But don't you need to be the crafty type to take part?
No. Participants will receive full tuition from our experienced jewellers, so you don't need any experience. All levels of ability are welcome and you're encouraged to go at your own pace until you've got the hang of the technique. All you need is a sense of fun!
When will workshops be held, how long are they and how do I book?
The Personalised Silver Charm Making Workshops are held in both our London and Brighton shops. Each workshop will be two hours long. To book, simply select your date and location from the options and purchase the workshop.
London shop address: 41 Camden Passage, Islington, London, N1 8EA.
Brighton shop address: 31 Sydney Street, Brighton, BN1 4EP.
How big are the groups in each workshop?
To make sure everyone gets the best experience, our classes will be kept to a maximum of twelve people and a minimum of six. Workshops are subject to reschedule if the minimum is not met - please contact us with any queries regarding this. We take group bookings, perfect for couples or even hen parties!
How much do they cost and what do I get for the price?
The cost of our Personalised Silver Charm Making Workshops are £75 per person. The price includes a glass of fizz, all the materials you'll need to make your charm and full tuition by our skilled jewellers. You will carve your charm design out of jewellers wax which we will cast into sterling silver after the class, and post directly to you. Optional 9ct gold plating is available for an additional £20-30 charge (depending on the size of your ring) and we can also hand-stamp your ring with your chosen personalisation, creating a beautiful piece that's unique to you.
Are refreshments included?
Yes the price includes a glass of fizz upon arrival. If you wish to BYOB you're more than welcome to.
If you need to cancel your place please contact us 48 hours prior to the workshop you're booked into in order to rebook onto a later date. We cannot guarantee a rebooking for a later date without 48 hours notice.
If you have any questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to seeing you there!
Workshops are subject to reschedule if the minimum is not met - please contact us with any queries regarding this.
Under 18s need to be accompanied by an adult.
Process & Tools
Depending on what shape you would like to create, there is a choice of size and shape of wax blank. Then we make some simple sketches to work out your ideas before starting to sculpt the wax. Using scalpels, files, cutting tools, wet and dry paper and other exciting techniques, you begin cutting into the wax to make your shape. Pieces of wax will be available to practice and test out ideas before you start. There is no right and wrong with wax carving, any marks or shapes you make can be cast when the charm gets made into its final silver form.
The class lasts two hours but the actual wax carving could take between an hour and an hour and a half. It totally depends on the size of the wax blank and how much detail you wish to add to the surface.
At the end of the class the wax carvings will be labelled with your name and photographed to ensure you get your very own design back. After the class your design will be sent off to be cast by our expert casting supplier to be transformed into beautiful sterling silver. Within three weeks, your charm will be delivered or available to collect in one of our stores (you choose the delivery option).
During the class, the jeweller leading the workshop will help you decide how to personalise your design. Personalisation is completely optional and free. The number of characters, font size and personalisation can be discussed during the class. When the charm has been cast our jewellers will hand-stamp your desired lettering into the ring. We will also polish the ring up to a brilliantly sparkling finish.
Gold Plating & Stone Setting
Optional 9ct rose or 9ct yellow gold plating is available. The cost will be between £20 and £30 depending on the size of your piece. Stone setting is available at a cost of £35 per stone.
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