Jewellery Making - Introduction

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Jewellery Making - Introduction

Throughout the course participants will be given an understanding of basic techniques and skills used in the jewellery industry. Furthermore, the course will offer hands on experience thus students will be involved in the handling of tools. Students will learn how to use basic machinery and get acquainted with various non precious metals.

This is a 26 hour course. Lessons are held as indicated on the prospectus and website. 

The first session of the course will be an introduction to explain the use of the basic hand tools which will be used. During this course the students will go through the metals available and the necessary machinery. The idea is to create a basic jewellery design, such as a pendant, which would be manufactured through the sessions. This would incorporate a set of techniques.  The lecturer would be guiding each individual through the making of the jewellery piece until the final stages.

Learning Outcome 1: Describe the purpose of different hand tools and machinery used in this sector

Unit Content

The learner should be able to use a set of hand techniques which are:

  • piercing
  • filing
  • sanding
  • cleaning the metal
  • soldering
  • annealing
  • hammering
  • scoring
  • polishing,
  • measuring metal thickness
  • acid bowl
  • cutting sheet metal

Learning Outcome 2: Use a set of hand techniques and machinery efficiently and safely

Unit Content

The learner should be able to use a set of machinery which are;

    • fire torch
    • drawing bench
    • polishing motor
    • acid bowl
    • drawing bench
    • guillotine
    • rolling pin.

Learning Outcome 3: Distinguish between the various metals used in the industry

Unit Content

The Metal properties of:

  • copper,
  • brass,
  • aluminum
  • Silver

Learning Outcome 4:  Create basic jewellery using the appropriate tools and machinery.

Unit Content

  • Having acquired the knowledge and sets of techniques mentioned above the learner would be able to manufacture a basic finished piece of jewellery.

The following are the suggested pre-requisites and/or entry requirements needed:


  • The learner is required to be able to work hands on as this is a practice-based course

Course participants may be awarded either an MCAST Certificate of Attendance or an MCAST Certificate of Achievement.

MCAST Certificate of Attendance

  • An MCAST Certificate of Attendance will be awarded to those candidates who attend at least 80% of the lessons.

MCAST Certificate of Achievement

  • An MCAST Certificate of Achievement will be awarded to those candidates who satisfy the 80% attendance criteria and also choose to sit and pass the course assessment/s.

  • Students who opt not to sit for the assessment or fail (the assessment/s) will however be awarded the MCAST Certificate of Attendance provided that they fulfill the minimum attendance criteria as stated above.

If the student intends to obtain a Certificate of Achievement, she/he is required to sit for an assessment/s.  Assessment/s may take various forms such as a home assignment, class assignment, practical test and time constrained test.  However, the assessment/s is not compulsory and an applicant may choose not to sit for it.

There are no additional costs to pay or special materials/equipment to bring

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