This intermediate metalsmithing programme expands upon tecniques learned in the introduction to metalsmithing. Apply existing and new techniues to create pedestal prong settings for cabochons, master cold connections, hinges and movable parts, and work with ready-made jewellery components. Expand your repretoire of skills with popular intricate filigree & granulation techniques.

Course outline

  • 1. Pedestal prong setting for cabochon gems.

    1. Pedestal prong setting for cabochon gems.

    Create jewellery settings from raw materials by using half-round and square wires to create secure, multi-pronged settings for cabochon gems of any shape or size.

  • 2. Rolling square and half-round wires; creating bails.

    2. Rolling square and half-round wires; creating bails.

    When producing customised settings, often the experienced metalsmith will need to produce their own customized wires. Learn steps for working with sheet and wire to create a wide range of useful metal shapes for jewelelry.

  • 3. Cold connections, rivets, eyelets and creative cold joining options.

    3. Cold connections, rivets, eyelets and creative cold joining options.

    Many mechanisms and joints require movement and thus cannot be soldered or fused. Learn common cold joining techniques to combine different design parts by rivetting.

  • 4. Working with pre-made Bezel and Prong settings

    4. Working with pre-made Bezel and Prong settings

    Commercial jewellers frequently make use or ready-made jewellery components like heads. Lean what components are available, how they will save you time and money, how best to work with them and when they are not advised.

  • 5. Basic Filigree Techniques

    5. Basic Filigree Techniques

    First, discover how to prepare the delicate twisted wires, then bending and shaping them to form intricate designs, master the challenge of soldering these delicate parts together.

  • 6. Basic Granulation Techniques

    6. Basic Granulation Techniques

    Due to a resurgence in popularity of this ancient technique, modern designs are incorporating 'granulation'. Created by soldering tiny spheres of metal, learn how to achieve consistent sizes and even distribution to create stunning effects.

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  • Tools and materials

    Tools and materials

    Like all JDMIS courses, students receive everything they need to complete all their coursework. This course includes all the tools and reference material needed in order to immediately start producing jewellery.

    Having already completed MS100, you have your own jewellery workbench and basic tools. In this module you receive more valuable intermediate tools needed by the professional jeweller.

  • Class size and safety

    Class size and safety

    With only 6-10 students in a class you learn fast and expert international instructors keep you safe and ensure you stay safe as you continue to practice this ancient art by yourselt at home.

    If you are creative and enjoy working with your hands, metalsmithing is much more accessible than you would imagine. You do not need jewellery or art experience to get started, and your classmates come from all walks of life - ensuring an enriching and enduring experience.

  • Learning path

    Learning path


    This course offers a practical hands-on experience. At the end of the workshop, participants will have produced one or more pieces of jewellery.

    MS100 - Traditional Metalsmithing 1: Foundation Metalwork Skills and Experience

    Next Steps (Powder Metallurgy Specialisation):
    MS300 - Traditional Metalsmithing 3: Metalsmithing with Basic Stone settings

    Next Steps (Complementary Metal Arts Specialisation):
    NM100 - New Metal Technology 1: Creative Silver Modelling Techniques

    Next Steps (Jeweller's Knowledge):
    GT100 - Jewellery Trade Practices 1: Gem and Jewellery Trade Secrets and/or
    FT100 - Jewellery Fashion Trends 1: Epic and Contemporary Trends

    Participants attending and completing this programme as a stand-alone certification can choose to enroll for the Precious Metal Arts Diploma.

  • Duration


    30 hours

    1 week (Full-time), or
    5 weeks (Part-time)

    JDMIS runs week-day, weekend and weeknight courses for this popular course. JDMIS also has flexible make-up schedules and graduates can return without cost for refresher courses (subject to availability).

  • Course fee

    Course fee

    SGD 2,100

    Course fee is inclusive of GST as well as all tools and materials provided during the course.

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