Granulation with Linda Lewin

26 May 2022 - 28 May 2022 · 9.30AM - 6PM
£369 (6 places)
Silversmithing Workshop
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Granulation is the oldest decorative metalwork technique known to mankind. Tiny grains or spheres of precious metal appear to be held by magic to the metal’s surface without using solid attachments or even solder.

Each small granule can be built up naturally into complex three-dimensional forms that dramatically catch the light particularly in 22ct Gold. Join artist-jeweller Linda Lewin who will reveal how to achieve this decorative technique in your own jewellery designs.

The Etruscans are the acknowledged masters of the granulation process and today their exquisite work can still be admired in many museums. Linda Lewin will help you to discover and apply the ancient granulation technique in your own designs. She will assist you to develop your skills through practice and the completion of samples. Although the technology required is simple, the skill level required to fully exploit this technique is high and can be acquired with continuous practice.

What will I learn?

  • An overview of the history and techniques of granulation in the ancient world and in contemporary work. This includes how granulation works in partnership with other techniques such as loop-in-loop chain making
  • Hands on examination and discussion of demonstration samples in silver and gold
  • Practical demonstration and graded exercises to make granules and fix them in position using the copper plating technique
  • Discussion and practice of finishing techniques
  • Opportunity to design and make your own unique piece of granulation as a finished piece or to be incorporated in a finished piece independently
  • Consideration of how the technique of granulation can be incorporated into and complement your personal studio practice

By the end of the course, you will have:

  • The practical skills to make granules and apply them to three-dimensional shapes using the copper plating technique
  • A broad understanding of the way in which heat, mass and design fundamentally affect and complement each other within the process of granulation
  • A collection of silver and/or gold* samples showing different methods to make granules and attach them to a three-dimensional form base
  • A finished piece of granulation jewellery such as a small pendapnt or a granulation element ready to take on into finished work at a later date

*Note: In the interest of keeping the course price low, the materials provided do not include 22ct. gold, you will be working with Britannia Silver. You are invited to buy your own gold, once you have discussed your requirement with your tutor to confirm size and quantity required for your own project. 22ct. gold can be purchased from Cookson Gold located in Hatton Garden, a stone’s throw from the Goldsmiths Centre.

Our small class size offers you the chance to get group tuition as well as individual guidance on a 1:1 basis with your tutor, allowing you to receive tailored advice to deepen your knowledge and understanding of fold forming sheet metal.

What equipment do I need to bring with me?

  • Fine pointed tweezers
  • Snips, pointed nail scissors
  • Loupe/magnifier
  • Small mandrel/darning needles, fine knitting needle to make jump rings
  • Set of jeweller’s pliers
  • Set of needle files for general purpose
  • Scribe

You will be provided with:

  • A student started pack for granulation
  • All metal* (Britannia Silver) needed to produce work and sample – please refer to the note above
  • Technical notes. Participants should supplement the notes with their own observations

Who is this course designed for?

  • Beginners: No practical experience or understanding of the listed skills required.
  • Intermediate: Some practical experience and understanding of the listed skills required.

Participants should be comfortable in a workshop environment and able to work independently on basic tasks.

Who is the tutor?

Linda Lewin is an artist-jeweller, based in the Scottish borders. Linda trained in Sheffield and has more than forty years’ experience making commission work, exhibiting with galleries and teaching students from her studio. She studied ancient jewellery techniques including chain making and granulation in 22ct. Gold, in New York in 2000. This experience changed the way she approaches her work with metal, feeling empowered to be part of a continuing jewellery making tradition going back thousands of years. Linda sees, Granulation as a way of holding hands with our ancestors.