Sunday, 10 July 2011

STOP PRESS - Casting Resins Course 2 PLACES LEFT


2 day Resins course - £140 to include materials
Saturday and Sunday 3rd and 4th September 2011 - 10am - 4pm
Click here to see full details and images. 

We are delighted to welcome back to Touchmark Studios, Clare John, an experienced jeweller and tutor in Resins, sometimes known as cold enamels.  Clare teaches at a number of venues around the country, including the prestigious Birmingham School of Jewellery
This is a 2 day workshop which follows on from the workshop Clare gave last year.  It will give jewellery makers the opportunity to use resin in different ways. The two days will focus on making 3D jewellery like large beads and bangles in resin.  You will be shown how to make moulds from silicone and how to cast resin.  The resin comes in a wide range of colours and effects like transparent, sparkle and pearl and metallic effects.  There will also be time to discuss using resin with metal clay and traditional jewellery and we will practise finishing techniques, including how to add jump rings and bails to pendants and how to drill resin.
The resins you will be working with are odour free and therefore much safer to use than traditional resins.  There will be time to discuss using resin with metal clay and traditional jewellery. Finishing techniques and problem solving will also be covered.
If you would like to reserve a place on this course please mail Chris Pate

Friday, 8 July 2011

Hi everyone,  starting in September, Touchmark Studios will be running  the Traditional Jewellery Skills course on Saturdays and Monday mornings.  More details of the programme can be found  here.  The cost is £200.  This cost includes all materials plus a free half day studio session at the end of the course where you can come and use the studio to finish up any projects or start something new.
Examples of work by students who have attended previous courses and are now regularly making, selling and exhibiting jewellery can be seen here  
Dates are as follows:-

Commencing - SATURDAY 10TH September,  2011
For those of you who work during the week or have a distance to travel, we appreciate that your Saturdays are precious.  So, instead of running our jewellery skills course over 8 half days, we are running it over 4 full days.  The content will be exactly the same, so come prepared for a fun filled intensive  4 days which will give you a great set of skills and techniques to start jewellery making!  The day will run from 10am to 5pm with an hour’s lunch break. All materials are included in the cost, including silver and a semi precious stone to make a ring.  All you need to bring is yourself and a packed lunch!

Week 1 - Saturday 10th September
Week 2 – Saturday 17th September
Week 3 – Saturday 24th September
Week 4 – Saturday 1st October

Commencing – MONDAY MORNINGS 12th September,  2011  - 10am – 1pm
For those who want to take a more leisurely pace, this Jewellery skills course will run as normal, over 8 half days on a Monday morning from 10am to 1pm.
Dates are as follows:
Week 1 - Monday 12th September
Week2 – Monday 19th September
Week3 – Monday 26th September
Week4 – Monday 3rd October
Week5 – Monday 10th October
Week6 – Monday 17th October
Monday  24th October - No Class – Half Term
Week 7 – Monday 31st October
Week 8 – Monday 7th November

Only 6 places are available on each course.  If you would like to reserve a place, please email us or call.  A £75 non-refundable deposit will be required to secure your place.

Saturday, 2 July 2011

Week off....

Lynn here people, had to write something.  Chris was on hols last week (hope she has had a good time!)  so there was no studio and I can only say I am in mourning!  Goodness only knows how we will get on during the summer break... do you think that if I kidnap Chris she will keep the studio days going through the summer?  Worth a thought but if you have a better idea please do tell!  Personally, I have been working hard to get some things ready for my website.  I found a photographer very close to home and have booked him to take some photos for me to upload to my website which I am about to launch.  Photos of jewellery are very difficult to get right and they really need to be good for websites don't they?!  Anyway this guy is really reasonable so if we get on ok I will let you know how it goes.  I am hoping that some of you will send me something to put on the blog... I know Chris would appreciate it so much and to be honest so would I!  Come on people get those pieces coming in to us and if you can add photos so much better.  Don't forget that if you want to see a particular course at Touchmark Chris will investigate options for you and even better if you want one to one you can actually book Chris for that to!  Just think how good a Hen Party would be... making jewellery for the Wedding day!  The Bride can make her husband to be some cufflinks for example or pressies for Bridesmaids... and the others can make an exclusive piece to wear at the wedding!  How nice is that!