MAKE-DAY: International Women's Day Workshop SAT 08 MAR 2025

Date: Saturday 08 March, 2025

Start Time: 1.30pm

End Time: 4.30pm

Venue: FORGE

Commemorate International Women's Day 2025 with us at FORGE by drawing inspiration from your favourite women artists to create a unique silver pendant. This class offers an opportunity to delve into the world of design, teaching you the process of selecting elements from inspiration and translating them into a beautiful piece of jewellery.

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What will I make?

A beautiful pendant on a silver chain

What will happen on the day?

We will begin by looking at a number of women artists as inspiration, using images of their work as the spring board for your design. You may also wish to bring your own design inspirations with you, and you will be guided as how to draw elements from these images. 

After coming up with a design you will have instruction on various ways to cut out your desired shape, practicing first with copper before moving onto sterling silver, using a saw or metal snips. You will then be shown a range of texturing techniques including using hammers and mark making punches. 

After decorating your pendant, you will add a jump ring and 18” sterling silver chain, so your piece is ready to wear or be gifted to someone special.

What skills do I need?

Difficulty Level: EASY

No previous experience needed, just a steady hand, a little patience and willingness to give it a go! Don't worry if you feel you're not artistic or creative, you will be taken through the whole process step by step.

What should I bring?

- Reading glasses (if you need them!) 

- Money or card payment for optional gold plating and posting rings to you (if collecting isn't possible)

What should I wear? 

Clothes: Casual and not too precious as they may get a bit dusty or damaged.  Avoid long, loose fitting sleeves and anything that might catch or get caught whilst you are working.

Shoes: Casual flat shoes and no open toed sandals in case you drop a hammer or something hot on them!

Hair: Tie long hair back.

Who is my instructor?

Laila Smith has been making jewellery for over 20 years and she started her career in the Jewellery Quarter in Birmingham. She has been teaching for two decades and is ready to help you achieve your jewellery dreams.

How do I get there? 

See contact page for details on public transport and parking.