Making Chenier and Hinge Systems with Elisavet Messi

09 Feb 2022 - 10 Feb 2022 · 9.30AM - 4.30PM
£349 (6 places)
Silversmithing Workshop
Event type
Bookings closed

How often are you in need of a small piece of chenier but it isn’t available from the shop or would take too long to arrive? Knowing how to make chenier and hinges can be cost-effective and a quick way to progress your work. In this two-day short course award-winning jewellery designer-maker Elisavet Messi will show you how to make chenier from metal sheet in different sizes, shapes and wall thicknesses.

Making your own tubing can take just 15 to 20 minutes. So, understanding how to make chenier and hinges is an essential skill for any practicing metalsmith. Elisavet will cover all essential skills of chenier making and show you how to coil tube and use them to make your own hinges and closure systems.

What will I learn?

  • How to calculate materials and make chenier from sheet metal
  • How to coil tube
  • How to use tube as findings and create mechanisms
  • How to make hinges 
  • How to make a hollow bangle with hinged system and tube clasp

Our small class size offers you the chance to get group as well as individual guidance and 1:1 time with your tutor, allowing you to receive tailored advice to deepen your knowledge and understanding of systems.

What do I need to bring with me?

  • Set of needle files
  • Half round hand file with handle
  • Steel ruler
  • Pair of dividers
  • Piercing saw frame + saw blades
  • Rawhide mallet
  • Paint brush for borax
  • Soldering probe or tweezers
  • Tin snips
  • Notebook and pen

Who is this course designed for?

Intermediate: Some practical experience and basic soldering skills are a must. 

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

Who is the tutor?

Elisavet Messi is an award-winning professional goldsmith. Trained in Greece where she learned all the traditional techniques of goldsmithing, she has used her training to develop a contemporary approach towards design after graduating from the University of Creative Arts in 2015. In 2018 Elisavet received the prestigious Goldsmiths’ Craft and Design Council Award for her Fairtrade Gold earrings and the honour to be a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers. She now uses her experience to create pieces of sculptural quality that successfully balance modern and traditional jewellery techniques.

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