We live in a new world now where social distancing determines our way of living, I have worked very hard to make sure the experience is still as fun as before. At the current moment, I can take up to 4 people wearing masks, you are welcome to bring your own aprons if you wish but I do have aprons from you to wear. Everyone will have to sign a form covering all aspects of symptoms before starting. We have plenty of hand sanitisers but you are welcome to bring your own. If you WANT to come to a class but want to be on your own you can book an individual class, this will cost the price of 2 people which is £150.
The cost of silver has increased by 20% in the last year but nevertheless, the cost of making a unique piece of jewellery isn't as much as you might think, anything between £5 and £30 will get you a small ring up to a chunky bracelet. All silver is bought by a the gram and I will explain the pricing clearly before you start.
When you arrive in the morning, I will go through the design process and explain what tools and equipment there are to use alongside a safety briefing.
Then begins the design process which is a mix of discussion, sketches or paper mock-ups, it doesn't need to be complicated, you can just tell me what it is you'd like to make if that's easier.
I will demonstrate the basic jewellery/silversmithing techniques each individual will need to do before allowing you to start on your own piece. At every point I'll be there to ensure no disasters happen.
My new studio has more space and I'm pleased to now offer all students their own bench and basic tools. Maximum number for a class is still 4 people so that everyone gets to make their own unique design.
Previous customers have learned and successfully managed to solder, file, polish, planish, stamp out shapes, form rings and jump rings, and a whole host of other techniques.
We stop for lunch around 1pm, where you can go out for a bite to eat or bring a packed lunch to eat in the studio.
At the end of the day, you can wear your piece home or take it away in a jewellery box.
If you have any questions, please first of all, read the FAQs at the bottom of the page, if this doesn't answer your questions please do not hesitate to contact me.
How old do your have to be? For the beginner jewellery making class that uses silversmithing techniques, the youngest I have taught is 13 years old. The parent /guardian should also decide whether the child is responsible enough to use a small soldering torch, saw and hammer. I would also add that if you have Arthritis or any other condition that may make it difficult to hold tools firmly, I don't recommend this particular class for you.
Do I have to be creative? Not at all, all you have to have is a willingness to have a go. I have ready made projects for those who don't know what to make.
Can I bring my own design to make? Yes of course, I love a challenge trying to figure out how to help you make your ideas. However, I won't help anyone make a copy of another designers creations.
What should I wear? Please don't wear anything you wouldn't want getting dirty, jewellery making can be a bit mucky. Please wear sensible shoes, no sandals or flipflops. Don't forget your glasses if you need them!
How much silver do I get to use? You can purchase a range of silver to use for your designs, the amount is up to you but I will advise you what's a good amount for your design. There is a selection of different chains for pendants and findings for different earring designs. You can also choice choose cufflinks, tiepins or keyrings. IF YOU HAVE A SPECIFIC IDEA THAT REQUIRES A LOT OF SILVER OR IF YOU HAVE YOUR HEART SET ON AN IDEA AND WOULD BE UPSET IF THE MATERIAL ISN'T AVAILABLE, PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU CONTACT ME WELL IN ADVANCE.
How long does the class last? The class normally starts at 10.30am and finishes at the latest 4pm with a stop for lunch around 1pm. Depending on the numbers in the class you could be finished early if there is less than 4 people.
What can I make if I don't want to make jewellery? If you like you can make a keyring or small token perhaps
When are classes held?
Classes run every week (nearly) throughout the year. Normal days are Thursdays and Saturdays. If you'd like another day please ask and I'll do my very best.
Please phone me on 07779 232782 or email the address on the front page to ask about classes
I booked myself and my husband on a jewellery workshop and we both thoroughly enjoyed it. Fantastic value for money and great to be able to say I made the items myself. I'm going to be going back so I can make some jewellery as gifts. I can't wait! I also went to an art class with Lindsey. I arrived saying that I couldn't draw a stick man and came away amazedd at the flower I'd painted. I've painted a few pieces since and am impressed with what I've produced. A great asset to the town. :)
I booked to go on a beginners' jewellery workshop with my mum. We learned some basic techniques and were able to use our own designs with Lindsey's help and support to make lovely unique pieces! It was a very enjoyable day, Lindsey is knowledgeable, friendly and very patient. We were thrilled with the experience and with the end results. And now we know how much work goes into a hand made piece of jewellery!
reat place for bespoke items
I recently visited this store and found the owner to be very pleasant and knowledgable. Whilst in there I noticed that on top of selling her own artwork and jewellery she offers worshops in both silversmithing and drawing. They both look amazing! It was a shame that I was only in the area briefly otherwise I would have taken advantage. Lovey place and a real gem to find in Thurso.
jewellery Making Workshop
Me and my Mum had a great day making rings and a necklace at Lindsays studio. Lindsay took us through each step of making our jewellery and was there to help us and give us ideas. We cut our jewellery from flat pieces of silver and then shaped and soldered them. The workshop was really interesting and I would definitely do it again.
What a find!!!
I have now attended 2 jewellery workshops with Lindsey and I couldn't be more pleased with what I was able to achieve in a day! She really gives you the confidence to try new things and encourages you to do as much as possible so you are able to create your very own piece of jewellery. Lindsey has such a wealth of knowledge and her passion for Thurso and the surrounding area is obvious in both her jewellery and art work. Great workshop, friendly owner and amazing, affordable, handmade products/gifts. This place (and person) is a fantastic asset to Thurso. Well worth a visit!