Silversmithing / Metalsmithing / Jewellery Making
MGLS runs sessions several times per week where members can work with precious metals including silver and gold, plus copper and brass, to create jewellery and small objects. At MGLS, this modality is referred to as 'silver', and these sessions as 'silver' sessions, as most members work in sterling silver.
MGLS has an extensive range of specialised jewellery and metalsmithing tools & equipment for use by its members. These tools include rolling mills, texturing plates, guillotines, mandrels and much more.
MGLS also has a reference library for members to learn new techniques and be inspired to create new designs.
Members must complete the MGLS Introductory Silversmithing Course to attend 'Silver' sessions or use 'Silver' equipment and tools. The course not only enables members to learn (or refresh) basic silversmithing techniques, but provides essential training on the correct use of club equipment and tools as well as the club rules and requirements.
What is metalsmithing?
Metalsmithing uses specialised techniques to form and shape metal into usable items such as jewellery.
A metalsmith is a craftsman who works in a range of metals as opposed to silversmith who works exclusively in silver.
Introductory Silversmithing Courses are held 4 to 5 times a year and attract additional costs. Introductory Silversmithing courses generally run for 9-12 weeks. Our courses alternate between weekday mornings, weekday evenings and weekends throughout the year.
The introductory courses are taught by experienced metalsmiths all of whom have a wide and varied range of skills.
The introductory silversmithing course teaches the basics of silversmithing, with a focus on soldering, sawing and forming techniques, plus the correct and safe use of equipment, tools and consumables. This allows members to experience the basic techniques of working with metal without the financial investment into specialty tools.
Once you have completed the introductory course you are able to attend any of the 'Silver' sessions to work on your metalsmithing projects. Following completion of the course, members are expected to supply their own basic tools; pliers, cutters, torch, soldering block, pick, tweezers, etc.
MGLS also runs specialty courses for members who have completed the Introductory Silversmithing Course. These courses focus on a technique or style. Some popular special courses are cabochon setting, adjustable rings, stone setting & organic casting. Specialty courses attract additional costs.
Would love to join our community?
All new memberships include the MGLS Introductory Cabochon Cutting Course.
Due to the popularity of our silversmithing course and sessions, there is a waitlist for the MGLS Introductory Silversmithing Course. Members are able to place their name onto the course waitlist after they have completed the Introductory Cabochon Cutting Course.