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JWD105 Jewellery Workshop Techniques (8)


This subject introduces students to the theory and practical application of precious and non-precious metals as well as other alternative materials and their place in both historical and contemporary contexts. Students will undertake focussed design investigations exploring technical and aesthetic qualities of materials emphasising form, function and interpretation of ideas in the production of wearable jewellery. An introduction to free standing workshop equipment and machinery will expand students' understanding of the potential of each material in the production of wearable jewellery that addresses both design and manufacture perspectives.

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Subject information

Duration Grading System School:
One sessionHD/FLSchool of Communication and Creative Industries

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of the properties of precious and non-precious metals as well as various other materials relevant to jewellery practice
- be able to identify the metals used in a variety of alloys
- be capable of operating free standing equipment in an accurate, efficient and timely manner
- be able to demonstrate a capacity to create a range of sectional profile
- be able to demonstrate a capacity to appropriately sand and/or polish metal to a standard as acceptable for a client or exhibition
- be able to demonstrate a capacity to construct basic bezel setting appropriate to the design and production of a variety of wearable jewellery pieces
- be able to demonstrate an understanding of casting process and apply knowledge to the design and manufacture of a wax model
- be able to communicate understanding and design development through drawing/ design skills
- be able to demonstrate knowledge of appropriate OH&S practices in the studio including knowledge of the care, maintenance and safety aspects of the tools, equipment and machinery


The subject will cover the following topics:
- Application of specific skills relative to aesthetic form, imagery and/or particular function within the process of small scale work - Properties and behaviour of precious and non-precious metals and other various materials such as plastic - Identification of alloys - Understanding and use of free standing workshop equipment including rollers, draw bench, annealing torches, polishing motors and vacuum casting - Casting process and applications - Manufacture of basic bezel settings - Quality of finish: matt versus polish - Health and safety issues specific to jewellery making including: - the handling, use and disposal of chemicals - the care, use, precautions and maintenance of hand tools, equipment and machinery relative to the production of small scale work


The information contained in the 2016 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: 06 September 2016. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.