Bangsar - Kuala Lumpur -Malaysia
Do you want a career as a jewellery designer-maker, but don't know where to start? If that feels like you then we invite you to join our 4-week intensive Jewellery Kickstarter programme in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where you will spend your days immersed in metalsmithing, design, stone setting and gemmology and your evenings exploring the beautiful and unique city of Kuala Lumpur.
With a schedule packed full of lectures demonstrations and projects, this course is intense, if you want to learn at a leisurely pace you may want to step away from this page. However, if you want to get incredible value for money with days packed full of learning opportunities in our fully equipped classroom, and weekends available for practice in our friendly and welcoming studio - then this course needs your attention.
Starting out with the basics this week - as of course we must do, will have you focusing sawing, filing, texturizing, polishing, soldering (experimenting with various torches) and making some simple yet effective jewellery findings to finish off your pieces. Throughout the week you will work through 5 set projects, each focusing on a new skill whilst building on previous lessons.
Piercing out a pendant - sawing, filing, and finishing - add a tassle just for fun!
Introduction to textures
Soldering - making a bronze chain with a sweat soldered element and handmade clasp
Stacking rings in silver and bronze - with room for stone setting later!
Earrings and earring findings
This week will be a little more design and creativity focused towards the beginning, whilst stepping into the wonderful world of gemstones and setting stone towards the end. We will start with design development and exploration whilst covering theoretical metallurgy and how this relates to design issues. Practical skills in tool making, soldering, forging stone setting will follow towards the end of the week.
Metallurgy, melting rolling and forging - creating a pair of stud earrings
Mood boards and mind maps
Tool making for stone setting
Starting out with forging on a larger scale followed by soldering and precision piercing and filing this week will begin on the practical side of things. As the week progresses we will move onto learning the art of rendering jewellery and gemstones so that we can present our designs in a professional looking manner to a potential future customers.
Making a spinner ring
Marriage of metal ring
Making a bezel set forged ring
Jewellery design - rendering gemstones and metal (2 days)
Gemmology and stone setting are on the menu for the final week as we explore how to go about buying gemstones and diamonds whilst delving into a little history. Further stone setting techniques will be covered whilst the last two days will be spent completing all projects whilst having the opportunity to experiment working under a microscope with specialist stone setting equipment imported from the US company GRS.
Gemmology - coloured stones
Bead and bright setting
Pave - demo only but you can certainly give it a try!!
Time to finish up any unfinished projects
Course Fee: RM 10,000
Kit Fee: RM 1,650*
(this will increase for October’s class to RM 2,650)
Total: RM 11,650**
(increasing for October’s class to RM 12,650)
*Kit fee includes materials to make all set projects, as well tools such as gravers, drills and burs, saw blades, polishing wheels etc. All these will be yours to take away at the end of the course!
**Price does not include accommodation or transport - but we will be more than happy to help you find your perfect home away from home.
To reserve your spot we will need to take a deposit of RM 4,000, with the the balance course fees payable no later than 1 month prior to the start date.
By registering and making payment of the Course Fees, you hereby agree to our Terms and Conditions.
Want to stay a little longer?
After all, why wouldn't you..... First take a little trip for R&R to the Perhentian Islands, Redang or Tioman - where you'll find sands whiter and waters bluer than anywhere you've ever seen. Then, join us for a an additional month or three with our studio membership options where you can just hang out in our beautiful studio and work on your own creations.
Feel like you need a little extra support?
if you do decide to take a little studio time to yourself with our membership option, but get a little stuck then you can book in for half day or full day private classes with Lucy. If you want to save a little money, book in for a private class with a friend - it's still the same price!
Class times and studio opening hours
Classes will run from 9.30am until 5pm Monday to Friday with an hour for lunch at 1pm. The studio will remain open however until 7pm every evening and will be open weekends from 9am until 7pm for those who wish to fit in a little extra practice.
Kuala Lumpur is an easy to navigate city, with accomodation available for every budget - we recommend getting accommodation through Airbnb - the apartments Nadi Bangsar, and Suasana Bangsar are just 10 minutes walk from our studio in one direction and a few minutes to the train in the other. If you’re looking for a room within a home there are also plenty of options available. Bangsar isn’t a large town and on average a grab ride will cost RM5-10 from anywhere in Bangsar to the studio. For those from out of town, we highly recommend staying in Bangsar itself, there are lots of restaurants, bars and eateries of every kind very close to the studio and it's an easy base from which to explore the rest of KL.
About Kuala Lumpur
Whilst our course is obviously awesome! you can't come to Malaysia just for a jewellery course. Take a look at the links below to see some of the incredible things to do in this beautiful country!