrilled.”

Ellode – past student. - 04/07/2018

“I Enjoy Every Single Lesson and Am Always Longing for the Next One As Soon As One Is Over”

“I love the classes at The St Albans School of Jewellery. I am so glad I came across this school of jewellery; I enjoy every single lesson and am always longing for the next one as soon as one is over. Martin and Tracy are both highly skilled designers and makers, who leave no problem unsolved and are always very committed to helping each student to finish their projects in as close to perfect as possible. Their special gift on top of this is their ability to explain very well and with patience if necessary. The setting is perfect and can sometimes feel too cosy to get working hard : ) …”

Sabine Riechmann - 05/07/2018

Contact our team in St Albans, Hertfordshire, about our jewellery making courses for beginners.