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Jewellery designer at Fulbeck Craft Centre hosts beginner-friendly workshops

A jewellery designer is sharing the skill of silversmithing through a range of beginner-friendly workshops.

Elizabeth Hunt, of Elizabeth Hunt Jewellery, is an experienced silversmith who creates hand-crafted jewellery in a mixture of silver, gemstones and pearls.

Her work is set apart by her use of a superior silver alloy called Argentium, which is 94% pure silver rather than the 92.5% of standard sterling silver.

L-R Jewellery making student, Terena Walker, Elizabeth Hunt. (62850097)
L-R Jewellery making student, Terena Walker, Elizabeth Hunt. (62850097)

From her studio and gallery at Fulbeck Craft Centre, she runs a range of jewellery-making courses and creates her own work.

The workshops are suitable for anyone, from beginners to more advanced jewellery-makers, with basic notes and tips provided, a chance to make your own notes and tools and materials provided.

Skills covered during the process of students making their very own piece of jewellery include soldering, fusing, setting and wire work ­— to create anything from wedding rings to bangles and bracelets.

Elizabeth also offers pearl-stringing workshops, where participants can create freshwater pearl necklaces or bracelets.

Elizabeth Hunt in her workshop. (62850099)
Elizabeth Hunt in her workshop. (62850099)

She said: “I just like being able to teach other people to get some pleasure out of making jewellery.

“I don’t think I’ve had anyone come and do a workshop who hasn’t gone away feeling absolutely ecstatic that they’ve made something.

“It’s really just to share the joy of doing something creative, really.”

The silversmithing workshops usually cost £155 for a full day, but Elizabeth is offering Advertiser readers a chance to take part for £115.

The offer lasts until the end of April and can be booked for up to six months in advance if bought before April 8.

Elizabeth Hunt in her workshop. (62850098)
Elizabeth Hunt in her workshop. (62850098)

Courses can be booked via enquiries@elizabethhuntjewellery.com or www.elizabethhuntjewellery.com.

Recent participants on the course were a couple who made their own wedding rings.

“I think the thing, particularly if people come to make wedding rings, it is so much more personal to make each others wedding rings than it is going in a shop and buying them,” she added.

“I think that’s one of the things that couple found, they absolutely loved the fact that they had done it together.”

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