Launch of the online course ~ infos



Discover the world of metalsmithing :

I introduce you to this universe in the same way I initiated myself: by using minimal tools and employing methods accessible to everyone, with a bit of patience and practice. The techniques you'll acquire will provide you with the fundamentals of metalwork, enabling you to apply them to create more than just a simple ring. I share my method with you, provide advice and tips, while also offering creative paths and ideas for further experimentation. Additionally, I provide simple suggestions for improving the setup of a comfortable workspace.

This course includes:
• A video of over 2 hours, in which I demonstrate how to set up your workspace, how to create a ring in a specific size, from start to finish.
• A PDF of over 25 pages, detailing an extensive list of European suppliers, the recommended tool list with direct links, and summarizing the video content with images, step by step.

This is a beginner's course: no prior experience is required.

I chose to show you how to create a ring because the techniques you'll learn in making this piece of jewelry are the foundations of jewelry making. You'll learn to measure, saw, file, sand, solder, hammer, shape, set a cabochon, etc.

Once you've purchased this course:
• You can watch and review the video as many times as you'd like.
• This course is yours. However, it is illegal to share it with others. You buy it for yourself and yourself alone.
• Refunds are not allowed for this product because once the information is shared, there is no turning back.
• You have the option to join the private Facebook group, where students who have purchased this course can support each other and share their creations.

It is your responsibility to go through the information provided in the FAQs below; note that tools must be purchased separately.

 

FAQ:

How much does the course cost? The online course costs €285 including tax. Take advantage of a reduced price with the launch offer valid from Friday, November 24th, to Friday, December 1st, 2023: the online course will be offered at €235.

In which language is the course? The course is in French. Subtitles are available in French under the video. Documents and subtitles will soon be translated into English and Spanish. If you'd like for it to be translated to gift it (or for it to be gifted to you :) ) for Christmas, let me know! I'll be happy to put extra energy in having that step done asap so you have your gift in a language you understand. 

Are tools included? NO. Tools must be purchased separately. If you've ever ventured into tool research, you know how challenging it is to choose which tools to buy and where to source raw materials. So, I've simplified it for you by providing a list with exactly what you need and direct links. I even searched the web to find good deals.

How much do the tools necessary for the course cost? Count around €400-450, but you probably already have some items at home that you don't need to buy, and I've included them in this cost estimate. You may already have an apron, glass jars, scissors, a cloth or piece of fabric, etc. One of my main intentions in setting up this course was to help you start with few tools, just as I started myself. In the PDF, I give you ideas for alternatives to replace some tools with other things you may already have at home or can find inexpensively in non-specialized places. I compared prices and searched the internet for you from trusted suppliers. But it is certain that this toolset is an investment. Think of it as, after buying most of these tools once, you will never have to do it again. After the initial investment, the financial commitment decreases more and more.

Can I do this at home? Yes! I started myself while traveling in Australia, in my partner's rented apartment, on the tiny kitchen table. Then, back in Belgium, I modified a desk to turn it into a workbench (I give you my tips for that in the course). And now I work in a beautiful workshop that occupies an entire room. To avoid the risk of damaging your nice table, you can place the soldering space on a metal tray or a large wooden board.

Is it difficult? ... yes, but it is entirely possible! Let's say it's challenging in the sense that some techniques require practice before feeling that you have the gesture in your hand, that you really master the tool. But even in a "clumsy" way at first, you can create a ring with a stone. And what pride, what satisfaction! I still remember with a lot of emotion the feeling I had when I created a silver piece of jewelry for the first time. I had created "real jewelry." Silver jewelry. I had soldered, sawed, filed, sanded. I had shaped the material to do exactly what I wanted. What a feeling! I wish you to feel that too :)

What will we learn to do? We will see how to create a silver ring with a "cabochon" type stone (cabochons are stones with a flat base). The techniques you will acquire will provide you with the basics of metalworking, allowing you to apply them to create much more than just a simple ring. I share my method with you, provide advice and tips, while also offering creative paths and ideas for further experimentation. Using a minimal set of tools. Employing methods accessible to everyone, with a bit of patience and practice. Additionally, I offer simple suggestions to improve the setup of a comfortable workspace.

Are suppliers referenced for tools and silver & stones? Yes! In the PDF, you will find the list of tools I recommend, with a clickable link to one of the suppliers I have worked with the most since my beginnings. I provide you with an extensive list of European suppliers who sell online and ship by mail. These suppliers are based in Belgium, France, Germany, Spain, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

Is it necessary to have a background in jewelry making? No! This course aims to be accessible to everyone, whether you are a beginner or already have experience. I share my way of working, provide you with my tips and tricks developed over the past 10 years. Bring patience and motivation because metalworking requires practice. But if I could do it, you can too! :)

Can I ask questions? Yes! A chat/forum space is available under the video. I regularly check in to answer the questions you have. These Q&A sessions are visible to everyone; it's likely that if you have a question, someone has already asked it before you. So, you'll find a wealth of additional information in this space. It's a space where you can interact with each other as well, which can be very enriching for everyone! Supporting each other, motivating each other, helping each other. There is also a private Facebook group dedicated to students of this course: a space where you can share your creations, interact, support each other, and help each other.

Can a refund be requested? Refunds are not possible because once the material is shared, there is no going back.

Will the course content be available at all times? Yes! You can download the video and the PDF and review the material at your own pace as much as you want. This course is yours!

Can I share the course with someone else? No! This course is yours and yours alone. It is illegal to share it.

Will we learn to size the ring to a specific measure? Yes! This is an aspect that took me a long time to master myself at the beginning, and here I share my method and tips and tricks to achieve a correct ring size.