The Silver Jewellery Workshop

Make soldered silver rings, pendants and charms from home with this complete starter course in silversmithing

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Course Description:

If, like us you love silver jewellery and would like to learn to make it like the professionals using traditional methods, then The Silver Jewellery Workshop is for you. Our expert tutor, Michelle Leaver will guide you through all the basics from setting up your home jewellery workshop to working with sheet metal, soldering, texturing, filling, polishing and finishing and much more. This is a beginners level class although it is recommended that you take the 'Make a Silver Ring' course before in order to get the best out of this course.

By the end you will have two pieces of handmade silver jewellery, a soldered, textured ring and a silver cut-out charm or pendant for a necklace. You don't need lots of fancy tools or equipment. Michelle will show you how to create your pieces with a few tools and materials which we can help you source so that is is easy for you to make and create at home.

What You Can Make

Your Instructor

Michelle Leaver
Michelle Leaver

Michelle Leaver is a professional Jeweller who has successfully run her own business designing and making jewellery for over 25 years. She studied design at the London College of Fashion before specialising in Silversmithing and Enamelling at the London Guildhall University (now known as the London Metropolitan and formally known as Sir John Cass.)

She specalises in silversmithing, enamel and jewellery business support and is a regular and popular teacher here at Jewellers Academy.

Tools and Materials

Essential Tools

  • Bench Peg (or jewellers workbench)
  • Jewellers/ Piercing Saw
  • Saw Blades (Grade 3.0)
  • Ruler
  • Brass Tweezers (or plastic)
  • Hand Torch & Gas
  • Heatproof fire brick (for firing on)
  • Borax cone and dish (or other form of flux)
  • Small paintbrush
  • Selection of pliers – half-round, flat nosed, round-nosed
  • Ring sizer
  • Ring mandrel
  • Metal scriber
  • Large half-round file
  • Half-round needle file
  • Mallet leather hide (for shaping the ring, it doesn’t dent the metal)
  • Solder probe
  • Tin snips
  • Emery papers and or emery stick (recommended grades 400, 800 and 1200)
  • Safety pickle
  • Centre punch
  • Hand Drill


  • Beeswax (optional for lubrication to the saw blade)
  • Safety Googles (advised)
  • Additional files: large flat file, Needle files (half round, safety back – like a rooftop & round)
  • Reverse action pliers
  • Polishing cream and cloth
  • Silver 6mm jump ring and silver chain to finish


  • Hard silver solder
  • Silver Sheet: Recommended 1mm thick 3cmx3cm for silver pendant and 1.2mm thick, 0.8-1.2mm wide and 7-9cm long (depending on your ring size) piece for your silver ring.


To source your tools and materials, take a look at our list of worldwide jewellery suppliers

Student work

See some beautiful pieces made using this course by the wonderful Helen Stephens

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